Brief interview with Albert-László Barabási about the five universal laws of success. Ocean warming is accelerating. Steven Strogatz on AlphaZero and the future of AI. The conceptual limits of machine learning. A breakdown of the costs proves tickets in London's West End are not a rip-off. Tattoos are copyrighted. How radical 1960s architecture got it so wrong. Film footage from Paris from around 1890 with speed corrected, image stabilized and sound added. 180,000 forgotten photos reveal the future of Greenland’s ice. Longform's Best of 2018. And more.
How to be an artist. Some of Earth’s first animals are spilling out of Canadian rocks. Spider silk is five times stronger than steel. Humpback whale songs undergo a ‘cultural revolution’ every few years. The insect apocalypse. On the life and work of René Girard. Review of four books on the US opioid crisis. (Mis)Understanding Russia’s two hybrid wars. Global warming will happen faster than we think. Greenland is losing ice at fastest rate in 350 years. And more.
Physics needs philosophy. Yet another interesting account of the discovery of CRISPR. An alternative interpretation of the famous gorillas in our midst experiment. The big melt. There Is More to Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies. Ghosts of the Tsunami. Rachel Kushner on Cormac McCarthy's existential westerns. Michel Houellebecq's sexual distopia. California burning. Michael Freeden on the contemporary role of political theory. Chris Marker’s playful aesthetics. And more.
A brief history of behavioural economics by Richard Thaler. Real-time pose estimation! In the browser! What makes a tree a tree? Recent fossil discoveries challenge ideas about Earth's start. The long-awaited data release from the Gaia space observatory has spurred a torrent of discoveries about the history and nature of our galaxy. Some machine learning algorithms turn out to be surprisingly good at predicting chaotic dynamic systems. Neural networks, faced with a navigation challenge, spontaneously evolved “grid cells”. More photos from NASA's IceBridge expedition to the Antarctic. Lisa Randall answers the question: What is dark matter? Freeman Dyson reviews Scale by Geoffrey West. Everything is a machine. Ray Dalio is the best student Deleuze never had. Photographer Naoya Hatakeyama discusses his work. The Triumph of Philanthropy. And more.
Slavoj Zizek reviews Blade Runner 2049. The LHCb Experiment has discovered the "Humpty Dumpty" particle. During learning, the brain’s adaptability is limited by its own neural architecture. Ironically, the issue of over-research has not been researched much. Artists with a day job. The role of luck in life success is far greater than people realize. Opium and its derivatives have conquered contemporary America. 7 years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster photographer Moises Saman and author William Vollman visit the exclusion zone. The Comme des Garçons Fall 2018 RTW collection features some fabulous over-the-top dresses. Infectious diseases and tumors show surprising similarity in their long, variable incubation times. The field of artificial intelligence is grappling with a replication crisis. The Abel Prize has gone to Robert Langlands. Geert Lovink on distraction and its discontents. Thomas Nagel reviews As If: Idealization and Ideals by Kwame Anthony Appiah. Interviews with Jean Tirole and Bruno Latour and more.