My daughter used to pay very careful attention to my driving. But it wasn’t really just about road safety or even sightseeing—it was about information.…
I’m a sucker for generative analogies when it comes to computer programming: the kinds of analogies or metaphors that get you to think about code in a …
As many readers know, I’m interested in trying to understand the regularities behind how scientific and technological progress occurs (The Half-Life of…
These are a few of my favorite things...all combined into a single piece of research.
I recently had a discussion with David Lang for Science Better about institutional experimentation in the sciences, the Overedge Catalog, and more (you…
The Nature of Beauty meets Proof of Work?
Alchemy, Computation, and the Complexity of Modeling the World
Finding the misfit research + tech organizations
How do you demonstrate that you know something—or discovered something first—without giving away your secret? This was an issue that loomed large in th…
There is a certain delight to finding facts and bits of information that don’t quite make sense. Whether it’s the discovery of a weird signal from Prox…
In the first half of the Twentieth Century, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius began publishing Little Blue Books in a small town in southeastern Kansas. These bo…
Failure Modes and Technology