Forget the Turing Test—give AI the F. Scott Fitzgerald Test instead

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Scott Fitzgerald pinned human intelligence on its tolerance of paradox. But what kind of artificial intelligence could pass his test? In his 1936 essay “The Crack-Up,” Fitzgerald writes that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability Read More

Kerry James Marshall is now the most expensive living African-American artist

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A painting by Kerry James Marshall was sold last week for $21.1 million, the most ever paid for a work by a living African-American artist. Marshall’s gallerist ended a day of suspense following the sale of “Past Times,” by revealing to the New York Times (paywall) that the hip-hop producer and entrepreneur, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Read More

Venezuela’s unfolding crisis, as told by its version of The Onion

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Venezuela’s presidential election will take place on May 20, amid various crises. Inflation is by some measures 18,000%, meaning basic food items can cost a month’s salary. Cash is worth so little that people are making bags out of it. The incumbent president, Nicolás Maduro, is expected to rig the election. The best way to Read More

What Trump’s new abortion rule could mean for women’s health

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US president Donald Trump has begun the process of putting in place a new policy that would prevent an important source of federal funding from going to clinics that provide abortions. The administration’s proposal was filed to the White House Office of Management and Budget Friday (May 18) for an interagency review, according to the Read More

Britain’s colonial legacy is still hurting LGBT people around the world

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At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the British prime minister, Theresa May, urged Commonwealth nations to reform existing anti-gay legislation held over from British colonial rule. And while stopping short of a formal apology, she used her speech to explicitly acknowledge Britian’s responsibility: “As the United Kingdom’s prime minister, I deeply Read More

A huge bookstore chain is opening new locations pretending to be indie shops

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The next time you step into a hushed, quaint bookstore, check the fine print. For the last four years, the UK bookstore chain Waterstones has opened small shops without its name in their storefront signs. Instead, the signage generically indicates the town in which the store is located: Southwold Books, in Southwold, for example. Monday Read More

Why a 100-year-old Indian company is investing billions into renewable energy

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Tata Power, one of India’s largest thermal power companies, is making a $5 billion bet on the country’s renewable energy sector. Over the next decade, the 103-year old company plans to quadruple its clean energy capacity, taking it from around 3,417 megawatts (MW) now to around 12,000 MW. The company currently has a total installed Read More