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The Machine Stops with Joshua Glenn
29th August 2022 • aideas • Graham Culbertson
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On this first interview episode of AIdeas I'm joined by Joshua Glenn, editor of Radium Age, a fantastic new series from MIT Press. We discuss the Radium Age, Joshua's name for the era of science fiction right before the better known Golden Age of the 1930s through the 1950s, and especially "The Machine Stops," E.M. Forster's 1909 story about a world in which automation provides humanity with everything it needs. The opening volume, containing Forster's story and Joshua's introduction, is Voices from the Radium Age

Josh also wrote a wonderful roundup of other stories of AI from that era, Radium Age AI

The intro and outro music is from Domenico Gabrielli's ricercar, performed on solo cello by Debbie Davis