Algorithms and Anthropology

Part I: Freedom and Obedience in the Teachings of St. Sophrony IN 2009, London’s Telegraph reported that the residents of a small parish in Buckinghamshire had blocked Google’s Street View vehicle from entering their village, citing privacy concerns. Google’s vice president for maps responded with incredulity, adding that Google’s mission was merely “about giving people …

Screens Apart

These are strange times. There is a late 19th century pump organ half-assembled in my living room. It needed a few leaks repaired, but I primarily took it apart in the early days of the "Great Lockdown" to see how it worked. They are miraculous little instruments. Who knew? Today, after several months, I finally …