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Don’t look away

Ben Werdmüller – 29 september 2020 – link blogpost

The ash on my car this morning was like a layer of sand; each grain, a fragment of something destroyed. The smoke hangs in the air and turns everything red. It falls in chunks, like snow.

I spent my morning frantically trying to find food that my mother could eat before dialysis. She can’t tolerate much, but her feeding tube doesn’t provide enough nutrition to last through a day. Ordinarily, we find ways to cook for her, but that requires a kitchen. Takeout food, which would be my first choice in this situation, is too salty for her, or has ingredients she can’t digest. The WalMart next door had been ransacked by fire evacuees; the only edible food items left were PopTarts, which aren’t on my mother’s menu. At Raley’s, further away, we found microwaveable oatmeal and some strawberries. As I loaded the car with food, I tried my best to prevent the ash from sliding through the open doors.

The surrealism of this year invites us to not take it seriously. The horror is dream-like in its absurdity. The facts and implications are so outside the parameters of ordinary life that they seem outlandish. But the sky really is red with flame, over two hundred thousand Americans alone really are dead from the pandemic, there really are unmarked federal soldiers in our cities, people really are being swept up by ICE in the dead of night and kept in concentration camps, and the worst really may be yet to come.

Ben verteld op zijn blog over zijn leven de afgelopen dagen. En het voelt zo onwerkelijk aan maar is de werkelijkheid. De bizarre feiten van de dagelijkse realiteit van een Amerikaan.

Net als Ben hoop ik op betere tijden.

Erasing the Self, Living in a Dream, and Creating New Power Relationships with VR

“The line between what it means to be dreaming and what it means to be awake is going to become very interesting,” says Jordan Greenhall, CEO of Neurohacker. Virtual reality is perhaps the easiest way to conceive of that concept right now, but it’s just one piece in a much larger body of accelerated technology on the horizon. Our sense of reality, how our self fits into our perception of the world, can be easily shaken through sensory input manipulation—and in very low-tech and low-quality ways. So image what a sophisticated approach will bring. VR and its relatives will be able to hack our mind in ways we will be helpless to resist—dream up an object and one day it might be 3D printed in quasi-real-time, straight from your imagination. Of course, there are enormous ethical implications. If we think social media encroaches on our lives now, we are not prepared for a future in which dreaming and waking look eerily similar. How will it change election campaigns, personal relationships, will you responsible for your own addictions and behaviors in this future? How will we establish the first rules of consent—hopefully not the hard way. VR will disrupt our very deepest construct: how we see and react to reality. If we are thoughtful about design and ethics, Greenhall hopes this radically upgrade our potential, rather than downgrade how we relate to one another.

Read more at BigThink.com
Link: Erasing the Self, Living in a Dream, and Creating New Power Relationships with VR | Jordan Greenhall

How Nature Documentaries Are Fake

In een tijd dat niets meer echt lijkt of in ieder geval niet meer is wat het lijkt. Waar we overspoeld worden met “fake nieuws”. Waar Adobe software maakt waardoor foto’s zo te manipuleren dat de werkelijkheid je ontgaat. Waar 3D rendering zodanig wordt dat ook bewegend beeld niet meer zeker is. Waar we slechts een minuut van iemands stem nodig is om hem alles 100% geloofwaardig te laten zeggen. Waar de digitale wereld meer en meer versmelt met de fysieke. Zijn natuurfilms niet meer beschouwend maar een verhaal die verteld moet worden en elk middel wordt gebruikt om de kijker het zo echt mogelijk te laten beleven.

Door: DSLRguide / Simon Cade
Source: http://bit.ly/2qesyeo

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