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New World Orders

The rise of the technocrati means politics has changed indelibly, as well as some darker things. Read about it and some neat new artistic computer tools.

[buzzfeed.com]

In The Age Of Trump, Tech CEOs Cast Themselves As The New Statesmen

I for one welcome our new tech CEO overlords. (I'm kidding!)
[theintercept.com]

Echo Papa Exposed: Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force

Eric Prince, Blackwater founder, is trying to build his own private army. That's one way to secure your future, I guess.
[alphr.com]

Bots, Facebook and cut-up poetry: An interview with artist and bot-maker Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

A cool interview with the creator of a bot that generates models for 3d models on robots, the art-bot community, and Tay's meltdown.
[buzzfeed.com]

Inside Palantir, Silicon Valley’s Most Secretive Company

Palantir, big data heavyweight extraordinaire, isn't doing so well. Very Silicon Valley article, but I always love staring into the guts of massive, secretive corporations.
[prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com]

3DMetrica

Computationally created algorithmic tattoos. Cool.
[nucl.ai]

Extreme Style Machines: Using Random Neural Networks to Generate Textures

Neural networks prove better than us at yet one more thing.
[gizmodo.com]

Racing on Carbon Fiber Legs: How Abled Should We Be?

An interesting essay on the usage of prosthetics in Olympic competitions. It really made me wonder - what is "fair" when it comes to these sorts of competitions? Aren't genetics the least fair thing in the world? I guess nothing is really fair.