Quote of the week
So what is real about ourselves depends not some internal ability to think or feel something but the ability to externalize it as processable data. We surrender the prerogative of claiming to be self-created and learn to love the self the data tells us we are.
Articles of the week
- The New Inquiry: Google Alert for the Soul
Great piece on how widespread use of social media changes the concepts of authenticity and the self, and what the next era in self-perception might entail.
- Russell Davies: a unit of delivery
Russell explains how the British Government Digital Service got started and how it works, and addresses some common misconceptions about what it’s like to work on a project like GOV.UK, where “the product is the service is the marketing.”
- BBC: Hagfish slime: The clothing of the future?
On the fascinating, mysterious hagfish and how the slime it uses to defend itself could hold the keys to more sustainable materials for clothing than the oil-based synthetic ones we often use today.
- The Creators Project: Viral Style: Tumblr-Inspired Fashion And Tag-Popping Tees
Looking at the interaction between the internet and fashion, with some interesting examples of digital-influenced pieces.
- Adam Greenfield: The canonical smart city: a pastiche
A “shooting script for one of those concept videos so beloved of the big technology vendors,” composed by mashing up visions of future city life proposed in these vendors’ promotional literature. The result is rather disturbing.