The Web was supposed to usher in a renaissance of new ways of organizing people and creative talent. But mostly we just got giant public corporations…
Software “tools for thought” can amplify your thinking, but sometimes the secret to a creative workflow is as low-tech as it gets: going for a stroll.
More than three decades ago a Stanford professor proposed a uniform way of expressing your odds of dying from a specific cause: the micromort. It’s time…
David Byrne, Ernest Hemingway, and the importance of leaving yourself fragments to build on.
A new essay from me on the disquieting legacy of Thomas Midgley Jr. and the problem of technology's unintended consequences.
Conversations with novelist Jennifer Egan and AI pioneer Demis Hassabis, and a new profile of software visionary Douglas Engelbart.
Why are the triumphs of public health and medicine a footnote in the history books?
A tribute to one of the great chapters in the history of nonfiction prose, and a few thoughts on the power—and challenge—of writing on different time…
An ode to the short but influential life of the audio cassette.
We’re living in a golden age of tools for thought. But with so many options, it’s important to carve out time every year or two for a “creative…
A look back at my 2022 and a few hints about new projects to come.
The creation of Disney's masterpiece, Snow White, gives us a preview of what may be coming with AI algorithms sophisticated enough to pass for sentient…