February 2020

Monday, 24 February 2020

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Wired: “Technology is the main reason why so many of us are still alive to complain about technology.”


Monday, 17 February 2020

About that Democratic Primary …

James Kwak: “The median voter theory is nonsense. If it were true, Donald Trump would not be president today. Nor would the Republicans have a majority of the Senate, and a majority of governorships, and a majority of state legislatures. They have achieved this electoral success despite running far to the right of where most Americans stand on just about every issue—immigration, abortion, gay rights, taxes, you name it.”


Sunday, 2 February 2020

The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition

David Wallace-Wells: “Many people perceive climate change as a sort of moral and economic debt, accumulated since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and now come due after several centuries — a helpful perspective, in a way, since it is the carbon-burning processes that began in 18th-century England that lit the fuse of everything that followed. But more than half of the carbon humanity has exhaled into the atmosphere in its entire history has been emitted in just the past three decades; since the end of World War II, the figure is 85 percent.”