/emerges from YouTube hole an hour later…

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BioGenFutures: The future of genetic privacy - Don’t be tracked, analyzed or cloned

Fantastic near future company-art project from bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. She designed a tactical genetics-obscuring spray-kit for destroying evidence and erasing your identity, to protect your genetic code and your privacy. It deletes 99.5% of DNA left behind and obfuscates the remaining .5% with genetic noise.

Snip from the press release (PDF):

Genetic information is inadvertently discarded by billions each day through shed hairs and lashes, dropped cigarette butts and gum, or saliva left on glasses and silverware. In addition to being accidentally discarded, DNA is routinely extracted and often stored from infants at birth, and as criminal DNA databases are expanding exponentially. Law enforcement now routinely profiles individuals convicted of even petty crimes, tending toward permanent storage of both profiles and biological samples from individuals arrested for but never convicted of a crime.

It also includes statistics such as that it only takes .5 nanograms of DNA required for standard forensic analysis, and that there is 108 nanograms of DNA in a microliter of saliva or 40 nanograms of DNA in a fingernail.

You can buy her product “Invisible” in the New Museum Store:


Invisible is a suite of two complimentary products. The Erase™ spray deletes 99.5% of the DNA you leave in public. The Replace™ spray cloaks the remaining .5% with DNA noise. Used together, Erase™ and Replace™ make you 100% invisible.

There even exists a shadow market:

Brave new world.

[Biogenfutur.es] [buy Invisible here]

(via emergentfutures)


Science and scientists do all kinds of wonderful things. But when they venture into the social and political world they tend to get bent the way the ideological wind is blowing.

Once it was to support politicians trying to expand their power by remaking society. Now - in an age of individualism - it is to keep us in our place by promoting the idea that we should just focus on ourselves and our bodies. And not think about the wider problems of growing inequality and the unfairnesses that brings.

The scientists are saying - just go and eat another banana or cabbage and you’ll be alright. They are loading everything onto the isolated individual.

Such reports - and there are many - keep us locked inside the anxieties of the “risk society”. While the truth is that you might have a better chance of living longer if you banded together and used that collective power to change society. It would also be a lot more fun than laboriously counting vegetables.


To Siri, With Love. How Apple’s Siri Became One Autistic Boy's B.F.F.

  • Gus:  “Siri, will you marry me?”
  • Siri:  “I’m not the marrying kind.”
  • Gus:  “I mean, not now. I’m a kid. I mean when I’m grown up.”
  • Siri:  “My end user agreement does not include marriage.”
  • Gus:  “Oh, O.K.”

The Muppets X Guy Debord (as envisaged by Amy Collier)



'You are free to do what we tell you.'
Enjoy your weekend. paxmachina:

'You are free to do what we tell you.'
Enjoy your weekend.


'You are free to do what we tell you.'

Enjoy your weekend.

(Source: facebook.com)

"The CIA itself does not seem to know the affiliation of everyone they kill. Secret CIA documents recording the identity, rank and affiliation of people targeted and killed in strikes between 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2011 were leaked to the McClatchy news agency in April 2013. They identified hundreds of those killed as simply Afghan or Pakistani fighters, or as “unknown”."
"In short, then, and in hope of answering Kelly’s rhetorical question: the reason it is no longer possible/easy to write believable technological utopias is that we’ve had enough historical and personal experience with previous technologies failing to deliver on their utopian promises that we are no longer willing to take them at face value; we no longer believe that new technologies are an unalloyed good in and of themselves, and there have been sufficient charlatan futurists that we’ve started to assume they’re all charlatans until proven otherwise."
"Every one of these buildings has at least one of these rooms, known as a SCIF, for sensitive compartmented information facility. Some are as small as a closet; others are four times the size of a football field. SCIF size has become a measure of status in Top Secret America, or at least in the Washington region of it. “In D.C., everyone talks SCIF, SCIF, SCIF,” said Bruce Paquin, who moved to Florida from the Washington region several years ago to start a SCIF construction business. “They’ve got the penis envy thing going. You can’t be a big boy unless you’re a three-letter agency and you have a big SCIF.” SCIFs are not the only must-have items people pay attention to. Command centers, internal television networks, video walls, armored SUVs and personal security guards have also become the bling of national security. “You can’t find a four-star general without a security detail,” said one three-star general now posted in Washington after years abroad. “Fear has caused everyone to have stuff. Then comes, ‘If he has one, then I have to have one.’ It’s become a status symbol.”"

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl brucesterling:

*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl


*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl

(via wolvensnothere)

"There is confusion among the good guys on the internet between anonymity and privacy. I don’t think they are the same. I think that you have right to privacy but that doesn’t mean that you have the right to anonymity,” he said. The increasing trend towards greater encryption of online communications is not acceptable, he said. “Imagine in the physical world if you were not able to open the trunk of a car if you had a suspicion that there were weapons or drugs inside… we would never accept this. “I think that should also count for the digital world. I hate to talk about backdoors but there has to be a possibility for law enforcement, if they are authorised, to look inside at what you are hiding in your online world."
"Other Politika-participating artists look to disrupt not the visual landscape but the financial. Jan Ritsema from the Finland-based Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative explained how their hedge fund uses the tools of the financial centres of power to “parasite on the rich and give it to the poor.” Using an algorithm to identify and invest in high-performing stocks, the cooperative generates wealth to support social projects which open up common space between people, be it a public space initiative or an alternative school. "
From importantcool’s write up of Manchester’s new ‘Politika’ exhibition.