Oliver Burkeman

Features Why We Should Be Nice To Our Robots

Oliver Burkeman says it’s hard to bark orders at a machine without feeling like the kind of obnoxious person who barks orders at waiters

Luxury Is Less News Good News?

The case for carefully pruning your incoming information streams

Syndicated How Twitter Evolved From An Activity Announcer To An Emotional Necessity

Nick Bilton's newest book sheds new light on the social media giant's early beginnings.

Advertising Oliver Burkeman: Tired Of The Fiscal Cliff? You're Not The Only One

Is the pressure to care about this issue actually making people less interested?

Design How To Gracefully Unfriend Or Unfollow People On Social Networks

How do you declutter your social circle without offending anyone? Is it the end of friendships or just part of the age of virtual relationships?

Home Why We're Still Dying To Get Away From It All

Having joined the ranks of the Small House Society, Oliver Burkeman explains the allure of modern day simplicity and the pairing down our connectedness.

Work Why Bloomberg's Soda Ban Doesn't Really Deny Anyone Their Right To A Big Gulp

The proposed 16 oz. limit can't stop people from drinking as much Coca-Cola as they like; how the measure is an example of 'choice architecture.'

Technology Are Productivity Apps Really Making Us More Efficient?

Thousands of apps offer ways to increase productivity and control clutter but are there analog ways of organizing that might make us more productive?