The Female Supercomputer Designer Who Inspired Steve Jobs
Our background, experiences and heritages are our greatest strengths. That is why #diversity is key to any company trying to innovate.
Thiel’s influential ideas about computer design are rooted in her background. Thiel’s father was a naval engineer and architect turned Bauhaus-influenced designer who knew and worked with luminaries like Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. “I grew up in a household that was ‘form follows function,‘” Thiel says. “Basically design had to be functional and it had to express its function. And this was 1 of the 10 commandments in our household.”
I always think that there are two products at the end of a programme; there is the physical product or the service, the thing that you have managed to make, and then there is all that you have learned. The power of what you have learned enables you to do the next thing and it enables you to do the next thing better.
I wonder how many lives have been lost due to bad UI design in planes, ships, cars and trains #usability #ui #design
The only requirement for being a leader is to have followers. Managers need to be promoted, but leaders emerge.
race is a stronger impediment than gender when it comes to climbing Silicon Valley’s corporate ladder
short termism prevents us from solving the dizzying array of long-term problems we face: climate change, growing political instability and polarization, economic inequality, unsustainable social systems like social security and healthcare, digital systems compromising our privacy and security, and the specter of joblessness resulting from AI and automation
Even with the success of Airbnb, most investors would still pass on two designers from RISD.
When you and I are sitting on a porch in rocking chairs some 50 years from now, I promise you we’ll care less about what we produced and much more about how we got there together.
your beginner’s mind can be a huge asset to a team that really wants to change the way things work. What is required is an aptitude and passion for tackling complex problems, humility to know what you don’t know, and collaboration skills to partner deeply with knowledgeable colleagues
if your team can find strong design principles to agree on, it will make your team more efficient
This is so 💔, but also so important to be aware of.
Already almost a quarter of Japanese men and a tenth of Japanese women over age 60 say there is not a single person they could rely on in difficult times.
the threat of plastic pollution now “rivals climate change
'For every 30 consecutive minutes of sitting, stand up and move/walk for five minutes at brisk pace to reduce the health risks from sitting,'
Phrases like: “I don’t like that,” or “This is weak,” or “You don’t get it,” are all incredibly useless phrases when it comes to feedback. What such statements attempt to provoke they miss by not providing any substantial evidence for or—and most importantly—ideas on how to improve the very thing they find themselves critiquing.
take seemingly extreme risks for your users when necessary. Believe in the good of people, not that the worst case will always happen. When you lean into fostering trust, your users will in turn have trust in you. And that is the most important thing a marketplace can build.
If the web is relayed through text that’s difficult to read, it curtails the open access by excluding large swaths of people such as the elderly, the visually impaired, or those retrieving websites through low quality screens.
“It is the best app out there,” Wolfson said with the zeal of a convert, noting that she has urged co-workers and bosses alike to use Pocket. “I have changed everyone’s lives here.”
Fantastic read on the work @instagram is doing to keep IG a kind place for everyone
#design and #justice
#mustread of the day
It’s not simply about the ways individuals hold onto ideology, but it is more so about the way individuals embed their ideology into the spaces and places we all frequent
every American who loves our country should watch this
If you voted for Trump, if you are a conservative who deeply cares about where the government is spending all that money... I urge you to read this...
"We should be deporting people who are dangerous and who pose a threat to society, not people like Nury and Joel and others who have lived here, worked, paid taxes, raised families, and have people depending on them at work and in their homes,"
When our desire for security is so great that it diminishes our humanity and our capacity or willingness to see the world through the eyes of another, we lose a precious part of who we were designed to be. Our hearts are hardened, calcified.
As a Northern Ireland Protestant living in Belfast at that time, Roman Catholics were unknown to me. They were a threat to our “religion,” a menace to the treasured union of Northern Ireland with the United Kingdom.
“[There was] a change in philosophy internally of not being too precious about what got us here,” Systrom explained. “I learned a lesson from watching other companies who held onto things too long. If you look at the history of companies that have succeeded and the ones that have failed, there’s a pretty clear pattern that the ones that have succeeded typically morph every couple of years into something new. And that change is fairly uncomfortable.”
Ideological fake news lands in the social media feeds of audiences who are already primed to believe whatever story confirms their worldview, said Angela Lee, a journalism and emerging media professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.
As investors have realized how profitable dominant technology companies can become, they’ve been willing to pour more and more resources into ensuring that their startups are the ones that dominate their market. And that, ironically, has made it more difficult for anyone to reach profitability.
Fascinating read about humanity, technology and the future
The big question is not whether the humans will fall in love with the robots or whether the robots will try to kill the humans. The big question is how does a world of nonconscious super intelligence look? Because we've absolutely nothing in history that prepares us for such a scenario.
Damn. This article. #startup #vc
The combination of the single-minded pursuit of wealth above all, paired with a culture that looks the other way at its bias, elitism, and lack of accountability has become a combustible mixture. In VC there is one criterion — measured in dollars — and as they say, he who dies with the most toys wins, no matter how many people get shoved aside or trampled, and no matter how many unethical practices led there.
