The Digital Threat to a Human Future
When the unpredictable truth of humans is banished by machine intelligence, what passes for the good of mankind is optimization, the replacement of an open society with a hamster wheel. Humans have set loose the unthinking beings that do not so much outwit us as unwit us.
May 6, 2019
Can Liberal Democracy Survive Social Media?
Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, courageous voices pushing for change can make a huge mark on public discourse. But for the same reasons, the hucksters of hatred and the merchants of mendacity also have a much easier time undermining liberal democracies.
April 30, 2018
Why Trump Is Winning and the Press Is Losing
Our top journalists are correct that if they become the political opposition to Trump, they will lose. And yet, they have to go to war against a political style in which power gets to write its own story. There is a risk they will fail to make this distinction.
April 25, 2018