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No One’s Driving

The big boat may be unstuck, but our deeply technologized, infinitely complex economy is just beginning to get jammed

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Contradictions abound in this place I live and love

Aerial view of Silicon Valley at dusk, with a portion of the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge visible, as well as Foster City, including the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences, Visa, and Conversica, California, July, 2016.
Aerial view of Silicon Valley at dusk, with a portion of the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge visible, as well as Foster City, including the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences, Visa, and Conversica, California, July, 2016.
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Parents whose children disappeared decades ago are turning to the world’s biggest social network as a lifeline.

Lilian waiting at the bus stop in downtown San Salvador on November 26, 2020. Photos: Felix Eduardo Melendez for OneZero


If only we’d have listened 30 years ago

Image sources: Anadolu Agency, Kwanchai Lerttanapunyaporn/Getty Images, CD Projekt Red


Big Technology

“We predispose ourselves into being vulnerable because we dismiss cults as crazy”

Rick Alan Ross


These 21 books about technology and its impact on society are crucial to understanding our fractious future

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A square graphic with the text “OneZero Best Tech Books 2020” placed over a background image of stacks of books.


No One’s Driving

Vast systems, from automated supply chains to high-frequency trading, now undergird our daily lives — and we’re losing control of all of them

A photo collage of a shipping dock, a graph of a stock market activity, and an automated warehouse
A photo collage of a shipping dock, a graph of a stock market activity, and an automated warehouse
Photo illustration, sources: Jesper Klausen/Science Photo Library/Sukanya Sitthikongsak/yoh4nn/Getty Images


Big Technology

The Incite.org founder and activist investor shares her view on how innovation should improve the lives of everyday people

Swati Mylavarapu


Residents fear the gadgets will enable snooping — and much worse

Pamela Thessen, a homeowner in Cotswold HOA in Birmingham, Alabama, says her concerns about the neighborhood’s new license-plate reader were met with dismissiveness . Photography: Peyton Fulford


A strain of science fiction called visionary fiction empowers activists, artists, and organizers to seed a better future

Photo illustration source: Yevhenii Dubinko/Getty Images

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