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…

“Universalization is a colonialist heritage.” An interview with video game curator Isabelle Arvers

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Isabelle Arvers is a curator, art critic and artist specialized in independent video games. She is also the Director of Kareron, a non-profit organization that supports artistic and educational projects in the fields of art, digital creation and video games. Momo Pixel, Hair Nah (photo) Georgie Roxby Smith, 99 Problems [WASTED], GTAV intervention, 2014 To…

Ruanda, 25 Jahre später. Ein Völkermord und der Versuch seiner Aufarbeitung (Teil II)

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Mehr als drei Jahre Bürger­krieg, dazu ein Völker­mord mit mindes­tens 500.000 Ermor­deten, Millionen Flücht­linge und ein Land im Schock­zu­stand, in dem vom Tod gezeich­neten Menschen, bapfuye baha­gazi, umher­irrten – wie sollte da in Ruanda eine sinn­volle Perspek­tive von Sicher­heit und Frieden eröffnet werden? Die Über­gangs­re­gie­rung, die in Ruanda nach dem Völker­mord einge­setzt wurde, signa­li­sierte durch ihre…