Tate Williams

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Students in MIT Science Fiction Society reading room, photograph

Mad Scientist Club

In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows. | Originally published in The Magazine, June 19, 2014.  [...]

September 3, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio
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Blue Ant > Origins of the Gabble Ratchets

Originally on Blue Ant blog. Gabriel Hounds is a brand of jeans in the same sense that Zero History is a book about fashion. Both statements are technically accurate, but only as a gateway to something…slippery. In Gibson’s 2010 novel, the Gabriel [...]

June 9, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek
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Uber is Driving Us to Thunderdome

Originally published at Futures Exchange. There are few things more satisfying than watching new technology and creative people conquer entrenched industries. Whether it’s Etsy, Zipcar, Airbnb, Napster, you name it. There is something deeply appealing about seeing an underdog make a [...]

March 16, 2014 Geek, Science & Environment
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Blue Ant > Rattan bone grafts, or cyborg sheep with wooden legs

For all of technology’s efforts to improve upon nature, sometimes the most challenging feat is simply matching it, or even coming close. Take, for example, the endlessly versatile muscle, or the light and load-bearing bone. Imitating the latter poses a [...]

November 6, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Science Fiction Can Save Environmentalism

With public interest in the gutter, the green movement needs a shot of futurism | Essay originally published on Futures Exchange, via Medium, on October 22, 2013. [...]

October 31, 2013 Geek, Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Reviews of 15 horror movies I watched this month

I was an easily scared child. [...]

October 29, 2013 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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Brick on a String: review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Originally published in Souciant on August 15, 2013. | Lauren Beukes transcends genre mashup with a gut punch portrayal of violence against women. [...]

August 23, 2013 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Blue Ant > Tungsten and Rhenium Darts

Rhenium is the last stable element to be discovered, found in 1925, before all of the nuke-y ones. It’s extremely rare, and one of the densest of elements. It’s used in alloy form, primarily in high-tech purposes like combustion chambers, [...]

July 5, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Free Software: changing the world while toiling in obscurity

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Mar-26-13 Cambridge, Mass. – The free software movement—based on the idea that computer programs should be available for anyone to use or modify—is in some ways at the top of [...]

June 15, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Activists Rally for Aaron Swartz, Moving from Sadness to Political Action

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), April 16, 2013 BOSTON/Dewey Square – The Boston rally to honor programmer and activist Aaron Swartz had tearful moments, but it went beyond remembrance. Supporters of Swartz’s work called for [...]

May 31, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing