21 April 2017

Brexit and the spirit of innovation

Ignore the Remoaners – Brexit lets us reimagine the future.

30 December 2016

Homo Deus – humanity diminished

Yuval Harari’s ‘brief history of tomorrow’ draws deep on the anti-humanist prejudices of today.

15 February 2016

Discovering gravitational waves: behold the greatness of man

The spirit of curiosity remains the noblest of human attributes.

20 April 2015

The driverless car and the fall of man

The quest for robotic cars is underwritten by a suspicion of humanity.

15 October 2014

Is Big Data squishing our humanity?

The use of new technologies is turning us into objects of analysis, examination and manipulation.

11 April 2014

The social life of the networked teen

On social networks, kids have found the unprotected, adult-free spaces now denied to them in the real world.

19 September 2013

Apple: master of the ‘youniverse’

The new iPhones show that Apple still has its eye on the future - and its finger on the pulse of a self-absorbed society.

28 May 2012

Why I don’t ‘Like’ this mauling of Zuckerberg

ESSAY: There are two ugly strains to the post-IPO Facebook-bashing: naivety about how the market works and hostility to individual ambition.

17 April 2012

Instagram, Kodak and the end of innovation

ESSAY: The contrasting fates of two photo companies shows there’s more money in navel-gazing than transformative tech.

15 February 2012

Facebook valuation: $100 billion for what?

Yes, if FB were a country it would be the third largest. It would also be the most unproductive country ever.