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Why is Dall-E 2 So Contentious?

Dall-E 2 can conjure vivid pictures of dogs in berets to astronauts playing basketball. It also represents every major ethical concern there is about AI. OpenAI published a detailed document on the “Risks and Limitations” […]

PayPal’s IndyMedia Wipeout

In the last week or so, the online payment platform PayPal without explanation suspended the accounts of a series of individual journalists and media outlets. This episode ups the ante again on the content moderation […]

Nike and RTFKT’s First Digital Sneakers Have Landed

Cryptokicks is expected to be the first of many digital launches from Nike and RTFKT. Earlier this year, virtual fashion start-up RTFKT dropped a mysterious NFT titled “MNLTH”, a metallic cube that was decorated with […]

The Largest NFT Mint in History

Otherside Metaverse Sees $320 Million Raised, Ether Fees Spike, Etherscan Crashes. The Otherside metaverse virtual land sale took place on Saturday, and a great deal of people purchased Ethereum-based NFTs dubbed “Otherdeeds.” Demand for the […]

Elon Musk Buys Twitter, Twitter’s Biggest Egos Melt Down

The SpaceX/Tesla founder and billionaire has articulated lofty free speech ideals. Can he make them reality? Musk has panned the site’s existing content moderation policies, saying they are too restrictive and encroach on people’s ability […]

Sacred Servers

We’ve felt the tremendous weight of power that profane tech companies hold. The power comes from us. Why don’t we take it and distribute it among ourselves? I spend a lot of time online. Too […]

The Internet is Made of Demons

Could it be that we’ve all plugged our consciousnesses into a planet-sized sigil that summons demons? According to one theory, the internet is made of demons. Like most theories about the internet, this one is […]

Techgnosis Today

Erik Davis’ first book, the celebrated Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, was published almost twenty-five years ago. Still in print, this cult classic of media studies continues to inform conversations […]

Does Wall Street Need New Storytelling?

“Wall Street has gotten so dull, It is essentially a tech job. It is totally silent. For better or worse, it’s lost a lot of its color.” In Margin Call, the CEO asks Sam, his […]

The Boneyard Principle

Most successful consumer social products walk through a boneyard of failures before achieving victory. Before TikTok came Vine, before Tinder came Match.com, and before Instagram and Snap came Flickr. Each of these groups shared the […]