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    Civilization Is Built on Code

    Code is at once a force, or a means, of liberation and constraint.Photograph by Donnie Ray Jones / Flickr How did we humans manage to build a global civilization on the cusp of colonizing other planets? It seems like such an unlikely outcome. After all, we were prone to cycles of war and famine for millennia, […]

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    Civilization Is Built on Code

    How did we humans manage to build a global civilization on the cusp of colonizing other planets? It seems like such an unlikely outcome. After all, we were prone to cycles of war and famine for millennia, and have a meager capacity for society-wide planning and coordination—among other problems. Maybe it’s our unique capacity for complex […]

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    Best of 2013: Unhappy Truckers & Other Algorithmic Problems

    Transportation optimization starts with math, but ends in understanding human behavior.