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Prominent advocates of life-hacking – self-optimization through the lessons of computer programming – have started promoting Bitcoin. Noam Cohen, author of Silicon Valley exposé ‘The Know-It-Alls’, explains why: ‘Bitcoin is the ultimate financial-hack, an individualistic short-cut through the intrusions of government we call regulation and taxation.’

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The latest machine writing may be more technologically heavy-handed than, say, the creation of “portmanteau words” in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. But some of the linguistic inventiveness generated by machines is no less enchanting, finds Alessandro Ludovico.

The image of a single face pouting at the camera on a phone clumsily extended to the perfect angle: this is just the beginning of the story, writes Nishant Shah. Every selfie triggers an avalanche of data that is generated, collated and consolidated beyond your imagination or control.

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The functionalist housing built across the USSR in the 1960s is one relic of the past that is here to stay. Architects must take an interest in these increasingly decrepit buildings, which despite lack of architectural merit are popular with residents.

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When Adorno and Horkheimer wrote Dialectic of Enlightenment, interpersonal interactions were not yet directly part of the culture industry. But now that they are, it would be wrong to assume that the technologies of the big data revolution come with built-in ideologies, writes Lev Manovich.