Friday Reading: Artificial Intelligence, Jack Reacher and Nirvana Unplugged

Karl Friston is a neuroscientist who has a new way to describe the way life operates – it may have huge implications in artificial intelligence and perhaps even many other sciences.

I really enjoy Jack Reacher books. I can’t quite work out if this is something to be mildly embarrassed about, but I find them engrossing and enjoyably ridiculous. At the same time, though, I wonder whether his popularity reflects a generation of men questioning their previous roles. This Atlantic article is a great place to start if you’ve never read one before.

Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York took on great significance by suddenly becoming the last work Kurt Cobain released. This is an extensive article on its creation.

Ever wondered how cows you eat, or cows you get milk from are treated? This has some bleak and distressing examples. “Years later, I’d learn that there are certain things that, when you learn them, shift your view of the world completely. And you have no choice but to respond. Forgetting becomes an impossibility.”

Nile Rodgers discusses some of his many hits on the Broken Record podcast (which itself is well worth subscribing to).


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