Five Things #79 / by Ross Farley

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

  1. I've just started reading Mark Tegmark's book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence — the subtitle helpfully tells you what the book is about! In chapter three Mark linked to this video showing Google's Deepmind AI program learning to play the Atari game Breakout. Pretty cool!

  2. I really enjoyed this conversation with Robert Wright on Sam Harris' podcast. They discuss consciousness, Buddhism and the science behind meditation and enlightenment.

  3. A good list: 33 ways to stay creative. "4. Get away from the computer" — Noted!

  4. Morgan Housel on Expiring vs long-term knowledge: "Long-term knowledge is harder to notice because it’s buried in books rather than blasted in headlines. . . . It’s not just that long-term knowledge rarely expires, letting you accumulate it over time. It’s that [it] compounds over time. Expiring knowledge tells you what happened; long-term knowledge tells you why something happened and is likely to happen again. That 'why' can translate and interact with stuff you know about other topics, which is where the compounding comes in."

  5. This week's music recommendation is Benny Greb's latest album Grebfruit 2. His reworking of Genesis' Jesus He Knows Me is really great. There's only one Benny Greb!

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