Originally posted on Movies and Society:
By Keshav Krishnamurty. Among the many science fiction movies to come out this year, one of the most interesting is Ex Machina, written and directed by Alex Garland on a small budget and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaacs, Alicia Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno. The plot begins with a young programmer,…

Paul Krugman, via Angry Bear. http://angrybearblog.com/2013/07/hunger-games-usa.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hunger-games-usa Good grief. If US politicians keep going this low, the United States will become the way India was in its lowest days. 63 percent of Tennessee is on Hunger Stamps? A couple of years back I wouldn’t have dreamed of hearing that come from the US. Unbelievable.

Eric Hoffer is downright fascinating, and that’s putting it mildly. He’s a living example of what John Taylor Gatto meant when he said that American schools were dumbing down children. A man who was blind for years during his childhood and until his early teens, this waiter and longeshoreman taught himself and became one of […]

John Kenneth Galbraith’s last book was “The Economics of Innocent Fraud”, in which the 95-year old economist asserted that the Federal Reserve was utterly ineffective – not due to the political issues as much as the fact that modern macroeconomics does not work the way it does. Tao Jonesing has an excerpt – http://taojonesing.blogspot.in/2010/09/john-kenneth-galbraith-and-now-not-so.html Understandably, […]

http://www.alternet.org/activism/why-are-americans-so-passive?paging=off This is a pretty good look at what’s going wrong in the United States. Why have the Americans learned helplessness so easily? Driven to look at their own problems, driven by individualism and the overwhelming burden of individual responsibility – when you cut a human off from the rest of the world, they are […]

Via Economist’s View, a paper on ‘dancing with robots’- http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2013/07/computers-and-unemployment-this-time-is-different.html For the foreseeable future, the challenge of “cybernation” is not mass unemployment but the need to educate many more young people for the jobs computers cannot do. Meeting the challenge begins by recognizing what the Ad Hoc Committee missed—that computers have specific limitations compared to […]

Very late entry as a blogger, I’d have to say. Looking back at Jaron Lanier now – and wondering if every single blog is somehow constrained by how it relies on an architecture someone else dictates. It’s clearly anything but avant-garde when it comes to the digital. I find his views on music pretty apt […]