Tech Guy Says Books Will Be Replaced by AI-Powered “Thunks”

Who Woulda Thunk Exit: books. Enter: thunks. Or so says Peter Wang, PyScript inventor and the cofounder and CEO of the open-source Python platform Anaconda. In a recent post to Twitter-formerly-X, Wang offered a bold vision — or maybe an incredibly bleak one, depending on your point of view — of humanity’s literary future. Rather than publish books, Wang predicted, humanity will soon begin to publish inventions dubbed “thunks,” which he describes as “nuggets of thought that can interact with the ‘reader’ in a dynamic and multimedia way.” “There can still be a classic linear ‘passive read mode,'” the developer added, “but that can be autogenerated based on the recipient’s level of existing context and knowledge.” In other words? It seems that according to Wang, gone are the days of humanity expressing its creativity, engaging in the quest for understanding, and fulfilling our need to catalog our existence through the thousands-year-old tradition of literature. Instead, all we’ll do is think a little thunk, and allow AI to generate a multimedia choose-your-own-adventure experience. Altmanism 101 While such an invention might offer a degree of entertainment, it’s hard to imagine that these “thunks,” as described, would be a passable replacement for books. After all, if you’re doing it well, reading is far from a “passive” act, as Wang suggests in his X post. Not only is the act of writing creative, but the act of reading is creative as well: without visual or other sensory stimulations, our mind is forced to fill in the…Tech Guy Says Books Will Be Replaced by AI-Powered “Thunks”

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