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What’s the best shooter to play in 2020? Where can gamers find the coolest weapons, the hardest enemies, and the most thrilling challenges? There’s a lot of cool games on the horizon such as Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Halo: Infinite, and Rainbow Six Quarantine. But – don’t laugh – the best first person shooter you can play this year is alread...

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Lift Up The Receiver, I'll Make You A Believer

nuff said….i guess? As far as I am concerned, the game was up when Joseph Weizenbaum programmed ELIZA in 1966. ELIZA, a deceptively simple chatbot, convinced counterparties it was human through scripts that generated canned responses. ELIZA reflects back what people type to it, producing a simulacrum of an active listener. ELIZA works technic...

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Entering Pandemonium

[M]ultivocality can plausibly take a variety of different forms. The Renaissance form is to adopt a strategy of ‘whatever you say, say nothing,’ leaving it for others to interpret your ambiguous actions as they will, forcing them to commit while you remain unbounded. Another is to talk constantly, but not to allow what you say to be constrained ...

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The Accidental Masterpiece

In several days, the newest Star Wars film will hit cinemas across America. Quite naturally they will be interpreted primarily from the perspective of those refighting the culture wars surrounding the last Star Wars sequel film, The Last Jedi. I do not write to discuss TLJ however. Instead, I am here to speak about the prequels. On social media ...

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The Skynet That Failed

The conventional wisdom on China at the moment is that its advances in basic and applied technology, particularly machine learning and data analytics, will create a superior form of authoritarianism that succeeds where others have failed. Command over technology will allow China to carry out extensive surveillance and then automate the process o...

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To Chain The Beast

how’s my driving? There is now a booming cottage industry of work on “virtual social warfare”, “hostile social manipulation”, and similar new terms for phenomena studied under previous names in the 2000s, 1990s, and 1980s as waves of informatization created new social realities. And in turn the 2000s, 1990s, and 1980s terminology recapitulate...

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The Laugh Track

Sacha Baron Cohen is angry. Angry at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and tech companies in general. Angry because Facebook and its competitors spread “hate, conspiracies, and lies.” He wants something to be done. Speaking at an Anti-Defamation League summit in New York City, Baron Cohen argued “There is such a thing as objective truth. Facts do ...

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Speedrunning Through The Language-Game

“Oh I was just PostShitting for laughs” EXactly. And that is why U forever languish in obscurity while i engage brands U could only dream of dril Picture this. You are scrolling through your feed one day and you suddenly see something so bizarre, abhorrent, and astonishing that you have a hard time believing it is real. How could an...

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