Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens
"I think the best way to understand the system is as a sort of bastard love child of a loyalty scheme,"
Great step forward. Understanding how to analyze and use data has become part of the design skill set.
So much for decentralized; "Antpool and BTC.com, account for 28.9% of all the processing power on the global bitcoin network"
Interesting cultural differences in product design for home voice systems;
"The home environment is very different. Because we’re talking about voice interactions. The acoustic environment, the pattern of noises, will be very different. Alexa, Echo, and Cortana are optimized for American homes. In my view, this only works in North America and maybe a portion of Europe. Essentially, the assumption is that you have spacious homes; you have several rooms. In China, that’s not the case at all. For our target, even for the young generation with high incomes, typically they have 60 square meters [645 square feet], sometimes 90 square meters [970 square feet]."
The future (next decades) require scaling up food production and scaling down the footprint. Interesting insight in what's happening right now.
David Byrne on automating everything
"Generation X was breast-fed punk and invented indie, and grunge, and techno, and any bloody musical genre of worth that you care to name."
The complexity of the combustion engine and its maintenance costs over a lifetime are often overlooked when people compare fossil fuel cars with electric cars.
Interesting to read the story behind this picture.
Should a 3D printer manufacturer control what you print? Should a car manufacturer control where you can drive?
"Software today can make you rich only by enabling you to do something else that people pay for."
“It’s bullshit,” Mick Neville said when I asked him about automated facial recognition. “Fantasyland.” At the airport, when a scanner compares your face with your passport photo, Neville explained, “The lighting’s perfect, the angle’s perfect.” By contrast, the average human can recognize a family member from behind. “No computer will ever be able to do that.”
I think it's more about how technology is disruptive politics.
“Congress just passed a law where anything you discover in space, you own,” she says. “So, that’d be cool.”
Great overview of the possibilities and current state of VR by Kevin Kelly
"A universal interface for working in VR would unleash the greatest expression of creativity the planet has yet seen."
Great written overview over what's next or what is not.
Great insight in how (design) research helps you rethink the world as you know it.
"I wonder if this makes Negroponte happy. His one laptop-per-child dream was never fully realized but one smartphone-per-human—far more capable and sensible than a laptop, in many ways—has most certainly arrived."
There is this great documentary, 180 degrees South with Tompkins and about Patagonia.
Great to see Maria Popova is reviewing books for the NYT.