The AI Diet, Viruses, and Mercury’s Place in the Solar System: Lux Recommends #174

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Mar 29 · 2 min read

Welcome to Lux Recommends #174, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

Articles

: “Forget government-issued food pyramids. Let an algorithm tell you how to eat.” — Adam G

: “The responsibilities and challenges of programmed luck.” — Sam

Adam G

“Artificial intelligence tools will hurt some musicians and help others.” — Sam

“With insurers likely to add social media to the data they review before issuing policies, it might be wise to post pictures from the gym — but not happy hour” — Adam K

: “A plant virus distributes its genes into eight separate segments that can all reproduce, even if they infect different cells.” — Adam G

Sam

: ‘What appeared to be a cyst in a healthy fetus turned out to be an unformed twin “absorbed” early in pregnancy, connected by a second umbilical cord and still growing.’— Adam K

Books

by Alastair Reynolds: “2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an ageing schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.” — Sam

Television

: The fourth and final season of this fantastic show is out. — Sam

: “Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.” — Adam G

: “Ray Romano cut his stand-up teeth at the Comedy Cellar in New York. Now, in his first comedy special in 23 years, he returns to where it all began.” — Adam G

Videos

Actually, Mercury Is Our Closest Planetary NeighborSam

This AI Converts Quick Sketches to Photorealistic LandscapesSam

Office lights TetrisAdam K

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