Steven Poole

Steven Poole is a British journalist, broadcaster and composer. His latest book is Who Touched Base in My Thought Shower? (2013).

Written by Steven Poole

Detail from The Ship of Fools 1510-1515 by Hieronymus Bosch. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Photo by Getty

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
Not so foolish

We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way. Does this claim stand to reason?

Steven Poole

‘When Garry Kasparov lost his second match against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997, people predicted that computers would eventually destroy chess.’ Photo by Jeffrey Sylvester

Essay/
Automation and robotics
Slaves to the algorithm

Computers could take some tough choices out of our hands, if we let them. Is there still a place for human judgment?

Steven Poole

The teleologians: Plato (left) and Aristotle in Raphael’s The School of Athens. Photo by Ted Spiegel/Corbis

Essay/
History of ideas
Your point is?

Science can’t stop talking in terms of ‘purposes’, but if the universe cares about us, it has a funny way of showing it

Steven Poole

Cutting edge: the men’s 100m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty

Essay/
Ethics
The human race

Prosthetics, doping, computer implants: we take every upgrade we can get. But what is waiting for us at the finish line?

Steven Poole