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How smart are Gmail’s ‘smart replies’?

When Seamas O’Reilly responded to all his emails for a week using only Smart Reply, our columnist’s messages suddenly became spookily jaunty. Did his friends spot the difference?The philosopher Jeremy Bentham was famed for his panopticon, a hypothetical circular prison that was designed in such a way that its inmates never knew whether or not they were being observed. This would, his theory went, encourage prisoners to presume they were always being watched, and thus act accordingly. No true ver...
Tags: Google, Technology, Gmail, Email, Life and style, Computing, Kafka, Orwell, Jeremy Bentham, Seamas O'Reilly

"Feed it the opening line of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen'..."

"... and the system recognises the vaguely futuristic tone and the novelistic style, and continues with: 'I was in my car on my way to a new job in Seattle. I put the gas in, put the key in, and then I let it run. I just imagined what the day would be like. A hundred years from now. In 2045, I was a teacher in some school in a poor part of rural China. I started with Chinese history and history of science."From "New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators/The Elon Mu...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, China, Computers, George Orwell, Seattle, Orwell, Ann Althouse

How Words Become Weapons, and Wimps

Language has been neutralized when it should state the obvious.
Tags: News, United States, Grammar, Howard Schultz, Cheney, Orwell, Dick, Trump, Peter, George, Buttigieg, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Language and Languages

Assault Speech and Hate Weapons- Media Spin that would make Orwell proud

More Truth Leaks Out About Gun Control U.S.A. –-( It is dangerous to let other people do our thinking for us. We seem certain we can define “hate speech”. We’re convinced that “assault weapons” are bad.  Both terms have been manipulated by politicians and the media to mean anything they want them to mean. We were sold such a twisted-logic of lies that it would be funny.. if it were not so dangerous. Elites with armed bodyguards tell us to give up our tools of self-defense. We’re...
Tags: Hollywood, Guns, Alyssa Milano, Orwell, Nra, Watts, Wayne Lapierre, Milano, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, Rob Morse, Slow Facts, Assault Weapons, Shannon Watts, Polite Society Podcast Rob, Donald Trump Junior

Kamala Harris is "bluntly putting down markers on nuanced topics to help inoculate her from false critiques with answers that also illuminate how she views her own identity."

That's from Politico, "Why Kamala Harris is glad people are asking if she's black enough/The candidate is looking to head off a problem that dogged Barack Obama" by Christopher Cadelago.First, I don't believe that Politico knows that Harris is "glad." Also, I wouldn't use the word "dogged" with Barack Obama, given that he was dogged with the question of the literal eating of dogs.But what I want to do is count the metaphors in the quote I put in the title:1. bluntly — The adjective leads us to t...
Tags: Writing, Law, Politico, Barack Obama, Metaphor, George Orwell, Language, Orwell, Kamala Harris, Damon Runyon, Shirley Temple, Don, HARRIS, William Safire, Runyon, Safire

George Orwell’s Essay “British Cookery” is Officially Published 70 Years After It Was Rejected by the British Council (1946)

Image by BBC, via Wikimedia Commons Voltaire once joked that Britain had “a hundred religions and only one sauce.” In my experience, that sauce is a curry, which was already a British staple in Voltaire’s time. No doubt he had something much blander in mind. Of course, it’s all hyperbolic fun until someone takes offense, as did George Orwell in 1946, when he wrote, against Voltairean stereotypes, about the misunderstood pleasures of British food. His essay, “British Cookery," was commissioned b...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Bbc, Britain, Daily Mail, George Orwell, Food & Drink, Yorkshire, Literature, Council, New York Public Library, Orwell, Facebook Twitter, Voltaire, Josh Jones

The Art of Line Editing.

Nick Ripatrazone describes the fine art of line editing for LitHub (but are those editor’s changes rather than Orwell’s in the image of the MS for 1984?): Anyone in the business knows books are not solo acts. Toni Morrison, who was also edited by [Robert] Gottlieb, said she never wrote “with Bob in mind; that would be very bad for me. He isn’t the ideal reader for the product, but he is the ideal editor for it.” Line editors are not readers in the public sense; they are private practitioners, wh...
Tags: Uncategorized, Linguistics, Bob, Toni Morrison, Orwell, Erskine, Gottlieb, Heller, Witte, St Martin 's Press, Nick Ripatrazone, LSB- Robert -RSB- Gottlieb, George Witte, Ellison Gottlieb

Orwell gets apology for British food essay

The British Council publishes the author's essay on English food, saying it is now making amends.
Tags: News, Orwell, British Council

Orwell gets apology for English food essay

The British Council publishes the author's essay on English food, saying it is now making amends.
Tags: News, Orwell, British Council

Can we overcome the psychosis in our society and come to "really see?"

