Jacob Silverman

Is Computer Coding an Art?
Coders are 'makers.' But what exactly are they making?
September 30, 2014

Coders are 'makers.' But what exactly are they making?

Apple's Watch Is Like a High-Tech Mood Ring
And the scariest part is your emotions may be up for sale
September 09, 2014

And the scariest part is your emotions may be up for sale.

14 Worst Case Scenarios Involving Google's Growing Robot Army
A threat assessment
February 16, 2014

Assessing Google's drones, thermostats, mechanical cheetahs and more.

Screen Play
Fiction about the internet fumbles toward eloquence
June 20, 2013

To write fiction about "the Internet" risks making it seem monolithic. But that doesn't mean that novelists can ignore it.

The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution
Andy Carvin tweeted the Arab Spring. He still missed something by not being there.
January 31, 2013

Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way. 

The Warlock
October 18, 2011

Horacio Castellanos Moya's fiction is deeply concerned with the machinations of politics and, in particular, the deleterious effects of political viol

Rebels and Collaborators
May 19, 2010

Even by the macabre standards of the twentieth century, Estonia had a rough lot. Between 1918 and 1920, with some assistance from the British, White R