Good reads of the week #1

https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/your-book-review-the-wizard-and-the

Scott writes about a book I’ve been thinking about reading for a long time. Ditto for the other Charles Mann books, 1491 and 1493.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-05-13/spac-king-chamath-palihapitiya-hopes-his-hype-will-keep-mesmerizing-you

Critical of The Dictator, perhaps too much in hit piece territory. It does give an insight that other articles have not given.


https://www.wired.com/story/vastaamo-psychotherapy-patients-hack-data-breach/

Details the story of an Finnish psychiatry startup that was hacked and the customers who have told their therapist all their secrets have been contacted by the hackers. There will be more of these in the future, so better read up. As Kevin Kelly has said, privacy, as we know it today, is changing, for good and bad.


https://aeon.co/essays/works-of-art-compel-our-attention-but-can-they-change-us

Suppose you’ve been gazing intensely at Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1659), which hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and later you’re told that this was actually a painting made by a deep-learning machine that had internalized Rembrandt’s style through exposure to his paintings. You immediately feel that something’s lost. The museum would certainly take the work off its walls. What’s the thing that’s lost?

Also a good read for understanding the value of originals and ownership – NFTs are coming.


https://residentcontrarian.substack.com/p/on-incels-dead-bedrooms-and-the-hard/

Incels are going to become a larger problem in the next 5 years.


https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/john-swartzwelder-sage-of-the-simpsons

[…]The lesson to me was clear: comedy writing was the way to go. Easiest job on the planet.
Do you still consider comedy writing to be the easiest job on the planet?
No, sir. I do not.