MachineMachine /stream - search for ai en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The Psychology of Paranoid Irony | transmediale]]>

Beginning with the figure of Roko’s Basilisk, a hypothetical vengeful future AI that emerged in online forums, Ana Teixeira Pinto launches her analysis of the psychological state engendered by online interaction that has led to a seemingly paradoxical set of views: totally paranoid yet ironically

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:25:12 -0800
<![CDATA[The Intellectual We Deserve | Current Affairs]]>

If you want to appear very profound and convince people to take you seriously, but have nothing of value to say, there is a tried and tested method. First, take some extremely obvious platitude or truism. Make sure it actually does contain some insight, though it can be rather vague.

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:51:15 -0800
<![CDATA[Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI - Science Weekly podcast | Technology | The Guardian]]>

Prof Stuart Russell wrote the book on artificial intelligence back in 1995, when the next few decades of AI were uncertain. Sitting down with Ian Sample, he talks about his latest book, which warns of a dystopian future in which humans are outsmarted by machines. But how did we get here?

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:36:57 -0700
<![CDATA[If true, this could be one of the greatest discoveries in human history - U.S. News -]]>

“I don’t care what people say,” asserts Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department and author of one of the most controversial articles in the realm of science last year (and also one of the most popular in the general media).

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:31:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history]]>

Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction – including by partisan politicians raising moral concerns. Blaming video games for social or moral decline might feel like something new.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:31:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Taste-testing crickets from a high-tech insect farm]]>

Around the world, two billion people eat insects regularly. In the US and Europe? Not so much. But, some entrepreneurs think it’s time. We take a tour of the startup cricket farms trying to kickstart a new industry, and sample some insect snacks ourselves.

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Tue, 08 Oct 2019 07:00:06 -0700
<![CDATA[A Deeper Look Into The Life of An Impressionist]]>

Actor/impressionist Jim Meskimen (Parks & Recreation, Whose Line?, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) recites "Pity the Poor Impressionist" poem in 20 celebrity voices, with the help of SHAM00K.


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Pity The Poor Impressionist By Jim Meskimen ©2016

Is anything more sad and lame contemptible, beneath disdain, In short, provoking of disgust than being an impressionist?

A third rate, even fourth rate skill, the definition of "cheap thrill". Like watching farm equipment rust is watching an impressionist.

A relic from a distant day that long since should died away, dishonorably mentioned is the pitiful impressionist.

Weird, and somewhat ostentacious tired debris from old Las Vegas, whose former fans have all dismissed allegiance to impressionists.

How many opportunities passed up and wasted because he's Hell-bound to follow what he must? Pity the poor impressionist.

Doomed to live an abject failure dogged by his own echolalia. Better to crumble into dust than live as an impressionist.

His borrowed voices can't deflect a life of well-deserved neglect. His name's on simply no one's lips; forgotten, vain impressionist.

That sound–did anybody moan? That creature at the microphone is last on everybody's list; forgettable impressionist.

When Peter at that shiny gate condemns those souls who imitate he will but shake a heavenly fist and curse condemned impressionists.

But 'til that time we'll tolerate the good for nothing reprobate, and hide the truth: that we're just pissed that WE can't be impressionists!

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:36:19 -0700
<![CDATA[AI Is A Growing Part Of The Criminal Justice System. Should We Be Worried?]]>

From facial recognition to emotion detection to risk assessments, AI is guiding the decisions of police departments and courtrooms across the country.

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:49:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Collecting in the Age of Digital Reproduction - Casey REAS - Medium]]>

In the art market, almost everything sold is an object such as a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, an installation, or a photograph, but there are some exceptions. These deviations may include a contract, a set of instructions, a digital video file, or a software file.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:28:29 -0700
<![CDATA[The Book of Prince | The New Yorker]]>

On January 29, 2016, Prince summoned me to his home, Paisley Park, to tell me about a book he wanted to write. He was looking for a collaborator. Paisley Park is in Chanhassen, Minnesota, about forty minutes southwest of Minneapolis. Prince treasured the privacy it afforded him.

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:35:20 -0700
<![CDATA[MeFi: The Book of Prince]]>

"Now, let me stop you right there," Prince said. "Why did you write that?" It occurred to me that he might have flown me in from New York just to tell me that I knew nothing of his work. "The music I make isn't breaking the law, to me," he said. "I write in harmony. I've always lived in harmony—like this." —The Beautiful One is an essay by Dan Piepenbring about his collaboration with Prince on a memoir, which had barely started when Prince passed away.

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:33:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Links and Resources for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers | The World Remains Mysterious]]>

Useful Resources for F&SF; Writers: Awards Posts for F&SF; Writers Book Recommendations for F&SF; Writers: Craft Essays for F&SF; Writers Career-focused Essays for F&SF; Writers Story Prompts for F&SF; Writers #sfwapro

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 07:59:27 -0700
<![CDATA[The AI voice that I hear is the voice of the total entelechy of the universe itself.]]> ]]> Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:37:15 -0700 <![CDATA[The Egg]]>

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Sun, 01 Sep 2019 05:30:02 -0700
<![CDATA[What we've got here is a failure to destroy.]]> ]]> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 22:14:27 -0700 <![CDATA[MONSTROUS THOUGHTS: Philosopher Eugene Thacker on the “New Golden Age of Horror” - 032c]]>

When René Descartes, sitting in his armchair in Leiden in 1641, invites his readers to meditate alongside him, you get the sense he could do with the company.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:09:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Press can compare parrots to psychopaths, regulator rules | Media | The Guardian]]>

British newspapers can legitimately mock parrots and compare them to psychopaths, the press regulator has ruled, after an unsuccessful complaint that the Daily Star misrepresented the emotions of a pet bird.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:55 -0700
<![CDATA[In Praise of Samuel R. Delany - The New York Times]]>

The author of “Dhalgren” and dozens of other books “gives readers fiction that reflects and explores the social truths of our world,” the novelist Jordy Rosenberg writes. So reflects the nameless character, known only as “the Kid,” as he wanders an apocalyptic America in Samuel R.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:53 -0700
<![CDATA[What is Called Thinking in the Anthropocene? — The Revealer]]>

This is a piece about failures. My failures, mostly, as a thinker and a scholar, but also the failure of my field and the failure of all of us to think what will come in the next ten, twenty, thirty, hundred years.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:49 -0700
<![CDATA[An Archaeologist Writes against the Anthropocene | Open Rivers Journal]]>

Much of what archaeologists do is study how humans adapt to the environment. After Gordon Willey’s (1953) groundbreaking investigation into the entire history of occupation of a small valley in Peru, understanding how humans lived in and modified their environment became commonplace.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:45 -0700