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A.I. IS A FICTION • Stop freaking out when chatbots say they’re in love or make disturbing threats. Just treat them like Pinocchio.
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BRING THE NOISE • A vast array of gadgets make it easy to blot out sonic intrusions—maybe a little too easy.
THE GREAT DIVIDE • There are two ways to compute, and two ways to see the world. It’s batch vs. loop—and we really need them to reconcile.
SAFETY FIRST • Fears that artificial intelligence might wipe us out have fueled the rise of protest groups like Pause AI. Their warnings are far-fetched, but not that far-fetched.
FRAUD TRACKER • With her blog Web3 Is Going Just Great, software engineer Molly White rains on the crypto parade. She doesn’t feel great about it.
Dear Cloud Support:
OVER ACHIEVERS • Summer is over, and it’s time for students and workers to rise and grind again. Make it easier on yourself with some clutch technical support.
THE FRACTAL IMMORTALITY OF GRIMES • Claire Boucher wants to live forever (virtually) and die on Mars (corporeally). She took a moment to talk about music, technology, and Elon Musk (reluctantly).
17,517,490 SOLDIERS’ STORIES LOST • FIFTY YEARS AGO, A FIRE RIPPED THROUGH THE NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER NEAR ST. LOUIS. IT SET OFF A MASSIVE, DECADES-LONG PROJECT TO SAVE CRUCIAL PIECES OF AMERICAN HISTORY—INCLUDING, I HOPED, MY GRANDFATHER’S.
MIND WIDE OPEN • Kids soak up new skills, adults not so much. But neuroscientist Gül Dölen might have found a way to help grown-ups learn like littles and heal from stroke and trauma. Step one: Take psychedelics.
THE REVOLUTION ABSURDITY OF BOOTS RILEY • With his bold and bizarre new show, I’m a Virgo, the impresario embraces his love of contradictions, like trying to launch a radical labor movement through Amazon Prime Video.
A.I. GOES TO WAR • SHIPS WITHOUT CREWS. AUTONOMOUS DRONE SWARMS. A SMALL U.S. NAVY TASK FORCE IS USING OFF-THE-SHELF ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT GREAT CONFLICT AT SEA.
THE DEFECTOR • Doug Rushkoff was one of tech’s founding optimistics. Now he’s renouncing the digital revolution. He says it’s the only option.
THE ASSIGNMENT: IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT A SENTIENT MOON.