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…
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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.
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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…
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Conversations with novelist Jennifer Egan and AI pioneer Demis Hassabis, and a new profile of software visionary Douglas Engelbart.
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Why are the triumphs of public health and medicine a footnote in the history books?
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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…
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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…
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An ode to the short but influential life of the audio cassette.
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Are Large Language Models like GPT-3 showing signs of emergent intelligence? And can we train them to become good citizens?
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Dilip Mahalanabis popularized one of the great medical advances of the 20th century. Why did his death last month go mostly unmentioned?
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The Long-Suppressed Radical Politics Behind America’s Favorite Board Game.
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A journey to the Library Of Congress reminds me that tools for thought and the information commons do not just belong to the world of software.
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