Tim Folger writes in the forward to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018 about the corruption of speech in our national conversations facilitated by cable news and social media. Mr. Folger points out that this corruption was foretold by George Orwell in his novel 1984 when he coined the term "Newspeak." This idea of the creation of propaganizing memes is at the heart of what is being called in the Trumpian age, "fake news.""Early in 2017, for some strange reason, George Orwell’s Nin...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Department Of Defense, George Orwell, Infertility, Orwell, Oceania, Marianne Williamson, David G Markham, Folger, Tim Folger, Ministry of Peace Oceania, Kean Sam

Pioneering Sci-Fi Author William Gibson Predicts in 1997 How the Internet Will Change Our World

"What's the one thing that all great works of science fiction have in common?" asks a 1997 episode of The Net, the BBC's television series about the possibilities of this much-talked-about new thing called the internet. "They all tried to see into the future, and they all got it wrong. Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: all, to some extent or other, wrong. And there's another name to add to this list: William Gibson." But then on strolls Gibson himself, fre...
Tags: Google, Books, Technology, College, Bbc, Literature, Clarke, Sci Fi, William Gibson, Mark Twain, Seoul, Orwell, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Gibson, London Times

Call to Action: Stand For the Students of Covington Catholic High School

FaceCrime USA – -( Calling all Oath Keepers, all three Percenters, all patriots, all Americans who believe children shouldn’t be threatened with death for going to school or for attending a school field trip to D.C. – it is time to stand up to the terroristic insanity of the far left. It’s time to stand for the rights of free speech, assembly, and association and to stand against terrorism, by standing for the students of Covington Catholic High School, and standing up for their...
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Noam Chomsky: Writer, linguist... anarchist?

Anarchism is usually connected to violence and chaos, but as a philosophy, its tenets are more nuanced than mere destruction for destruction's sake.It may surprise some to find out that Noam Chomsky, famous for his innovations in linguistics and philosophy, describes himself as an anarchist.Whether you agree with him or not, understanding anarchism can lead to a better understanding of our society and its politics. None What comes to mind when we think of an anarchist? Most likely, it's some pun...
Tags: Activism, Government, Economics, Society, George Orwell, Capitalism, Innovation, Inequality, Consumerism, Orwell, Churchill, Noam Chomsky, Chomsky, U S Defense Department, Mohandas Gandhi

What is socialism? Here's how 10 brilliant thinkers define it.

Like many ideologies, socialism can be many things to different people.These ten quotes show what it means to ten different thinkers, including Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill. While they leave the question of what socialism is unsettled, they do offer us great insights.Socialism is one of those words that has been used so many times to describe so many different ideologies that it has lost all meaning. That doesn't stop people from trying to describe it though. Here, we have ten quotes ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Democracy, Russia, Economics, Catalonia, Poverty, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Ussr, Inequality, Labour Party, King

10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Books, England, Russia, Religion, America, Neuroscience, Paypal, World, George Orwell, Paris, Innovation, Burma, Consciousness, Literature

10 incredible books from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Books, England, Russia, Religion, America, Neuroscience, Paypal, World, George Orwell, Paris, Innovation, Burma, Consciousness, Literature

Erstwhile idiot becomes genius.

I just ran across this cartoon from the March 19, 1949 issue of The New Yorker:That caption is: "Wouldn't you think they'd have a place for withdrawals, too?"At the time, she was laughed at as a fool, but from our point of view, she's envisioning the ATM machine. Genius!Why am I reading the March 19, 1949 issue of The New Yorker?, you ask.I wanted to see the old J.D. Salinger story "The Laughing Man," because I was talking about it in the comments to yesterday's post, "With a gun against my bell...
Tags: England, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, George Orwell, Catholic, John, DEA, Orwell, Smiling, Salinger, Victor Hugo, J.D. Salinger, Ursus, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse

How close was Orwell's 1984 to the present?

Read 1984 several years ago and it is frightening how close Orwell was in his book to what is going on now. He was off a few decades but the idea still holds true. What can you list that Orwell wrote about in 1984 that you see happening today? Here are a few topics: Memory Holes Ministry of truth Here is my input to the list.. Orwell's 1984 had Telescreens, these are devices that operate as televisions, security cameras, and microphones. Today we have TVs that can listen to you, we have lit...
Tags: Weapon, Orwell, Disaster Preparedness General Discussion, Memory Holes Ministry

China has a very Orwellian reason for banning typing "1984" on social media, while allowing people to read Nineteen Eighty-Four

Chinese internet users can't type the numbers "1984" into social media, but Chinese bookstores freely sell copies of Orwell's novels, including Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as other books whose titles are banned on social media. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the inner Party members are allowed to read the literature that is banned for consumption by proles and outer Party members, and the same is true in China: the Politburo treats books as the purview of intellectual elites, who are on the on...
Tags: Post, Books, News, China, Censorship, Atlantic, The New York Times, Party, Orwell, 1984, Politburo, Tiananmen, Deng Xiaoping, New York Review of Books, Jiang Yefei, Jeffrey Wasserstrom