Great initiative by @microsoft to use AI technology to make the world more inclusive and welcoming to all folks
Wildlife is dying out due to habitat destruction, overhunting, toxic pollution, invasion by alien species and climate change. But the ultimate cause of all of these factors is “human overpopulation and continued population growth, and overconsumption, especially by the rich
If you want to search for anything online, you've got to go through Google or maybe Microsoft's Bing. The updates your Facebook friends share are filtered through the company's algorithms. The mobile apps you can find in your phone's app store are selected by either Apple or Google. If you're like most online shoppers, you're mostly buying products sold by Amazon and its partners. Even with the current net neutrality laws there’s not enough competition—without them, there will be even less, which could stifle the growth and innovation that fuels the digital economy.
We know it takes more than sympathy to build the kind of trust we’re aiming for. Sympathy relies on a common experience. If you’re clumsy, you might have sympathy for others who tend to bump into things. Empathy, on the other hand, is the ability to understand another person’s feelings even if you’ve never experienced them yourself. To be truly empathetic we have to acknowledge that we’re all human, we’re all flawed, and that life can be difficult. And we have to be willing to accept a little of this misalignment.
Design has a very big role to play on building successful products. Our threshold for success should be much deeper than addictive products.
The problem? He says that addiction has been designed into our devices–and it’s harming the newest generation.
“And I know when I take [technology] away from my kids what happens,” Fadell says. “They literally feel like you’re tearing a piece of their person away from them—they get emotional about it, very emotional. They go through withdrawal for two to three days.”
At its root, this is a design problem. Fadell believes that products like the iPhone, as much as they are communication devices, are more attuned to the needs of the individual rather than what’s best for the family and the larger community.
People and animals have been buried in permafrost for centuries, so it is conceivable that other infectious agents could be unleashed. For instance, scientists have discovered fragments of RNA from the 1918 Spanish flu virus in corpses buried in mass graves in Alaska's tundra. Smallpox and the bubonic plague are also likely buried in Siberia.
👏🏽 bravo @pinterest
when trying to hire senior roles, we began ensuring that we had at least one woman and one underrepresented candidate in the final candidate pool. This resulted in our highest diversity in executive roles to date — and our first ever executives from underrepresented groups in their fields
Fascinating read on climate change and why so many of us cannot comprehend why it is a cataclysmic problem
On the most fundamental level, Kahn argues, we are already adapting to climate change through a kind of tacit acquiescence, the way people in a city like Beijing accept that simply breathing the air outside can make them sick. “People are aware — they’re coughing and wheezing,” he told me, “but they’re not staging political revolutions.” Neither are we. And, Kahn went on, we risk imprisoning ourselves, through gradual adaptation, into a condition of “unfulfilled flourishing.”
If a machine makes an amazing painting, is it still art? #art #design #ai
Walker also notes that creative machines are already producing work for galleries.
We design our world. When we make the right choices, the results are pretty awesome.
the same psychological characteristics that enable male managers to rise to the top of the corporate or political ladder are actually responsible for their downfall. In other words, what it takes to get the job is not just different from, but also the reverse of, what it takes to do the job well. As a result, too many incompetent people are promoted to management jobs, and promoted over more competent people.
In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions.
The perspective that people in rural communities don’t get their fair share of attention from decision makers in cities, public dollars or respect, set the stage for Donald Trump. These people were saying that government is basically an urban entity, driven by decisions made in cities. Their “dying” towns were evidence that whatever government was doing: it was not working for people like them.
"Until now, humans have had to learn how to use computers. We’ve learned to download apps and memorized the commands that power software applications. But the promise of AI is that computing will learn how to understand us. We will no longer reach for a mobile phone and follow a series of prompts for how to accomplish tasks. In this new landscape, computing is ambient, accessible, and everywhere around us. To draw from it, we need a guide—a smart conversationalist who can, in plain written or spoken form, help us navigate this new super-powered existence."
to be human is to be cyborgian — that is, a technological extended version of our merely biological selves.
A place for those of us who sketch, prototype, design, build and fail so we can learn how to succeed :)
“We know that 80 to 90 percent of innovation projects, they fail and you never read about them,” he says, “And if there’s anything we can do from these failures, is learn from them.”
one in seven of the world’s 7.5 billion people is struggling with mental illness. “We’re not going to reach all those people by hiring more psychiatrists,” says Insel. But we might reach them with smartphones.
There are countless ways that we subtly, unconsciously carry our cultures with us: the way we draw, count on our fingers, and imitate real-world sounds, to name a few. That’s the delight at the heart of this massive dataset.
"You can't buy, achieve or date serenity and peace of mind." ~ Anne Lamott
Whenever you have the words AI, Bots and Sacrifice in the same paragraph you gotta go 😬
After learning to negotiate, the bots relied on machine learning and advanced strategies in an attempt to improve the outcome of these negotiations. Over time, the bots became quite skilled at it and even began feigning interest in one item in order to “sacrifice” it at at a later stage in the negotiation as a faux compromise.
Technology is “never neutral,” she reminds us. And technologists can’t be neutral either.
I ❤️ this...
If only we weren't so afraid of the different...
We are at the sofa, reading a book and out of the blue she asks “Am I Indian?” I ponder the question and tell her she is. At least a part of her is. She goes back to the book but my head is awash in questions. I am tempted to pull her to me, to explain she is American by birth, Native American by birth heritage and Indian by virtue of being raised by us. I let it be knowing the next few years will feature more questions than answers.
The mighty challenge of voice interfaces is getting to the point where it understands what you mean, not what you say.
Just because your computer recognizes the words you say, don’t extrapolate from that to assume that it understands what you mean. Your spouse, who has lived with you for 20 years is just now getting an inkling of what you mean when you talk.