Issue 1: Intelligence

Our first issue, “Intelligence,” is out now. We're thrilled to be publishing a range of talented folks on a variety of subjects—from DIY brain scanners to the feminization of front-end coding.

You can find the issue’s table of contents below.

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“hello world” by The Editors (full piece)

The editors reflect on tech after Trump.

“Disruption: A Manifesto” by The Editors (full piece)

We’re not looking for answers. We’re looking for logic.

“The Story of a New Brain” by Ava Kofman (full piece)

A new generation of brain scanners promise to upgrade your mind’s operating system and optimize your neural circuits. Results may vary.

“The Smart, the Stupid, and the Catastrophically Scary: An Interview with an Anonymous Data Scientist” (full piece)

A long conversation with a veteran data scientist on AI, deep learning, FinTech, and the future.

“The Madness of the Crowd” by Tim Hwang (full piece)

A decade ago, the internet was praised for empowering the smart, collaborative crowd. Now it’s blamed for unleashing the stupid, malicious mob. What happened?

“Building the Virtual Wall” by Juan Llamas-Rodriguez (full piece)

The US government is pouring millions into automating border enforcement. It’s a good story for tech journalists, a lucrative opportunity for defense contractors, and bad for everyone else.

“From Tinder to Transference: A Roundtable on Technology and Psychology” with Jamieson Webster, Alex Kriss, Carlene MacMillan, and Marcus Coelen (full piece)

How does technology affect emotional intelligence? Do the tools we use make us happier, sadder, dumber, smarter? Are those even the right questions to ask? We asked four mental health professionals to tell us about the role that technology plays in their practice, and in the inner lives of their patients.

“JavaScript Is For Girls” by Miriam Posner (full piece)

Decades ago, men kicked women out of the programming profession just as it was taking off. Now that women are fighting their way back in, men are finding new ways to protect their status.

“Dr. Robot” by Conrad Amenta (full piece)

New software is industrializing medicine by turning doctors into data entry clerks—and making them suicidally depressed in the process.

With art by Rebecca Lieberman.