229: Link Rot. Image vs. Reality. Payphone Resurgence. Virtual Economies. God and Tech.
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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Kendra Albert on new research that shows the U.S. Supreme Court has a serious case of link rot.
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.
Back From the Dead: The Payphone
A special Spark look at how the almost-dead public payphone may have a re-imagined future.
- The CRTC's call for comments on payphones
- The Payphone Project
- NYC's Reinvent Payphones winner NYFI
- Check out some pics of the People's Phonebooth in Vancouver
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.
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.