Sunday, October 7, 2018

" Cyberpunk: a 1990 documentary featuring William Gibson, Timothy Leary, and Brenda Laurel

CYBERPUNK is a 1990 documentary by Marianne Trench about the cyberpunk culture and it's aspects. It covers topics such as hacking, virtual reality, mind machines, implants, cyber arts, literature, music, and it features interviews with William Gibson, Dr. Timothy Leary and various other people like Joseph M. Rosen MD., Dr. Scott Fisher, Michael Synergy and more. This copy was downloaded from and I highly recommend that you download it from there too because you will be able to watch it in it's natural 60fps form. Link - Unfortunately, I had to remove a snippet of Front 242's Headhunter video from the documentary because if I left it in there the documentary would be taken down. This documentary has been uploaded purely for the purpose of educating and entertaining. - CREDITS - An INTERCON Production Directed by Marianne Trench Produced by Peter von Brandenburg Script by Peter von Brandenburg Screenplay by Marianne Trench Music Director - D.S. Slave Music by : Barry Adamson, Esplendor Geometrico, Front 242, Hilt, Manufacture, Severed Heads, Skinny Puppy, White Worm Virus Additional Music by David Stagnari & Benedict Zilinskis Barry Adamson courtesy of Mute Records Front 242 courtesy of Wax Trax Records Hilt, Manufacture, Severed Heads and Skinny Puppy courtesy of Nettwerk Records Intercon Production gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of RADICAL TV / JAPAN Daizaburo Harada, Haruhiko Shono Animation & Effects by Process Animation, NYC William Gibson's novels available from Bantam / Ace Books Segments of "Neuromancer", the graphic novel, courtesy of Byron Preis Visual Pub. Inc. "Neuromancer" Role Playing Game available from Interplay The film "Akira" copyright MCMLXXXVII, the Akira Committee "Hackers" by Steven Levy available from Anchor / Doubleday Stealthware by Loren Amsden Jewelry by Famous Melissa & Co. Psychedellia from "Illuminations" courtesy of Ken Jenkins, Immediate Future Prod. Illustration by Taro Suzuki Dr.Rosen's research funded by Veteran's Affairs "Shadowrun" Role Playing Game available from FASA Corp. "Opera Industriel" & "Chromosaurs" courtesy of Pacific Data Images "Circuit's Edge" Role Playing Game available from Infocom Cellular Imaging Executed with "Rudy Rucker's CA Lab" Available from Autodesk Virtual Reality courtesy of : Autodesk Inc., NASA-Ames, Sense8 Corp., VPL Research Inc. Camera : Stuart MacClelland, John Sparks, Robert Drangle, Tom Hartung, Marco Kaos Edited at Northstar Video Ltd. Editor Harry Douglas, Asst. Editor J.C. McGlone, Asst. Editor Charles Weber Sound mixed at Aquarius Music Prod. Sound Mixer James Regan Technical Consultant - Robert F. Sullivan Thanks to : Chris Allis & Grant Blaha / Autodesk David Bermant Foundation Brilliant Color Cards Peter Conn / Homer & Assoc. Vincent Cordasco / Scrap Bar Anthony Defilippis Marc DeGroot & David Benman / VPL Colyer Dupont Daniel Gros Katie Haffner Michael Hutchinson Donald G. James / NASA-Ames Jeff Koons Mu & R.U. / Mondo 2000 Brian Pamer / VRP Gregory Rukavina Brian Schindele Wes Thomas Rick Webb / 3220 Gallery Christine Zarrer / Synchro Energize Raymond Zilinskas & everyone who saw it coming Copyright 1990 Intercon Production / Peter von Brandenburg ©XMM All Rights Reserved The End Made in NY, NY

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How to tame tech giants | The Economist

Google, Facebook and Amazon are among the biggest companies in the world. Their dominance is worrying for consumers and competition. Here's why. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: Can you imagine life without Google, Facebook or Amazon? Chances are you're actually on one of those platforms right now watching this. These companies have utterly transformed how we buy goods online and consume information online. But there's a growing view that the big web platforms need to be reined in. Google handles around 90% of searches in many countries and that gives it unprecedented access over information that people get. Facebook connects over 2 billion users or a quarter of the world's population. Both companies dominate online advertising which is how they make their money considering that their services are free. Amazon accounts for over 40 percent of retail sales in America and has a huge market share elsewhere. That lets it dictate terms to suppliers. Of course the companies are successful because they're innovative, they're dynamic, and they bring a lot of value to consumers. Problem is that their size brings worries. Today the major web companies are among the biggest firms in the world. A little over a decade ago they barely made the list. Critics worry that they're BAAD - that's big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy. Now most of the concerns are overblown. Being big isn't illegal but the anti-competitive worries are real and we see early signs of it. Google has been fined by European regulators for favouring its own apps. Facebook has bought up startups that could have competed against it. The market share of the tech giants is as large as the industrial giants of the past. At the time regulators broke up the companies or treated them as utilities. Neither approach is gonna work today. First they should scrutinize even small mergers for potentially anti-competitive effects. This will prevent the tech giants from buying up firms that could become rivals. And second regulators should consider giving individuals rights over their data and potentially require the platforms to share data to encourage competition. It's hard to imagine how that might work in practice since nothing like that has been done before - but it is not impossible and just the threat of this compulsory openness might enforce good behavior. Daily Watch: mind-stretching short films throughout the working week.

The perfect storm: building a crypto-utopia in Puerto Rico

In a time of vulnerability, crypto investors are moving to Puerto Rico, attracted by lucrative tax incentives. They plan to regenerate the island using blockchain technology. But not all of the locals support their bold plans