Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

Versions of these pieces appeared in
WIRED Ideas.

The World Is Complex. Measuring Charity Has to Be Too »

Single-serving metrics are attractive, but they miss the big complicated messy picture.

Space Exploration and the Age of the Anthropocosmos »

The new generation of space architects can learn from our successes and failures in protecting the internet commons and build a better paradigm for space.

It's OK That Amazon Will (Likely) Get the .amazon Domain »

Based on my time at ICANN, I know how hard it was to make the right decisions in the face of what, to the public, appeared to be obviously wrong.

Optimize Algorithms to Support Kids Online, Not Exploit Them »

Young people benefit from their online interactions. Locking them out of the internet isn’t the answer to commercial bad actors.

I Embraced Screen Time With My Daughter--and I Love It »

Everyone frets about screen time, but what they should really be focusing on is something called connected parenting.

Supposedly 'Fair' Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination »

How the use of AI runs the risk of re-creating the insurance industry's inequities of the previous century.

The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls »

Scientific publishers charge so much that even Harvard can’t afford it anymore. A new publishing infrastructure could help.

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing »

Citizen collection of radiation information after Fukushima and of air quality information after the recent fires serve as a model for everyone.

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI »

An MIT team built an algorithm to optimize bell times and bus routes. The furor around the plan offers lessons in how we talk to people when we talk to them about artificial intelligence.

The Next Great (Digital) Extinction »

How today's internet is rapidly and indifferently killing off many systems while allowing new types of organizations to emerge.

The Educational Tyranny of the Neurotypicals »

The current school system is too rigid, and it's designed for a different world anyway.

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not »

The hierarchies of Judeo-Christian religions mean that those cultures tend to fear their overlords. Beliefs like Shinto and Buddhism are more conducive to have faith in peaceful coexistence.

Fake Meat, Served Six Ways »

Cellular agriculture has the potential to protect animal welfare and curb global warming; Joi Ito, a former vegan, grapples with the future of meat.

The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism »

What started as a dreamy movement of acid-tripping tie-dye wearers has become a mainstream lifestyle bet in Silicon Valley—and we must be responsible about how we wield this new reality.

AI Isn’t a Crystal Ball, But It Might Be a Mirror »

Using algorithms to predict crimes has created a biased system: Better to use AI for looking inward.

The Paradox of Universal Basic Income »

Liberals and conservatives alike love—and fear—the idea of giving free money to everyone. But we have to try it anyway.

The Limits of Explainability »

Academics, economists, and AI researchers often undervalue the role of intuition in science. Here's why they're wrong.

The Big Ico Swindle »

Many cryptocurrency speculators are banking on the theory that someone dumber than them will buy their tokens for more than they paid. That’s a pretty good bet … until it isn’t.