The bit bomb
It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return
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?
Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places
‘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
The Fukushima disaster shows why the line between high and low risk is individual. Can we learn to manage our own safety?
The empty brain
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
The ages of distraction
Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it
The new mind control
The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do
Has money really changed from shells to digital apps? Underneath, money is always a token of our social relations
When no ancient chat or post is beyond the grasp of Google, what matters more: the right to forget, or to be remembered?
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?
Digital star chamber
Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know