Renaissance Guys

Navigate to the intersection of art and science and you’re liable to run into weird visionaries. Two recent books, which I read back to back, suggest that the art-science mashup has been the province of radical thinkers since at least the fifteenth century. Walter Isaacson’s illuminating biography Leonardo da Vinci walks us through the Renaissance…

A Blind Argentinian Librarian Predicted the Singularity in 1940

I woke up this morning to another story in what seems to be an accelerating series of news items about the evolution of artificial intelligence. Barely awake, I learned that Google has developed a new Go-playing AI that taught itself mastery of the game without any human input beyond the game’s rules. My thoughts immediately…

Book Review: The Four, by Scott Galloway

In spring 2000, I left Amazon to join a startup called Drugstore.com. My official title was Email Communications Editor. At age 27, Amazon was the first corporation I had ever worked for and I assumed all Internet-based companies operated pretty much like Amazon. Wow, was I ever wrong. Drugstore.com turned out to be a miserable…