Friday, December 14, 2018

China’s "Social Credit System" Has Caused More Than Just Public Shaming

Friday, November 16, 2018

"An illustrated tour of Unix history

An illustrated tour of Unix history
Unix pioneer Rob Pike was there from the start, physically transporting key elements of the "Toronto distribution" of Unix to Berkeley when he started grad school, and then to Bell Labs, working alongside Dennis Ritchie and other key Unix programmers to develop and refine everything from modern editors to compilers to windowing systems.

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

"This viral campaign video for a progressive New York Democratic primary challenger cost less than $10K and spread like wildfire
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a community organizer from the Bronx who is challenging New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley for the party nomination; she's a Bernie Sanders-affiliated left-wing Democrat who raised $200,000 to challenge Crowley's $1.6m war-chest.

Bronx activist and community organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging longtime New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in his primary on June 26. By all measures, the former Bernie Sanders organizer is an underdog, going up against the powerful chair of the House Democratic Caucus who has more than $1.6 million in cash on hand (Ocasio-Cortez has raised around $200,000).

Saturday, June 2, 2018

1979 Computer Store Manager Predicts Future

I recently found this interview in my archives. I was shooting a documentary called “The Information Society” in 1979 and filmed this in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Compushop had just begun selling the Apple II and this guy had a keen sense of what was coming.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Force of Nature: Celebrating 20 Years of the Laws of Cyberspace


Professor Lawrence Lessig is joined by Professors Ruth L. Okediji, Laura DeNardis, and Jonathan Zittrain to reflect on the 20th anniversary of Professor Lessig's foundational paper "The Laws of Cyberspace," and how the landscape of Internet law has changed in the two decades since. Learn more about this event:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

How Israel Rules The World Of Cyber Security

U.S. intelligence agencies accuse Russia of hacking the 2016 presidential election, a Ben Ferguson travels to Tel Aviv to find out how Israel is on its way to becoming the world's top cyber superpower.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

OK Go – The One Moment – Official Video

From the album Hungry Ghosts, out now everywhere: In collaboration with #MortonSalt. OK Go: Damian Kulash Timothy Nordwind Andy Ross Dan Konopka Directed by Damian Kulash Produced by Park Pictures Exec. Producer: Justin Pollock Line Producer: Pat Frazier Production Designer: Bradley Thordarson Director of Photography: Shawn Kim Editor: Cass Vanini Post Effects: Artjail, Steve Mottershead For more information on #walkherwalk, visit

OK Go explains the incredible math behind their "The One Moment" music video

Damian Kulash, lead singer of OK Go, discusses the immense amount of math behind their video,”The One Moment”. This video is part of

Monday, January 8, 2018

"Interesting vintage documentary on how analog technologies changed the sound of music

Published on Oct 17, 2010

The New Sound of Music is a fascinating BBC historical documentary from the year 1979. It charts the development of recorded music from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder and onto the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music development with voltage-controlled oscillators making up the analogue synthesizers of the day. EMS Synthesizers and equipment are a heavily featured technology resource in this film, with the show's host, Michael Rodd, demonstrating the EMS VCS3 synthesizer and it's waveform output. Other EMS products include the incredible Synthi 100 modular console system, the EMS AKS, the Poly Synthi and the EMS Vocoder. Most of the location shots are filmed within the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop studios as they were in 1979. Malcolm Clarke demonstrates the Synthi 100, also known as the "Delaware", Michael Rodd demonstrates musique concrete by tape splicing and manipulation and Paddy Kingsland demonstrates tape recorder delay techniques (also known as "Frippertronics"). The Yamaha CS-80 analogue synthesizer is demonstrated by both Peter Howell and Roger Limb. The EMS Vocoder is also expertly put to use by Peter Howell on his classic "Greenwich Chorus" for the television series "The Body in Question". Dick Mills works on sound effects for Doctor Who using a VCS3 unit, and Elizabeth Parker uses bubble sounds to create music for an academic film on particle physics. Peter Zinovieff is featured using his computer music studio and DEC PDP8 computer to produce electronic variations on classic vintage scores. David Vorhaus is featured using his invention, the MANIAC (Multiphasic ANalog Inter-Active Chromataphonic (sequencer)), and playing his other invention, the Kaleidophon -- which uses lengths of magnetic tape as velocity-sensitive ribbon controllers. The New Sound of Music is a fascinating insight into the birth of the world of recorded and electronic music and features some very classic British analogue synthesizers creating the electronic sounds in this film. The prime location for these demonstrations is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop where much creativity and invention took place during the period the workshop was in operation in the latter part of the twentieth century. Electronic music today is used everywhere, and many musicians gain inspiration from the past, as well as delving into the realms of sonic structures and theories made possible by the widespread use of computers to manipulate sounds for the creation of all kinds of musical forms.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"The Best Cinematography of 2017: Blade Runner 2049, Mudbound, and More

Published on Dec 23, 2017

To compile our list of the year’s most breathtaking cinematography, we asked No Film School writers to submit a single film that stood out visually above all others for them this year, and had video essayist Nelson Carvajal of Free Cinema Now put together excerpts from each in this supercut. To read our thinking behind each inclusion, go to: Films included are: -The Beguiled, DP Philippe LeSourd -Blade Runner 2049, DP Roger Deakins -Casting JonBenet, DP Michael Latham -Chasing Coral, DP Jeff Orlowski & Andrew Ackerman -Columbus, DP Elisha Christian -Dunkirk, DP Hoyte van Hoytema -The Florida Project, DP Alexis Zabe -Good Time, DP Sean Price William -Kedi, DP Alp Korfali & Charlie Wuppermann -Menashe, DP Yoni Brook -Mudbound, DP Rachel Morrison -Wonder Wheel, DP Vittorio Storaro To read our thinking behind each inclusion, go to: