Five Things #125

Every Tuesday I share five things I've liked and think you might like too. Here are this week’s Five Things…

  1. This isn't a particularly fun read but it's well worth reading: This Is How We Radicalized The World

  2. Merriam-Webster have a fun new tool called Time Traveler which allows you to find when words or phrases first appeared in print by year. My birth year, 1988, was clearly a golden year: "Channel surfing", "emo", "JPEG", "mad cow disease", "mosh pit", "unibrow".

  3. Tiny books that fit in one hand might be the future of physical books! They look pretty cool but I'll be sticking with my Kindle for now — which you can also use to read with one hand!

  4. An interesting piece on how AI is being used in music. It's hard to imagine that AI composers will ever totally replace human composers, but it'll be just another tool in a composers tool kit.

  5. On a related note... Ólafur Arnalds recently explained how he's been experimenting with using algorithms to augment his music: "The idea behind this is not to create a computer that makes music for me, it's to create an instrument that I'm playing". Here's his performance on NPR's Tiny Desk series.

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