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Essay/Engineering
A fault in our design

We tend to think that technological progress is making us more resilient, but it might be making us more vulnerable

Colin Dickey

Essay/Architecture & Landscape
The concrete tangle

The urge to tidy up cities is deadening – let’s celebrate the tangled chaos and honky-tonk energy that keep them alive

Will Wiles

Essay/Bioethics
Engineering the ocean

Once you know what plankton can do, you’ll understand why fertilising the ocean with iron is not such a crazy idea

David Biello

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence
The robots are coming

The invasion has already begun: the only question is when, not if, humanoid robots will work, play and war beside us

Michael Belfiore

Essay/Engineering
Machine envy

Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?

Philip Ball

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence
It’s complicated

Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?

Samuel Arbesman

Essay/Automation & Robotics
Robot evolution

Hod Lipson’s artificial organisms have already escaped from the virtual realm. Now he wants to send them out of control

Emily Monosson

Essay/Cities
The future of the city

Most of us now live in cities, so it is within the metropolis that our future salvation or death warrant will be drafted

Leo Hollis

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences
Blue sky thinking

Geoengineers are would-be deities who dream of mastering the heavens. But are humans the ones who are out of control?

Adam Corner