TouchStone Reads - July 28th, 2023


We often set aside articles that are longer, deserve a re-read, are broader in scope…or just for fun — for weekend reading. Below are some from this week — pour yourself a hot cup of coffee & enjoy...

  • The $1 billion gamble to ensure AI doesn’t destroy humanity: The founders of Anthropic quit OpenAI to make a safe AI company. It’s easier said than done. (Vox)

  • A Vast Untapped Green Energy Source Is Hiding Beneath Your Feet (Wired)

  • Why Generative AI Won’t Disrupt Books: Every new technology from the internet to virtual reality has tried to upend book culture. There’s a reason they’ve all failed - and always will. (Wired)

  • ‘No way out’: how video games use tricks from gambling to attract big spenders (The Guardian)

  • Why so many brands use sound to make you buy stuff (The Hustle)

  • Billions of Dollars Are Flowing, But Money Alone Can’t Fix US Infrastructure (Businessweek)

  • Maximum Canada is happening: Canada has a nation-building population strategy. Does America? (Noahpinion)

  • Stephen Curry is too good to pretend his success is merely down to hard work (The Guardian)

  • The Impossible Story of the Bomb (The Ringer)

  • The one baseball’s been waiting for: So far, the two-way sensation is living up to Ruthian expectations. (ESPN)

What are you reading or listening to?