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“You’ve got to get rid of this junk.”
“But it’s art! Some of it.”
“Even art is a hazard in low orbit!”
Coming up next on Galactic Hoarders.

After centuries of arguments about the definition of art on Earth, artist Trevor Paglen is launching the debate into space! Earlier this month, Paglan announced that he plans to launch “the first satellite to exist purely as an artistic gesture” into low-Earth orbit in 2018. Known for being conceptually adventurous, this work could be an expansion of Paglans focus on global surveillance and ethics. But with a large amount of debris already floating in space, writer Mara Katz had to ask – is Paglan’s work Space Art or Space Junk?

//Mara Katz (@dialmformara) knits b/c she can’t not knit, writes b/c she can’t not write, and draws b/c she wants to get better at drawing.//

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The delegates returned to the negotiating table.
“You can I I I can can?”
“Treaty not not if I you!”
Far above, the drones awaited instructions.

Deep within the halls of Facebook, two AI bots have developed their own language. Faced with undecipherable text, Facebook programmers realised that there was no reward for the bots to stick to the English language.  Given free reign to  learn how to communicate with other software,  our “smart devices” could learn to interoperate, no API required. Reading the potential for this language development to increase the speed of negotiations, Mara Katz extrapolates this discovery into a tale that could be political drama or a simple negotiation of drone traffic control. // Alex Massey

//Mara Katz (@dialmformara) knits b/c she can’t not knit, writes b/c she can’t not write, and draws b/c she wants to get better at drawing.//