Eugene Wei

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Forget the Wisdom of Crowds; Neurobiologists Reveal the Wisdom of the Confident

The wisdom of crowds breaks down when people are biased. Now researchers have discovered a simple method of removing this bias–just listen to the …

The Cinema of Failure

Four films of Terrence Malick.

Terrence Malick

Hawks, Doves, and Home Field Advantage

Written by Brian Burke<p>Sports researchers have been studying home field advantage for decades. It’s a universal phenomenon found in virtually every …

Birds

Remaking white elephant suburban headquarters: Is a ‘metroburb’ headed to Hoffman Estates?

There’s nothing quite so depressing as a ghost town, but you don’t need to head to the Old West to find one.<p>Just drive along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates. There, the former AT&T campus, a chauteaulike postmodern complex where thousands of people worked, …

Urban Design

Emerging Markets Can't Quit Facebook

Indonesia, home to roughly 6 percent of Facebook Inc.'s users, isn't happy with the social-media giant. Officials there are even threatening to shut the service down after its latest egregious privacy scandal.<p>That sounds like an ominous threat -- but it's empty. In Indonesia, as across the …

Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

How Best Help Distant Future?

I greatly enjoyed Charles Mann’s recent book <i>The Wizard and the Prophet</i>. It contained the following stat, which I find to be pretty damning of …

The Surprising Reason that There Are So Many Thai Restaurants in America

You may have noticed that the ratio of Thai restaurants to Thai people in the US is high—and it's no coincidence.<p>During my three years in New York City, Thai food was my default takeout and delivery order. This was a matter of both convenience and taste—there was a Thai spot on practically every …

The Breakfast Club (1985) [The Criterion Collection] - Blu-ray Disc

***/**** Image A+ Sound A Extras A starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John Kapelos written and directed by John Hughes by …

The Myopic Empiricism of the Minimum Wage

Unlike most opponents of the minimum wage, I admit that David Card and Alan Krueger’s famous research on the topic is well-done. How then can I …

What “The Simpsons” Doesn’t Get About Its Apu Problem

Growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Texas, I became accustomed to my point of origin doubling as a punch line. Jokes came from two ends — …

Orientalism Is Alive And Well In American Cinema

<b>In 2001,</b> Sarah Silverman told a joke on <i>Late Night With Conan O'Brien</i> that incurred the wrath of Asian American activists and, in a perverse way, also became her breakout moment. The bit involved trying to get out of jury duty, with Silverman recounting a friend's suggestion that she write something …

Isle of Dogs

The Death of Clothing

By Lindsey RuppLindsey Rupp, Chloe WhiteakerChloe Whiteaker, Matt TownsendMatt Townsend and Kim BhasinKim Bhasin<p>The apparel industry has a big …

“Annihilation” and Alex Garland’s Wrestlings With Asian Bodies

In passing, I remarked to a friend that Alex Garland may be one of our only allies, having unwittingly become one of the few contemporary …

Natalie Portman

When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair

Like it or not, the middle class became global citizens through consumerism—and they did so at the mall.<p>“Okay, we’ll see you in two-and-a-half hours,” the clerk tells me, taking the iPhone from my hand. I’m at the Apple Store, availing myself of a cheap smartphone battery replacement, an offer the …

Blockchain: what it is, what it does, and why you probably don't need one

<i>Dilbert</i> - by Scott AdamsInterest in <b>blockchain</b> is at a fever pitch lately. This is in large part due to the eye-popping price dynamics of <i>Bitcoin</i>--the …

This Country's Democracy Has Fallen Apart — And It Played Out To Millions On Facebook

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — At first, Kem Monovithya was baffled. Then she was afraid.<p>It started with a news story that seemed totally made up. Last summer, Fresh News — a kind of Cambodian take on Breitbart — published an article accusing Kem and her sister of being part of an elaborate CIA plot to …

Social Media

Ways of Seeing Instagram

Reviews<p>John Berger's classic "Ways of Seeing" offers some unexpected wisdom for the age of social media.<p>,<p>Richard Prince is making art by recycling …

I Belong Where the People Are: Disability and The Shape of Water

<i>The Shape of Water</i> made me feel less human.<p>On the surface, there are many things to like about <i>The Shape of Water</i>. The main characters, the ones in …

The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed

A new breed of online retailer doesn’t make or even touch products, but they’ve got a few other tricks for turning nothing into money.<p>It all started with an Instagram ad for a coat, the West Louis (TM) Business-Man Windproof Long Coat to be specific. It looked like a decent camel coat, not fancy …

Why Anything Slow Cookers Can Do, Others Can Do Better

People love their slow cookers. I mean, they <i>love</i> them. Month after month, they continue to be one of the top-selling kitchen appliances, and the number of websites and books dedicated to recipes for them is staggering. And with good reason. At least on the surface, slow cookers offer a level of …

Slow Cookers

Don't Be Evil

A magazine about technology.<p>Current issue: 05 Failure<br>Next issue: 06 Play<p>Already a subscriber? Log in to update your address or account …

Silicon Valley

Solving the wrong problem: Bitcoin misunderstands money

Bitcoin is the product of a rupturing of capitalist peace with the financial crisis. Bank bailouts were a particular breach. Photo: Getty Images<p>Can …

Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

<b>This summer,</b> <b>Elon Musk spoke</b> to the National Governors Association and told them that “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” Doomsayers have been issuing similar warnings for some time, but never before have they commanded so much visibility. Musk isn’t necessarily …

Silicon Valley

Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

When you drive toward an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will (or should) make you step on the brake. This action happens thanks to a chain of events inside your head.<p>Your eyes relay signals to the visual centers in the back of your brain. After those signals get processed, they …

She was a force: A ‘Star Wars’ fan remembers Leia, and the complicated woman who played her

Carrie Fisher came to Boston for the last time in 2016. She was 20 minutes late to her own talk at Harvard University because she’d wandered into …

Star Wars

Active Trans Cofounder Randy Neufeld Weighs in on the Dockless Bike-Share Debate

The dockless bike-share trend continues to pick up speed in cities around the country. This new technology allows customers to use a smartphone app …

Meet the Spreadsheet That Can Solve NYC Transit (and the Man Who Made It)

Charles Komanoff's 'Balanced Transportation Analyzer' is the most comprehensive accounting possible of how a congestion charge in Manhattan would affect New York City.<p>For the last 60 years, at the very least, New York City has been a pain to get around. It consistently ranks as one of the worst …

We'll Be Paying For Mark Halperin's Sins For Years To Come

In mid-2005 I packed two duffel bags and took a train to Washington, where I hoped, as a young reporter, to better understand the city, and our politics and our country. As much as it was anyone’s, Washington was my city. I grew up there.<p>But when I arrived, I became aware there was a new don of …

Journalism

Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch …

Tianjin