Time Perception, Ferris Bueller, and Fairytales: Lux Recommends #16
By Sam Arbesman
Welcome to Lux Recommends #16, the newest edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about.
Fairytales much older than previously thought, say researchers: The evolutionary history of folktales. Original paper here. — Sam
Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life: “The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His ‘ecorithm’ approach uses computational concepts to explore fundamental mysteries of evolution and the mind.”— Josh
The Future is Here. It Just Needs a Big Push: “The idea, in other words, is that we should be able to take the most radical technologies in evidence in the world’s research centers, tech capitals and corporate campuses and diffuse them to most of the people on Earth. And if we think that market fundamentals alone will get us there, there’s an entire history of world wars, subsidized infrastructure and even the genesis of the Internet itself that suggests that notion has outlived its utility.” — Sam
Finetoothed: a great new blog on some big ideas in science, technology, and business.
And in memoriam, Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of artificial intelligence.
17th Century Fact: Astronomer Johannes Kepler was tried for witchcraft. — Sam
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