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SEEKING ANONYMITY IN A CROWD PART 2

JOHN SEABROOK’s MOST informative “Dressing for the Surveillance Age” in yesterday’s SimanaitisSays got us into the latest of deep-learning facial recognition. Today in Part 2, we learn about our cars’ … Continue reading

March 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

SEEKING ANONYMITY IN A CROWD PART 1

IT’S LIKE LIVING IN a small town, where everyone knows everything about everyone else. Or, at least, they think they do. Modern surveillance technology recognizes the face in the crowd. … Continue reading

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

LATTER-DAY RAZOR EDGES

WHEN THE MUSEUM of Modern Art in New York City celebrated the automobile in 1951, its catalog commended the razor-edge styling of one of MOMA’s eight cars by observing “the … Continue reading

March 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

ETIMOLOGIA PER I NOSTRI TEMPI

A REPORT FROM coronavirus-stricken Northern Italy contains a plea to eschew the time-honored Italian tradition of furbizia, the artful evasion of government directives of everything from income tax to traffic … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

MR. ZERO AND AI

WHAT WITH THE societal discontinuities of artificial intelligence, AI, for short, a drama of almost a century ago comes to mind. Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine was first staged in … Continue reading

March 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

I’VE GOT A SONG IN MY HEAD—BUT WHERE?

DIFFERENT REGIONS OF the human brain are occupied with different processes. Its right hemisphere controls the left side of the body, and is the more artistic and creative hemisphere; the … Continue reading

March 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

TO BE OR NOT TO BE A METHOD ACTOR

SOMETHING OR OTHER got me thinking about the Method as it pertains to acting. Here are tidbits on the Method, gleaned from books around here and my usual Internet sleuthing. … Continue reading

March 8, 2020 · Leave a comment