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Video/Evolution

Flashing together: when fireflies meet LEDs, the result is a beautiful lightshow

2 minutes

Video/Internet & Communication

A classic film on communication finds renewed meaning in the age of memes and emojis

22 minutes

Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

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

57 minutes

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea

Simson L Garfinkel

Video/Digital Culture

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence

4 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

When the stories add up: the six narrative arcs in fiction

Veronique Greenwood

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex

Walter Vannini

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Essay/Internet & Communication

And their eyes glazed over

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?

Joelle Renstrom

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Essay/Data & Information

Datagasm

Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places

Mark Hay

Video/Law & Justice

Can video of the police shooting an unarmed civilian ever be viewed objectively?

30 minutes

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Essay/Data & Information

‘Big data is people!’

The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires

Rebecca Lemov

Essay/History of Science

Hazard lines

The Fukushima disaster shows why the line between high and low risk is individual. Can we learn to manage our own safety?

Timothy Jorgensen

Video/Technology & the Self

Can you get to know someone through visualisations of their personal data?

3 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Mesmerising fractals and space-filling curves give a window into infinity

3 minutes

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Essay/Neuroscience

The empty brain

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer

Robert Epstein

Video/Evolution

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

5 minutes

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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

Idea/Medicine

How DIY medical testing could save your life

Lori Miller Kase

Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

A jazzy 1972 history of the computer, from the designers Charles and Ray Eames

10 minutes

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Essay/Digital Culture

The new mind control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

Robert Epstein

Idea/Data & Information

Doing more with less: the economic lesson of Peak Paper

John Quiggin

Video/Mathematics

Snowflake formulas, dice odds and other satisfying maths of the everyday

2 minutes

Essay/Progress & Modernity

Money talks

Has money really changed from shells to digital apps? Underneath, money is always a token of our social relations

Bill Maurer

Video/History of Science

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

8 minutes

Video/Human Rights

How a research team is transforming the investigation of potential war crimes

6 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

Broken links

When no ancient chat or post is beyond the grasp of Google, what matters more: the right to forget, or to be remembered?

Alana Massey

Essay/Data & Information

Perfect genetic knowledge

Human genomics is just the start: the Earth has 50 billion tons of DNA. What happens when we have the entire biocode?

Dawn Field

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Essay/Data & Information

Digital star chamber

Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know

Frank Pasquale

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Essay/Data & Information

The hacker hacked

The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in

Brett Scott

Essay/Data & Information

Sonifying the world

When Chris Chafe translates data into music, listeners sway to the beat of seizing brains, economic swings and smog

Carren Jao