Montezuma’s Bane (a.k.a. Fake News)

I’ve been in Australia for the past couple weeks to write, to research—and occasionally, to share with other people what I’m writing and researching about. Highlights included a talk at the Committee for Adelaide on June 26 and a keynote at DATA61+LIVE in...

Civilization Starts Now

For months now, I’ve been trading letters with Doug Robertson, author of two impactful books in the philosophy of science: The New Renaissance: Computers and the Next Level of Civilization (1998) and Phase Change: The Computer Revolution in Science and Mathematics...

Artificial Intelligence is like Riding a Bicycle

One of the hottest stories here in China last week received far less coverage outside the country: the Human-vs-Machine Go Showdown, between the world’s top Go player, Ke Jie, and Google’s AlphaGO AI machine. I’ve met Gary Kasparov a few times, and...

Grinding a New Lens

The world always makes sense. But it doesn’t always make sense to us. Shock—a seemingly relentless theme nowadays—is personal proof that whatever lens we’ve been looking through to see the world no longer shows things as they really are. We need to shatter that...

One Week, Two Flawed Visions

Trump’s anti-globalist vision of putting ‘America first’ to ‘Make America great again’ is explicitly outdated. Such a lens is a clear error in political leadership, since even if the Trump administration successfully recreates an era of protectionism, it cannot...

On the Cover of Vogue Australia

My New Year’s reflection, ‘2017: Why It’s (Still) the Best Time to be Alive’, was chosen as the cover story for the January issue of Vogue Australia. Was great to work with Vogue’s Editor, Edwina McCann, to realize this essay. I hope...

Hope and determination in the Time of Trump

This is not an ordinary day. This is one of those rare days when events jar us enough that we unfix the lens through which we understand the moment we are in—and have a chance to reset it. The chief lesson from last night should be that the range of our expectations...