Chomsky on Snowden, Žižek on Buddhism, Fuchs on social media and the public sphere

In a recent editorial Noam Chomsky considers the Snowden revelations and their implications: These exposures lead us to inquire into state policy more generally and the factors that drive it. The received standard version is that the primary goal of policy is security and defense against enemies. The doctrine at once suggests a few questions: … Continue reading Chomsky on Snowden, Žižek on Buddhism, Fuchs on social media and the public sphere

Graeber on labor and leisure; the perils of hipster economics; and the educational value of MOOCs

Following last month's post of David Graeber's views on "bullshit jobs," this Salon interview with Graeber discusses the failed forecast of universal leisure time: Right after my original bullshit jobs piece came out, I used to think that if I wanted, I could start a whole career in job counseling – because so many people … Continue reading Graeber on labor and leisure; the perils of hipster economics; and the educational value of MOOCs

Guns with Google Glass, city of driverless cars, Kurzweil on hybrid thinking

Tech companies and weapons manufacturers are exploring the crossover potential for firearms and wearable technology devices like Google Glass. Brian Anderson at Motherboard reported Austin tech startup TrackingPoint's foray into this inevitable extension of augmented reality applications and posted the company's concept video: "When paired with wearable technology, PGFs can provide unprecedented benefits to shooters, such as the … Continue reading Guns with Google Glass, city of driverless cars, Kurzweil on hybrid thinking