Magic, Science and Violence, part two

(Magic, Science, and Violence, imagined by artificial intelligence.) If you’re still wondering if Artificial Intelligence and Martial arts belong on the same table together, here’s a picture of MIT’s Machine Learning guru Lex Friedman (who is himself a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt) hanging out with combat sports legends Roger Gracie, Renzo Gracie and John … Continue reading Magic, Science and Violence, part two

Science, Magic, Violence, and the challenge of launching a book about too many things

Science, magic and violence aren’t strangers to each other. Conceptually, they may seem to be. For no three words can be more different. But the irony of this trichotomy is that they hardly never walk alone. Not in stories, neither in history. They come as a trio in tales of power. In journeys of enlightenment. … Continue reading Science, Magic, Violence, and the challenge of launching a book about too many things

Death, in the Style of Dr. Seuss (or the rise of Artificial Creativity)

Among the visual people, both the fine arts and design communities, there’s a lot of fuss about the development of Artificial Intelligence image generators. Personally, I care less about the debate around authorship and creative accomplishments of humans using tools like MidJourney or Dalle2, and more about the philosophical implications of it. In particular: when … Continue reading Death, in the Style of Dr. Seuss (or the rise of Artificial Creativity)

Michael Crichton, the Brainternet and me

Best-selling writer Michael Crichton had a formula. He would take a scientific idea in its infancy, and blow its implications through stories that were gripping and easy to understand. To his well researched science, he’d layer a visual plot and big ethical or philosophical questions we would eventually be forced to answer, because in one … Continue reading Michael Crichton, the Brainternet and me

Against the currents of social media, progress

It’s a normal behavior in everyone’s feed: we post our best moments. But combined with everyone else’s, we create an illusion that no one else struggles, which is the main criticism platforms like Instagram and LinkedIn often get. It’s true to jobs, beauty, travel… everyone seems to be living a life more perfect than yours. … Continue reading Against the currents of social media, progress