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Why there is something and not just nothing

Venice: This year's Art Biennale in Venice feels like the end of a human-centered era, a time where man with his invulnerability, self-sufficiency, the white man as the center of the world is under attack. Now it is the woman's turn to ask the big questions, about the sanctity of life, about connectedness, about man and technology, about what comes after "man".

Can the technology revolution bring us out of disability?

Peter Sloterdijk: The human greenhouse

ESSAY: Today, the extreme state is different than in the post-war period, when Sartre and Heidegger wrote about anxiety and authenticity. The existential threat today lies primarily in an uncertain planetary future.

The heyday of information capitalism

Joseph Vogl: Capitalism and resentment

INTERNET: In 2017, two-thirds of Americans received large portions of their daily news dose via social media. The coincidence of financial capitalism and information technologies creates, according to Joseph Vogl, "resentment-driven echo chambers."

Meaningless work

Dennis Nørmark, Anders Fogh Jensen: Pseudo-work – how did we get busy doing nothing

WORK: Why are some "incompetent" employees deliberately set to do meaningless tasks? And are all the leaders as important as their high salaries suggest?

An ethical artificial intelligence

TECHNOLOGY: Can artificial intelligence be replaced by imperfect human judgment, and social disputes resolved through automated decision-making systems?

The ideological turmoil of Marxism-Leninism

ORIENTERING: Marxismen-leninismens grundlag, norsk udgåve på forlaget Ny Dag 1962.

Now the robots may no longer be called Frankenstein or R2D2, but Siri, Alexa, AlphaGo or Yaskawa Motoman

Jason E. Smith, Aron Benanav: Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation, Automation and the Future of Work

GROWTH: Capitalism, through "creative destruction" and technological disruption, created the conditions for a new cycle of economic growth. But now the trend seems to continue towards zero. Is it a vicious circle of global competition, falling prices, overcapacity, technological inertia (rather than innovation) and falling incentives to invest – which is the cause of capitalism's protracted crisis?

After corona – a technocratic, planetary order

Benjamin Bratton: The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World

COVID-19: It is difficult to read Bratton's positive biopolitics as anything other than a form of technocratic authoritarianism – where the subject is a point in a biopolitical network.

Up from the trenches

Nina FitzPatrick: Tesla's Curse

Radiation: Do the researchers in the novel find the ultimate proof that parts of modern technology are destroying human neurological biology?

Transhumanism's dream of eternal life and zero pain

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THE TECHNICAL POWERS: Two new books about people and technology: We are all influenced by the pressure chamber social platforms that Facebook creates. And what about NRK, should they actively participate in such a development?

Is it time for a new kind of democratic involvement?

COMMENT: Do we need far less elected politicians to represent our opinions?

Freedom, dignity and hope

GAZA: MODERN TIMES meets different voices in Gaza today: About the United States' new plan, and conditions on the ground.

Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence?

HUAWEI: The United States is as believing as China in using national technology as a means of mass surveillance and political manipulation.

Together for life

Edward Ashford Lee: The Coevolution: The Entwined Futures of Humans and Machines

SYMBIOSIS: We must think differently about both man and the computer. Their being is more entangled than we think, and both change and adapt to the other.

"Personality Disruptive Marketing"

DOPAMIN CAPITALISM: Is "freedom" everyone values ​​so highly, in fact illusory? Today, more and more information is being gathered about our bodies, emotions, habits and brains.

The omniscient but predetermined man

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FREE WILL: In a masterful way, the miniseries Devs asks big questions about a deterministic worldview versus free will, and the almost unlimited power of modern "tech" companies.

The despair is stronger than hoped

OPTIMISM: By taking positive ideas more seriously, we can give them the same attention that toxic ideologies get today.

The oil industry is the root of all evil

Rachel Maddow: Blowout

MONEY AND OIL: If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most destructive industry in the world – the oil industry – the result is an explosive mix.

The coming technological decade

: Will increased control or surveillance in this decade gradually be left more to algorithms that carry out actions based on so-called "actionable intelligence"?

Ambivalent about gene manipulation

Adam Bolt: Human Nature

GENREDIGERING: The new genetic technology puts a lot at stake for patients, parents and researchers. When letting nature take its course becomes controversial, the choices themselves become a problem.

A society built on artificial intelligence

UTOPI OR FUTURE: Is artificial intelligence and automation a lifeline or a threat to society?

High-tech communist luxury and freedom for all

Aaron Bastani: Fully Automated Luxury Communism (FALC)

: AUTOMATED: As much as 60 percent of our meat consumption in 2040 will come from animal-free meat.

A society in short supply

Franco "Bifo" Berardi: Breathing – Chaos and Poetry

TECHNOLOGY: Chaos has taken over for order, but can we find a way out of the chaos?

The 6. masseudryddelse

Christina Boutrup: The Great Tech Revolution – How China Shapes Our Future Author

: CHINA: How do we wake up to a world with China as ruler?

Inept leaders

ESSAY: Why are these overgrown leaders so hairy – like China, Russia, and America under Trump?