On Almost Human and Walls.

Finally! This show brings the dystopian future into the mix!

Almost Human is a decent buddy cop procedural with cool futuristic cyberpunk-meets-minority-report-type aesthetics.
Cool.
I’m a geek. You can put nearly anything sci-fi in front of me and I will gorge myself. Karl Urban is great and so is Michael Ealy.

The intro of the show talks about how police couldn’t cope with criminals who had super advanced tech yadda yadda police got androids in response yadda whatever. During this intro tonight, I was like, “Hold up. The cops pretty much have everything on lock down. Surveillance, drones, biometrics, you name it. Where is all the insane chaos of crime they hint at?”

OVER THE WALL.

This last episode, ‘Unbound’, there is mention of a wall of some sort and accompanied by anxiety and fear from the cast. AWESOME.

Now we’re getting somewhere! I’ve been resold. EXCEPT!

They act like over the wall is some off-the-grid hellscape.

There’s no way this is true. Present day conditions tell us this would never be true. You only need look at how the occupier acts in Palestine. There are two ‘over the wall’ conditions that are similar and yet different.
You have the West Bank which is formally self-governing but which in actuality has to bend to the whims of an occupying force that oversees all their lives and is ever-present through: surveillance (telecommunications, drones/satellites, informers), physical form (checkpoints, towers, WALLS), and capitalist (occupier goods and materials are sold to the occupied or produced by the occupied for the occupier be it colonial dwellings or ice cream).
Then there is the Gaza Strip where a strict military wall of bullets and bombs, not concrete, enforce separation and the population must subsist on aid and largesse from its occupier. The dynamic is very master-slave. And yet they still surveil through aerial means or forcing information from individuals in exchange for medical care for either themselves or loved ones.

And that is just two examples from my very limited personal experience of how The Man just won’t tolerate people doing their own thing. He is gonna be all the way up in their business dictating trivial aspects of daily life.

So…. Thanks for eliminating my suspension of disbelief, Almost Human. You Almost Hadme.

What they do from this point could still be really cool. They could burn everything to the ground. That would be the ideal. Not be so cop-y would also be acceptable.

/nerd

digitalurbanisms
digitalurbanisms:

When I look at Eric Fisher’s twitter visualization, I’m thinking of the article Kenyatta forwarded on about  random quantum walks at sub-atomic speeds in photosynthesis, olfactory processing, and human information processing:

 “Art map master Eric Fischer is back to make cartographic sense of all that location data you’re giving away for free on Twitter. This is New York, with New Yorkers’ trips routed and their geotag density mapped out in “10000 points, 30000 vectors.”” From Animal New York 

fred-wilson:

this is amazing. 
nevver:

Twitter Traffic



I love that it looks like neuron groupings.

digitalurbanisms:

When I look at Eric Fisher’s twitter visualization, I’m thinking of the article Kenyatta forwarded on about  random quantum walks at sub-atomic speeds in photosynthesis, olfactory processing, and human information processing:

 “Art map master Eric Fischer is back to make cartographic sense of all that location data you’re giving away for free on Twitter. This is New York, with New Yorkers’ trips routed and their geotag density mapped out in “10000 points, 30000 vectors.”” From Animal New York 

fred-wilson:

this is amazing. 

nevver:

Twitter Traffic

I love that it looks like neuron groupings.

journalofajournalist

negevrockcity:

Truly cool tech article I just wrote. A Palestinian NGO has developed a service that allows the poor to job hunt via SMS text message - no computers or internet involved.

Awesome article and speaks to the idea of poor people first. So many people in this country could benefit from this type of service except for the fact that the cabal of internet and start-up overlords are probably far too concerned with building smartphone apps. 

I should have grabbed a picture of it but Metro-North trains had an ad showcasing an SMS-based service for finding out train times. This is the kind of stuff we need at least build simultaneously with the flashier smartphone apps. If not the world will rapidly outpace poorer people’s ability to stay competitive and culturally linked to the rest of society, further marginalizing them. 

journalofajournalist
negevrockcity:

DARPA is funding research into an interstellar starship. But it’s not for a BSG prequel, as I discover in this new piece for Talking Points Memo:
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is planning on disbursing a $500,000 grant in November for interstellar starship research.  Though the agency’s plan sounds more like subject matter for a prequel episode of Battlestar Galactica, the agency is hoping starship research will lead to very real advances in science and industry.
(via DARPA Is Funding Interstellar Space Travel | TPM Idea Lab)
When are we going to cut the B/S and rename DARPA, NASA? 

negevrockcity:

DARPA is funding research into an interstellar starship. But it’s not for a BSG prequel, as I discover in this new piece for Talking Points Memo:

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is planning on disbursing a $500,000 grant in November for interstellar starship research. Though the agency’s plan sounds more like subject matter for a prequel episode of Battlestar Galactica, the agency is hoping starship research will lead to very real advances in science and industry.

(via

DARPA Is Funding Interstellar Space Travel | TPM Idea Lab

)

When are we going to cut the B/S and rename DARPA, NASA?