Brassica is a restaurant in Ottawa run by some friends of ours. They just opened the place in January after the apartment above their old restaurant, Allium, was (allegedly) set on fire, and they lost the place. They catered our wedding (and the food was spectacular), their old place was our favourite restaurant (the food was spectacular), and I can't wait to be back in Ottawa to be able to support their new place. I definitely can't recommend Arup and Maggie enough, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed if you try Brassica.
I'm jumping on the bandwagon, I just started it. She paints a surprisingly over-the-top dire picture for an academic. That's not meant as a critique, I was just surprised. The idea is we've stumbled into a new (terrible) economic order very quickly. She draws the analogy that human experiences are the new raw material, which are mined and processed by Google, etc. These experiences are processed and repackaged into predictions, a valuable finished product that is sold to firms, who use this new product to manipulate people. That's all totally straightforward. Where she's losing me so far is how dire the situation is, but I'm pretty intrigued and open to the argument. Lines like "it is no longer enough to automate information flows about us; the goal now is to automate us" seem aggressive, but I'm certainly curious to see where this goes!
Kind of related to the book, I'm trying to learn more about machine learning. I'm working on a project that uses some machine learning techniques but am learning. The internet keeps telling me stuff like AI can tell me the best stocks to buy. For whatever it's worth, Elon Musk thinks we're all doomed (again, maybe the book to the left is a more reasonable source for that sentiment). I've followed Sendhil's stuff and have read this and this review piece, but I'm interested in reading more about both the econometrics and potential behavioural impact. Recommendations are certainly welcome.