The Cryptopticon – practice saying it, it doesn’t take long: CRYPT-OPT-I-CON – is the shadow mechanism of measurement that facilitates the new systems of control affected by the Surveillance Marketing State… By giving a name to this invisible control mechanism we can bring it into focus, talk about it and confront it. Because when you name something, you have power over of it.Read more "Words of Power: CRYPTOPTICON"
“Day 13, current mood: building a small army of aerial robot battle witches.”Read more "robot battle witches"
A biosphere was a crystal world that guaranteed doom.
Karen peered through the shining bubble, her freckled cheekbones warping in reflection. “This is so clever and pretty! What do people call this?”
“I’d call that a ‘thanatosphere.'”Read more "proto thanatospheres that almost were"
“If we want to build a.. or live, enjoy… the fruits of a better world. If we want to make sure that the rights that we have encoded into our laws are actually reliable. That we live with them and pass them to our children. This will never be the work of politicians. This can only be the work of the people. Of the population. Because politicians do not simply do what they think is best. They do what they think people want to hear. They do what they think will gain them support. And ultimately if we want to see a change we must force it through ourselves. If we want to have a better world we can’t hope for an Obama, and we should not fear a Donald Trump, rather we should build it ourselves.”Read more "what do you build at the end of the End of History?"
A solid hour talking with Vinay Gupta [@leashless] about his work on the infrastructure and thinking to avoid mass deaths from the ongoing effects of climate chaos.Read more "new Transmission: from the Hexayurt to Ethereum and BEYOND with Vinay Gupta"
The following essay was originally serialised on The State from May 20, 2013. genesis and forking timelines It’s the early 90s. In the form of an Australian teenager finishing high school, with a head full of Heinlein, I tried to join the Army. That future never eventuated—in this timeline, anyway. I entered university still full of […]Read more "ANARCHIST FUTURISM & THE LIE OF HISTORY [From the Archives of TheState]"
Think atemporally and act in the moment. Write the manifestos, but write them with an expiration date. So you’re a self-aware science-fictional citizen in a post-cyberpunk, post-Snowden, hypermediated, ecologically collapsing world. Everybody says nobody reads, but it’s a meme and it got 100000 Likes on Facebook, and a subreddit dedicated to it, and is the subject of […]Read more "on the native culture of self-aware science-fictional citizens, with Bruce Sterling"