Sarah Scoles | Coda | 28th November 2023
The proliferation of computer generated imagery that looks real has implications for nuclear warfare. The problem exists at both ends — fake satellite images could end up being analysed by a compromised AI system. But even if such a system does launch a missile by mistake, it is still our fault. "Humans created the AI systems and made choices about where to use them" (3,300 words)
Without you knowing it, your food is already full of MSG (and that’s a good thing). If you like it you should put some MSG on it.
Lauren Oyler | Granta | 23rd November 2023
Witty essay about a trip to Marienbad, a fading spa town in the Czech Republic famous as a place where Kafka fought with his fiancé, where Goethe fell in love, and as the setting for a 1961 French New Wave film written by Alain Robbe-Grillet. Here, the travellers' attempt to experience true convalescence is stymied by excessive sugar consumption and too many trips to the sauna (5,200 words)