The Rise and Fall of Facebook’s Memory Economy

The Rise and Fall of Facebook’s Memory Economy

Facebook’s Memories feature—where it shows you pictures and posts from a day in the recent or far-gone past—used to be my favorite thing about the platform. I mean, I have posted some hilarious things that my son said when he was little, and that time I went on a...
The Antibiotics Business Is Broken—But There’s a Fix

The Antibiotics Business Is Broken—But There’s a Fix

Last week, the biotech company Achaogen announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. That might not seem like much news: Businesses crash and burn all the time. But Achaogen, founded in 2002, was an antibiotics company. Its first drug, Zemdri (plazomicin), was...
Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

The decision by the Sri Lankan government this week to shut down the big social networks—including Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Snapchat—in the aftermath of an Easter day terrorist attack on three Catholic churches and three upscale hotels feels like a turning...
Optimize Algorithms to Support Kids Online, Not Exploit Them

Optimize Algorithms to Support Kids Online, Not Exploit Them

This column is the second in a series about young people and screens. Read the first post, about connected parenting, here. When I was in high school, I emailed the authors of the textbooks we used so I could better question my teachers; I spent endless hours chatting...