Land Ownership Makes No Sense
The earth is a shared inheritance, and profiting off a common resource is just wrong.

with Jehan Azad. WIRED Magazine, May 2023

Home co-working: The people creating collaborative workspaces with friends
Though coffee shops and libraries can be great places to gather, some people are working alongside friends in their personal spaces instead.

BBC, April 2023

The Cure for Hiccups Exists
And it’s free.

The Atlantic, February 2023

The Two Best Ways to Win at Wordle
According to crossword masters.

with Nate Cardin. Slate, 2022

Topic: Surprise, Drowsy Cows RIP, as Corrected (2,5,7,10)
cryptic crosswords are infuriating; you should try them, you’ll love them

Popula, August 2021

How can I be more productive?
By thinking like an economist, you could do twice as much work in half the time. Sort of

The Economist, January 2018

The extraordinary silliness of American college grading
The current system penalises students who stretch themselves. What will it take to make it fairer?

The Economist, October 2017

Nice ice baby!
Gelato is not just another name for ice cream: the real stuff is lower in fat and tastes and behaves rather differently. Uri Bram discovers what goes into making perfect gelati – and why they are rarely found in the supermarket

The Economist, September 2017

Is learning to drive a waste of money?
Once a rite of passage, driving lessons seem a pointless expense, thanks to ride-sharing services and the dawn of driverless cars

The Economist, December 2016

How game theory improves dating apps
Too much unwanted attention turns female users off online dating. Economics provides a solution

The Economist, November 2016

The Limits of Formal Learning, or Why Robots Can’t Dance
The 1980s at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory seemed to outsiders like a golden age, but inside, David Chapman could already see that winter was coming. As a member of the lab, Chapman was the first researcher to apply the mathematics of computational complexity theory to robot planning and to show mathematically […]

Nautilus, September 2016

Why Won’t This Inspirational Email Chain Letter Leave Me Alone?
A few times each year, a particular chain letter pops up in my inbox. “We’re starting a collective, constructive, and hopefully uplifting exchange,” it starts, exhorting me to send a “favorite text / verse / meditation” to a previous participant in the chain, and to forward the message to another 20 friends. In my personal […]

Nautilus, June 2016

Neuroscience of Early-Life Learning in C. elegans
Scientists identify the brain circuits with which newly hatched nematodes form and retrieve a lifelong aversive olfactory memory.

The Scientist, February 2016

Why your internet connection is slow wherever you are in Africa
Hint: There’s nothing wrong with Africa’s internet connections.

Quartz, February 2016

Don’t Tidy Your Room
When I was a teenager I read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. Instead of taking this beautiful book as a path to something useful, like a career in

The Smart Set, January 2016

The Reverse Turing Test: Pretending to Be a Chatbot Is Harder Than You Think
Until I tried being a bot, I don’t think I gave my brain enough credit.

Motherboard, June 2015

Abstract. DNA tests and disease risk – what do the numbers mean? Using probability lessons to beat problem gambling. Missing crimes in English police records. A

Significance, February 2015

The most important person at your company doesn’t work for you
The rest of us would rather keep our jobs.

Quartz, November 2014

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