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Sidney Perkowitz

Sidney Perkowitz, Candler Professor of Physics Emeritus at Emory University, writes frequently about science, technology, and culture. His latest books are Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon (Pegasus Books, 2018), Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Real Scientists Don’t Wear Ties (forthcoming, 2019).

The Quantum Random Number Generator

It’s real. And it will use quantum entanglement to generate true mathematical randomness. Here’s why that matters.
econophysics

Sociophysics and Econophysics, the Future of Social Science?

Can empirical data about human behavior make the “soft” sciences more like the “hard” ones? New interdisciplinary fields are voting yes.
BLADE RUNNER 2049

Do We Have Moral Obligations to Robots?

The recent film Blade Runner 2049 engages with questions raised by Karel Čapek and Isaac Asimov: What do we owe our creations (and what do they owe us)?

How to Understand the Resurgence of Eugenics

The extreme right wing has brought the discredited idea of eugenics back into the national conversation. Brave New World and Gattaca offer perspective.
Paul Otlet

The Internet Before the Internet: Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum

Belgian information activist Paul Otlet envisioned some of the possibilities of today’s Web more than a century before its existence.
Smart home automation: remote controlling house temperature

The Internet of Things: Totally New and A Hundred Years Old

The modern Internet of Things and E.M. Forster's short story, "The Machine Stops"