The Culture Desk

  1. Pandemic pain is fueling robo-realism

    Financial Times columnist Sarah O’Connor recently wrote the type of humility-driven reflection I wish pervaded tech coverage. She begins “Why I was wrong to be optimistic about robots” with an about-face confession that won’t surprise anyone steeped in political economy, but nevertheless is a refreshingly honest dose of fourth estate realism.

    By Evan Selinger , written on

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  2. This has been the year of digital grieving

    When we die, most of us alive today will be survived by the echo of our online platforms. For those we leave behind, it will be a semi-indelible comfort, an aching reminder, and at times an ever-unfolding chore. Often, it will be all of these things at once.

    By Lindsay Wallace , written on

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  3. Hypto will now let you own viral moments in internet history

    Hypto is an online marketplace for viral social content including videos, memes, and tweets. It will allow collectors to buy, trade, and resell viral content.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

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  4. Will robot playmates become our children's only friends?

    Picture this: your perennially shy seven-year-old asks you to invite a friend over on a random afternoon. Or, perhaps, you might find yourself pleasantly amazed by a series of loving notes left around your home, addressed to all the members of your family by your usually despondent and inattentive child.

    By Anna Rahmanan , written on

    From the Culture desk

  5. ChitterChat: the 'socially acceptable' way to expand your network

    At the beginning of February, Isaac Joy sat down and asked himself: “how would I like to use the internet?” A month later, he had created ChitterChat, a networking platform that encourages users to meet others online by connecting them with one new person each week.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

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  6. The world's first driverless water taxi has been built in Tennessee

    Α month ago Don Βutler hopped on board a modular pontoon boat with four other guys for a ride along the Knoxville side of the Tennessee river. It was a sweet day; cloudy, but balmy. The boat speed went up to four knots, and its passengers traveled for a total of ten minutes up the river, and then for another ten minutes back down to the marina.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Culture desk

  7. Face filters: the new way to consume contemporary art

    Since Snapchat’s launch in 2011, editing your photos with a filter has been a tap away, and these filters have come a long way from the dog ears and tongue first offered to us. Almost all social media platforms have some form of photo function with AR add-ons and image editability.

    By Verity Babbs , written on

    From the Culture desk

  8. Meet the YouTubers spilling blood over their intent

    The video begins in a rather dull manner, with a document held by an unknown figure in a car.

    By Christopher Hutton , written on

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