Welcome to Lux Recommends #292, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots? “Some of the animatronics at Disney’s parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won’t cut it with today’s children.” — Adam K
Social physics: Are we at a tipping point in world history? “Does history have a grand narrative, or is it just a random walk to no place in particular? And is the world as we know it about to change?” — Sam
The secret of the Stradivari violin confirmed — friend of Lux Bryan White
NASA Mars helicopter nails 12th flight, scouts ahead for Perseverance rover: ‘“A dozen for the books!” tweets NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory after Ingenuity overcomes its latest challenge.’ — Sam
How astronaut Chris Hadfield showed Berlin’s ongoing struggle for unification: “Hadfield’s photograph, taken from the International Space Station, showed a divide between the east and west of the German capital” — Adam K
How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create The PC Industry: “Vector Graphic became one of the best-known computer manufacturers of its era. It went public. Then the IBM PC changed everything.” — Sam
The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell: “The definitive inside story of WeWork, its audacious founder, and what its epic unraveling says about a financial system drunk on the elixir of Silicon Valley innovation — from the Wall Street Journal correspondents (recently featured in the WeWork Hulu documentary) whose scoop-filled reporting hastened the company’s downfall.” — Lux Recommends reader Dan Katz
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