In the Name of LoveElites embrace the “do what you love” mantra. But it devalues work and hurts workers.
Reinventing the Smoke DetectorCan Nest—the company Google just paid $3.2 billion for—eliminate unwanted bleeps, chirps, and false alarms?
I Want to Live in Spike Jonze’s FutureCool phones. Great pants. A reassuringly familiar undertone of melancholy.
Can You Hack It?Everything electronic you own—iPhone to subway card to power strip—can be hacked. So how to defend yourself?
The Platonic TurtleneckI’ve searched high and low for this elusive garment. A new site, the Prowl, lets me crowdsource my quest.
The Economics of The Hunger GamesCould any real country have an economy like Panem’s? Actually, yes.
Men Should Wear MakeupThis is my final column for Slate, so I’m going out on a limb. Guys, pick up the airbrush already.
Forget MOOCsFree online classes shouldn’t replace teachers and classrooms. They should make them better.
The Brogrammer as Free Speech MartyrThe tech world produces a lot of genuine rebels. Pax Dickinson isn’t one of them.
Silent Technical PrivilegeAs a novice computer programmer, I always got the benefit of the doubt—because I looked the part.
Note to SelfieWe’re told that we spend too much time recording moments instead of living in them. That’s a false choice.
“The System Never Stopped Functioning”The people behind the Common App say it’s fixed. It’s not—far from it.
“A Heart Beating Around Her Finger”How a close call in the ER turned a young doctor into a surgical visionary.
In Praise of an Overflowing InboxEmail is ubiquitous, meritocratic, and forgiving. It will never die, and I don’t want it to.
Shaken Like a Polaroid PictureApple’s slump looks a lot like the decline of a certain iconic camera company.