Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future

Ai Weiwei
The Bird’s Nest
Sunflower seeds in the Tate
In the cell
The Venice Biennale

“The individual under this kind of life, with no rights, has absolutely no power in this land, how can they even ask you for creativity? Or imagination, or courage or passion?”

IBM’s surveillance maturity model
Obama’s tent
MagicBands
Pet tracker
AmberAlert
The Canary Project
Ignore No More
Increased productivity
Pavlok

“Any developer can use Pavlok’s open API to increase compliance and improve communication with users. For designers of tracking apps, other wearable devices, digital course producers, or anyone who could use positive and negative feedback to drive stickiness for their service, Pavlok provides a seamless solution.”

“Lenny, did you meet any nice _foreign_ people during your stay abroad?”
“Yes,” Lenny said.
“What kind of people?”
“Some Italians.”
“You said ‘Somalians.’”
“Some Italians,” Lenny said.
“You said ‘Somalians,’” the otter insisted.

“Search by Tribe to find your type of guy” and “Narrow down guys with a filter feature”
“Swipe right to like or left to pass. If someone likes you back, it’s a match!”
Bang with friends
Blink
Flone
Google’s Glass
Sarah S.’s middle finger
Ai Weiwei and the White House
Ai Weiwei and the Eiffeltower
Ai Weiwei in Beijing
Doom
A police officer wearing a bodycam
CAPTCHA’s
The original reCAPTCHA
The new reCAPTCHA
Slot Machines
Nassim Taleb

“The other day, in the NY subway corridor in front of the list of exits, I hesitated for a few seconds trying to get my bearings… A well dressed man started heaping insults at me ‘for stopping’. Instead of hitting him as I would have done in 1921, I pulled my cell and took his picture while calmly calling him a ‘Mean idiot abusive to lost persons’. He freaked out and ran away from me, hiding his face in his hands.”

“Freedom is a pretty strange thing. Once you’ve experienced it, it remains in your heart, and no one can take it away. Then, as an individual, you can be more powerful than a whole country.”

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Fighting for digital rights at @bitsoffreedom

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