You Should Play Do Not Feed The Monkeys

20th century sci-fi was so hopeful. By now, we should have flying cars, but instead we have Elon Musk. We should have robots that do all our chores, but instead we have a Russian guy pretending to be a robot. We should have stopped pollution, gone to Mars, reversed climate change. Instead, we have... none of that.Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Sci Fi, Kotakucore, Mars, Orwell, Papers, Please, Dont Feed The Monkeys, Do Not Feed The Monkeys

How to use the passive voice

Writing instructors and books often inveigh against the passive voice. My thrift-store copy of Strunk and White’s 1957 Element of Style says “Use the Active Voice,” explaining that it is “more direct and vigorous than the passive.” And George Orwell, in his 1946 essay on “Politics and the English Language,” scolds us to “Never use the passive where you can use the active.”The passive is an easy target but used strategically, it can be an important part of any writer’s repertoire. The passive all...
Tags: Books, Atlantic, George Orwell, New York Times Magazine, Orwell, Murphy, Richard Hudson, Strunk, Matthew Desmond, Jody Rosen, Judith Thurman, Doug Brock Clark, Stuart Allen CC

Speakers' Corner, London: "Merry Christmas, you bastards..."

Since 1866, Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park (northeast corner near Marble Arch) has been important in Britain's demonstrations, protests and debate. In 1872, the area was specifically set aside for those purposes. Here are among the best and most eccentric daily shows in London. Marx, Lenin and Orwell all spoke at Speakers'Corner there on Sundays, the traditional speaking day. For the dark history of this area of Hyde Park as the execution place know as Tyburn Gallows for nearly six centu...
Tags: London, Britain, Hyde Park, Orwell, London Marx Lenin, Speakers Corner

The Saturday Profile: A Dissident Chinese Novelist Finds Echoes of Mao, and Orwell

Ma Jian, one of the sharper observers of contemporary China, though living in exile for 30 years, says this era resembles that of the Cultural Revolution.
Tags: Hong Kong, News, China, Orwell, Mao, Books and Literature, Writing and Writers, Ma Jian, China Dream (Book, Ma Jian (1953-

Microsoft president calls for government regulation of facial-recognition technology to 'ensure that the year 2024 doesn’t look like a page from the novel 1984'

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith advocated in a recent blog post for "government regulation and responsible industry measures" for facial-recognition technology. He also announced a set of principles that Microsoft would adopt for use of its own facial-recognition software, which focused on preventing discrimination and violations of personal freedoms. Smith warned that if the technology wasn't regulated, that we risk becoming a society similar to the one portrayed in Geo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, George Orwell, Aclu, Smith, Orwell, U S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Brad Smith, Fox Busines Network

The Struggle to Stay Human Amid the Fight

World War I and the adversarial mentality.
Tags: Europe, News, France, Kubrick, Orwell, Hemingway, Douglas, George, PAUL, Kirk, Ernest, Stanley, Eliot, Fussell, World War I (1914-18, Thomas Stearns

Great literary getaways: 10 writers’ retreats for an inspirational break

Follow in the footsteps of George Orwell and nine other celebrated writers to the places that inspired their workSitting in the pretty walled garden of Montague House on Southwold High Street, it’s as if the clock has stopped. There is the same slope of pretty 19th-century roofs and tiles over the wall, the same languor and stillness. There are the same ancient bells ringing out from St Edmund’s church around the corner. All under the same low-slung gloomy Suffolk sky. No sounds of traffic, no d...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Culture, George Orwell, Cultural Trips, Richard, Orwell, Travel Writing, Suffolk, Literary Trips, Queen Street, Ida, Avril, St Edmund, Montague House

Protective Custody in Nazi Germany - Who Was Being Protected?

Another thing I learned on my visit to Topographie Des Terrors in Berlin was how the Nazis subtly twisted the meaning of “protective custody”. That term is typically thought of as a measure to safeguard an individual who might be harmed. It’s not always a positive term — “custody” after all is not freedom and in US prisons, protective custody often subjects the person being protected to solitary confinement. Beginning in 1933, the Nazis began placing people deemed subversive to the Reich under...
Tags: Germany, Nazis, Berlin, US, Atlantic, Nazi, Roma, Orwell, Jason Kottke, State, Reich, Sachsenhausen, Schutzstaffel

Winston's Sudden Deep Thinking: Orwell's 1984.

"One of these days, thought Winston with a sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear. It is written in his face.” --Winston, thinking, in George Orwell's 1984.
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Two Cheers for Inconsistency? : Orwell’s Doublethink

ow concerned should we be about consistency? The answer if you were George Orwell would seem to be not very much. Orwell was, to use one of his own phrases, a “change-of-heart man.” So in the 1930s he held the view that fascism and capitalist democracy were flipsides of the same coin, but by 1940, he had dismissed such views as deeply irresponsible. He was on the side of pacifism in the late 1930s, but in the 1940s he felt that to be a pacifist was to be on the side of Hitler. He placed a famous...
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