The age of the algorithm marks the moment when technical memory has evolved to store not just our data but far more sophisticated patterns of practice, from musical taste to our social graphs.
Ed Finn | Oct 7
The best designers employ specific habits, learned practices, and observed principles when they work. Here are a few of them.
Marian Petre & André van der Hoek | Oct 3
Those who know about us have power over us. Obfuscation may be our best digital weapon.
Finn Brunton & Helen Nissenbaum | Sep 25
A recent poll found that most Americans think algorithms are unfair. Unfortunately, the poll was biased.
Martin Erwig | Sep 12
To see how drug use can cause synesthesia, I reviewed two centuries' worth of bizarre literary and pharmacological experiments. Here’s what I found.
Crétien van Campen | Sep 9
Dark, accentuated lines that mark our teeth at birth are providing scientists with remarkable insight into the evolution of human development.
Tanya M. Smith | Sep 2
A survey of trepanation, or trephination, the oldest surgical procedure known to humanity.
Charles G. Gross | Aug 29
A leading children's speech expert offers humane advice to anxious parents and unpacks the latest science around late talking.
The Editors | Aug 26
From hand grenades to nuclear bombs, modern weaponry across the world rests on aluminum-based technology.
Mimi Sheller | Aug 19
While a blackout can spark an eruption of sociability and friendliness, it can also be a harbinger of terror, crime, or chaos.
David E. Nye | Aug 14