AI Chess, Black Holes, and a Ghost Metropolis: Lux Recommends #246

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #246, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

AI Ruined Chess. Now, It’s Making the Game Beautiful Again: “A former world champion teams up with the makers of AlphaZero to test variants on the age-old game that can jolt players into creative patterns.” — Sam

The Unbuilt Streets of California’s Ghost Metropolis: “Founded in the 1950s, California City was intended to rival Los Angeles in size. It never took off.” — Adam K

How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled — friend of Lux Tony Fadell

Active Grandparenting, Costly Repair: “A biological anthropologist explains why and how exercise works to combat senescence.” — Deena

Artificial intelligence aids gene activation discovery: “Machine learning enables long-awaited code breakthrough with potential applications in biomedicine” — Adam G

Is There a Black Hole in Our Backyard? “Astrophysicists have recently begun hatching plans to find out just how weird Planet Nine might be.” — Sam

The Billionaire Who Wanted To Die Broke . . . Is Now Officially BrokeAdam K

How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning? “AI tools are shaping next-generation theorem provers, and with them the relationship between math and machine.” — Sam

Illuminating the dark spaces of healthcare with ambient intelligence (pdf) — Deena

Modulating gut microbesAdam G

Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck: “revelatory look at the world’s most powerful ruling family reveals how a rift within Saudi Arabian royalty produced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a charismatic leader with a ruthless streak.” — Lux friend Tom Kane

Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty — Lux friend Tom Kane

Making History by Stephen Fry: A novel that explores “ the creation of an alternative historical time line, one where Adolf Hitler never existed.” — Sam

Intersection: “Two wealthy businessmen with car obsessions cross paths with an idealist pediatrician. Love enters the equation, and their lives change for good.” — Sherry Kalish, proud Lux mom

Scientist Explains How to Levitate Objects With SoundAdam K

2011 lapse movie by Leo de Groot speeds up by 720 times the fall and rise of the tide in Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, highlighting what we could call the ocean’s breathAdam K

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