The Vignelli Canon

A won­der­ful, short book of the rules (κανών: kanón, mean­ing a rule) of design cho­sen and illus­trat­ed by Mas­si­mo Vignel­li and his wife Lel­la. Down­load...

Collaborate or control

The task of eco­nom­ic sci­ence, since Adam Smith, has been to explain the ori­gins of wealth. John Kay observes that the the­o­ry most favoured, even by Smith—...

The tough go shopping

Can you real­ly doubt that the Aus­tralian econ­o­my will resume its recent strong growth in a year or so? Are you wor­ried that the rapid accu­mu­la­tion of we...

Smoking and climate change

Mal­colm Turn­bull, in a recent speech invent­ed a para­ble about a fool­hardy smok­er to illus­trate his claim that con­test­ing the views of the “best sci­en­...

The new future of old age

I have a fea­ture arti­cle on recent remark­able changes in the out­look for longevi­ty in the cur­rent (Win­ter 2011) edi­tion of Pol­i­cy, the jour­nal of the...

Elementary “Watson”

The IBM project that this week led to a spec­tac­u­lar demon­stra­tion of machine Ques­tion Answer­ing (yet anoth­er “QA” acronym) has a lot of seri­ous com­put...