Friday October 25, 2013

229: Link Rot. Image vs. Reality. Payphone Resurgence. Virtual Economies. God and Tech.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

This week, a spoooky Spark - Rotting links, phantom economies, treacherous images, bringing the payphone back from the dead! And séances. A whole lot on séances. 

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Link Rot
Kendra Albert on new research that shows the U.S. Supreme Court has a serious case of link rot.

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The Treachery of Images
Jody Culham on how our brains react to objects versus how we react to images of objects and the implications for our very visual - and virtual - culture.

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Back From the Dead: The Payphone
A special Spark look at how the almost-dead public payphone may have a re-imagined future.

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A Phantom Economy
Eyjo Gudmundsson is the Chief Economist at for a multiplayer video game universe, and he believes the world's economies can learn lessons from the game's virtual economy. 

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God in the Machine
Jeremy Stolow, editor of the new book Deus in Machina, argues that far from being opposites, religion and technology are actively intertwined.

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