Newsletter No.85 — Jun 23, 2019

AI Can Thrive in Open Societies / The Past, Present, and Future of AI Art / Save Our Food, Free the Seed / Rethinking Technological Positivism

I attended a small event this week. When entering the room they asked for everyone to leave their phone in a box, to be claimed on exit. “So that people would talk more.”

At the end of the event, the embargo being lifted and everyone still being encouraged to talk, most people lined-up to get their phone… so they could walk back in the room and all dive into the matrix, silent.

Would asking people to show self-control and not use their phones have worked better? In this case they were confiscated and people just grabbed them again as fast as they could.

This week: AI Can Thrive in Open Societies / The Past, Present, and Future of AI Art / Save Our Food. Free the Seed. / Rethinking Technological Positivism / Feminist cyborg scholar Donna Haraway.

A year ago: What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans.