Posted inTechnology

‘Cementing bias in a flower-scented maze’: A.I. and the eternal digital footprint

Reading Time: 7 minutes Artificial intelligence is big business, and it’s not going away. International Data Corporation predicts that worldwide revenue for the A.I. market will top 157 billion in 2020, growing to over 300 billion by 2024. A.I. is prolific, with estimates of over 403,000 conference papers on A.I. in 2019 alone. The number of A.I. deployments is […]

Posted inNews

It’s either Christian nationalism or democracy. You can’t have both

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the days before President Biden addressed the nation to commemorate the violent attack on the US Capitol by conservative rioters, commentators speculated on the President’s likely message. Would he stick to memorializing the dead and affirming a commitment to democracy, or point directly at the cause? In the end, Biden opted for direct, offering […]

Posted inCulture

‘Condolences and congratulations on the death of your son’: How a culture of martyrdom poisoned a nation

Reading Time: 11 minutes There was another wave of spikes in cases and deaths due to COVID-19. Was it the second one? The third? I cannot remember. But I do remember that the daily death numbers were in triple digits and that the map of Iran–my nation–was drenched in bloodlike crimson.  We were physically present in my place of […]

Posted inMusic

Music is made of time

Reading Time: 3 minutes Music is a hard thing to study or even talk about because it can’t stop moving. Aside from film, visual art tends to stand still, giving the viewer some control over the experience. But music moves forward relentlessly, thwarting any attempts to get a firm grip. Imagine telling a friend that you attended a Frida Kahlo exhibit yesterday. […]

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