Forget about listening to ourselves. In the age of data, algorithms have the answer. For thousands of years humans believed that authority came from the gods. Then, during the modern era, humanism gradually shifted authority from deities to people. Jean-Jacques Rousseau summed up this revolution in...

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a writer at large for 'the magazine' NYT and a fellow at New America   Prologue: You Are What You Have Read Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing...