Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Gabe Bullard: The late Lou Reed once told Lester Bangs “I would like to live to a ripe old age and raise watermelons in Wyoming.” He then added “I’m outdrinking you two to one, you know.” Reed was legendarily and often hilariously difficult with the press. In honor of his passing last week, the Guardian has reprinted a Bangs/Reed interview that has become infamous in certain rock-geek circles. Read Lou Reed vs. Lester Bangs.
Devin Katayama: It’s happening. Technology is beginning to predict the future. You can argue this has been happening for years (weather predictions). But now computers and fancy algorithms are predicting the most unpredictable thing, like breakups. In The New York Times, Steve Lohr writes that Facebook is attempting to determine who is connected to whom—all in the name of tailoring content and ads for the user. A byproduct of this is being able to see with some consistency where relationships lie, and where they might die. But, like the weather, sometimes the technology doing the predicting here is wrong. Read Spotting Romantic Relationships on Facebook.
Joseph Lord: Here’s an update from a story you may have hear (as I did) on NPR a while back. James Fallon studies the brains of psychopaths—and his brain happens to be very similar to theirs. The Verge catches up with Fallon for a long interview on this, uh, awkward convergence of work and life. Read The Devil You Know.