March 2011

The Atlantic - March 2011

Why machines can never beat the human mind, how skyscrapers can save the city, Justin Bieber's teenybop perfection, and more

Features

  • How Skyscrapers Can Save The City

    How Skyscrapers Can Save The City

    As the world's mega-cities expand to the bursting point, building up rather than out becomes ever more important. But history shows that skyscrapers do more than provide space: they connect people, foster creativity— and accelerate social progress.

    Interview: Why measures aimed at saving our cities may actually threaten their survival.

    Infographic: The ceaseless climb of the world's skyscrapers is a story of ever-evolving challenges. Here's how we reached the heights we have—and where we might go from here.

    Book Review: Benjamin Schwarz on how Louis Sullivan—arguable inventor of the skyscraper and creator of some of America's greatest buildings—is finally getting his due.

  • Mind vs. Machine

    Mind vs. Machine

    Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point that computers can very nearly pass for human. What are they telling us about ourselves? To find out, the author enters himself in a famous battle of wits pitting man against computer.

    Slideshow: Some of humanity's fears and dilemmas resulting from technology, from the Industrial Revolution to Y2K and beyond.

  • Inside the Secret Service

    Inside the Secret Service

    Granted exclusive access, our correspondent follows the agency on one of its toughest assignments.

    Graphic—The Presidential Motorcade: A detailed look at security detail that moves the president on the ground.

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Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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