The AI Mirror

As AI powered smart assistants find their way into our lives, we seek reference points to help us deal with their unfamiliar presence. Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are recent inventions but for centuries we have been toying with the idea of artificial bodies...

Urban Friction: An Elegy

Much of the modern world feels like a crusade against friction. It’s an evil to be removed and replaced with the smooth and seamless. On websites, in shops, and transport systems designers aim to reduce friction. Take retail: “One Click”shopping eradicates the basket....

Making meaning in AirSpace

Making Meaning in AirSpace: How an aspirational aesthetic is standing in for real culture When Stripe Partners moved offices to Bermondsey, South London one year ago, we tacitly knew what we wanted from a new space. It’s an aesthetic that’s self-evident....
The Weekly Stripe 31.3.17

The Weekly Stripe 31.3.17

The Weekly Stripe – 31.03.17 This week’s links are about markets – numbers that drive them, big numbers disrupting them and what makes markets move. An ethnography of Libor. A simple number that underpins a $300 trillion dollar market. India’s...