How to Be Seen as an Expert in Artificial Intelligence

Another one for the series “things encountered around the university”: 1. Never say “Artificial Intelligence,” always say “AI” If someone says “artificial intelligence”, correct them by saying: “don’t you mean, AI?”. You’ll immediately appear more well-read on the subject than any of your colleagues. 2. Offer to develop your company’s AI offering When this honor…

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

The First Basic Law Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation. One is repeatedly and recurrently startled by the fact that: a) people whom one had once judged rational and intelligent turn out to be unashamedly stupid; b) day after day, with unceasing monotony, one is harassed in one’s activities by…

10 Right-Wing Lies on Taxation

Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. But the selling of tax cuts under Trump has taken things…

Why the military draft makes no sense anymore

Bringing conscription back from the cold After less than ten years from the suspension (in 2010), in March Sweden has decided to reintroduce the military draft, starting in 2018 from the 1999 cohort. The main reason for this change resides in the rising tensions in the area, mainly given by the pressure of Russia and by the recent developments in the…

Comedy of Arts

for you Comedy of hearing Sing any song/melody in your mind. Sing aloud (softly, to yourself) no more than one sound per half minute*. Don’t lose the continuity of the sung melody. One of the sounds can be sung for as long as possible. (for instrumentalists) Perform any musical piece in your mind. Play aloud…

Ecologia politica – pt. 2

Appunti su una visione del mondo (e della politica e dell’economia) – commenti all’antologia (2009) di André Gorz (qui la parte 1): 3. L’ecologia politica tra espertocrazia e autolimitazione (1992) “A differenza dei sistemi industriali, l’ecosistema naturale possiede una capacità autogeneratrice e autorganizzatrice che gli permette di autoregolarsi e di evolvere nel senso della complessità e della diversità crescenti….

What Makes Us Human

One of the major challenges in current science is to understand the emergence of modern humans, who have cognitive capacities which in a biological context are extraordinary. How could this have happened in anatomically modern humans, that is, in a species which had apparently already evolved to its current genotype (or close to it)? It…

Falsities

The world according to Yona Friedman. Consolations #1 – We do not always understand ourselves. #2 – We do not always need to understand ourselves. #3 – We do not know always what we need. #4 – It is not indispensable for us to know what we need. Advice #1 – Make love in the…

A Handbook for Journalists

When terrorism hits, recall: The Basics – Naming is, to a certain extent, choosing a side – Terrorism has no official definition – There is a crucial difference between terrorism and resistance – State terrorism exists, and is “a form of government” – “Glorification of terrorism” is an expression to be carefully defined – Not all…

Ecologia politica – pt. 1

Appunti su una visione del mondo (e della politica e dell’economia) – commenti all’antologia Ecologica (2009) di André Gorz (1923–2007): 1. L’ecologia politica, un’etica della liberazione (2005) “Noi nasciamo a noi stessi come soggetti, vale a dire come esseri irriducibili a ciò che gli altri e la società ci chiedono e ci permettono di essere. L’educazione,…

Tentativo di decalogo per la convivenza inter-etnica

1 – La compresenza pluri-etnica sarà la norma più che l’eccezione; l’alternativa è tra esclusivismo etnico e convivenza. Situazioni di compresenza di comunità di diversa lingua, cultura, religione, etnia sullo stesso territorio saranno sempre più frequenti, soprattutto nelle città. E non è una novità. Anche nelle città antiche e medievali (vedi anche qui e qui)…

Twelve Visual Artists Interpret Radiohead’s OK Computer

Pitchfork asked a dozen artists to take a song from OK Computer and translate it through illustration. Here’s what they created, along with commentary from each artist: 1. Airbag – by Mario Hugo “I wanted to create something that references both life and death, and almost feels like Munch’s ‘The Scream.’ There is something pervasive…