William Gibson Has a Theory About Our Cultural Obsession With Dystopias

By Abraham Riesman Vulture (devouring culture) All week long, Vulture is exploring how dystopias have been imagined in popular culture. Few authors have crafted more vividly realized future worlds than William Gibson. In timeless classics such as Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, he dreamed up environments filled with fantastical technology and innovative social arrangements.…Read more William Gibson Has a Theory About Our Cultural Obsession With Dystopias

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Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google

Peter Thiel’s CIA-backed, data-mining firm honed its ‘crime predicting’ techniques against insurgents in Iraq. The same methods are now being sold to police departments. Will they inflame already tense relations between the public and the police? Jacques Peretti The Guardian