AI Supremacy, Rare Stamps, and Lego Starry Night: Lux Recommends #270
Welcome to Lux Recommends #270, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy: “How the shape of deep learning — and the fate of the tech industry — went up for sale in Harrah’s Room 731, on the shores of Lake Tahoe.” — Cameron
He Owns World Famous Stamps and a Prized Coin. Now He’s Selling: ‘Stuart Weitzman, who made his fortune in shoes, is parting with three of his collecting triumphs, including a block of four “Inverted Jennies.”’ — Adam G
A 25-Year-Old PhD Student Just Convinced Lego to Mass-Produce Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ as an Official Toy Kit: “Truman Cheng submitted the idea to the company, which invites fans to share their ideas for future Lego sets.” — Sam
Scientists stunned to discover plants beneath mile-deep Greenland ice: “Long-lost ice core provides direct evidence that giant ice sheet melted off within the last million years and is highly vulnerable to a warming climate” — Adam K
What Countries Will Fight Over When Green Energy Dominates: “It’s a question of when, not if, the global economy will shift away from fossil fuels. Researchers are gaming out what that means for international politics.” — Adam K
@DearPandemic: Meet the women answering burning questions big and small about COVID-19: “Should I still be washing all my groceries? What’s actually in each type of vaccine? If you need to know, the scientists, clinicians, and scholars of Dear Pandemic have you covered.” — Deena
kid 90: “An intimate look at young Hollywood starlets growing up in the 1990s, using hundreds of hours of footage captured by Soleil Moon Frye.” — Eric Lichtenstein, friend of Lux
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