A world without clouds. Interview with Yngve Slyngstad, CEO of Norway's sovereign wealth fund. Why zebras have stripes. The universal decay of collective memory and attention. David Salle on Any Warhol. Gut bacteria linked to mental well-being and depression. The new needle skyscrapers in Manhattan. Patricia Lockwood travels through the internet. The mainlandization of Hong Kong. Review of Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World. Michael Freeden on the contemporary role of political theory. Harold Brodkey: yesterday’s genius. Sleep science. And more.
Is ancient DNA research revealing new truths or falling into old traps? Robots, like people, use ‘imagination’ to learn concepts. Nicolas Carr reviews The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Poons v. Koons: The art of ‘The Price of Everything’. Towards a general theory of neural networks. Emerging evidence suggests the brain encodes abstract knowledge in the same way that it represents positions in space. John Kay on the concept of the corporation. Millions of people around the world rely on water from retreating glaciers. A robot reveals how ancient reptile ancestor moved. Interview with philosopher Frederick Eberhardt about causality. And more.