Jon Turney
Freelance

Jon Turney is a British science writer, editor and reviewer. He co-authored the book Fifty Years at the Heart of Health (2012) with Julie Clayton. His latest book is I, Superorganism (2015). He lives in Bristol.

Written by Jon Turney

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Essay/
Illness and disease
Beyond cell wars

It is time to disarm the military metaphor of the body as a battleground, with immune cells as the first line of defence

Jon Turney

Digiland. A cross between airport runways, sports fields and car parks, dense with markings that no human can decode. A landscape exclusively designed for machines. Courtesy Dunne and Raby

Essay/
Automation and robotics
How to design the future

As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want

Jon Turney

Digital epidemiology: a map generated by more than 250 million tweets, posted between March 2011 and January 2012, as Americans responded to a study of how they felt about vaccinations. Photo courtesy Salathé M, Bengtsson L, Bodnar TJ, Brewer DD, Brownstein JS, et al. (2012) Digital Epidemiology. PLoS Comput Biol 8(7): e1002616. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002616

Essay/
Computing and artificial intelligence
A model world

In economics, climate science and public health, computer models help us decide how to act. But can we trust them?

Jon Turney