#61: Entire days spent in the lab

Robot love, bat songs, the internet of fungus, and a whole lot of Leonard Cohen.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Modern Love: Are We Ready for Intimacy With Robots?
“Ishiguro soon gives up his rides through the country for entire days spent in the lab. And as he becomes more fluent in this new language, more immersed in a conversation with the large machines, a fantasy takes shape: Could there be a way to make this language more humanlike, so that someday computers might understand us intuitively, on our own terms? So that this dialog might become a relationship? This relationship becomes his singular pursuit, his dream.”

Martha Nussbaum’s Moral Philosophies
“Nussbaum is monumentally confident, intellectually and physically. She is beautiful, in a taut, flinty way, and carries herself like a queen. Her voice is high-pitched and dramatic, and she often seems delighted by the performance of being herself. Her work, which draws on her training in classics but also on anthropology, psychoanalysis, sociology, and a number of other fields, searches for the conditions for eudaimonia, a Greek word that describes a complete and flourishing life”.

How Leonardo da Vinci Made Mona Lisa Smile
“Floating above the grotesque grimaces on the top of the page in Figure 2 is a faint sketch in black chalk of a simple set of lips that are rendered in a way that is artistic rather than anatomical. The lips peek out of the page directly at us with just a hint—flickering and haunting and alluring—of a mysterious smile. Even though the fine lines at the ends of the mouth turn down almost imperceptibly, the impression is that the lips are smiling. Here amid the anatomy drawings we find the makings of the Mona Lisa’s smile.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

The news is just better in Pidgin.
All the pretty bat songs.
A collection of inconvenient objects.
When the  people match the art.
Nature’s internet of fungus.
Giant straw animals of Japan.
A brief history of the cheese curl.
Twenty-two hours of Leonard Cohen.
And here’s the Wes Anderson Airbnb.
Aw! No video treats this time, but they’ll be back next week.