So human, so scary

Google Duplex sounds so lifelike, down to the hesitations and verbal tics. It’s exciting and it’s scary. Can’t wait till the trolls get down to misusing this for arguments and such.

An existentialist AI

Google’s Talk to Books uses AI to search through over 150,000 books to answer your questions. I asked about the answer to life and got existentialist answers.

In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

That, and 42. Was not disappointed.

Bloody Mexica

We may never fully fathom other cultures, so claims this Nautilus essay. To bolster its case it presents Friar Sahagun’s ethnography of the Mexica civilization. It’s gruesome and bloody, with lurid tales of a mountain of human sacrifice. But it’s also part of a strange culture with a hierarchy of nobility that the article equates to upper crust England.