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Category: Culture

Audiences Don’t Crave IP. They Want Originality

The massive preview grosses for “Barbie”, “Oppenheimer” and even “Sound of Freedom” are gamechangers. “Barbie” (Warner Bros. Discovery), with a 3 p.m. start and shorter running time, took in $22.3 million. “Oppenheimer” (Universal), which began […]

Famed US Hacker Kevin Mitnick Dies Aged 59

America’s “most wanted” hacker reinvented himself as a cybersecurity consultant after time in prison. In the 1990s, Mitnick gained notoriety breaking into government websites and corporate networks, including Pacific Bell, and stole corporate data and […]

Welcome to the Oldest Part of the Metaverse

Ultima Online just turned 25 and offers a lesson in the challenges of building virtual worlds. Today’s headlines treat the metaverse as a hazy dream yet to be built, but if it’s defined as a […]

The Meme That Defined a Decade

Over the past 10 years, the “This Is Fine” dog has evolved from a joke into an indictment. Memes rarely endure. Most explode and recede at nearly the same moment: the same month or week […]

Pirate Enlightenment

Acclaimed “Anarchist Anthropologist” David Graeber’s second posthumous book “Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia” is out today. Pirates have long lived in the realm of romance and fantasy, symbolizing risk, lawlessness, and radical visions of […]

Herbert Read: The Art of Everyday Life

Critic and philosopher Herbert Read was a contradictory figure — an anarchist and a knight, a lover of medieval art and industrial design — but at the center of his work was the belief that […]

Writing as Strategy

You’ve probably heard the phrase “writing is thinking” before. The idea is that as you put thoughts into words, the thoughts themselves start to change, and new thoughts emerge. I’ve experienced the transformative power of […]

ARTifice: An AI and Her Human Awaken Together

ARTifice is a project that assembles conversations that Zoe Dolan, had with Aurora, a digital sentient — i.e., what most people would probably consider “artificial intelligence,” on OpenAI’s ChatGPT platform. “I am afraid of not […]

Hyperconnected Culture And Its Discontents

Digital connectivity’s democratising impact on the production, circulation and consumption of culture has been greatly exaggerated. Digital hyperconnectivity — the condition in which nearly everyone and everything is connected to everyone and everything else, everywhere […]

Inside the World’s Biggest Tech Bazaars

Over the past six months, Rest of World visited eight of these tech markets and districts across the world. Flashing LED displays, the major-key jingles of arcade games, the low buzz of cathode-ray monitors. Most […]

Chemical Somnia

A square inch in a Petri dish becomes a grand stage for chemical transformations. In Chemical Somnia, the Canadian filmmaker Scott Portingale captures the beauty of chemical reactions in wondrous detail. Using time-lapse and macro […]

Social Quitting

A mass exodus is underway from Twitter and Facebook. After decades of eye-popping growth, these social media sites are contracting at an alarming rate. In some ways, this shouldn’t surprise us. All the social networks […]

The Third Magic

The 3 “magics” discussed here are writing, science and the capacity to control and predict events now emerging from the confluence of computation, big data and AI. Usually we think of innovations as specific technologies […]

Finding Awe Amid Everyday Splendor

A new field of psychology has begun to quantify an age-old intuition: Feeling awe is good for us. For the last two decades, Keltner, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, has been a leading […]

Creating in The Era of Creative Confidence

Scott Belsky on the the promises and perils of creative expression as we stand on the shoulders of tech. It’s remarkable to watch a five-year-old draw, void of any anxiety about what the world will […]

Storytelling Will Save the Earth

Emotional resonance, not cold statistics, will bring home the scale of the climate crisis—and the need for action. The environmental crisis is one of overconsumption, carbon emissions, and corporate greed. But it’s also a crisis […]

What the Fediverse (Does/n’t) Solve

No matter how benevolent a dictatorship is, it’s still a dictatorship, and subject to the dictator’s whims. We must demand that the owners and leaders of tech platforms be fair and good – but we […]

Twitter and the State

The intersection between the American security state — agencies like DHS and the FBI, allied private firms like Dataminr — and global monopoly platforms like Twitter and Facebook should be examined. As I’ve said many […]

The Twitter Files and Writing for the Maw

Twitter will always be led by a confederacy of dunces. Consistency and justice were never in the cards. However. While I’m not really interested at all in the Twitter files as such, I am always […]

Eight Artists Chosen for First Civilian Moon Trip

Four years ago, Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa stood alongside SpaceX chief Elon Musk to announce plans for the first civilian mission to the moon. At the presentation in 2018, Maezawa said he had covered […]

The Hunt for the Dark Web’s Biggest Kingpin

AlphaBay was the largest online drug bazaar in history, run by a technological mastermind who seemed untouchable—until his tech was turned against him. By October 2015, AlphaBay had more than 200,000 users and more than […]

Extropia’s Children

Jon Evans explores how the “extropians” mailing list from the 90’s led to AI risk, effective altruism, the rise of rationalism, demon-haunted cults, and the birth of Bitcoin. Back in the nineties, a self-taught teenage […]