June 19, 2017

Romancing the Machine





"Daum Marries Her Pedantic Automaton 'George' in May 1920. John Heartfield is very glad of it."


                                    George Grosz  (1920) 















June 8, 2017

E.M. Forster - Only disconnect






And month by month the roads smelt more strongly of petrol, and were more difficult to cross, and human beings heard each other speak with greater difficulty, breathed less of the air, and saw less of the sky. 

         E.M. Forster, "Howard's End," 1910
















June 5, 2017

The Successful Silicon Valley Personality




From a New Yorker profile of Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator: 

A blogger recently asked Altman, “How has having Asperger’s helped and hurt you?” Altman told me, “I was, like, ‘Fuck you, I don’t have Asperger’s!’ But then I thought, I can see why he thinks I do. I sit in weird ways”—he folds up like a busted umbrella—“I have narrow interests in technology, I have no patience for things I’m not interested in: parties, most people. When someone examines a photo and says, ‘Oh, he’s feeling this and this and this,’ all these subtle emotions, I look on with alien intrigue.”