Quick links (#29)

Is China still booming? Signs of the coming currency quake. Baidu’s AI dreams, and the arising robot nation. China’s inconvenient truth (better than the original). The China doom chorus (1, 2, 3). Leo Strauss in Beijing. Xi Jinping superstar. Licking the panda.

Singapore through Carlyle’s eyes. Lessons from broken empires. An unstable game on the Korean peninsula. Escalation in Europe.

Age of the smart phone. Robots versus the middle class, and the underclass. The next Silicon Valley? The hedge fund matrix. Wrong on Snapchat.

Quantum computation and error correction (1, 2, 3). Vortical machine memory. Robotic-VR mash-up (more). Financial laser wars (on speed). Cyberdyne follows the script. Artificial intelligence revolution (1, 2). and more here (plus, and the movie). Migration onto the synthetic timeline. A year in Ethereum. Blockchain cooption oddities. Blockchains in space.

The legacy of horizontal gene transfer. Speculative provocations of the Fermi Paradox. Crops like greenhouses. Archaeoacoustics. Was there an Exodus?

Deleuzian economics. A Wiener appreciation. Acceleration and folk politics. Remembering Cybersyn. Which questions matter? Eliezer Yudkowsky’s book. Tau will win.

Gibsonian fashion brands. Black Metal’s floating tomb.

Rhythmic machine mutterings from Dark Matter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and Djynxx (1, 2, 3).

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