Nummern für die Polizei! Geschichte und Gegenwart einer alten Forderung

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Berlin, 1. Mai 2011: Im Zuge der alljähr­li­chen Demons­tra­tionen zum Tag der Arbeit sind auch mehrere Zivil­po­li­zis­tInnen im Einsatz und rein äußer­lich nicht von Demons­tran­tInnen zu unter­scheiden. Gegen Abend wird ein Zivil­po­li­zist zum Opfer einer Prügel­at­tacke von unifor­mierten Kollegen: Er erhält Faust­schläge ins Gesicht, Pfef­fer­spray wird einge­setzt. Der derart miss­han­delte Poli­zist – er ist einer…

The 1968 sci-fi that spookily predicted today

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In his 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner  imagined life in 2010, correctly forecasting wearable technology, Viagra, video calls, same-sex marriage, the legalisation of cannabis, and the proliferation of mass shootings. Equally compelling, however – and even more instructive – is the process by which Brunner constructed this society of his future and our present.Read…

DARPA Spent $1 Billion Trying to Build a Real-Life Skynet in the 1980s

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From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency’s goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They wanted to build Skynet. Much like Ronald Reagan’s Star…

Why You Should Read The Master and Margarita: An Animated Introduction to Bulgakov’s Rollicking Soviet Satire

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Which are the essential Russian novels? Quite a few undeniable contenders come to mind right away: Fathers and Sons, Crime and Punishment, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Dr. Zhivago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. But among serious enthusiasts of Russian literature, novels don’t come much less deniable than The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov’s tale of the Devil’s…