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How Cold War rivalry helped launch the Chinese computer | Aeon
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History of technology

How Cold War rivalry helped launch the Chinese computer

Thomas S Mullaney

Art by algorithm | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Art by algorithm

From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead?

Ed Finn

The copy is the original | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

The copy is the original

In China and Japan, temples may be rebuilt and ancient warriors cast again. There is nothing sacred about the ‘original’

Byung-Chul Han

Embracing the robot | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Embracing the robot

Robot relationships need not be kinky, exploitative or fake. In fact they might give human relationships a helpful boost

John Danaher

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to | Aeon
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Knowledge

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to

Daniel DeNicola

More people should choose to have children with Down syndrome | Aeon
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Bioethics

More people should choose to have children with Down syndrome

Chris Kaposy

Picture this: why mental representations evolved | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

Picture this: why mental representations evolved

Armin W Schulz

The urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic | Aeon
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Technology and the self

The urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic

Lee Humphreys

L’art de la traduction | Aeon
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Stories and literature

L’art de la traduction

What is the task of the translator – to be a servant to the source or to create a new work of illuminated meaning?

Mark Polizzotti

Who pushes the button? | Aeon
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Technology and the self

Who pushes the button?

From elevators to iPhones, the rise of pushbuttons has provoked a century of worries about losing the human touch

Rachel Plotnick

Forget the Anthropocene: we’ve entered the synthetic age | Aeon
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Earth science and climate

Forget the Anthropocene: we’ve entered the synthetic age

Christopher Preston

Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion | Aeon
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Genetics

Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion

George Estreich

How Mengzi came up with something better than the Golden Rule | Aeon
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Ethics

How Mengzi came up with something better than the Golden Rule

Eric Schwitzgebel

Nihilism | Aeon
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Knowledge

Nihilism

The risk of nihilism is that it alienates us from anything good or true. Yet believing in nothing has positive potential

Nolen Gertz