Top Long Reads of 2015

Allan Chochinov
2 min readDec 30, 2015

For those looking for some big reading around big topics, these are some of the articles I’ve found most fascinating from 2015 (or that I read in 2015!). I’ve never done a list like this before—and by accident there are actually 10 items here—so I suppose that’s a new resolution for me. I’ve also grouped them ever so slightly. Please share away if you’re inspired.

Wishing everyone a great 2016 ahead!

The Doomsday Invention: Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?
Raffi Khatchadourian, November 23, 2015

The Gene Hackers: A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before
Michael Specter, The New Yorker, November 16, 2015

What Is Code?
Paul Ford,, June 11, 2015

How cybernetics connects computing, counterculture, and design
Hugh Dubberly, DDO, Oct 23, 2015

Is Our Universe a Fake?
Robert Lawrence Kuhn,, July 31, 2015

Where are all the aliens?
Tim Urban,, July 14, 2015

Where are they? Why I Hope the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Finds Nothing
Nick Bostrom, MIT Technology Review, May/June,2008

What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, March, 2015

Access Denied: The media, after access
John Herrman, The Awl, December 3, 201

And one piece of audio:
Song Exploder: The Long Winters
(Thanks to Michael Anton Dila for that one.)