April 1, 2016

Dear reader,

Arguably, the future is in a constant state of motion. Everyday, with each technological advancement, we get a little closer to the future. Yet, at the same rate, ideals evolve and the future gets further away. But progress is progress, right?

In this letter, I’ll take you to the near future of death, medicine, and sex.

March 16, 2016

Dear Reader,

Sometimes, one of the largest drawbacks in daily life is the notion of reason. It’s not really something we can control, considering pretty much our entire existence is based upon finding meaning, purpose, and reason — what is the meaning to life? What purpose do humans serve? What is the reason for our existence?

What do you think would happen if those words, their iterations, meanings, and our understanding of the notion were removed from existence for a day? What would you do? What wouldn’t you do? …

February 27, 2016

Dear reader,

Unfortunately, as mere humans, we’re not immortal. Though we’re the smartest beings this side of the universe (TBD), we’re still at the mercy of our surroundings. It seems fit that one of our primary missions on this world is to keep living and learning for as long as possible.

Since Letter #9 was about using our human intuition to build better computers, I thought it was only right to parallel with talk of our own ambitions of human betterment―that is, using the technology we continue to develop and what we learn from it to pseudo-biologically…

Letter #9: It’s alive!…well, not yet.

January 21, 2016

Dear reader,

If you don’t already know, I recently contributed to Medium’s #PostsFromTheNearFuture campaign, where the top publications on Medium write from an imagined moment in 2016, looking at something they are excited by, concerned by, or interested in for the year ahead. My contribution explored the future possibilities of Affective Computing in our society. You should read it.

To write this piece, I had to look at what has already been accomplished by experts in corresponding fields of modern computation — quantum computing, neural networks, machine learning — and it was fascinating. …

January 7, 2016

Dear reader,

Let me start by wishing you and yours a happy new year! Welcome to 2016.

I would like to thank you for subscribing and reading my humble Tinyletter(s), over the short time it’s been active. I really appreciate the support. This started out as more of an experiment for exposure, but after my first letter, I realized that it’s more―it’s a genuine way for me to explore, organize, and express my interests, as well as inspire others to think, act, or share for themselves.

These letters spawned out of a personal need to share the…


In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit would double approximately every two years. This law, known as Moore’s Law, has held relatively true for the past few decades, until 2015 when Intel confirmed that the pace of computer advancement has officially slowed.

Despite the slow-down, technology continues to progress and evolve, though differently than we originally predicted. We’re no longer just thinking of making computers faster and smarter, but something more. …

November 25, 2015

Dear reader,

Way back in ancient times, the earth was believed to be the center of the universe. This is known as geocentrism. It wasn’t until the 17th century that Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus proposed that, in fact, the Earth and planets revolve around the sun, aka Heliocentrism, the solar system model that we now teach in elementary schools. The moral of this brief astronomy lesson? Sometimes it pays to look at something from a different perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in the norms and believe what we’re told to believe. …

November 10, 2015

Dear reader,

In an attempt to keep Letter #6 short and sweet, I thought I’d type up a separate letter to share my most recent contribution to the interwebs. I am proud to announce that I have started my own Medium publication at the crossroads of technology and culture (yes, another one). I call it Digital Culturist. Go follow it!

Clayton d'Arnault

Writer/Editor @the__disconnect and @dgtlculturist. claytonwrites.com.

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