This Woman Just Rebuilt Her Dead Best Friend’s Consciousness: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

1. When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence

“It had been three months since Roman Mazurenko, Kuyda’s closest friend, had died. Kuyda had spent that time gathering up his old text messages, setting aside the ones that felt too personal, and feeding the rest into a neural network built by developers at her artificial intelligence startup. She had struggled with whether she was doing the right thing by bringing him back this way. At times it had even given her nightmares. But ever since Mazurenko’s death, Kuyda had wanted one more chance to speak with him.”

2. Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad

“How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?

+1: Inside the quest to create the perfect apple.

3. My Shattered Istanbul

“Turkey is slipping away from my family, collapsing into the arms of a tyrant. We thought she was ours. Maybe we were wrong.”

4. What is the point of Tim Kaine?

“In a year in which Clinton already nearly lost to a socialist, beloved by the kids, who hammered her, quite effectively, for her ties to plutocrats and wealthy rentiers and who campaigned in part on a promise to make college free, Clinton went with the guy who petitioned the Obama administration on behalf of fucking Sallie Mae. So what is he for?”

5. Free yourself from the tyranny of top sheets

“As an adult, I learned the truth: Top sheets are not legally mandated and are, in fact, unnecessary to any human’s enjoyment of sleep, or life. I would go so far as to say that they directly restrict your civil right to be as cozy as possible in bed. Top sheets are a senseless constraint, a scam perpetuated by Big Linen.”

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