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What Andrea Dworkin missed about pornography

on Dec 02, 2022 09:00 pm

Across at least five decades, from Susan Brownmiller to Gail Dines, some feminists have denounced pornography for enacting and inciting violence against women, making its viewers into psychologically inert consumers or, worse, sexual aggressors.

Financial Times

on Dec 01, 2022 08:36 am

The FT’s 25 most influential women of 2022 An intelligent take on global lifestyle, arts and culture Insightful reads Interviews & reviews The FT Crossword Travel, houses, entertainment & style

China’s chip industry fights to survive U.S. tech crackdown

on Dec 01, 2022 08:36 am

QUANZHOU, China/TAPIEI — In the southeastern Chinese port city of Quanzhou, a near-derelict factory hit by U.S. sanctions four years ago has discreetly come back to life. Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. (JHICC), a memory chipmaker, had to halt operations after the U.S.

Over 1,000 songs with human-mimicking AI vocals have been released by Tencent Music in China. One of them has 100m streams.

on Nov 29, 2022 11:36 am

MBW’s Stat Of The Week is a series in which we highlight a single data point that deserves the attention of the global music industry. Stat Of the Week is supported by Cinq Music Group, a technology-driven record label, distribution, and rights management company.

Meta confirms U.S. military involvement in sprawling phony social media operation

on Nov 24, 2022 08:36 pm

People associated with the U.S. military were behind dozens of phony Facebook accounts, more than a dozen pages, a pair of groups and 26 Instagram accounts that pushed pro-U.S.

What matters about Matter, the new smart home standard

on Nov 21, 2022 10:36 pm

Matter is a common language for smart home devices designed to simplify everything about the smart home, from purchase to setup and everyday use. Its biggest promise is making smart devices work with each other across platforms and ecosystems, no matter who made them.

Leg Booty? Panoramic? Seggs? How TikTok Is Changing Language

on Nov 20, 2022 09:36 am

A new vocabulary — a little fun, a little dystopian — has emerged on the social video platform, as creators try to get around algorithms and strict content moderation. They call it algospeak. If it all sounds like a foreign language to you, that’s because it kind of is.

Atoms are local

on Nov 13, 2022 11:36 am

Welcome to The Century of Biology! This newsletter explores data, companies, and ideas from the frontier of biology. You can subscribe for free to have the next post delivered to your inbox: We are rapidly pursuing the industrialization of biotech.

Peering Into The Invisible Present

on Nov 08, 2022 09:36 pm

Every two weeks from March to November, Chris Halsch walks a ten-mile loop near the Donner Pass, high up in California’s Sierra Nevada, for the sole purpose of counting butterflies.

on Nov 06, 2022 08:36 am

Matter Takes Shape with Launches from Amazon, Samsung, and More

on Nov 03, 2022 11:36 pm

The Connected Standards Alliance and its members took to Amsterdam Thursday to showcase Matter, a newly-released universal smart home standard that promises to simplify the connected home.

Russia 1985-1999: TraumaZone

on Oct 29, 2022 09:36 am

Series 1: 1. Part One – 1985 to 1989Perestroika. The dream of saving communism. But the oligarchs start to loot the system….Perestroika. The dream of saving communism. But the oligarchs start to loot the system.

21st Century Villages

on Oct 29, 2022 09:36 am

I have some cottages near the edge of the Aberdare Mountain Range in Kenya. It’s a peaceful place of tea growing, sparkling rivers full of rainbow trout, and a nice quiet place to read a book over the weekend. It’s also quite rural with farmers, old dirt roads, and unreliable electricity.

Human Trafficking’s Newest Abuse: Forcing Victims Into Cyberscamming

on Oct 29, 2022 09:36 am

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

How QAnon’s conspiracy theories are spilling over into Europe

on Oct 24, 2022 04:36 am

InvestigationIn collaboration with Lighthouse Reports, Bellingcat and three European media outlets, ‘Le Monde’ investigated how conspiracy theories cross the Atlantic.

Anderson .Paak

on Oct 18, 2022 10:38 pm

One of America’s most celebrated performers, known for his genre-crossing collaborations and as one-half of the soul-funk superduo Silk Sonic, .Paak is doing nothing less than redefining what a pop star is and can be.

Art in the Age of Machine Intelligence

on Oct 11, 2022 08:36 pm

Art has always existed in a complex, symbiotic and continually evolving relationship with the technological capabilities of a culture. Those capabilities constrain the art that is produced, and inform the way art is perceived and understood by its audience.

Reimagining the future of Google Home

on Oct 06, 2022 08:36 pm

When we built the Google Home app nearly 10 years ago, our average user had fewer than three devices. Now the average US household has 25 connected devices and it’s growing fast. While more of our devices are connected to the internet today, we’re still far from a truly smart and helpful home.

Is Unity still focused on making games?

on Oct 06, 2022 07:36 am

Many people still think of Unity as simply a game engine maker, which is a technically accurate description but risks giving people a slanted impression of the company’s business.

The Next Century of Computing

on Oct 03, 2022 09:36 am

In this article, I will be giving 80 brief predictions on the future of computing and its impact on the broader world. These are largely predictions that you will not find elsewhere, and this is certainly not an exhaustive list of my ideas. However, from much of my theoretical research and various trends I’ve seen playing out, these are the places where I see things eventually deviating from common expectations.

Many of these take the form of a niche that I see existing now or in the future. How fast these predictions come true will be highly dependent on how fast people can find these niches and begin to fill them.

How Game Design Principles Can Enhance Democracy

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

Gamification — the use of ideas from game design for purposes beyond entertainment — is everywhere. It’s in our smartwatches, cajoling us to walk an extra thousand steps for a digital trophy. It’s in our classrooms, where teachers use apps to reward and punish children with points.

The Enduring Allure of Choose Your Own Adventure Books

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

You were a girl who wanted to choose your own adventures. Which is to say, you were a girl who never had adventures. You always followed the rules.

The Authorial Leverage Framework

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

Hey, I’m Jacob! I’m a technical narrative designer. I co-created Ice-Bound, an award-winning indie narrative game, and have developed dynamic narrative systems for a variety of industry studios over the last seven years.

Title:Co-Writing Screenplays and Theatre Scripts with Language Models: An Evaluation by Industry Professionals

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

Both individuals and organizations that work with arXivLabs have embraced and accepted our values of openness, community, excellence, and user data privacy. arXiv is committed to these values and only works with partners that adhere to them.

Perspectives on Text-Guided Visual Art

on Oct 02, 2022 02:36 pm

Millions of artworks have been downloaded from the internet to train models capable of creating new images from a turn of phrase.


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