"There is no magical “artificial intelligence.” When a big, remote computer translates a document from English to Spanish, for instance, it doesn’t understand what it is doing. It is only mashing up earlier translations created by real people, who have been forgotten because of the theater of the Internet. There are always real people behind the curtain. The rise of inequality isn’t because of people not being needed — more precisely, it’s because of an illusion that they aren’t even there."
— Jaron Lanier, Fixing The Digital Economy / The New York Times, June 9th, 2013
"Fashion is one of the very few forms of expression in which women have more freedom than men. And I don’t think it’s an accident that it’s typically seen as shallow, trivial, and vain. It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental… and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so. And it’s a subtle but definite form of sexism to take one of the few forms of expression where women have more freedom, and treat it as a form of expression that’s inherently superficial and trivial. Like it or not, fashion and style are primarily a women’s art form. And I think it gets treated as trivial because women get treated as trivial."
Greta Christina, “Fashion is a Feminist Issue” (via untilasinglesolitonsurvives)
Deeply sowed misogynistic hypocrisy at its finest. Undetectable by most, but certainly not incurable. FREE FASHION.
"As geography becomes less important, there will be regions of thought, not space."
— Drew Woods, Employee of Github / Wired Magazine
"Those who seek out people and situations foreign to them and master the ability to assimilate are far more likely to be successful in a world that’s becoming both bigger and smaller at the same time."
— Alexandra Levit, Seeing The World As Your Stage / The New York Times, June 9th 2013
June 15th 2013
"I couldn’t pretend to be your friend. Cause the truth is I can’t help wanting to be."
— Capote, dir. Bennett Miller (2005)
"We have come to build the most important thing in the world today, perhaps the most important thing ever. It connects us. It widens us. It deepens who we are. We don’t know what it is or what it will be in the future, but we do know it has made us better so far. Our dream is to enlarge it so that all people can join us and share the good in it while ameliorating the bad. This thing we are working on has no borders and—as far as we can see—no end. If everyone can join it, with equal access and no undue ownership, the world will be a much better place. That is why we are working here today."
— Wired, Dreams Manifesto
"Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you."
— Carl Jung
June 8th 2013
"Don’t talk to me about being by yourself. I go everywhere by myself. Well, you know, thanks to that new whore, Barb."
June 5th 2013
"The challenges of platonic love and the complicated passions of friendship."
— Mary Pols, Frances Ha Movie Review / TIME Magazine, June 3, 2013
June 5th 2013
"Digital objects aren’t bound by the same constraints as real-world objects—that is, broadly speaking, the whole point of digital objects—but they’re often made to look like real-world objects anyway."
— Lev Grossman, Flatland: Should the virtual world try to look like the real one? / TIME Magazine, June 3, 2013