Lyse Links: AI, Political Correctness, and GIFs


Readers, I think about you a lot. When I have time to write and publish these collections of stories, I sort through myriad links that I have saved during my weekly reading. When I finish a good article, I think, “I need to share that with the people who read my blog!” The longer I’ve written these compilations, the more I find myself making connections and trying to offer different points of view on topics I’ve previously posted about.

But something’s missing. Because you know what I love best about reading these stories? Talking about them. And right now this feels like a bit of a one-sided conversation. So if you enjoy this post or read any of the articles, could you drop down to the comments and leave me a line about it? I’d really love to know which articles you enjoy, what you want to see more of, and what you could do without. I’d even enjoy some disagreement. Let’s turn this into a conversation.

Now, the articles!

Let’s start fun: The NBA’s Secret Addiction. This is the kind of journalism that makes me want to be a journalist. Just read it. You’ll be glad you did.

A little peak inside The Cult of Nike. Great read if you’re interested in design, business, shoes, or sports. (Let’s be honest, I’m only mildly interested in those things and I liked it).

A very small political note, because context is important: Trump’s immigration policy. The article is about outrage, fear, and strategy, but the facts are pretty important here too.

I am a Master’s student, so sometimes I enjoy academic work like On Political Correctness. It’s pretty long and even I didn’t know some of the words, but it’s a helpful addition to the conversation about taking offense. (Hat tip to Jake Seliger, who provides some of my favorite curation posts, including one that linked to this article.)

Race and political correctness are often connected issues, so complement the previous link with I’m Not Black Enough and Raising a White Child as a Black Parent. These are both #ownvoices, so I’ll leave them without comment.

What about tech? Well, Elon Musk is very cautious about AI (ELON MUSK’S BILLION-DOLLAR CRUSADE TO STOP THE A.I. APOCALYPSE), except that…well, he also started a venture to merge human brains with AI. Color me confused.

[sidebar: really cool quote from that first article:

“If you want a picture of A.I. gone wrong, don’t imagine marching humanoid robots with glowing red eyes. Imagine tiny invisible synthetic bacteria made of diamond, with tiny onboard computers, hiding inside your bloodstream and everyone else’s. And then, simultaneously, they release one microgram of botulinum toxin. Everyone just falls over dead.
Only it won’t actually happen like that. It’s impossible for me to predict exactly how we’d lose, because the A.I. will be smarter than I am. When you’re building something smarter than you, you have to get it right on the first try.”

Agree? Disagree? Think that someone should definitely write a short story about this?]

Can a gif be a deadly weapon? Less frivolous than it sounds, also probably super important in the total Wild West of law surrounding ever-advancing technology.

I’m a sucker for anything with “Russia” and “hacker” in the title, so this was an obvious read: Chasing the Phantom: Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker. And I am trying to keep the politics to a minimum, but this definitely ties into the Russian hacking scandals in the US.

The most irresistible read: What Happens When the Queen Dies. Honestly, I’m surprised if you haven’t seen this article already, but in case you’ve seen it shared and thought, “Nah, I don’t need to read that,” I’m here to tell you that you do. It’s fascinating.

In light of the recent poor weather in the Southeastern US (hail, tornadoes, house-shaking thunder), The Weather God of Oklahoma City seems appropriate.

I’m nowhere near the end of my list, but I’m probably nearing the end of your patience, so I’ll close off here and save the other great articles for next week. Don’t forget to leave a comment!

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