Steven Poole is a British journalist, broadcaster and composer. His latest book is Who Touched Base in My Thought Shower? (2013).
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?
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?
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
The human race
Prosthetics, doping, computer implants: we take every upgrade we can get. But what is waiting for us at the finish line?