Art by algorithm
From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead?
The bit bomb
It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return
Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us
Raising good robots
We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?
Web of war
How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet
Whitey on Mars
Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley's strange trickle-down science