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Hi German folks! Please vote out racists like @c_lindner. I'd rather be mistaken in my mentions for singer @patricklindner_.

https://www.politico.eu/article/christian-lindner-german-liberal-fdp-angela-merkel-leaders-bakery-ta...

 

Fantastic performance tonight in San Francisco by @dessadarling@twitter.com She's a fabulous performer and member of Doomtree Collective. Here's a thoughtful interview from 2015 about Doomtree's unique path to success:

http://www.minnesotabusiness.com/dessa-ceo

 

Reading "The World of Knowbots" from "The Digital Library Project". circa 1988
http://www.cnri.reston.va.us/kahn-cerf-88.pdf

 

Thievery Corporation's Treasure from the Temple is on Resonate Coop:

Click through from https://thieverycorporation.com/treasures/

Give it some mutual aid :) If you're a member it's a good album, if you're not a member plz sign up!

xpost: https://social.coop/web/statuses/99893173661512731

 

Cleaning up my Xmarks bookmarks so I can import them into @pinboard before they disappear forever. Interesting look back at the default bookmarks that came with Safari/IE etc.

https://helpdesk.xmarks.com/bookmark-manager-basics/import-and-export/

 

Get ready for GDPR with avocado and sprouts on whole grain bread (aka California Style)

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2182

 
 

Everything in our world will soon be technology-mediated. @anildash offers some wisdom on how we can make these changes in a net-positive way. Recommended.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/12-things-everyone-should-understand-tech-anil-dash/

 

When Pong played Humans

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It was a blistering July day in Las Vegas, with temps hitting 109.  Inside the SIGGRAPH 91 convention hall Yello's Rubberbandman looped on the speakers. On each chair: a red/green paddle.

I was a student volunteer, stamping the finest hands in Computer Graphics.  Those hands (and my own) each controlled those paddles.  Then 5000 people looked up and saw a Pong Game appear on the screen.

And then..  the machine started playing us.

In response to visual stimuli we changed the color of our paddle.  The ball moved left, then right.  The crowd shouting "red red red", "green!" and cheering as the game played on.

The rules of the game and the feedback loops directed our actions.  It was a complex adaptive system with emergent behavior.

And luckily there is some footage of this moment.  Watch this excerpt from "Machines of Loving Grace" that talks about this moment in history:

Loren Carpenter Experiment at SIGGRAPH '91 from Zachary Murray on Vimeo.

Loren Carpenter cofounded Pixar.  Check out the TurboGopher appearance at the 5:00 minute mark.

Today the simple pong game is now the multilayered technological environment we interact with on a daily basis. Instead of red/green paddles with 1 bit of data we carry phones that generate a wealth more.  These devices also provide the aural/visual and haptic stimuli.    With that our collective actions power all kinds of "games" today:

  • Aggregated location data and movement speed generates traffic data in maps.
  • Aggregated search queries and click data deliver better search results.
  • Aggregated likes, views and interactions with content power trending data and even news and politics.

As technologists we need to remember that by controlling the game, we are indirectly controlling the players.  The choices we allow (and forbid) define the behavior.  The game "plays" the player.  And often the only way to be free is to not play at all.

Except that is if maybe, just maybe, the people start playing a different game than the one we designed.  In the giddy demonstration it was assumed that people wanted to win at Pong.  But we didn't play long enough for abuse or scheming.  It would have only taken a few people to cross over to sabotage the other side, or for trolls to have changed the outcome.

Finally this level of power and control demands great responsibility.  The only thing worse than control used for malicious purposes is control wielded without thought, without thinking of the consequences.  So the next time you're designing a product think about the whole system and all the inputs and ask "who's really in control?".

h/t to the General Intellect Unit podcast and their Machines of Loving Grace episode for reminding me of this unsung moment in history.

 

Scrobbling for @resonatecoop is now available thanks to the efforts of Malachi Soord @inversechi
https://github.com/web-scrobbler/web-scrobbler

 

Heard a CashCall radio ad to refinance and “buy the bitcoin dip”. Shades of 1999 when our WaMu loan officer told us to invest our down payment...

 

Highly recommended talk by @aparrish that illustrates principles of The Law of Requisite Variety and the Good Regulator Theorem.

http://opentranscripts.org/transcript/programming-forgetting-new-hacker-ethic/

 

brb checking my memcached commits on github.

I also think there's a future for a Branding Agency specializing in vulnerability names. We're no longer content with CVEs any more.

https://blog.cloudflare.com/memcrashed-major-amplification-attacks-from-port-11211/

 

Friday update for @resonatecoop. I discovered the esteemed electronica duo @Coldcut has their catalog there. Nine listens means I now own "Quality Control" and other tracks.

https://resonate.is/profile/546/

 

Here's my first friday update for @resonatecoop. With 9 listens I now own 'Doll' by @feralfive off the excellent Man Cat Doll Machine EP.

https://resonate.is/song/3095/feral_five-doll/