How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.? | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/14/how-frightened-should-we-be-of-ai?mbid=nl_Daily%20050818&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13466841&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1400714066&spReportId=MTQwMDcxNDA2NgS2Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse.
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Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/burial-plots-robert-aickmans-eerily-ordinary-stories?mbid=nl_Daily%20050718&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13459185&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1400626123&spReportId=MTQwMDYyNjEyMwS2Not a lot tends to happen in a story by Robert Aickman. Two young women picnic near a country churchyard. A newly elected councillor is appointed to a committee that oversees maintenance of the local cemetery. Somewhere on a Mediterranean-seeming island, an English couple buys a parcel of land. But, quietly, and at an unhurried pace, these modest scenes are infected by miasmas that feel both existential and supernatural, and which linger, for the reader as much as for the characters, like the ineradicable tint of certain dreams.
Michelle Wolf and the Pseudo-Event of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/michelle-wolf-and-the-pseudo-event-of-the-white-house-correspondents-association-dinner?mbid=nl_Daily%20043018&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13414616&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1382638657&spReportId=MTM4MjYzODY1NwS2The pans of the comedian, and the calls for decorum, were blatantly out of scale.
How Michelle Wolf Blasted Open the Fictions of Journalism in the Age of Trump | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-michelle-wolf-blasted-open-the-fictions-of-journalism-in-the-age-of-trump?mbid=nl_Daily%20043018&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13414616&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1382638657&spReportId=MTM4MjYzODY1NwS2Her routine at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was only as obscene as the Presidency itself.
“Hear me, and rejoice. You are about to die at the hand of the children of Thanos. Be thankful, that your meaningless lives…” –The Maw (Avengers Infinity War)
“Avengers: Infinity War” and “Let the Sunshine In,” Reviewed | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/07/avengers-infinity-war-and-let-the-sunshine-in?mbid=nl_Daily%20042618&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13393283&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1382318465&spReportId=MTM4MjMxODQ2NQS2Anthony Lane on “Avengers: Infinity War,” Joe and Anthony Russo’s all-star Marvel extravaganza, and “Let the Sunshine In,” Claire Denis’s examination of love and loneliness starring Juliette Binoche.
What Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/what-isle-of-dogs-gets-right-about-japan?mbid=nl_041418_Daily&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13315425&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1381232165&spReportId=MTM4MTIzMjE2NQS2To say that the film dehumanizes the Japanese is to assume the primacy of an English-speaking audience.
The Rebooted “Lost in Space” Hurtles in Many Directions at Once | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/on-television/the-rebooted-lost-in-space-hurtles-in-many-directions-at-once?mbid=nl_041418_Daily&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13315425&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1381232165&spReportId=MTM4MTIzMjE2NQS2“Danger, Will Robinson!” Netflix’s remake offers action melodrama on the subject of child-rearing while also pitching an all-ages adventure tale.
Steven Spielberg’s Oblivious, Chilling Pop-Culture Nostalgia in “Ready Player One” | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/steven-spielbergs-oblivious-chilling-pop-culture-nostalgia-in-ready-player-one?mbid=nl_Daily%20040318&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13246144&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1380233989&spReportId=MTM4MDIzMzk4OQS2The film depicts a retrofitted universe that filters out any artist or subject cooler, bolder, or more aware than Spielberg and his work.
Why Mark Zuckerberg Should Read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/why-mark-zuckerberg-should-read-a-tree-grows-in-brooklyn?mbid=nl_Daily%20040318&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13246144&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1380233989&spReportId=MTM4MDIzMzk4OQS2The spy story embedded in Betty Smith’s novel is a parable for businesses, like Facebook, that collect and sell other people’s information.
The Lofty Optimism of Spotify and the Influence of the Streaming Revolution | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-lofty-optimism-of-spotify-and-the-influence-of-the-streaming-revolution?mbid=nl_Daily%20040318&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13246144&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1380233989&spReportId=MTM4MDIzMzk4OQS2A company that once seemed untenable, if not immoral—all of this music, for free, and it’s legal?—is now mainstream. On Tuesday, it will go public.