Bullshit – roughly, the deliberate or accidental spreading of untruths – is all around us. It’s a thing of all ages, but it’s very possible that we are living in THE age of bullshit. Peak bullshit, as it were. Sometimes it is easy to spot, but our brains can be tricked!
Buildings, museums and monuments can be manifestations of national pride and glory, but also increasingly confront us with our problematic past. These symbols tell stories of conquest, victory and heroism, while simultaneously representing narratives of repression, racism or even genocide, the latter part not being included in the dominant memory culture.
The Matrix was vooral dystopische sciencefiction toen het uitkwam. Anno 2020 lijkt het steeds accurater. AI neemt steeds meer over in onze maatschappij, de mensheid is verslaafd aan de nepwereld van het internet en Techbedrijven zuigen alle informatie uit ons, alsof we menselijke batterijen zijn die hun systemen voeden.
Picture a scientist. What do you see? Most people don’t imagine a woman. An important reason is that women in general didn’t have the same chances or gotten the same amount of respect as men got in science.
One day media researcher Joy Buolamwini of MIT finds out that facial recognition programs have difficulty in recognizing her dark face. This leads to further research on racial identity and artificial intelligence.
Nowadays, more and more people are being diagnosed with a mental disease. Science may now have found the solution for the likes of depression, Tourette and various compulsive disorders: Deep Brain Stimulation.