- Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos
As new technologies disrupt old orders, we as a society may find it useful to adopt some of the agile methodologies from the tech start-up world. But this can't mean that we let people fail the way most start-ups do.
- Rats and Cages
Circumstance bears heavily on behavior.
- Black Mirror
Does technology amplify the ugliest aspects of humanity, or merely reveal them?
- Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
The future might be dramatically different from the present while still recognizably the same.
We might so want to live in a just world, a world in which bad things never happen to good people, that we try to blame those good people (even when it's ourselves) for the bad things that happen to them.
- The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Our emotional lives, especially the sad parts, are far richer than language has equipped us to describe.
- The Dispossessed
Freedom is rarely something you simply have or lose. More often, the prices of some freedoms are others.
- Reset: Post Mortem
In the future, our most intimate relations will be those with whom we share our source code.
- 3600 Hours
For four years I lived a second life in the World of Warcraft. It was my solace and my burden, my pride and my shame. It was a lot of things, but probably not what you’d think.
- A Short Lesson in Perspective
It is possible to get so busy digging a hole that you don’t have time to take stock of how deep you’re in it.
- Pump Six
Our species can barely handle the present day: how the hell are we going to handle the future?
- Stochastic Planet
Random teleportation can provide a healthy dose of perspective.
- The History of Rome
Reflections on a 74-hour podcast about 1,000 years of Roman history.
- Timeline of the Far Future
We are to the timeline of the universe as the blink of an ant’s eye is to the history of our species.
- Happy, the Movie
Happiness is not a goal to be attained, but a skill which takes practice.
- Terminal World
What if disturbances in the fabric of spacetime enforced technological disparities between parts of a city?
- Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future
Technology will render human toil unnecessary; whether that renders humans unnecessary is up to us.
In the future, everything can be a game, but should it?
Language is power.
- The Information Diet
You are what your brain eats.