I'm Alex Kearney, a PhD student studying Computer Science at the University of Alberta. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology.


I rewatched The Matrix recently with some friends and can't help but wonder what effect it has had on modern discussion. I love the whole trilogy, but the early 00's counter-culture skepticism feels jarring now. What seemed cool, edgy, and enlightened back then, almost echos the conspiracy thinking we have today. The parallels can even be found in online discussion where buying into a particular conspiracy is often described as "taking the red pill". Lily Wachowski at least doesn't seem impressed by the co-opting

This gives the reboot being filmed right now an interesting space though: re-examining the themes that made The Matrix so cool given the current state of the world.


Every Monday a bunch of folks from the lab get together to watch movies---we've done it for years. Monday Movie Madness. All of us are practicing social isolation, but didn't let that get in our way of movie-time. We spun up a chat app and pressed play at the same time. This week we watched the surprisingly appropriate Wes Anderson film, Isle of Dogs.

Even when you're far apart, watching a movie together and having a little catch-up is a nice way to break the hermitude.