A leading expert in the emergent field of A.I. law argues it’s high time to update the three laws of robotics

Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics are probably the most famous and influential science fictional lines of tech policy ever written. The renowned writer speculated that as machines took on greater autonomy and a greater role in human life, we would need staunch regulations to ensure they could not put…


Lean into the unknown

There is an argument to be made that what happens during your lifespan isn’t pure chance, nor pure skill. It’s a combination of both.

To better understand how the competing forces of luck and decision-making affect outcomes amid the uncertainty of life, the writer and psychologist Maria Konnikova did what…


The author of ‘Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens’ explains an overlooked and incoming crisis

A super close up of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.

The doctors were stumped. They were trying to treat a woman in her seventies who had fallen, broken her femur, and contracted a bacterial infection during a trip to India. Back in the United States, the physicians treating the woman in a hospital in Reno, Nevada, discovered that the bug…


An interview with the French neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, author of ‘How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine… For Now’

Algorithms have thrown the gauntlet down. They’re challenging our distinctive status as the most advanced learning species on the planet. In the past several years, machines have “learned” to instantaneously transcribe a foreign language and detect typos in our Google Docs; they’ve predicted the superfecta of the Kentucky Derby, provided…


A new book shows that the shift to opioids manufactured internationally in labs has created a deadly drugs crisis

In 2014, two 18-year-old roommates in Grand Forks, North Dakota, named Bailey Henke and Kain Schwandt, were unraveling from opioid addictions. Over Christmas vacation, they took a road trip, trying to kick their habits. They brought along Suboxone, a drug that helps ease withdrawal. And it seemed to work. …


Judith Grisel shares her story and science in her book, ‘Never Enough’

By the time Judith Grisel turned 23, it had been years since she had gone so much as a day “without a drink, pill, fix, or joint,” she says now. Homeless in South Florida, Grisel stole credit cards to feed her habit, got kicked out of three colleges, and ultimately…

Eric Allen Been

A writer. Not based in Brooklyn. Recent bylines with Vox, Vanity Fair, Harvard Magazine, MIT’s Undark, VICE and Playboy.

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