L I N K S 03/16/18

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What If the AI Revolution Is Neither Utopia nor Apocalypse, but Something in Between? We need to be wary of the millenarian narrative when we’re considering technological developments and the Singularity and existential risks in general. Maybe this time is different, but we’ve cried wolf many times before. There is a more likely,

Strange & Wonderful Things: LINKS 03/07/18

  BIRDS A new photobook about chickens called “Chicken”: CONSCIOUSNESS From OMNI Magazine’s “Interviews from the Vault” — John Lily on dolphin consciousness: I just did a very primitive experiment — a Saturday afternoon-type experiment — at Marine World. I was floating in an isolation tank and had an underwater loudspeaker close to my head

ASK AN EXPERT: Jim Stewart (the Zymoglyphic Museum)

Jim Stewart is the owner of Portland’s wonderful Zymoglyphic Museum. He recently gave us the skinny on all things zymoglyphic. Q: What exactly is the zymoglyphic concept? A:  The formal definition is: zy’-mo-glyph’-ic, adj. [Gr. zyme leaven + Gr. glyphe carving] 1. Of, or pertaining to, images of fermentation, specifically the solid residue of creative fermentation

Strange & Wonderful Things: LINKS 03/04/18

AWE How awe sharpens our brains: Does awe promote a state of mind where we suck up information from our environment like a sponge, with little conscious effort? Does awe disable the filters, created by our expectations, through which we usually perceive the world? Why are some people very awe-prone, and others not so much?

Strange and Wonderful Things LINKS 03/02/18

ANIMALS A secret penguin supercolony in Antarctica  PYGOSCELIS ADELIAE IS COMMONLY KNOWN as the Adélie penguin, after the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville, the man who first documented them in 1840. Though they are not especially uncommon, scientists have been concerned that their Antarctic population has been on a steady decline for the