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A.I. versus M.D.

The New Yorker

Somehow, computers outsmarting humans in games tend to get way more attention than in areas in which the consequences will be a lot more far-reaching. Take medicine. Algorithms are already beating humans’ accuracy in analysing brain scans or detecting skin cancer. This New Yorker piece offers a deep dive on how it works and what it means. (Plus, and that alone is worth the click: the definitive illustration of the mind-body-problem)

Published in Weekly Filet #236 In collection: The Future Is Now

New Yorker Cartoons at Random

The New Yorker

It’s the end of an era. Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, will retire. During his 40 years with the New Yorker, Mankoff drew and oversaw some of the most iconic cartoons ever published. Unmatched in their subtlety, they cut through reality with surgical precision. Let’s honour a great career by treating ourselves to some good laughs: by browsing tons of great cartoons in the archive, including my all time favourite.

Published in Weekly Filet #231

The Really Big One

The New Yorker
Guest curated by Tim Urban

Americans associate earthquakes with California’s San Andreas Fault. But only recently did scientists discover that the big, big earthquake will hit America’s Pacific Northwest. When it does, it will be by far the most devastating natural disaster in US history. Massive earthquakes in that region occur every 243 years on average, but it’s been 315 years since last one. The Pacific Northwest is due.

Published in Weekly Filet #217
    In collections: Guest Butchers FTW, Best of 2015

    Anatomy of Error

    The New Yorker

    «As I approach the end of my career I feel an increasing obligation to bear witness to past mistakes I have made.» Says Henry Marsh, whose mistakes have ended lives. Great profile of a neurosurgeon who has published a remarkable memoir. From the profile: «He is the Knausgaard of neurosurgery: he writes about his errors because he wants to confess them, and because he’s interested in his inner life and how it’s been changed, over time, by the making of mistakes.»

    Published in Weekly Filet #208 In collections: Think Different, Best of 2015