1. Ethical quandaries in the age of big data, Justin Grace
The freelance data scientist, who has worked in academia, technology, healthcare and most recently digital media with the Guardian, discusses the complexities of data use and misuse.
How can consciousness arise within the laws of Physics?
With great opportunity comes great responsibility. The legendary mathematician Sir Roger Penrose examines what quantum computing might have to do with being human.
Ingenious minds: George Widener
Outsider artist George Widener, a high functioning calendar savant, can manipulate dates and numbers in incomprehensible ways. Channelling his talents into detailed, complex art intended for a future AI audience, this short doc showcases a remarkable brain and the beauty of numbers.
Grace Hopper MIT Lecture
“Everything turned out to be a system…we’re looking at a raw material called data.” This 1985 lecture from the inimitable Rear Admiral Grace Hopper is full of insight and peppered with anecdotes. The woman who invented the first operational compiled computer language is as funny, clever, and prescient as you’d expect.
Upgrading the particle physics toolkit: the future Circular Collider
We found the Higgs Boson. Where next? What are the kinds of questions we should be asking? John Womersley and Harry Cliff tell us, outlining plans for a large Hadron collider replacement that’ll tool up physicists taking on the deepest questions about the universe.
Why do ambitious women have flat heads?
Software pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley humorously charts the opportunities she grasped as a woman in tech in the 1960s – a catalogue of life lessons.
Female racing car drivers in the West Bank. Women of colour running for political office in the US. The first female Sharia judge. Award-winning director and cinematographer Amber Fares is interested in diverse stories that give volume to, and develop understanding of, lesser heard voices. Her feature-length directorial debut, 'Speed Sisters' (2015), has played at over 70 film festivals around the world, picking up multiple audience and jury awards, and 'The Judge' (2018), on which she was cinematographer and co-producer, has just won a Peabody Award (the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting and documentaries). Thanks to her connections with one of our League of Strangers members, we carved out some time for quick chat from her home in Brooklyn...
From contentment to happiness and back again, Eavesdrop gets philosophical. Certainly something to chew over...
Black diamonds formed from city smog. Luminescent algae beaming down city streets. Cycle paths illuminated by glow-in-the-dark stars. Making our planet live longer takes more than a little curiosity, it requires a hybrid gamechanger like Daan Roosegaarde to stand up, question and act. Luckily, he’s doing just that…
What helps you create? Whether it’s writing, drawing, shooting or even whittling, for so many of us, music makes the world go round. In fact, we couldn’t imagine working without it. Fascinated by how other creative souls get stuff done, we decided to unpick this causal connection by speaking to different creators about their practice, process and how music fuels their fire.
Some pockets of the world are stranger than others, and more lessons learned from a temporary village green...
We asked Issue 3 featured photographer Kovi Konowiecki to choose a photographer we should feature this issue. Say hello to Matthew Genitempo...
Inspired by friends' projects and the power of print, this issue we're recommending you get the downlow from your own doorstep.