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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“There are things like writing fiction or writing poetry where it’s not clear what it means for a computer to be able to do it, since the machine cannot directly experience the emotions you’re trying to convey,” —computer scientist Jaime Carbonell, on teaching machines to write like humans.

“It’s presumptuous and patronizing to think a different religion is going to follow the same basic trajectory as Christianity,”— Shadi Hamid, author of a new book on Islam.

“I don’t think we really believe those people. To live is to have at least some regrets, and if you don’t, there’s a concern that maybe you aren’t learning sufficiently,”—psychology professor Thomas Gilovich, on people who say they live with no regrets.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)