ALIENS Pam Weintraub: After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all When our first encounter or detection finally occurs, it could be a machine intelligence that appears in our sights. The idea is not truly new. Back in the 1940s, the mathematician John von
For my money, this scene captures the fight-or-flight vibe of anxiety and panic attacks — and perhaps PTSD — better than any movie scene I’ve ever witnessed. And, for an interesting psychology-oriented critique of this film, check out the following Jordan Peterson analysis.
BOOKS Daniel Kalder discusses some of the books he’s been reading lately: The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley I read Brave New World in my teens and then again in my mid-20s. Both times I thought, “I really should read more of Huxley’s work,” and then . . . I did not. I came
MYSTERIES This piece is a little old (from last spring) but interesting: Cicada 3301: The Mysterious Recruiting of the Intellectual Elite. Cicada 3301 is ultimately a think tank. They do no advocate illegal activities, nor do they involve themselves in hacking of any kind. The group is exclusively dedicated to researching and developing
BILLIONAIRES Elon Musk is making $600 flamethrowers. CHAOS AND ORDER Quillette interviews Jordan Peterson. An excerpt: Q: How do I go about meditating on my shadow? A: I think you consult your resentment. I think you can do it in the normal confines of your life. There are things that confront you, that
AESTHETICS The vintage beauty of Soviet control rooms: ART Total Disquiet by @eevientan – our first show for 2018 opening February 2 #smallwallproject #newcontemporary #juxtapoz #hifructose #beautifulbizarre A post shared by Outré Gallery Martin McIntosh (@outregallery) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:50am PST CHINA On China’s “social credit” system: This article wasn’t meant
#CAVETWITTER —What is #CaveTwitter? Plato begins to weep as he shackles himself to the wall, praying to the shadows. You walk on by, each step algorithmically ticcing in time with the nothingness suffocating you; the Cave loves you, kinda. A group of pagans greet you. They’ve stopped already, pure deceleration to the point of minus-death.
Artificial Intelligence Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski has reportedly founded a church whose aim is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society”: “Not much is known about the organization, other than that it appears to espouse