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My mom is the type of person to say she is “spiritual but not religious,” and as overused as that phrase is, I genuinely think the description fits nicely. She taught my brother and I to express gratitude to the planets and the universe, and that if we wanted something, we needed to exude positive energy and manifest it into happening. On the other hand, when we visited my dad’s house, we learned about the Bible. Blissfully picking cherries, I learned about the Zodiac and also celebrated Christmas.

I got to college and became infatuated with Judaism. When I got…

Recently, my professor and I have been talking about narrow Artificial Intelligence and where it can be found in daily life. We both subscribe to a newsletter that sends a plethora of examples to your inbox daily, which examples range from driverless cars to technology that will help people get to the moon. Those are pretty in-your-face examples, but narrow AI is seriously everywhere. The newsletter is even written by an AI process called “Virtual Peter,” which Craig, my professor, absolutely loves. I think it’s weird.

So, when browsing for more everyday examples of narrow AI, I instantly gravitated towards…

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I love lists. I love lists so much that I treat it like a personality trait. I have daily to-do lists that I keep in a notebook, as well as a smattering of numbered lists on sticky notes above my desk. I have shopping lists, bucket lists, and lists of lists taped all over the walls of my apartment.

There are probably a couple reasons behind this passion of mine. I like my information organized, and moreso, it’s visual prioritization: if something’s important, it will make the cut. If it’s not something that’s notable, I don’t want it anyway.


I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, and it’s pretty much for the same reasons everyone else rolls their eyes at them. But I do have an exception: I set a goal every year for how many books I’m going to read. Usually, I reach the goal around September. My goal last year was to read 40 books. I only read 32.

The reason? In October, I swapped out my poetic novella of choice for what I felt represented a physics textbook: Max Tegmark’s “Life 3.0.” The professors I was working for at Lehigh University told me it was the…

Hi, I’m Sydney Dauphinais — a Gen-Z/Millennial cusper with a recently obtained journalism degree, an accomplishment I celebrated pandemic-style in my living room. I’m a writer and audio producer.

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I’m starting a newsletter called Spinning with Singularity. I know it might sound crazy, because I’ve lived most of my life being technologically incompetent, but I’m now writing about Artificial Intelligence.

I’m usually excited to learn new things. But if it’s any more technologically elaborate than unplugging the Wi-Fi box and plugging it back in, I’m not interested. I stay away from math, too. I haven’t taken a math class since…

There’s a statistic people love to cite when college students haven’t yet declared a major. It’s along the lines of, “undergrads change their major seven times on average before they graduate.” This number might not be exact, but it never mattered to me much anyway. I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, so throughout college, I had a narrow view and sharp focus for my life post-grad. I was just keeping my eyes on the prize, I thought. …

Spinning Towards Singularity

Making Artificial Intelligence a little less intimidating

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