OSCAR SCHWARTZ is a writer, journalist, and researcher based in New York.

Previously, he was a doctoral researcher at Monash University, where he earned a PhD for a thesis about the history of machines that write literature. Currently, he is writing and reporting on the intersection of technology, science, and identity.

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The Honeymoon Stage, Giramondo, 2017

The Honeymoon Stage could be read as a damning, and extremely funny, reflection on the apparent vapidity of online interactions, but Schwartz’s approach is more complex, engaging equally both critical and playful modes.” —  Bella Li, Overland.


Mind Reading Tech? How Private Companies Could Gain Access to Our Brains, The Guardian, 2019

Do DNA Databases Make Would-Be Criminals Think Twice? Undark, 2019

On the History of the Artificial Wombs, JSTOR Daily, 2019

There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram, Wired, 2019

What if an Algorithm Could Predict Your Unborn Child’s Intelligence? OneZero, 2019

What Does it Mean to be Genetically Jewish? The Guardian, 2019

Wikipedia Shows How to Handle Political Polarization, OneZero, 2019

Unpopular Content: Outsmarting the YouTube Algorithm, The Baffler, 2019

Sidestepping Apple: the Third-party Tinkerers Fighting for Your Right to Repair, The Guardian, 2019

The Animal AI Olympics is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat, MIT Technology Review, 2019

DNA Search Angels: The Facebook Detectives Who Help Reunite Families, The Guardian, 2019

Why Beating Your Phone Addiction May Come At a Cost, The Guardian, 2019

Don’t Look Now: Why You Should Be Worried About Machines Reading Your Emotions, The Guardian, 2019

The Untold History of AI (6-part historical series), IEEE Spectrum, 2019

The Search for the Endeavour, The Monthly, 2019

Meet Gavin, the 8-year-old With a Face Shared Over 1bn Times, The Guardian, 2019

Are Google and Facebook Really Suppressing Conservative Politics, The Guardian, 2018

Deep Fakes Are Where Truth Goes to Die, The Guardian, 2018

Can You Fall in Love With a Scripted Robot? The Guardian, 2018

How the Media Gets AI Alarmingly WrongThe Guardian, 2018

Digital Ads are Starting to Feel PsychicThe Outline, 2018

Could a Computer Mark an Essay? The Monthly, 2018

How 'Self-Driving' Trucks Connected the Australian OutbackThe Atlantic, 2017

The Joy and Misery of Cybersex: Two Decades of Online IntimacySydney Review of Books, 2017

Lucky Luke: The Poet Whose Muse is a Dialysis MachineThe Monthly, 2017

Get Your Wiki On: Bringing Wikipedia to Remote Regions of AustraliaThe Monthly, 2016

#PrisonLifeThe Monthly, 2016

Nervous Eaters: When Eating Healthy Becomes an Eating DisorderThe Monthly, 2015

Live the Lie: How Narrative is Used in CrowdfundingThe Wheeler Centre Notes, 2015

Humans Pretending to be Computers Pretending to be HumansWinner of The Lifted Brow Creative Non-Fiction Prize, 2015

Swipe Right: Stories from TinderThe Lifted Brow, 2014

Like Dicks in the Night: Why Men Use Omegle to MasturbateVice, 2013

Jaron Lanier is a HumanistDumbo Feather, 2013