As big data drives a sudden increase of artificial intelligences into our lives, we examine how it would feel if humans were no longer the smartest beings on the planet, with the physicist and AI campaigner Max Tegmark and the science fiction writer Ken MacLeod. Tegmark begins the discussion by explaining why the issue is so urgent, and why we have to abandon our usual development strategy of learning from mistakes.
This week we welcome M John Harrison, who comes to the studio to discuss his most radical collection of short stories yet, You Should Come With Me Now. He tells us about grounding strange fiction in normality, baffling the reader and why writing weird fiction has got harder in the era of Trump. We also hear from Jennifer Egan, who came to a Guardian Live event to talk about her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and her latest novel, Manhattan Beach.
On this week’s show, we speak to a new face in fiction, and a familiar one. The author of two previous novels, 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ recipient Jesmyn Ward has attracted much acclaim for her third, Sing, Unburied, Sing: a novel about family and race in the US. When 13-year-old Jojo’s father is released from prison, his troubled mother Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives to Mississippi to collect him.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".