Explainable A.I., Generalized Specialists, and Cheetos: Lux Recommends #108
Welcome to Lux Recommends #108, the newest edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (and want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled: Fantastic essay on how to think about specialists and generalists. — Sam
Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself? “As machine learning becomes more powerful, the field’s researchers increasingly find themselves unable to account for what their algorithms know — or how they know it.” — Sam
These are the deep learning, neural network voyages of the starship Enterprise…: “I trained an A.I. to write Star Trek episode titles because the internet demands it.” Examples include “The Enemy Mirror” and “Babel of Light” — Sam
Ice Apocalypse: “Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century” — Lux Capital intern Sam Kramer
How the US Military Helped Invent Cheetos: “The army placed its first order for processed cheese–which at the beginning, came in only one flavor: white — during World War I, buying twenty‑five million quarter‑pound tins from Kraft. This single act probably established Kraft’s century‑long (and still going strong) food industry hegemony.” — Adam K
To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg: This book is about the birth of the scientific method and how science drives true progress, by Steven Weinberg, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. — Lux Recommends reader Guy Perelmuter
Try to Build a Stable Solar System: Orbital Physics and World Making: “Online game Super Planet Crash allows players to create their own solar systems and rack up points in the process. It’s an excellent illustration of the impact that cosmological objects have on one another, as well as a fun introduction to the topic of orbital dynamics.” —Adam K
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