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Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning is important, but some AIs just want to have fun

57 minutes

Video/Virtual Reality

Is this what a city looks like in its dreams? A 360° dive into Tokyo

5 minutes

Idea/History

Palmyra’s ruins can rebuild our relationship with history

Erich Hatala Matthes

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

Shame on you

Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?

Firmin deBrabander

Idea/Stories & Literature

Here’s to the lost art of lying down

Bernd Brunner

Video/Chemistry

Peek into the chemical nursery where metal crystals are born and bred

3 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani

Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

Idea/Future of Technology

How the dearly departed could come back to life – digitally

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

Idea/Neuroscience

How video games unwittingly train the brain to justify killing

Teodora Stoica

Idea/Internet & Communication

Only governments can safeguard the openness of the internet

Rufus Pollock

Video/Chemistry

Dazzling macro photography reveals the marvels of chemicals meeting

7 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

Bookish fools

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read

Frank Furedi

Idea/Art

Does technological analysis destroy the romance of art history?

Noah Charney

Idea/Digital Culture

Why watching people take selfies feels so awkward

Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo

Video/Evolution

Cell growth simulations reveal life-like emergence in stunning digital art

5 minutes

Idea/Subcultures

How can a first-person shooter have a victim complex?

James Palmer

Video/Biology

Starlings in flight sketch entrancing, abstract patterns across an autumn sky

1 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

The ages of distraction

Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it

Frank Furedi

Video/Physics

Is it possible to see sound? Yes, but it takes some crafty photographic wizardry

3 minutes

Essay/Death

The rise of the creepynet

With the rise of the internet has come a popular surge in people looking to be freaked out. Why?

Rhian Sasseen

Video/Astronomy

Let the Sun’s invisible solar winds wash over you in ultra high-definition video

30 minutes

Video/Art

Digital art can help us see and judge the internet before it consumes everything

6 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

Possessed by a mask

Every human culture has used masks for ritual disinhibition, shaming and play. Is being online the ultimate masquerade?

Sandra Newman

Idea/Economics

Book or kindle, any kind of reading beats colouring-in

Tom Chatfield

Video/Digital Culture

We need interactive media not for more thrills but to grasp our world better

6 minutes

Idea/Digital Culture

It’s time to give up on the ideal of perfect privacy online

Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

Video/History of Science

Why data visualisation experts talk about truth, beauty, revelation and respect

8 minutes

Video/Neuroscience

How perception leaves the door open for augmented reality to transform our world

4 minutes