“You sit at the edge of the ocean, wherever the coast will be after Miami is abandoned to the waves. You are thirsty. Random little clots of dust are full-on robotic interactive devices, since advertising companies long ago released plagues of smart dust upon the world. That means you can always speak and some machine will be listening. “I’m thirsty, I need water.”The seagull responds, “You are not rated as enough ...

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As one of the most popular hubs for on and offline technological conversation in NYC and beyond, New York Tech Meetup positions in a highly ambiguous cybersocial terrain. First founded as a Meetup group in 2004 by the creator of Meetup.com himself, Scott Heiferman, the group now boasts close to 40,000 members, currently ranking as the world’s most populous Meetup.com group.  Since 2004, New York Tech Meetup has been ...

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After suffering from centuries of intrusion and isolation, Native American reservations face some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates within the coastal borders of the United States. While these tribal lands remain steadfastly committed to political and spiritual autonomy, they must confront the increasingly daunting task of survival that the modern marketplace has presented. Payu Harris is one person who believes ...

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February 25, 2017

The Internet is Fucked

We had a good run, but “The Internet is fucked,” proclaims Verge staff writer Nilay Patel.  Who is fucking over whom in cyberspace, you ask? For starters, Comcast threatened to withhold bandwidth from Netflix unless the video streaming wunderkind paid up. Threatened by Comcast’s anti-competitive and greedy tactics, Netflix conceded to this wonderfully euphemistic “paid peering” agreement. Internet Service Providers ...

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When we were just Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, our carnivorous diet was often served with a side of rock and dirt. Our trusty appendix served as our built-in food processor. While this and other once critical body parts are now considered vestigial structures, they are artifacts that testify to the symbiotic relationship between nature, human civilization, and our bodily equipment. For all of history, the human body has ...

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ArtRank: Market Influence Through Symbolic Isolation Despite much scorn and neglect from artists, critics, and audiences alike, the art market organ is more visible and valuable than ever, thanks in part to online art market advisory tools such as ArtRank.com, which launched in February 2014. In the aftermath of the 2009 recession, Carlos A. Rivera took advantage of the fragile economic climate by investing in art, an ...

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