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I’d Rather Be High While Watching That Amazingly Strange Ad with Bowie

Nov 13

We’re inured to it now — even those of us who remember a time when weirdo rock music, even of the most commercially popular sort, wasn’t used in television advertisement.  But every once in awhile, there is an odd or interesting enough juxtaposition of the content of the song to the company being advertised… or even just to the fact that someone deemed this appropriate to be part of an ad, that it makes me, at least, sit up and take notice (and wonder why no one else ever seems to).

Part 1: Steal This Singularity Defined

Oct 21

Steal This Singularity  1: The notion that the current and future extreme technological society should not be dominated by Big Capital, Authoritarian States or the combination thereof. Also related, a play on the title of a book by 1960s counterculture radical Abbie Hoffman. 2: The notion that in our robotized future, human beings shouldn’t behave

Part 2: Steal This Singularity? Yippie!

Oct 21


The Singularity is, of course, conceived of as the time at which the artificial intelligences that we create become smarter than us. And then it makes itself even smarter and smarter still and yet smarter again and so forth… at an ever accelerating pace until it becomes incomprehensibly something other to our wormy little minds.

I have to be honest. I’m just not sure how seriously to take this.  But Steal This Singularity has much more of a ring to it than “Steal This Future” or Steal This Transhumanity” (groan) or whatnot.  And the way I see it, The Singularity has become a buzzword for the rad techno-future brought on by NBIC (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno) or GNR (Genetics, Nanotech, and Robotics) or — to put it in more populist terms, the coming of the machine overlords.