Why Technologists Fail to Think of Moderation as a Virtue and Other Stories About AI
Evan Selinger argues that Ted Chiang’s fiction is more useful for understanding the dangers of AI than “Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI.”
Ornamental Thinking: On “Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason”
Is Justin E. H. Smith's assemblage of material actually illuminating? Yes, but only sometimes.
Internet Privacy: Stepping Up Our Self-Defense Game
Despite all the coverage "privacy" gets in the post-Snowden world, many of us don’t see what all the fuss is about.
Bursting the Optimistic Technology Bubble
Machines themselves are turning into workers, and the line between the capability of labor and capital is blurring as never before.
Blaming the Internet Is Not the Answer
Evan Selinger reviews Andrew Keen's "The Internet Is Not the Answer"
The Black Box Within: Quantified Selves, Self-Directed Surveillance, and the Dark Side of Datification
What happens when “life as we know it” becomes a series of occasions to collect, analyze, and use data to determine what’s true, opportune, or even right to do? According to Luke Dormehl, much more than we bargained for.
Too Much Magic, Too Little Social Friction: Why Objects Shouldn’t Be Enchanted
Magic’s unintended consequences.
OkCupid’s XOXO for Big Surveillance
Love in the time of lab rats.
Replicated Communities: Bianca Bosker’s “Original Copies”
Bianca Bosker has written a fascinating, nuanced, visually compelling, and extremely readable book about China's "duplitecture."