We’re baaaaaaaaack! Let’s dive in, shall we?

  • Microsoft Japan developed an AI bot named Rinna. Earlier this month, it developed symptoms of depression. Moral of the story: Don’t give blogs to bots, I guess? (Source: 9 News)
  • Eli Saslow of The Washington Post tells the story of Derek Black, son of the man who founded white nationalist website Stormfront, Don Black. Derek ended up disavowing the white supremacist movement after befriending classmates of diverse backgrounds. I think there are two lessons to be learned here. First, exposure to diversity breeds understanding. Second, friendship is a more powerful means of converting people to your cause than anger and shame.
  • Kirk Hamilton of Kotaku writes about getting back to playing games with a mouse and keyboard. He still prefers playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with a controller, though, which just sounds insane to me. How do you aim in first person with a controller?
  • Tumblr user Gattsuru explains why The New York Times’ publishing of sensitive details of U.S. Presidential debate celebrity Ken Bone’s life is petty and stupid. I agree. Leave the dude alone.
  • Finally, Justin Sevakis of Anime News Network explains why English dubs of anime seem to contain more swearing than the Japanese originals. It boils down to Japanese curse words being milder than English ones and not really having English equivalents.

Those are all the links I have right now. Just one more thing: going forward, What I’ve Been Reading will usually post every two weeks instead of every week. WIBR needs at least three links before I post, and there are weeks where I find only a couple of articles worth linking to. In those weeks, instead of scrambling to find a third on Sunday morning, I’ll simply postpone WIBR to the following week.