“To the transformer, all previous art, all previous language, exists as intellectual pulp. There is no difference between Yeats’s Byzantium and your most recent email. Natural-language processing is an unfathomable disintegration followed by an unfathomable reintegration.”

– Stephen Marche

IN THE ATLANTIC, noted social observer Stephen Marche thinks about “algorithmic culture.”

Marche is the author of The Next Civil War. His magazine writing appears in several publications, including Wired and The MIT Technology Review.


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THE ATLANTIC | March 14, 2023 | by Stephen Marche