Misplaced hype over the recent generation of chatbots and “AI” applications shows just how much technology comes full circle. Lauded as the next big development, most conversational user interfaces are actually more primitive than some programs developed in the 1960s and 1970s. Sure, Slack’s Slackbot (~2014) can interpret natural language like “tomorrow” and “next week” instead of being fed perfectly formatted dates, but check out the capabilities of 1968’s SHRDLU — a conversational program that had the user ask the computer to interact with a world of 3D shapes around it:
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Person: Can a pyramid support a pyramid?
Computer: I DON’T KNOW.
We’re huge fans of Nick Lutsko at Secret Cave. In fact, just last year, he made an appearance on our podcast. He remains one of the friendliest people we’ve spoken to, and offered up heaps of insight on his music and work for Super Deluxe. Following on from his last album, Etc., Nick has recently released a new song — complete with an excellent music video.
This interview is a feature from our second printed zine, Issue #2: Breath.
Following its release last year, A Hat in Time has been embraced by players and critics alike. Lauded as a love letter to the fading genre of 3D platformers, it’s a welcome slice of nostalgia. While that would be enough to ensure the game success, its developers have filled every corner with their own innovations. Because of this, A Hat in Time was among the most memorable titles of 2017.… [continue reading]
You can pre-order a physical copy of Issue #2: Breath here!
The next three weeks represent our final push before we publish Issue #2: Breath. Benjamin and I have been doing all we can in the background to make this zine special. We’ve worked hard to give our excellent submissions the formats they deserve, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
However, we originally planned for a 2nd of April release date. Due to a number of circumstances, there will likely be a fortnight’s delay. The issue will still print in April, but we need the extra days in order to perfect the product. … [continue reading]
This is Part Four of a short fiction.
J-Seven associated the tonal countdown that had come bursting into his eardrum implants with progress. Not only did it represent the end of his duly allotted rest period, but it also signalled the start of a personal learning phase. He had another two of these scheduled, and he contemplated what might help to drive him through them. His upcoming briefing concerned History, a subject far too removed from the future he placed his true interest in.
At least Vitrius’ latest model was a greater comfort on the temples, which resulted in an appreciated lack of headaches.… [continue reading]
“Is the Nintendo Switch worth it?” is a question that many have wondered since the system was made available last year. Throughout this piece, I’m going to highlight the issues I’ve encountered with my own Switch. However, admitting my dissatisfaction doesn’t come easily, and it requires some background. If you’re looking for a concise list of reasons why the Switch isn’t worth it, please scroll down to the “tl;dr” section at the end!
I’ve always been passionate about video games. My first console was a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), which I received for my fifth Christmas.… [continue reading]
This is Part Three of a short fiction.
Mr. Mero’s morning was off to a promising start. As advertised, an anaesthetic injection had worked wonders on his surprisingly decrepit spine, allowing him to stand without agony. It gave him the extra energy to program the MatterMate properly, which led to a much richer approximation of tea and toast. But a phone call the previous evening was the real reason for his mood.
The conversation suggested his involvement in Vitrius’ latest prototype. Their contact meant that he could get personal access to an exciting, if elusive, new development.… [continue reading]
This is Part Two of a short fiction.
Several years (and many more cups of vended coffee) later, Mr. Mero found himself at the main desk of the same room he trained in — troubled. Older and more savvy, he had grown to read less music magazines and more broadsheets. One particular morning, he couldn’t put his finger on what disturbed him more. Was it the headline announcing the successful cloning of a rhesus monkey, or rather the side-line story sensationalising an adolescent suicide? Both had ruined his day before it had even started.… [continue reading]
MC Kat has been making waves in her native Latvia since she first appeared. Fresh, inspired and with big plans in mind, she’s a rapper who commands your attention from her first line to her last. We were proud to release a track of hers on our debut compilation tape last year (available free here). Additionally, she appeared thrice on our podcast’s third season (for Birds, Latvia and Drugs). She’ll be making more appearances on our podcast when we relaunch it later this year. Until then, you can look forward to a full album release from MC Kat in 2018.… [continue reading]
This is Part One of a short fiction.
Aligned in perfect symmetry, the desks of the classroom formed an ordered horseshoe. Upon closer inspection, Mr. Mero noticed that nothing had changed in the anarchic spirit of young independence. Chewing gum pocked the table legs and lurked beneath the surface out of sight. He even allowed himself a smile at a crudely carved penis. After all, he engraved the same in his childhood with some infant inkling of territorial pride.
Mr. Mero was as much an apprentice as the juveniles lining up outside — unfamiliar with his subject and nervous of failure.… [continue reading]