Consider the Lobster

I recently finished up David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster - a collection of essays and articles he authored that were originally featured in other publications and then collected here. I found it a very enjoyable read. I'd heard a lot of good things about Wallace and started to read Infinite Jest - but had [...]

Douglas Rushkoff Playing for Team Human

I caught Douglas Rushkoff on Sam Harris' Making Sense podcast the other day and it really resonated with me. I look forward to reading his new book, Team Human. A few nuggets I gleaned from the podcast: Rushkoff, speaking about his book Media Virus: Hidden Agendas In Popular Culture, "It was celebrating this new stuff called viral [...]

Nick Cave Kicks Out The Jams While All the World’s AI Moshes in the Pit

https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/01/24/nick-cave-music-ai/ In this great post over at Brain Pickings - Maria Popova shines a light on Nick Cave's answer to a fan question about future artificial intelligence creating 'perfect songs' with no humans needed. The short answer is, yes they will, but the long answer is they still won't be the same. Nick fucking lays [...]