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THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

Writers Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy believe humanity might be just a few decades (or a few years) from becoming subservient to “superintelligent” computers. 

Can we program “morality” and “ethical codes” into advanced artificial intelligence, they ask, before it surpasses the capabilities of our own minds?

After all, we can’t just rely on luck to end up with “Max Headroom” instead of “Colossus: The Forbin Project.”

WEATHER

Clouds early; clearing up by late afternoon. Serious heat should return by Friday and stick around a while.

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'YOUR BRAIN ON FACTS'

Anna Fahey at Sightline has a handy infographic explaining the psychological reasons why people hold on to their beliefs, even if they’re proven factually wrong. The lesson: to persuade people, connect on a level of values and feelings, not data.

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FORGING AHEAD?

The operator of a grunge-centric Seattle tour wants to save the Second Avenue building housing Black Dog Forge and the old Pearl Jam practice space. She’s started a GoFundMe campaign. Its goal: a cool $4 million. Amount pledged thus far: much less. (KIRO-TV) (Slog)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Ivar’s sold its iconic Pier 54 building to investors for nearly $40 million. The restaurant, and its tenants in the building including Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, have ongoing leases and will remain. (SeaTimes)

Is the periphery of the historic Chinatown-International District the right place for a new 14-story hotel? (KIRO-TV)

It’s fairly sure that High School Memorial Stadium, 70 years old this year, will eventually go away, as soon as the city and the school district agree on what’ll replace it. (Feliks Banel)

A SIGN OF THE SEASON

The year’s first major Washington wildfire has forced evacuations north of Leavenworth. (AP) (KCPQ)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Two local young women (one black, one white) ponder the next steps toward making a diverse, integrated “collective movement” for racial and economic justice. (South Seattle Emerald)

After a month of “Red May” panels and speeches, are we any closer to finding a path beyond society’s current sorry state? (Weekly)

A new threat to “sanctuary cities” is buried within the depths of the proposed federal budget. (KUOW)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

An inquest is underway into the shooting death of a pregnant 23-year-old Muckleshoot woman by a sheriff’s deputy. (Slog)

Heirs of a woman killed in a bicycle crash claimed in court that her death was due to the First Hill Streetcar tracks. (PI.com)

Seattle Police partly blame “gang grudges” for an increased number of shootings so far this year. (KCPQ) (SeaTimes)

A new Seattle U study shows racial and ethnic minorities are vastly under-represented in juries in most parts of Washington. (KCPQ)

THE WALKING ED

In court papers filed Wednesday, Ed Murray formally denied “any inappropriate contact” with his sex-abuse accuser “or any minor.” (KCPQ) (SeaTimes)

Meanwhile, police are investigating an alleged pimp who, according to one ex-escort, supplied female and male sex workers to local business and/or governmental bigwigs. (PI.com)

FALLEN ON BLACK DAYS

Chris Cornell’s widow has posted a “heartbreaking” open letter to “My Sweet Christopher.” (Seattle mag)

Northwest music-scene members past and present add their reminiscences of Cornell. (KEXP)

Ann Wilson and Candlebox are among the artists who’ve performed Cornell tribute songs in recent days. (SeaTimes)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

New State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal doesn’t just want the Legislature to finally come through on proper K-12 funding. He also wants universal preschool, prepaid in-state college tuition, and a bunch of other enhancements to the system. (SeaTimes)

JAVA JIVE?

Starbucks baristas really don’t like a corporate “motivation” program that seems to blame them for the company’s troubles. (Business Insider)

TEK TALK

A research study notes that Microsoft’s “market cap” is bigger than the gross domestic products of Dallas or Houston. Amazon’s stock value is bigger than the GDP of Washington DC. (GeekWire)

Would you believe, CenturyLink gets more customer complaints about alleged overbilling than Comcast? (KING)

SPORTS

The Mariners’ freefall continued with a 5-1 loss at Washington. The series ends today.

TONIGHT

Novelist China Miéville on “The Story of the Russian Revolution.” (Town Hall)

SIFF “ShortsFest Weekend.” (SIFF Uptown, thru Mon)

Capitol Hill Housing forum on narrowing the local "wealth gap.” (The Summit)

“The Physics of Everyday Things” author James Kakalios. (Town Hall)

“Art Against Trump V2” zine release show. (The Factory)

UW alumni composers and friends. (Chapel Performance Space, thru Fri)

Chemical Clock, Lilac, Sean Lane. (Sunset)

Yngwie Malmsteen. (Showbox)

Mokoomba. (Royal Room)

“Accio Burlesque: A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter.” (Theatre Off Jackson, thru Sat)

T.I. (Showbox Sodo)

Dusty 45s, Los Colognes. (Tractor)

Quiet, Neat, Talktin and Easy. (Pacific Science Center Laser Dome)

“Beyond $15” author Jonathan Rosenblum. (Capitol Hill Library)

“Broken River” novelist J. Robert Lennon. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

Political-theory prof Anita Chari on “A Political Economy of the Senses.” (UW Jacob Lawrence Gallery)

“In Support of Artists: The Evolution of Seattle Exhibition Spaces.” (Greg Kucera Gallery)

Bushwick Book Club. (Annex Theatre)

“A Galaxy Far, Far Away… The Concert,” with “Star Wars” score performed by Andy Coe, Joe Doria, more. (Nectar)

Denise Levertov Award presentation with Richard Rodriguez. (415 Westlake)

INSIDE

Two weeks from today: That’s the big birthday bash for both me and this daily e-missive. Details forthcoming.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Maajid Nawaz):

"No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity."

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