Don’t Say Cheese: Why Do the People in Contemporary Art Photographs Look So Blank?

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.

The App-Filled Future of Luxury Is Avoiding People

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.

Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of privacy

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.

First Evidence Found of a Comet Strike on Earth

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.