Welcome to Lux Recommends #263, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens? “An eminent astrophysicist argues that signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life have appeared in our skies. What’s the evidence for his extraordinary claim?” — Sam
Upgraded Robot Brains: How Custom Chips Could Speed Up Bot Reaction Time, Per New Research: “Think of robots as ninjas with a lag” — Deena
What the complex math of fire modeling tells us about the future of California’s forests: “California’s fires are getting bigger and harder to predict. The only way to tame them may be to remake the landscape itself.” —Cameron
The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR: “The legendary film fest is going virtual in more ways than one.” — Shaq
‘For Some Reason I’m Covered in Blood’: GPT-3 Contains Disturbing Bias Against Muslims: “OpenAI disclosed the problem on GitHub — but released GPT-3 anyway” — Deena
The Epic Hunt for One of the World’s Most Wanted Men: “He was one of Africa’s richest moguls and helped unleash the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Then Félicien Kabuga vanished and stayed hidden for more than two decades—until recently, when the United Nations’ war crimes detectives picked up his trail and began to close in.”— friend of Lux Tom Kane
And I Love Reading 1980s Computer Magazines, and So Should You: “It’s not just a nostalgia thing. Sifting through the past often leads to something new.” — by Sam
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