Really neat article about Google using neural networks, but the opening has a great take on Heaven and Hell.
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that David Byrne was correct and that the distinguishing characteristic of paradise is the absence of event, the total nonexistence of the new. Everything is beautifully, perfectly unflummoxed. If we further assume that hell is the opposite of heaven, then the distinguishing characteristic of hell is unrelenting eventfulness, the constant, unceasing arrival of the new. Hell is a place where something always happens. One would have to conclude, on that basis, that the great enterprise of our time is the creation of hell on earth. Every new smartphone should have, affixed to its screen, one of those transparent, peel-off stickers on which is written, “Abandon hope, ye who enter here.”
After a testing few weeks at work, I can appreciate how unending newness is like rolling the boulder up the hill day after day. Having to react constantly just wears me down.
Having a recruiter call in the middle of a personal freak out actually helped me get through the week. Realizing that this hell is temporary gave me some perspective that I should spend my time worrying about how to get out instead of spending all my energy reacting to it.
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