Category Archives: Shelley (Mary)

Facebook Escapes Its Creator

After refusing to acknowledged it was used by the Russians, Facebook is admitting that operatives did in fact buy ads that influenced the election. The Frankenstein story comes to mind.

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Shelley Predicted Microsoft’s AI Problems

Monday My son Tobias Wilson-Bates, currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech, recently published a short essay about robotics and literature in a school newsletter. Sign me up immediately for the Proud Fathers Club. The relationship between machines and literature has long fascinated Tobias, which makes Georgia Tech a good place for him […]

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Trump as Frankenstein’s Monster

What is it about Donald Trump that brings out the literary analogies? First a Salon columnist compared him to Odysseus’s Cyclops, then the New Yorker’s John Cassidy saw him as Gulliver, and most recently Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and others have compared him to Frankenstein’s monster. I’ve written about the Cyclops parallel here, but let’s take […]

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The Golem, A.I., and God

Stephen Hawking’s concerns about artificial intelligence and his belief there is no god is disputed by the Jewish legend of the golem of Prague.

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Alice in Standardized Education Land

“Alice in Wonderland” can be read as an early attack on standardized education.

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GOP, Obama Have Both Created Monsters

Karl Rove and Barack Obama have both “created monsters” (in the Tea Party and drone strikes respectively). Mary Shelley would understand.

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