New York Times Magazine

  • “The Minecraft Generation” (April 14, 2016)
    Building, coding, debugging, socializing, YouTubing, writing fan fiction: How Minecraft has become a locus of youth culture, and what it means for the next generation.
  • “Can Swiss Watchmakers Survive the Digital Age?” (June 3, 2015)
    Swiss watchmakers have a centuries’-old tradition of making elite mechanical watches by hand. As the Apple Watch launches, they wonder — can they make smartwatches? Should they?
  • “Uber Would Like To Buy Your Robotics Department” (Sept. 11, 2015)
    Uber wants to build a fleet of self-driving cars — and to do it, they hired away nearly half the staff of a top robotics department at Carnegie Mellon University. In the war for talent, can a university compete with Silicon Valley money?
  • “Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?” (Oct. 23, 2014)
    I investigate whether a scientist’s new “brain training” game can keep aging minds sharp.
  • “Googling Yourself Takes On A Whole New Meaning” (Sept. 1, 2013)
    Remember Google Glass, the computer you put on your face? I wore a pair for three months to find out how “wearable computing” might change your life.
  • “What is IBM’s Watson?” (June 16, 2010)
    I go inside the IBM team that created a computer able to beat any human at the TV show Jeopardy!
  • “The Pen That Never Forgets” (Sept. 16, 2010)
    When you’re a student, the quality of your notes can mean the difference between a good grade — and a lousy one. Can a watch that records audio change the way we take notes?
  • “Are Your Friends Making You Fat?” (Sept. 10, 2009)
    Can obesity, cigarette smoking, and happiness spread from person to person like a flu? A new scientific theory upends our ideas about “social contagion”.
  • “Can Game Theory Predict When Iran Will Get the Bomb?” (Aug. 12, 2009)
    How an academic with a computer model predicts — often with eery accuracy — the unfolding of international conflict.
  • “Batteries Not Included” (April 19, 2008)
    How can you fully recharge an electric car in 45 seconds? Pull the batteries out — swap in new ones. I profile an Israeli firm that’s reimagining the way electric cars might work.
  • “If You Liked This, You’re Sure To Like That” (Dec. 2, 2008)
    Can a computer algorithm predict what we’re going to like — better than we can? Netflix is betting millions on it.
  • “Can You Count On Voting Machines?” (Jan. 6, 2008)
    Touchscreen voting machines are buggy, crash-prone, secretive, under the control of people who barely understand them — and they’re in charge of your vote.
  • “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” (Sept. 5, 2008)
    How the everyday flurry of tweets, texts, and pictures helps us build up “ambient awareness” — a new mode of understanding what’s going on in other people’s lives.
  • “Sex, Drugs, and Updating Your Blog” (May 13, 2007)
    The online world makes it possible for musicians to cultivate their audience — so long as they’re willing to spend four hours a day writing emails, tweets, and posts. How did the rock-and-roll lifestyle become a desk job?
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