Art by algorithm
From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead?
The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?
In praise of cash
Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike
Whitey on Mars
Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley's strange trickle-down science
Crimes of the future
Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?
Buck to the future
He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?
From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?
It’s not all lightbulbs
If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way
Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones – the Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories?
To save Earth, go to Mars
If head-on problem-solving can’t save the Earth, maybe lateral innovation can. Will low-cost space research pave the way?
Should we be afraid of AI?
Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?
In proof we trust
Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works
Hail the maintainers
Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more