You are reading The Blind Machine.
View this email in your browser

Welcome back.


The Blind Machine is brought to you by the good people at chumbo

Listen to our playlist on Spotify, a careful selection of old & new futures.

Thank you for being here.

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.

Building Our Internal Games Studios

on Oct 03, 2022 09:36 am

Today, I’m excited to announce that we are establishing an internal games studio in Helsinki, Finland, with Marko Lastikka as the studio director.

They built a Minecraft crypto empire. Then it all came crashing down

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

One day in February, Wiktor Daniec stood in a medieval town of his own creation. Daniec, who lives in Warsaw, Poland, owned the land, on which he’d built a terrace of houses.

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.

Whatever Happened to Marissa Marcel?

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

The last time anybody heard from Marissa Marcel was in 1999. The Hollywood star, whose movies include a 1968 erotic thriller called Ambrosio and the unreleased 1970 murder mystery Minsky, was on the verge of a comeback with Two of Everything. But this film, like her last, was never completed.

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.

Pixel art comes to life: Fan upgrades classic MS-DOS games with AI

on Oct 02, 2022 03:36 pm

Last night, a Reddit user named frigis9 posted six images that featured detailed graphical upgrades to classic MS-DOS computer games such as Commander Keen 6 and The Secret of Monkey Island.

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.

A New Materials Paradigm Is Overdue

on Oct 02, 2022 02:36 pm

Over eighty years ago, the rise of synthetic polymers led to one of the most successful original products ever. This product used nothing that we would consider to be technology today. That’s how long it’s been since there have been any material breakthroughs at scale.

iLRN 2022 Keynote Speaker Jesse Schell

on Oct 02, 2022 11:41 am

The 8th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN 2022)

Everything must go – Pharrell Williams is selling off his legacy

on Sep 30, 2022 05:36 pm

In a whitewashed loft apartment somewhere in lower Manhattan, Pharrell Williams is moving his hands through the air as if solving a giant floating jigsaw puzzle.

Christie’s Auction House Announces On-Chain NFT Art Platform

on Sep 29, 2022 09:36 am

Luxury auction house Christie’s is launching an on-chain platform for non-fungible token (NFT) art, becoming the first global auction to facilitate fully on-chain sales. The new platform, called Christie’s 3.

This Vote Could Change the Course of Internet History

on Sep 28, 2022 03:36 pm

This week in Romania, a US State Department candidate is facing a Russian challenger in an election for the leadership of one of the most important international technology bodies in the world.

Choose Reality While You Still Can

on Sep 27, 2022 10:36 am

In the early 1990s, perhaps my favorite part of the week happened between 7:00 and 7:22 on Sundays, when America’s Funniest Home Videos broadcast their best submissions. It’s hard to convey how precious this material was at the time.


Tweet this Tweet this
Send it by email Send it by email
The Blind Machine is a publication about Pop Culture, Software Studies, Business Strategy, Media Platforms, Algorithmic Management, Game Design, and everything in between.
Copyright © 2022 chumbo, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.