November 2017

Essays

Society

The robot race

What does automation mean for the future of jobs?

History

Tablet or toilet?

How transformative has the computer age really been?

Law and order

Police, don’t move!

Former police officer Timothy Baker goes on trial for murder

The Nation Reviewed

Federal politics

A travesty of process

The same-sex marriage survey sets a dangerous precedent

Media

Spheres of influence

Social media is blurring the line between opinion and advertising

Science and technology

Deep space mined

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex keeps an eye on the stars

Environment

The Great Southern Reef

What is killing off the kelp forests along Australia’s coast?

Vox

The Vox Owl

Notes from the studio

Robyn Davidson’s ‘Tracks’ vs Harvey Weinstein

Arts & Letters

Film & Television

Ghosts in the machine

Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is maddeningly close to a classic

Books

The shape of a generous mind

Oliver Sacks’ brilliant ideas echo on through ‘The River of Consciousness’

Books

Don’t believe the hype

Adam Greenfield’s ‘Radical Technologies’ is an essential guide to the tech revolution

Music

Drakeworld

The exhausting omnipotence of Drake

Noted

Film & Television

‘The Deuce’ (HBO / Foxtel)

David Simon’s new series shines amid the sleaze of the New York porn industry

In Light of Recent Events

Cartoon

Five Stages of Defeat After Believing You Were a Shoo-in