Mary Anning, "the greatest fossilist the world ever knew," got her start at the age of 12 when she and her brother Joseph discovered "what she would later find to be a remarkably complete Jurassic-era fossil of an Ichthyosaurus, a prehistoric marine reptile."
Over the years that followed, Anning made further discoveries of fossils that revolutionized science. However, in spite of her phenomenal contributions, Anning was rarely recognized officially for her discoveries, which were instead credited to the wealthy “gentlemen scientists” who bought the fossils. She was also consistently refused entry to the Geological Society because she was a woman.
At one point, a phlebotomist got the secret shopper’s blood “all over my arm and a sheet.” There was no apology. The secret shopper said there was a stark difference between this treatment and the care she has received when fully insured and professionally attired.
It begins with echoes, before bass grounds you in space and rhythm orients you in time. Almost a minute passes before you realize this is actually a groove, and another before coalescing into a recognizable genre—reggae, or rather dub, which routes the former’s obsession with Afro-Caribbean culture and racial history through a simulacrum that manipulates roots in order to envision futures as unpredictable as echoes.
The defense of technologies like pixel-tracking has long been that they are designed to operate at scale, where they are said to be harmless. But technologies that are useful and morally permissible in that context may be harmful and unethical at the ordinary, human level.