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AI Shakespeare, Non-Existent Words, and SimRefinery: Lux Recommends #230

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #230, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


The Rogue Experimenters: “Community labs want to make everything from insulin to prostheses. Will traditional scientists accept their efforts?” — Sam

This AI Poet Mastered Rhythm, Rhyme, and Natural Language to Write Like Shakespeare: ‘“Deep-speare” crafted Shakespearean verse that most readers couldn’t distinguish from human-written poems’ — Sam

Welcome to the ‘Rabbit Hole’: Machine Drift: “Which of my tastes, thoughts, and habits are really mine, and which were put there by an algorithm?” — Alex

When SimCity got serious: the story of Maxis Business Simulations and SimRefinerySam

Inside the Flour Company Supplying America’s Sudden Baking Obsession: “How King Arthur Flour found itself in the unlikely crosshairs of a pandemic” — Sam

Lockdown effects: Mt. Everest visible from Kathmandu after decades as pollution level goes downAdam K

On the Washington National Cathedral there’s a well-hidden, but very official, carving of Darth VaderAdam K


Timelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter: “First there were good times: humankind reached glorious heights, even immortality. Then there were bad times: Earth was occupied by the faceless, brutal Qax. Immortality drugs were confiscated, the human spirit crushed. Earth became a vast factory for alien foodstuffs. Into this new dark age appears the end of a tunnel through time.” — Sam


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: “Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.” — Adam K

Online Toys

This Word Does Not Exist: Randomly generates new words and their definitions, based on GPT-2. — Sam


Wave art installation in SeoulAdam K

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