Slate Star Codex and Silicon Valley’s War Against the Media

The story of a controversial blogger, the weaponization of online engagement, and the growing fault lines between tech and traditional journalism.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 9, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?

In 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted first interviewed 14 children from varying socio-economic demographics n England to investigate the maxim, “Give me a child until he is 7, and I will give you the man.” He’s returned to interview the original subjects every seven years to see how their lives have turned out. What’s been called “the most profound documentary series in the history of cinema” has discovered that the maxim is false; as we all know, life is far more complicated than that.

Published: Nov 27, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,730 words)

The Great A.I. Awakening

The story of how Google’s developed artificial intelligence to vastly improve its translation service, Google Translate, and what machine learning might be able to do in the near future.

Published: Dec 14, 2016
Length: 60 minutes (15,174 words)

Check In With the Velociraptor at the World’s First Robot Hotel

Lewis-Kraus visits a hotel in Japan where service is provided by robots and considers the necessity of human interaction.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 2, 2016
Length: 32 minutes (8,055 words)

The Trials of Alice Goffman

Alice Goffman’s controversial first book fueled a fight within sociology over who gets to speak for whom. Lewis-Kraus delves deeply into her story, negotiating larger issues about the distinction between journalistic and academic practices, and the meaning of sociology today.

Published: Jan 12, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,485 words)

A Grand Juror Speaks

Lewis-Kraus writes about serving on a Manhattan grand jury, where he found a system alarmingly bent towards the will of the prosecution.

Published: Mar 1, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,707 words)

Welcome to Liberland

An attempt to build a libertarian paradise on a small plot of land between Serbia and Croatia, on the western bank of the Danube.

Published: Sep 1, 2015
Length: 36 minutes (9,167 words)

Can Politico Make Brussels Sexy?

Politico has transformed Washington D.C. journalism in the eight years since the site’s inception. Now they’ve landed in Europe.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 18, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,590 words)

ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder

A Kickstarter project gets fully funded by backers, who become irate and consider legal action when the project fails to deliver. The creators explain what went wrong.

Published: Apr 30, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,555 words)

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect

The story of how a Microsoft employee working on the Word team invented autocorrect.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 22, 2014
Length: 12 minutes (3,034 words)