Books

Very Short Stories, But Not From Twitter

“Dictionary Stories,” by Jez Burrows is a genre-bending collection of very short stories composed entirely of example sentences from various dictionaries.

h/t: HARPERCOLLINS

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Science

A Fiery Giant Could Wake Up Sooner Than Expected

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is a large hot spring, known for its vibrant coloration.

Beneath the park is a dormant, subterranean supervolcano that’s far more powerful than the average volcano. It has the ability to spew out ejecta that could blanket most of the U.S. in a thick layer of ash and even plunge Earth into a volcanic winter.

A new study shows that such an eruption could take place far sooner than previously believed. But there’s no risk of that happening in the immediate future.

h/t: NYT

Tech

Mirror, Mirror, Who’s The Smartest Of All A.I.?

A vintage (faux) advertisement for the HAL 9000 computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968). The copy reads: “Foolproof And Incapable Of Error … Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer.”

To assess the threat posed by artificial intelligence to humanity, a recent study gauged that Google’s technology has twice the I.Q. —47.28—of Apple’s Siri—23.94. But neither is smarter than a six-year-old.

h/t: BOING BOING