Cam Pegg

The Anthropologist of Artificial Intelligence

Iyad Rahwan, the director of the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, argues that “machines impact our lives, and with AI, increasingly those machines have agency.

Quanta Magazine • 2067 words • 9 minute read

Inside the Twisted, Worldwide Hunt for a $7 Million Stolen Car

Joe Ford is sitting at the Pelican Landing, an outdoor restaurant in a fancy marina on the Intracoastal Waterway. Across the way is a 180-foot yacht, the name abbracci painted across the stern. Joe’s cell phone rings. Wah-wah-waaahhh.

Esquire • 6827 words • 31 minute read

Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

By Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan. Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections.

1607 words • 7 minute read

Eliud Kipchoge Is the Greatest Marathoner, Ever

BERLIN — Eliud Kipchoge, the most decorated marathoner on the planet, is a man of immense self-discipline. He rolls out of bed at 5 a.m. for his morning runs.

The New York Times • 2028 words • 9 minute read

Universal Laws of the World

If something is true in one field it’s probably true in others. Restricting your attention to your own field blinds you to how many important things people from other fields have figured out that are relevant to your own.

Collaborative Fund • 2457 words • 11 minute read

The Trouble with Theories of Everything

There is no known physics theory that is true at every scale—there may never be. Whenever you say anything about your daily life, a scale is implied. Try it out. “I’m too busy” only works for an assumed time scale: today, for example, or this week. Not this century or this nanosecond.

Nautilus • 2159 words • 10 minute read

The Serendipity Engine

Earlier this year I left my job. I felt a strong urge to recharge physically and – more important – mentally. The role had created a series of positive connections and had me embark on an intense public speaking spree, but I was exhausted and creatively stuck.

789 words • 4 minute read

Fast Software, the Best Software

I love fast software. That is, software speedy both in function and interface. Software with minimal to no lag between wanting to activate or manipulate something and the thing happening. Lightness. Software that’s speedy usually means it’s focused.

2512 words • 11 minute read

Globalisation is dead and we need to invent a new world order

HAS THE world witnessed “peak democracy”? Is the future one in which open societies with free markets vie for influence in global affairs with authoritarian countries under state capitalism? The very questions evoke a nostalgia for a seemingly simpler past.

The Economist • 2348 words • 11 minute read

Frank Chimero on causing ‘good trouble’ and re-imagining the status quo to combat achievement culture

Frank Chimero has long been on our interview wish list. The Brooklyn-based designer, illustrator and author of The Shape of Design has had quite the whirlwind career so far.

1687 words • 8 minute read