“The Richest Man Who Ever Lived” by Greg Steinmetz

the-richest-man-who-ever-lived-9781451688559_hrI’ve always wondered why some historical figures attract so much attention from biographers, whereas others who had accomplished just as much languish in obscurity. Artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564) have been the subject several exhaustive biographies and even feature films. Millions of tourists flock to the Vatican each year to view the Sistine Chapel. By contrast, Jacob Fugger (1459 – 1525), arguably the richest private individual who ever lived, remains unknown to all but the most dedicated history buffs. There has not been a major English-language biography about him in over 80 years. Continue reading ““The Richest Man Who Ever Lived” by Greg Steinmetz”

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“Ex Machina”

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The best way to describe Ex Machina is that it updates Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein for the 21st century. Internet tycoon Nathan has created a robot with artificial intelligence called Ava. He flies one of his employees, Caleb, to a secret research facility to see if the android will pass a modified version of the Turing Test. This time, Nathan wants to see if Caleb will develop an attachment to Ava, even knowing that she is artificial. However, Ava soon begs Caleb to help her escape from the facility. Continue reading ““Ex Machina””