MED 122318


Early Morning Final

Inside Brazil’s Museu Nacional – Rediscover the collection before the fire in 2018.  On September 2nd 2018, a fire struck the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest collections of natural history in the world. An estimated 20 million pieces were lost, including indigenous artifacts, dinosaur remains and the oldest human skeleton ever discovered in the Americas.Starting back in 2016.

Theaster Gates hits the floor at Park Avenue Armory  The Chicago artist will mill a portion of the period wood for the $4m project to replace the historic New York building’s floor

NYPL Top Checkouts of 2018  Jennifer Egan’s historical novel set in New York City topped the Library’s annual top checkouts list, which includes books and e-books from the Library’s collections. The New York Public Library—which includes 92 locations in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—has about 20 million checkouts per year. (Staten Island list so telling.-ED)

Programming Medicine []  What is a medicine, really? From the days of aspirin from willow bark, medicine is as old as humanity itself: something humans have been discovering, designing, and creating for ages to help heal ourselves. But now, thanks to technology, we’re entering an entirely new age where the very definition of what a medicine is, is changing. In this talk given at a16z’s annual Summit event, Jorge Conde — general partner on the bio fund at Andreessen Horowitz — talks about how we are now harnessing and even programming biology itself in new modalities, from the cell to the gene to the living microbiome.

Update on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit (PDF) [facebook]  In particular, civil rights groups identified the possibility of false information regarding voter registration requirements or voting logistics. Before the rise of social media, flyers containing false voting information were posted in minority neighborhoods – on street corners or in churches, schools, and public parks.  (ED NOTE: The report is filled with these type of analog comparisons -that are not corollary and try to act as justification with a ‘it’s been happening forever’ reasoning) Today, the same falsehoods may spread online as memes in Facebook’s News Feed, with the potential to reach millions of people in a short amount of time.

Trend 2018-2019: Censorship + content moderation

Google Takes Down Artstation Android App for Explicit Content [artstation]  We have been getting many questions from users asking what happened to the ArtStation Android App, as it seems to have disappeared from the Google Play Store. In the interest of transparency and keeping our users informed, we wanted to let you know what is happening. On Dec.10, 2018, unfortunately  Google suspended the ArtStation App from the Google Play store for the issue of Violation of Sexually Explicit Content policy. Google provided us with the following image as evidence of our violation.

YouTube’s Copyright Protection System is a Total Mess, Can it Be Fixed? YouTube users are becoming increasingly frustrated with the platform’s handling of copyright complaints. Legitimate videos are being claimed or removed based on false claims, either by automated mistakes or intentional abuse. Perhaps it’s time for YouTube to hold ‘abusive’ copyright holders responsible for their actions?

Year End Spots

These three end of year spots resonated. The fact that Google has even made an advertisement worth sharing is really telling. Their significant creative growth over the last few years, first design and now this.

Google really figuring out the way to being a fuzzy warm consumer brand you can related to vs a cold surveillance service they are.  Impressive in the same way that naming conventions for laws have become the inverse meaning of what they do example; patriot act, but I digress .

John Lewis & Partners Christmas Ad 2018 (Elton)

Holiday — Share Your Gifts — Apple

Home Alone Again with the Google Assistant

Privacy Watch

BBC master troll of Zuck/Facebook   [twitter/bbc] “This is their information. They own it” “And you won’t sell it?” “No! Of course not.” Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, talking to the BBC in 2009. Digging through the BBC archives proved worthwhile as our interview with a younger Mark went viral this year. You all wanted to see.

‘Minority Report’ police computer is being used to ‘predict’ who is likely to commit crimes amid ethical concerns over £48million project  A £48m police computer system can predict who is most likely to commit crimes, The system can also predict victims and works by analyzing masses of data.


top img:  sequence from Wings of Desire 

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