We've had a wild week on the internet. This one's all about love, loss, and some very weird discoveries and creations. I really enjoy every single article in this one. Let's dig in!
Apparently the engineers at Ashley Madison spent most of their time engineering chat bots that would automatically talk to men, encourage them to spend money, and even considered doing an affiliate-based prostitution program where women would get paid a certain percentage of the amount that a man spent to sleep with them. Did I mention that the CEO stepped down?
Guy uses facial profiling software to get his dates. The weirdest thing is that the girls didn't think it was all that weird - though one straight up didn't believe him. He also open-sourced this software, so you could use it, yourself! (I was frankly kind of surprised that Tinder allows you to use their API in this way, but it has some cool results.)
A somber piece. A quote will suffice: “Right now, gunshots reverberate through cables, fiber, airwaves. A killer performs a spectacle for an audience captive to its own hunger and disgust. The image of the world through his eyes replicates itself endlessly. Information, regardless of its provenance or moral valence, wants to be free.”
An absolutely fascinating and compelling look into the life of a schizophrenic programmer who believes God has told him to create a holy operating system called TempleOS. His creation is magnificent and it's amazing what he's done as a lone person, but simultaneously sad and ponderous.
I'm a sucker for a good Twitter bot. This one introduces generative glitches into old Sierra adventure games, including the likes of Kings Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry (see the debauchery tie in?).
This is awesome. Taking the work done with Deep Dream and applying it to artistic styles--and of course, there's already the code as a service. I still don't think this will replace artists until we figure out how to have robots create compositions, and even then until we figure out how to have robots infer and imply meaning in a sophisticated way.
Glitchet Community Feature
Nico / Deaf Girl was nice enough to put together another mix of songs for me to share with you this week. I picked some of my favorites.
The Weird World
A fascinating long read into Silicon Valley's absurdly wealthy, debauched culture that shivers in front of the spectre of a bubble. Are we in a bubble? Many people hope so.
This is a cool glimpse of a repurposed stadium. That's about it. Man, it's so future.
This is mostly a promotion for a Steve Jobs documentary but it does some justice to Steve Jobs' character and his contradictions: a delicate, almost Zen-like restrained touch applied to a mass consumer product.
OK, this is just awesome. I stumbled upon this article on Google. Read this description and tell me you don't wanna read the whole thing. “Tackling the puzzle would lead Eriksson to rely on a host of skills from steganography to cryptography, to an understanding of ancient Mayan numerology and a familiarity with cyberpunk speculative fiction. As he worked his way from solving one piece of the puzzle to the next, the journey would lead him to discover that the answers lay not just in the digital domain, but in the real world: From clues left on the voicemail of a Texas telephone number to flyers taped to telephone poles in 14 cities around the world. The quest would ultimately return to the deepest layers of the digital world: the dark web.”