Brian Bergstein, The Boston Globe

Brian Bergstein

The Boston Globe

Cambridge, MA, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

How many things are there in the entire universe? (This is a trick question.)

A physicist argues that many mysteries start to clear up once you accept that there is just one thing — the universe itself. → Read More

Ideas conversation: Has public health gotten too political?

A prominent article about masks in schools decried the effects of racism and capitalism in the pandemic. One of the authors responds to criticism that it went too far. → Read More

Q&A: Greater diversity in science could unlock the secrets of the universe

Theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander says his field needs to broaden the search for the next Einstein. → Read More

Q&A: Can we edit nature to save it?

Environmental conservation typically is about keeping things the same. That approach may not be possible any more. → Read More

Tech pessimism is good news

For too long, the negative ramifications of technology didn't get the attention they deserved. → Read More

Wall Street attacked by memes

The Internet invents a new way to get very rich. → Read More

Mars needs a constitutional convention

A Q&A with astrobiologist Charles Cockell, who investigates how to prevent settlements in space from becoming breeding grounds for tyranny. → Read More

What AI still can’t do

Artificial intelligence won’t be very smart if computers don’t grasp cause and effect. That’s something even humans have trouble with. → Read More

Rodney Brooks

The professor who got robots zipping through the world—and cleaning house—by challenging conventional wisdom in AI. → Read More

Tax credits for your news subscription? It’s not that radical.

Print gets all the breaks. Maybe it’s time to shift our 200-year-old journalism subsidies to the digital world. → Read More

This is why AI has yet to reshape most businesses

For many companies, deploying AI is slower and more expensive than it might seem. → Read More

Basic income could work—if you do it Canada-style

A Canadian province is giving people money with no strings attached—revealing both the appeal and the limitations of the idea. → Read More

Basic income could work—if you do it Canada-style

A Canadian province is giving people a basic income, no strings attached—revealing both the appeal and the limitations of the idea. → Read More

The Great AI Paradox

Don’t worry about supersmart AI eliminating all the jobs. That’s just a distraction from the problems even relatively dumb computers are causing. → Read More

Fiction That Gets AI Right

What to watch and read before the robots take over. → Read More

Wondering why we devoted an entire issue to artificial intelligence? Here’s why

Despite the worries, AI is still in its infancy. Here’s what we really need to focus on. → Read More

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

Chastened by the negative effects of social media, Mark Zuckerberg says he will tweak his service and upgrade society in the process. Should any company be that powerful? → Read More

Can this new device provide a better night’s sleep?

This sound-masking technology is designed to go way beyond white noise. → Read More

How to Think Like a Futurist

Some technological trends fizzle out while others overturn everything. Author Amy Webb explains how she discerns which ones will go in which direction. → Read More

Inside an Augmented Reality Startup

Innovator Under 35 Meron Gribetz shares his story on how he’s taking on Microsoft and trying to create a whole new way of interacting with computers. → Read More