Before grinding mills were invented, the preparation of flour for food was an arduous task largely carried out by women for hours every day. How did it affect their lives and why does it remain a tradition in some places even today?
In praise of pastiche
Building traditionalist architecture today is derided as inauthentic pastiche. But this perspective turns a blind eye to the dramatic and sophisticated ways that design has been applied throughout history.
Clusters rule everything around me
Some of the greatest advances in technology have emerged from bringing intelligent people together to solve problems. How do tech clusters develop & how can we use them to replicate past successes?
Seeing on the far side of the moon
Electrical interference has restricted what humans can observe with telescopes. To make leaps as a species, now’s the time for us to build a telescope on the far side of the moon.
Escaping science’s paradox
Scientific research today is afflicted by poor reliability and low utility, despite the best efforts of individual researchers.
Innovation is not linear
Many have argued that innovation develops in a simple linear fashion – from research to experimentation to engineering.
New technologies can be dangerous, threatening the very survival of humanity. Is economic growth inherently risky, and how do we maximize the chances of a flourishing future?
Interview: Mike Solana on tech and its critics
In spite of major technological progress, tech is often envisioned in the media with pessimism and dread.