• What I Leave Out: Confessions of a Resume Liar

    I have two resumes. One of them states that I graduated from high school and learned how to drive a truck, work dispatch for deliveries, lead a work crew, and show up places on time. The other reveals that I am a published scholar with a Master’s...

  • What the Czech Play That Coined the Term 'Robot' Tells Us About Today's Robonomics

    Playwright Karel Capek was going to call the artificial workers in his play "Labori," but his brother suggested “robots,” instead. It’s not surprising then, that the robots in 'Rossum's Universal Robots' feel like a pretty thinly-veiled metaphor.

  • I Punched My Boss in the Face

    At first the feeling was euphoric. After years of taking crap from a bunch of losers because they were my bosses, I thought I had no other choice. This time I felt like I had finally stood up for myself in a meaningful way. But even before my knuckles...

  • Smart Drugs and Cybernetics Are Creating a Superhuman Workforce

    Imagine becoming superhuman. Or, at the very least, becoming superhumanly good at your job. Imagine a drug that would give you total focus, total composure, genius-level clarity of thought, and the ability to stay up and in the zone for two days...

  • Progress and Globalization in Bangladesh: The Tazreen Fashions Garment Factory Fire

    The garment trade is at the forefront of the kind of industrial revolution that we are experiencing in Bangladesh today, which is why, if from the outside, we look like some Dickensian hellhole of sweatshops and smokestacks, the image is not altogether...

  • Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game

    In a nation that looks to professional sports for everything that it is missing—heroism, greatness, collective triumph—the spate of labor disputes that continue to rock pro leagues offers some sobering lessons.