A wide array of interesting articles about the stuff in this issue's title. Read 'em and enjoy the holiday!
Machines and Messages
Well-done slideshow of the images we sent to tell the aliens who and what we are, from 1977.
This guy is sort of full of himself, but he is very smart and his creation is very cool.
A long love letter to the journey of learning how to program low-level, older systems.
These are the first, truly impressive examples of computer-generated poetry that I've seen. Twitter bots, anyone? Worth reading if you're into either machine learning or poetry.
Did you know I used to be a vlogger once? Yeah, I didn't make any money doing it, either.
A profound contemplation on the convergence of nostalgia and conversion-increasing tactics in our apps. Facebook is happy to see you again and it wants you to remember what you did on it this last year.
VR is making leaps and bounds and I am so excited.
I've been thinking about creating a centralized soft-AI app that can process things in my life for me (store a reminder in Evernote, register a reminder in my Trello, text someone that I'll be late), and I was thinking of calling it "Axi", definitely gendered female. Maybe I should explore robotic androgyny as part of the project.