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The Open Secret of Google Search

Most people don’t want their information mediated by bloated, monopolistic, surveilling tech companies, but they also don’t want to go all the way back to a time before them. Like many, I use Google to […]

Self-Captaining Ships Start Their Mutiny

The unmanned “Mayflower” made landfall in Canada and Hyundai’s autonomous tanker vessel completed its first cross-ocean voyage. Two different (at least partially) self-steering ships completed landmark journeys in the past few days. But both milestones […]

Nonsense on Stilts

The sooner we all realize that Lamda’s utterances are bullshit—just games with predictive word tools, and no real meaning — the better off we’ll be. There are a lot of serious questions in AI, like […]

How Do You Revitalise a Rundown World?

For some, degenerate goblinhood is a period of renewal and resurrection into a new form: gnome mode. We’re in the darkest valley of goblin mode now, and gnome mode looks very attractive from our perspective […]

The Last Capitalist

Elon Musk’s popularity can be understood within the context of the post-war managerial coup against the capitalist class and our collective yearning for agency and ownership. The founder-capitalists were defeated by the managers in the […]

Web3 Is Dead. Long Live Web5.

With its image tarnished by monkey jpegs and shitcoins, it seems we’re already moving on from Web3. Web3 was heralded as “the future of the internet.” Well, less heralded and more shouted about really loudly […]

Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain

The story of literacy, Luther, and your left ventral occipital temporal region is but one example in a much larger scientific mosaic that is just now coalescing. Your brain has been altered, neurologically re-wired as […]

Celsius Hires Restructuring Attorneys

Celsius announced early Monday it would pause withdrawals along with its swap and transfer products, citing “extreme market conditions.” Crypto lending firm Celsius has hired lawyers specializing in business restructuring to help it navigate its […]

Coinbase and BlockFi Lay Off Hundreds of Staff

Coinbase and BlockFi are laying off hundreds of staff members, equivalent to a fifth of their workforces, as they struggle to survive the second wave of the ongoing crypto crash. Employees at Coinbase, once the […]

Huawei Officially Patents a Quantum Computer

From the patent listing, Huawei has developed a type of “quantum chipset and quantum computing device”. Huawei’s new type of quantum computing device aims to solve the current issues of producing quantum chipsets which include […]

State of CSS 2022

Web styling features of today and tomorrow, as seen at Google IO 2022, plus some extras. The year 2022 is set to be one of CSS’s greatest years, in both features and cooperative browser feature […]

Agile and the Long Crisis of Software

Agile, a method for managing software development has achieved enormous popularity in technical workplaces of all kinds — and even non-technical workplaces. Where had it come from, and why? I began to explore the history […]

The Internet Origin Story You Know Is Wrong

The history of the internet is repeatedly reduced to the story of the singular Arpanet. But BBSs were just as important—if not more. The standard history of the internet jumps from Arpanet to the web, […]

China and Russia On Track to Set Up Moon Base by 2036

In the next decade, an international coalition plans to build a lunar research station to transfrom humanity’s exploration and observation of the Moon. The planning phase is already underway, and it is going well. Construction […]

Eavesdropping on the Brain With 10,000 Electrodes

Thanks to advances in neuroscience and microelectronics engineering, we finally have a tool that will let us begin to reverse engineer the wonders of the brain. People often think of technology as applied science, but […]

A C.I.A. Hacker’s Revenge

A hot-headed coder is accused of exposing the agency’s hacking arsenal. Did he betray his country because he was pissed off at his colleagues? On March 7, 2017, the Web site WikiLeaks launched a series […]

Did a Human Write This, or an Algorithm?

Sudowrite and Dall-E use machine learning to produce astonishingly serviceable text and images in a flash. What does that mean for stodgy old human beings? While no one can agree on exactly when the robots […]

How Harmful is Social Media?

There’s a general sense that it’s bad for society—which may be right. But studies offer surprisingly few easy answers. “A lot of the stories out there are just wrong,” Chris Bail, a sociologist at Duke […]

NEPTUNE FROST: Spiritual, Joyful, Badass Cyberpunk

Multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams and Rwandan artist Anisa Uzeyman use the coltan mines in the hills of Burundi as a springboard to embark on an ambitious DIY sci-fi musical, Neptune Frost. Neptune Frost toys with […]