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PoorQuality: Inequality

Call for Artists to respond to research on inequality Hosted by Dan Ariely and the Center for Advanced Hindsight Artists from around the world are invited to attend a discussion on social and economic inequality (from the lab that hosted the “Creative Dishonesty” project), on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 PM EST.  (Artists who do…

Easing the Pain This Holiday Season

The image (and jingle) of the bells of Salvation Army volunteers is almost as synonymous with the holiday season as Santa Claus himself. However, the New York Times reported last month that a change may be coming to a street corner near you; the charity has begun testing the use of a digital donation system called…

Creative Dishonesty

The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University is Pleased to Coordinate and Host the Exhibition   Creative Dishonesty: Cheat Codes on display at 2024 W Main St, Bay C, Durham, NC from December 3, 2011 to January 31, 2012. with an opening reception on December 16, 2011   6 – 10 PM As a magnanimous…

Carreker Happens

Did you know that free checking works by exploiting the everyday cash shortages of the poorest in our country? There is a company that dresses it up and sells it to banks. I recently moved to Durham from Boston, and as it goes I had to set up new accounts to establish services for my…

Cheat Codes: Calling all Artists

Artists from around the world are invited to attend a discussion about behavioral economics, dishonesty and cheating at the Center for Advanced Hindsight on October 25 at 7:30 PM EST.  (Artists who do not live within driving distance of Durham, NC can watch the forum streaming live online.) Interested artists should RSVP to Catherine Howard…

Big City, Small Robot

Several years ago, I began to make human-dependent cardboard robots and place them on the streets of New York City. These little robots, which came to be known as Tweenbots (a combination of the words “between” and “robot”), roll at a constant speed, in a straight line, and have a flag that says that they…

Help Me Today, I'll Help You Tomorrow

In the course of our lives, we come across countless opportunities to help others. The occasional homeless person or charity asks for a donation, or the Red Cross is collecting blood across the street. But most of the time, these opportunities present themselves through our social networks — simply because we interact most often with…

Do Libraries Give Us the Freedom to Steal?

I am interested in the morally ambiguous realm of music/video/book piracy, a place where everyone has something to say and no qualms about saying it. A couple weeks ago, over a chocolate croissant, I was having what was probably my 5,637th conversation on this topic, and my new friend (for his own protection let’s just…

The Behavioral Economics of Eating Animals

Throughout my life, I have loved eating meat, but my two best friends at Duke are vegetarians, and because of them I was persuaded to read Eating Animals by one of my favorite contemporary authors, Jonathan Safran Foer. While Foer mainly writes novels, his newest book is non-fiction, and discusses many topics that revolve around, well…eating…

Rapture Me Not

On my drive to Asheville, NC this past weekend, I passed a multitude of billboards like the one below. According to multimillionaire Harold Camping, tomorrow is Judgment Day. You may have heard. The idea of imminent rapture piqued my interest, so I looked into the matter, filling my brain with more than I ever wanted…