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Genius short work of sort-of-fiction

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  1. alathIN

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    This is a genius bit of science sort-of-fiction. My favorite kind of sci fi is when the fictional world reflects something informative about our world.

    The basic premise is an artificial intelligence program designed to generate maximally controversial statements for internet clickbait. The program spits out the first output and the software team gets in a huge fight about it (see, it works!). It gets better from there.

    The program is named for one of the programmers - "Shiri" - and "scissor" because it creates division.

    I think Shiri's Scissor is the defining concept of our age.

    It's a short easy read but quite well written and unfortunately so, so germane.

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2018/10/30/sort-by-controversial/
     
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    Scott Alexander is a national treasure. I think he's probably the most consistently interesting writer in the United States, or at least if there's somebody better I haven't found him/her. I can't think of anybody else who writes about such a wide range of topics in similar a level of depth and accomplishment. The whole thing about him quitting because a New York Times reporter insisted upon using his real name in a profile is crying shame. He may be a notable figure but it was so arbitrary and unncessary that I just can't accept their decision and cannot believe that it was not based at least in substantial part upon a wish to punish him for his (awfully tame) forays into the culture war. I hope he is back writing again soon.

    If you liked that one, he also wrote a humourous tale around common proverbs called "The Proverbial Murder Mystery" that is brilliant. It doesn't have the public intellectual angle that your selection does, but for pure inspiration and hilarity it's hard to beat.

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/02/13/the-proverbial-murder-mystery/
     
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    interesting links. Thanks for posting them.
     
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    Maybe there’s a simpler explanation.
     
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    cf Monty Python's killer joke sketch, update, twist . . . voila
     
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