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The worlds of technology and spirituality are converging once again, but something new is emerging. It is too early to say what its effects will be and the right language to describe it is still taking shape. Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ben Vickers on new dimensions of understanding in lines of code.

Kenneth Goldsmith talks to Kathrin Jira about writing in the internet age, double standards in literature, and the rigors of uncreativity

 Video still from Coca-Cola's 1971 commercial "I want to teach the world to sing"

Still from Coca-Cola's 1971 commercial "I want to teach the world to sing"

In this month's column, Dean Kissick goes back to the Summer of Love to understand how we landed in our atomised present.

 Nobutaka Aozaki, Value Added 240950 (Del Monte whole kernel corn no salt added) , 2012 Canned corn and receipts

Nobutaka Aozaki, Value Added 240950 (Del Monte whole kernel corn no salt added), 2012
Canned corn and receipts

What if you can’t see an event? First of all, it doesn’t matter: anthropocentrism is out and it’s time we accepted that there are events that have nothing to do with humans being around to witness them. Benjamin H. Bratton talks about Google’s Nest, buying a can of corn in the supermarket, and the big question of scale.

The biggest news of the month is that Google has developed an Artificial Intelligence that is able to paint. The artist Daniel Keller tried it out. In the process, he discovered two things: a Post-Internet art of hallucinogens and an answer to the question of why visual memes can so quickly go from mindblowing to lame.