Pocket Articles (cont'd)

Why Fiction Trumps Truth

We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods. Mr. Harari is a historian.

The New York Times • 1569 words • 7 minute read

The New Wilderness

The need to regulate online privacy is a truth so universally acknowledged that even Facebook and Google have joined the chorus of voices crying for change.

2006 words • 9 minute read

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist – Tristan Harris

I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as Google’s Design Ethicist caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.

2970 words • 14 minute read

The Future Of Work Will Be Told In Pictures

The older I get, and the more I learn, the greater my reliance on pictures to help my clients understand and act upon complex challenges. To illustrate this point, I found this image from a presentation developed by the Nordstrom Innovation Lab.

Forbes • Word count / reading time unavailable

Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead

IT IS hard to find anyone cheering for a world dominated by a few giants. It is even harder to find anyone who thinks that Big Tech stands any chance of being toppled.

The Economist • 1446 words • 7 minute read

Science Behind the Fiction: How Nintendo saved and redefined the game industry

It may be hard to believe now, at a time when the sale of blockbuster video games dwarfs that of blockbuster movies, but in the mid-‘80s, things were dire for the video game industry.

SYFY • 1406 words • 6 minute read

Knowledge is crude

I’m against knowledge. Don’t get me wrong: I’m as keen on the facts as the next person. I’m no friend of fake news. I want truth rather than falsity. It is specifically knowledge I’m against, not true belief. Knowledge asks more of us than true belief, and it isn’t worth it.

Aeon • 3406 words • 15 minute read

Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech

I misspent just about every night for 7 years at an old school pool hall in Milwaukee. This was an “action” room, where a regular lineup of shady characters was perched, ready to relieve you of any excess cash that might be burdening you.

1352 words • 6 minute read

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet

In his sci-fi trilogy The Three Body Problem, author Liu Cixin presents the dark forest theory of the universe. When we look out into space, the theory goes, we’re struck by its silence. It seems…

Word count / reading time unavailable

Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future

Last year, I participated in a discussion of The Human Use of Human Beings, Norbert Weiner’s groundbreaking book on cybernetics theory.

WIRED UK • 959 words • 4 minute read