Delightful Characters Spring to Life in Hand-Cranked Wooden Automata by Kazuaki Harada

Kazuaki Harada

From Colossal: Japanese woodworker Kazuaki Harada (previously) has spent the last few years designing these playful automata that activate with a simple hand-crank. Watch miners work in tandem, a figure cackle with unparalleled enthusiasm, and the devil aggressively play the fiddle, and make sure to turn your volume up, too—Harada often pairs an audio component with the… Continue reading Delightful Characters Spring to Life in Hand-Cranked Wooden Automata by Kazuaki Harada

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George Saunders on the Vitality of Fiction in Increasingly Turbulent Times

George Saunders on the Vitality of Fiction in Increasingly Turbulent Times The writer and MacArthur Genius fellow chats with InsideHook about his writing process, teaching methods and the singular healing powers of a good story For us, today, in America, I think we need to come into some realization about the way that corporate capitalism… Continue reading George Saunders on the Vitality of Fiction in Increasingly Turbulent Times

AI Dungeon

The OpenAI project has a new API, called GPT-3 that is in the news now because of its ability to mimic human-style communication. The funniest implementation is their choose-your-own adventure engine. Unlike other text-based adventures like Zork or those Infocom games, this one allows you to write in full sentences and is not limited to… Continue reading AI Dungeon