Sometime before the world was supposed to end in earthquakes and fire I decided to make a playlist to commemorate the event. No, actually I was just inspired by the #myraptureplaylist meme that @neilhimself started on Twitter and HuffPo’s Rapture playlist (most of which doesn’t appear on mine). The majority of this mixtape was compiled post-rapture, so this is really more a the-rapture-didn’t-happen-and-we’re-all-still-stuck-here mix.
1 Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Rapture
2 Radiohead – Exit Music (For a Film)
3 Laurie Anderson – The End of the World
4 Bauhaus – Kingdom’s Coming
5 Marilyn Manson – The Last Day on Earth
6 Sonic Youth – Do You Believe in Rapture
7 The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
8 Dead Can Dance – Anywhere Out of the World
9 Skinny Puppy – Nature’s Revenge
10 Nine Inch Nails – The Day the World Went Away
11 Tool – Ænema
12 Gang Gang Dance – Thru and Thru
13 DEVO – Beautiful World
14 The Cure – The End of the World
15 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Death is not The End
16 Pizzicato Five – Happy Ending
An intelligent personalized agent (e.g., guardian angel) monitors and evaluates a user’s environment to assist in decision-making processes on behalf of the user. The guardian angel can… take automated action on behalf of the user for various purposes (e.g., to compensate for memory loss, to remind a user to take medicine, to assist in social interactions by indicating whether the user has met an individual before, to gauge the appropriateness of jokes or comments given the demographics of the audience, etc.).
the above quote is from a patent that was just granted to Microsoft for a “guardian angel.” this guardian angel is like a personal assistant, wet nurse, researcher, personal slave, backup brain hard drive, and personal private detective (who would analyze conversations in the room and cross-reference participants with FBI wanted lists and sex offender registrations) combined into one. i’m sort of picturing that quasi-annoying bot in Caprica only more so.
is this at all surprising? absolutely not. we knew this sort of stuff was coming.
is it terrifying and quite possibly a prelude to our imminent demise at the hands of a cylon/human apocalypse? very possibly.