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Excessive Brutality

Brutal Doom is all about feedback. You are free to do almost everything, you have more control over your body, you can kick, you can do a combat roll, you can flip off enemies, rip their heads off with your own hands, the guns fells more alive, animations are smoother, and monsters are not just some vectors that throws projectiles on you until y...

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The Adversarial World

Chances are, you may scroll through your newsfeed and see a story about some quirky solution that foils facial recognition, content analytics software, recording devices, etc. Special makeup that confounds cameras. Neat little tricks that foil virality algorithms. Jewelry or clothes packed with microcontrollers that jam or spoof bugging. The lis...

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OK Doomer

What’s the best shooter to play in 2020? Where can gamers find the coolest weapons, the hardest enemies, and the most thrilling challenges? There’s a lot of cool games on the horizon such as Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Halo: Infinite, and Rainbow Six Quarantine. But – don’t laugh – the best first person shooter you can play this year is alread...

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Lift Up The Receiver, I'll Make You A Believer

nuff said….i guess? As far as I am concerned, the game was up when Joseph Weizenbaum programmed ELIZA in 1966. ELIZA, a deceptively simple chatbot, convinced counterparties it was human through scripts that generated canned responses. ELIZA reflects back what people type to it, producing a simulacrum of an active listener. ELIZA works technic...

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Entering Pandemonium

[M]ultivocality can plausibly take a variety of different forms. The Renaissance form is to adopt a strategy of ‘whatever you say, say nothing,’ leaving it for others to interpret your ambiguous actions as they will, forcing them to commit while you remain unbounded. Another is to talk constantly, but not to allow what you say to be constrained ...

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The Accidental Masterpiece

In several days, the newest Star Wars film will hit cinemas across America. Quite naturally they will be interpreted primarily from the perspective of those refighting the culture wars surrounding the last Star Wars sequel film, The Last Jedi. I do not write to discuss TLJ however. Instead, I am here to speak about the prequels. On social media ...

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The Skynet That Failed

The conventional wisdom on China at the moment is that its advances in basic and applied technology, particularly machine learning and data analytics, will create a superior form of authoritarianism that succeeds where others have failed. Command over technology will allow China to carry out extensive surveillance and then automate the process o...

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To Chain The Beast

how’s my driving? There is now a booming cottage industry of work on “virtual social warfare”, “hostile social manipulation”, and similar new terms for phenomena studied under previous names in the 2000s, 1990s, and 1980s as waves of informatization created new social realities. And in turn the 2000s, 1990s, and 1980s terminology recapitulate...

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