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

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  • 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.

    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.

  • Inside the Secret Service

    Inside the Secret Service

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

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