Books, music, etc. from May 2016

Books

  • Christian & Griffiths, Algorithms to Live By
  • Dennett & LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit
  • Carroll, The Big Picture [my comments]
  • de Waal, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
  • Dreger, Galileo’s Middle Finger [a quoted passage]

Music

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:

Movies/TV

Ones I really liked, or loved:

  • Lanthimos, The Lobster (2015)
  • Jones, The Homesman (2014)
  • Sciamma, Girlhood (2014)
  • Dumont, Li’l Quinquin (2014)
  • Aubier & Patar, Ernest & Celestine (2012)

Media I’m looking forward to, June 2016 edition

Books

* = added this round

Movies

(only including movies which AFAIK have at least started principal photography)

  • Stanton, Finding Dory (Jun 2016)
  • Liu, Batman: The Killing Joke (Jul 2016)
  • Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans (Sep 2016)
  • Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Nov 2016)
  • Nichols, Loving (Nov 2016)
  • Scorcese, Silence (Nov 2016)
  • Edwards, Rogue One (Dec 2016)
  • Villeneuve, Story of Your Life (TBD 2016)
  • Dardenne brothers, The Unknown Girl (TBD 2016)
  • Swanberg, Win It All (TBD 2016)
  • Farhadi, The Salesman (TBD 2016)
  • Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes (Jul 2017)
  • *Nolan, Dunkirk (Jul 2017)
  • Unkrich, Coco (Nov 2017)
  • Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII (Dec 2017)
  • Payne, Downsizing (Dec 2017)

Books, music, etc. from April 2016

Books

Music

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:

Movies/TV

Ones I really liked, or loved:

Media I’m looking forward to, May 2016 edition

Books

* = added this round

Movies

(only including movies which AFAIK have at least started principal photography)

  • Russo & Russo, Captain America: Civil War (May 2016)
  • Stanton, Finding Dory (Jun 2016)
  • Liu, Batman: The Killing Joke (Jul 2016)
  • Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans (Sep 2016)
  • Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Nov 2016)
  • Nichols, Loving (Nov 2016)
  • Scorcese, Silence (Nov 2016)
  • Edwards, Rogue One (Dec 2016)
  • Villeneuve, Story of Your Life (TBD 2016)
  • Dardenne brothers, The Unknown Girl (TBD 2016)
  • Swanberg, Win It All (TBD 2016)
  • Farhadi, The Salesman (TBD 2016)
  • Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes (Jul 2017)
  • Unkrich, Coco (Nov 2017)
  • Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII (Dec 2017)
  • Payne, Downsizing (Dec 2017)

Books, music, etc. from March 2016

Books

Music

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:

Movies/TV

Ones I really liked, or loved:

  • [none this month]

Some books I’m looking forward to, April 2016 edition

* = added this round

Some books I’m looking forward to, March 2016 edition

* = added this round

Books, music, etc. from February 2016

Books

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Ones I really liked, or loved:

If you want to write about intelligence explosion…

Toby Walsh has published a short new paper on the likelihood of intelligence explosion. Unfortunately, it doesn’t engage with three of the most detailed and thoughtful previous analyses on the topic.

If you want to write about the likelihood and nature of intelligence explosion, I consider the following sources required reading, in descending order of value per page (Walsh’s paper misses 2, 3, and 5):

  1. Bostrom (2014), chapter 4
  2. Yudkowsky (2013)
  3. AI Impacts‘ posts on intelligence explosion: one, two (both 2015)
  4. Chalmers (2010)
  5. Hanson & Yudkowsky (2013)

There are many other sources worth reading, e.g. Hutter (2012), but they don’t make my cut as “required reading.”

(Note that although I work as a GiveWell research analyst, my focus at GiveWell is not AI risks, and my views on this topic are not necessarily GiveWell’s views.)

Books, music, etc. from January 2016

Books

Music

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Ones I really liked, or loved:

Some books I’m looking forward to, February 2016 edition

* = added this round

The most-acclaimed new classical music of 2015

Barney Sherman’s 2015 classical music mega-meta-list is now up (part 1part 2), pulling together the results of 64 different “best of the 2015” lists from classical music critics.

Most of the selections are new performances of older works. Here, I want to highlight the contemporary classical pieces that were recorded for the first time in 2015 (and usually composed in the last few years), and that were included in 6 or more of the lists in Sherman’s analysis:

  1. Anna Thorvaldsdottir: In the Light of Air
  2. Andrew Norman: Play / Try
  3. Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields
  4. Various composers: Render
  5. Various composers: Clockworking
  6. John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places
  7. John Adams: Absolute Jest

The links go to Spotify. If you’re relatively new to contemporary classical music, my guess is that Absolute Jest is the most widely accessible selection here, followed by Render.

Some books I’m looking forward to, January 2016 edition

* = added this round

Books, music, etc. from December 2015

Books

Music

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:

Movies/TV

Ones I really liked, or loved:

  • Phoenix (2014, Christian Petzold)

Some books I’m looking forward to, December 2015 edition

* = added this round

Books, music, etc. from November 2015

Books

Music

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:

Movies/TV

Ones I really liked, or loved:

Some books I’m looking forward to, November 2015 edition

* = added this round

Books, music, etc. from October 2015

Books

Music

Music I most enjoyed discovering this month:

Movies/TV

Ones I really liked, or loved: