futuribile / curating futures - Issue #41 - From collective to cooperative intelligence?

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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #41 - From collective to cooperative intelligence?
By Marta Arniani • Issue #41 • View online
Aloha,
This edition reaches you a little bit later than planned. You can imagine me in extreme empathy with this article about How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body. 🙃 😵
Earlier this week, a user updating their settings on Fastly broke the internet. Because of a bug at the American cloud provider, a good slice of the internet went down (including the websites of the British government, Amazon, and the New York Times). A good reminder that content delivery networks (CDNs), which guarantee the loading of internet content, are quite strategic. The three main ones, Akamai, Cloudfare and Fastly, are all American. #sovereigntyTaMère
Aloha,
Marta Arniani

Exit the Zoom fatigue and enter the Stargate: the city portal in the picture connects in real time Vilnius (Lithuania) and Lublin (Poland).
Exit the Zoom fatigue and enter the Stargate: the city portal in the picture connects in real time Vilnius (Lithuania) and Lublin (Poland).
Cooperative prompts
Cooperative organising. Financial speculation is always in the way when looking at possible uses of blockchain. Here you find an excellent compendium on cooperatives and examples of how to match technology and decentralised organisation of work, and maybe build a less dystopic future of the cooperative digital economy. As this timely study titles, “everything old is new again”. Another good read is the Ada Lovelace Institute essay on data cooperatives. 🤘
Cooperative AI. An op-ed on Nature discusses the opportunity for AI advances utilising a cooperative approach. “AI needs social understanding and cooperative intelligence to integrate well into society”: the angle is interesting because it calls not just to task AI with specific siloed problems, but also to orchestrate how it can cooperate with other AI systems, improve AI-human cooperation, and support human collaboration. It comes with the establishment of a new Cooperative AI Foundation, with an initial grant of 15M $. But, beware, it is not agnostic: there’s Microsoft DeepMind behind.
The future of modern warfare: How technology is transforming conflict | Sleep well, by Deutsche Welle
The future of modern warfare: How technology is transforming conflict | Sleep well, by Deutsche Welle
Fooling the system
Ancient protests. Following the automated censorship of Palestinian content on Facebook and Instagram, Arabic-speaking users online have been reverting to an ancient version of the language, which eliminates all dots (diacritics) from the modern alphabet and makes it hard to detect for AI filters.
You are a robot. The online experience Double negative captchas teaches you how to browse like a bot. A hands-on way to raise awareness about online invisible (keep your consent for cookies) behavioural analysis. 🤖
Circumstances (Twitter thread)
Robert G. Reeve
I'm back from a week at my mom's house and now I'm getting ads for her toothpaste brand, the brand I've been putting in my mouth for a week. We never talked about this brand or googled it or anything like that.

As a privacy tech worker, let me explain why this is happening. 🧵
Shots
/// How Spain is replacing razor wire at the border with surveillance tech (and everybody seems fine with it).
/// Fingerspelling: an AI trainer to learn American sign language.
/// Paper: the commodification of trust.
/// Like an Apple Store, but for Google stuff: Google opens its first real-world retail store.
/// El Salvador‘s President wants to legalise bitcoin as a currency to cash in remittances from abroad.
Oh, dear!
Officially the app allows users to create personalized polls and communities around certain topics. But their screenshots on the Apple store are a bit more creepy than that...
Officially the app allows users to create personalized polls and communities around certain topics. But their screenshots on the Apple store are a bit more creepy than that...
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That’s all for this monthly tour of tech discovery under a socio-cultural lens. Share online and forward to support my work, hit reply for feedback.
Aloha,
Marta
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Marta Arniani

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