PhD candidate, Rice University
Dissertation Fellow, NAEd/Spencer Foundation
Editor, Platypus: The CASTAC Blog
I'm currently a doctoral student in the sociocultural program at Rice University, and the editor of Platypus, the CASTAC blog. I work on data science and computational neuroscience in Russia and the United States.
Contributions to Platypus: The CASTAC Blog
This latest installment of our intermittently-weekly round-up brings you posts on machines that do conspiracies, transhumanism and capitalism, algorithms (beginning to be a staple), and biomedical vampirism. What more could you ask for? If you see anything around the web that you think we ought to include, please drop us a line. (more…)
This week's round-up is a bit skewed towards essays and think pieces rather than the academic equivalent of cat pictures, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how much you need to chuckle today. If you do find any more-diverting tidbits for our next round-up, please do pass them along to the editor. One of the values of anthropology is that it can do a good job of putting abstract, theoretical conversations about things like technicity in contact with profoundly concrete things like stone tools and human brains. Sapiens' recent piece on brain evolution and tool use was fascinating, but perhaps tilted towards the concrete: we read it with an idle, speculative dream of a four-fields anthropology of science. Nehal El-Hadi has a suitably haunting look at the spectral reproduction of Black death by contemporary communications technology at The New Inquiry (exemplifying a subtle and deeply ethical approach to using critical theory in public scholarship along the way). In a charmingly and characteristically hyperbolic take on the WannaCry ransomware fiasco, The American Interest manages to sneak in some interesting thoughts about sovereignty and international relations in an age of simultaneous disintermediation and hyperconnectivity, albeit in the context of fear-mongering and grandiose comments on the threat posed by cyberpiracy to the Westphalian state system. The last issue of e-flux had a bunch of great articles, from an essay on "Art, Technology, and Humanism" by Borys Groys to a snippet of some recently-published Simondon, on "The Genesis of Technicity." For this Russianist editor's money, however, the most (more...)
Thanks to input from a number of helpful readers (you know who you are), we’ve got a bunch of great posts for you this week, running from from evil infrastructure and essential books to Reddit and Duke Nukem. Keep ’em coming!