Why are contemporary-art photographs so devoid of smiles? In many cases it’s not just an absence of joy, but a total lack of emotional affect. Walk into a high-end gallery in any major art city today, and—if photographs are on show—you’re likely to see images of people wearing blank, zombie-like expressions. The style, called deadpan, is ubiquitous.
Like its techno-automotive cousins Tesla and Über, services like Silvercar represent a shift from designing products and services to support a general population to focusing on an élite capable of wrangling, negotiating, or paying their way out of the drudgery of ordinary life. If you have the sense that Silvercar sounds great but might also be good to be true, you might be onto something.
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains.
I created the Zuckerberg Files, an archive of all the public utterances of the Facebook creator. It includes blog posts, letters to shareholders, media interviews, public appearances and product presentations — nearly 100,000 words of the hoodie-ed wunderkind sharing his vision.
We’re just starting to analyze the archive, but already we can pull out three principles that appear to be at the core of Zuckerberg’s philosophy of privacy.
Saharan glass and a brooch belonging to King Tut provide the first evidence of a comet directly impacting Earth, a new study claims. The finding may help unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the birth of our solar system.