Category: Technology

A Cliched (but Urgent) Millennial Problem

Partway through my semester abroad, I came to a classic millennial (or Generation Z) conclusion: I was forsaking real, fascinating experiences in order to scroll mindlessly through my Instagram feed or look at memes on Facebook. I realized that when I needed to translate words into Russian for homework, I would forget why I opened… Read more »

Media Without Borders

The phrase ‘media without borders’ describes the environment of the web as a place with poor distinctions between media, entertainment, and thought-provoking work, a situation which produces personal and societal downsides. This is not by accident. To quote author and scholar Shoshana Zuboff’s book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “Google is a shape-shifter, but each… Read more »

An Egg Named Eugene and a Socially-Conscious Internet Record

Last month, I received a funny and unexpected Instagram Direct Message. One of my friends sent me the link to an account titled @world_record_egg. At the time, the account had only one picture, a single brown egg with a white background. The caption below the picture reads: “Let’s set a world record together and get… Read more »

The Chronicles of an Evil Genius: Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos

Introduction: To many, the words “Silicon Valley” might conjure up an image of a utopian society light years ahead of the rest of the world, where robotic technology controls daily life and the lavish campuses at Google and Facebook are the industry norm. The techie enclave — a conglomeration of cities mainly in San Mateo… Read more »

In Urbit, the Internet’s Democracy is at the Founders’ Discretion

In 1997, Curtis Yarvin appeared at a “Touch of a Poet” open mic event in Berkeley. He wore a black turtleneck, circular wireframe glasses, a right earring, and his hair slicked back into a ponytail in what would be a parody of an open mic poet, if not for the fact that he was so… Read more »

The Rise of Investment Apps: Why Young Investors Should Be Excited

Recently, when a good friend of mine, Milo, told me that he needed to sell stock to get a haircut, I was intrigued. Upon asking Milo why, I found out that he had invested almost the entirety of his savings into an app on his iPhone. Although he had kept some money in his bank… Read more »

The Future of the Office – Maybe

Fruit water, micro-roasted coffee, and kegs of craft beer will soon be commonplace in every U.S. office. Or so it would seem, based on shared office space company WeWork’s meteoric rise to prominence. The company rents real estate in major cities, converting large buildings into office spaces that can be rented on a monthly basis… Read more »

Who Said Flying Can’t Be Fun?

Who loves airplanes as much as I do? That’s right, not many of you. All that cramped seating, crying babies, invasive airport security, surly flight attendants—and those are just a few of flying’s pleasantries. Some say flying isn’t what it used to be. We’ve packed passengers into metal tubes like livestock, lowered the wages of… Read more »

Signing Off to Find @Me

“Now you’ve got to remember that YOU are the deal,” Patti Stanger preached (read: screeched) in my ear as I walked down Boylston Avenue on one of my many Sunday trips to Trader Joe’s. Living alone in Boston for the summer, podcasts had become my source of entertainment for those moments of boredom spent waiting… Read more »

The Laziness of Typing #MeToo

#MeToo: two words, five letters. So what? This last week it has been impossible to scroll through Facebook newsfeeds, in particular, and not come across this hashtag or phrase time and time again. In the wake of the disgusting revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other prominent male figures using their positions of power to sexually… Read more »