I'm currently at work on a project centered on the San Francisco Bay and the city of Oakland.
If you'd like to talk with me about this project, get in touch!
A synthesis of the ways that Facebook destabilized the information ecosystem.
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 12, 2017
In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.
I wrote this after a couple of weeks hanging around the San Diego-Tijuana border, which just happens to be where my father crossed into the United States in the early 1960s.
PUBLISHED October 20, 2016 on
It was not until our pilot grabbed the Cessna 172 by the propeller and pulled it to the gas pump at the tiny airfield that I started to get nervous about flying low along the US-Mexico border wall.
Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology was my first book. It tried to trace both the tech and culture of renewable energy through time.
You can buy the book here.
In 2015 and 2016, I co-executive produced and co-hosted the first season of Real Future on Fusion. The television show focused on people using technology in their lives, and it is fun and smart and weird. The cast of characters is really, really unusual for a tech thing.
For the past couple years, I've been looking into various aspects of racism in the nation's housing systems, past, present, and future. This article covers some of that work, especially around the infrastructure of home appraisal.
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
This story dug deep into how Google makes its maps, from the machine vision to the human labor. Maps, in turn, are key to one of my recent fascinations: automation in its many guises.
PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places.
I'm fascinated by how technologies and technology companies warp and bend the places where they work. We expect industrial companies to generate certain landscapes. We expect farms to generate certain landscapes. But what about tech? That many billions of dollars has to change a place, right? That's what this story investigates through a variety of weird methods.
PUBLISHED ON JULY 23, 2013