Apple’s Backdoor

Originally posted on The Rhetoric of Information:
If anyone is interested in reading more about the technical details of the recent conflict between Apple and the FBI, there’s a helpful article at Ars Technica. Such disputes over personal devices might seem petty compared to the artificial intelligence revolution that Issac Asimov imagined in I, Robot.…

Ladies Get Information

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? Beyoncé’s new single “Formation” calls for ladies to “get in formation” (’cause she slays). Ostensibly the line asks her dancers to get into one of the choreographed dance formations that appear in many of her videos. Against the backdrop of post-Katrina New Orleans and #BlackLivesMatter imagery, however,…

Convenience Reading

Originally posted on The Rhetoric of Information:
Predictions of new media technologies supplanting paper books belong to a legacy that runs well over a hundred years deep. As early as the nineteenth century, Paul Otlet suggested microfilm would displace paper books in his essay, “On a New Form of the Book.” Other prominent thinkers such…