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The Wetsuitman

One of those rare stories that captivate you right from the start and never let you go. Last winter, two bodies washed ashore in Norway and the Netherlands. They were wearing identical wetsuits. The police never managed to identify them. This journalist did. A sad, true story, masterly reported and told.

From Weekly Filet #214, in June 2015.

What is code?

What a beautiful monster of an article. I’m offering you a bet: If you read this now, you’ll remember it in five years time, nah, make that ten years even.

From Weekly Filet #212, in June 2015.

Parable of the Polygons

Why societies become segregated when everyone wants to live in a diverse, but not too diverse neighbourhood. A playable explainer on how harmless choices can make a harmful world. Brilliant.

From Weekly Filet #209, in May 2015.

The Untold Story of Silk Road

The thrilling story of the obscure online marketplace Silk Road, often referred to as the Ebay for drugs. Created by one man in 2011, it created more than 1 billion dollars in sales before it was shut down by the FBI (but not before Silk Road’s founder allegedly hired a hitman to kill one of his employees the FBI had tracked down). Great reporting, great storytelling. This is part one, part two will be released on May 14.

From Weekly Filet #206, in May 2015.

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

This is one of the rare kind of texts that has the potential to completely change your perspective. I’ve always struggled to wrap my head around Artificial Intelligence and the question of whether and when machines will be more intelligent than humans. It sure is a fascinating issue, but it always had this sci-fi out-of-touchiness; humans are notoriously bad at understanding exponential growth and thus far, no text had really helped me understand how we might get from Siri and Watson to superintelligent computers and immortality (or extinction) within a couple of decades. All of that changed when I read this two-part series. A stunner. In so many ways.

From Weekly Filet #195, in February 2015.

Is Coding the New Literacy?

Imagine, before you continue, for a brief moment that you could read, but not write. What would that mean to you? After all, it’s not that far-fetched. When it comes to computers, most of us know how to use them, but only few know how to tell them to do exactly what we want them to do. We read, but we don’t write. And while not everyone needs to become a programmer, having a basic understanding of «computational thinking» will be key in our technology-driven future. The good news: If you know how to cook, you’ve made your first steps in «computational thinking». For more, read this excellent text on coding as the new literacy.

From Weekly Filet #166, in June 2014.

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