Recent Writing

Lessons About the iPhone, Courtesy of a Depression-Era Children’s Book The Atlantic

What scientific term or concept should be more widely known? Quines

The Coming Human-Machine Partnership in Creativity Medium

Why Technologists Should Think Like Biologists Harvard Business Review

What Kind of Sorcery Is This? Why code is so often compared to magic. The Atlantic

The Problem with Technological Ignorance Slate

Get under the hood: Computers are so easy that we’ve forgotten how to create Aeon Magazine

Why Our Genome and Technology Are Both Riddled With “Crawling Horrors” Nautilus

It’s complicated: Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits? Aeon Magazine

Let’s Bring The Polymath–and the Dabblers–Back Wired Opinion

Five myths about big data Washington Post

Explain It to Me Again, Computer: What if technology makes scientific discoveries that we can’t understand? Slate

Math as Myth Nautilus

Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to ‘Long Data’ Wired Opinion

Big data: Mind the gaps Boston Globe

The Mathematical Puzzle That Is the Complexity of the City. The Atlantic Cities

Warning: Your reality is out of date: Introducing the mesofact. Boston Globe

The Arbesman Limit: How to be famous in a few easy steps. Boston Globe

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