Anthony Elgindy, the Mad Max of Wall Street, has seen the revolution: thousands upon thousands flooding into the electronically liberated stock market. “The public is there for one reason and one reason only, they are there to absorb the risk.” And guess who will drive you to maximum absorption?
Cancerland by Barbara Ehrenreich - “This instantly classic “fuck you” to the pink ribbon racket helped me understand the marketing practices that take normal human fear and sorrow and turn them into a zombie parade.”
How Not To Commit Suicide by Art Kleiner - “The story began as a high libertarian assignment to give people proper suicide instructions. But that’s not what it became. From a collection I recommend to everybody: News That Stayed News, Ten Years of CoEvolution Quarterly.”
A Silent Childhood by Russ Rymer (subscription required) - “I’ve thought many times about why this story, now 20 years old, was so meaningful to me. The inspiration here is both in the fact that Genie - a child who suffered severe abuse, lacking everything, even words - fought so hard, in such a human way, for what she wanted, and that Russ Rymer had the moral courage to tell her story without bending it to an easier, more palatable ‘lesson’.”
Given the chance to observe our behaviors, computers can run simulations, modeling different versions of our path through the world. By tuning these models for top performance, computers will give us rules to live by, telling us when to wake, sleep, learn, and exercise; they will cue us to remember what we’ve read, help us track whom we’ve met, and remind us of our goals.