MUSIC Music as a repellant — Bach at the Burger King: Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.” Public administrators seldom
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,
NATURE The sounds of skating on black ice: PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY Jordan Greenhall on the Jordan Peterson notion of “clean up your room” as personal sovereignty: Sort yourself out. First. When it comes to relating to the world, remember, the world starts with you. Before you can begin to extend yourself into the complex dance
CALIFORNIA Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the condition of some of California women’s prisons: Women imprisoned at California’s Santa Rita Jail say they’re being housed in filthy conditions, denied basic hygiene products, pressured to have abortions, subjected to incessant strip searches, and forced to endure many other manners of cruel and inhumane treatment from guards
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
CITIES London may now be more dangerous than New York City: While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim
#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.