This conversation with the composer Philip Glass and me discusses an exciting project in partnership with OpenAi, in which we trained a neural net on a corpus of Glass’ work. He offers commentary on the music created by “his AI”, as well as insights on composition and creating art. We then talk about the different… Continue reading Philip Glass on Artificial Intelligence and Art
Trauma Identity Politics
Trauma is a state of being overwhelmed with information to the point of being unable to process, causing one’s internal state to become fragmented and linked with strong negative affects. It often results in a state of dissociation, making one’s internal world chaotic. A person who was traumatized by a dog attack may react to… Continue reading Trauma Identity Politics
Literature is a mirror. Read Fiction. Write Fiction.
“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” – Stalin It’s important to channel energy towards research and data for effective modeling and cogent action, but also to remember that data is an abstraction of thing measured— a child, a father, a sister, a friend, a lover. It’s important too sometimes… Continue reading Literature is a mirror. Read Fiction. Write Fiction.
Make Journalism, not Virtue Vampirism
There is a fine line between Activism and Journalism. A Journalist must stay vigilant to represent facts truthfully — to share information and data, without the human instinct to infer or goad a direction (which is Activism), or acquiesce to outrage. True Journalism trusts and honors individuals to form their own conclusions. I’ve noticed a… Continue reading Make Journalism, not Virtue Vampirism