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Chipmakers Are Racing To Build Hardware For Artificial Intelligence

Intel, Nvidia, and a host of startups are rolling out new chips to make machine learning faster and more powerful.<p>In recent years, advanced machine learning techniques have enabled computers to recognize objects in images, understand commands from spoken sentences, and translate written …

Computer Science

Here's What Consumer Behavior Is Telling Us About 2017, According To Ford

"Everyone is assessing their priorities, rethinking what they thought they once knew," says Sheryl Connelly, Ford's in-house futurist.<p>As Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company's in-house futurist, and her team started conducting the research in early 2016 that would yield the just-released Looking …

Autos

What To Buy A Coffee Snob (According To A Certified Coffee Snob)

A gift guide for that special, insufferable someone in your life.<p>Thousands of miles away, a farmer marches up a mountainside, picking beans. They’ll be left to ferment in the sun, wafting lazily in an open air breeze like a tourist on holiday. So while a quick sip of coffee on your way out the door …

Coffee

Milk Makeup Jumps Into The Crowded Market Of Edgy Cosmetics Brands

Milk Studios, the creative agency synonymous with downtown New York cool, debuted a makeup line in 2016. Can it carve out a spot for itself?<p>The creative agency Milk Studios is known for its fashion-savvy and buzzy events. And in February, it jumped into new territory when it launched its own retail …

Beauty

Is It Possible To Actually Measure Which Companies Are Best For The World?

Just Capital's new rankings dig deep into statistics about how companies treat their workers and the planet.<p>We're not short of "non-financial" information about companies these days. We have public rankings of corporate behavior like the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index; environmental, social, …

Statistics

Giving The Gift Of VR This Holiday Season? Here's Everything You Need To Know

With every major VR system finally available, the choice can be daunting. Here's our guide to hardware, from dirt cheap to sky-high pricey.<p>For those fascinated by virtual reality, this is an exciting time. Every major system that people have been waiting for for the last year or more is finally on …

Virtual Reality

These 7 People Just Won $1.1 Million For Being Kind

Kind Bar just gave out gifts to people working to make their communities better, from showers for the homeless to getting water to Detroit.<p>When Daniel Lubetzky's father was in a concentration camp as a child during the Holocaust, a series of small acts—such as a guard secretly throwing him a …

Ideology

12 Tech Trends That Will Shape Our Lives In 2017

From in-ear interfaces to life-saving drones<p><i>The design consultancy Frog asked experts from its offices around the world to identify key technology trends that'll shape how we live, work, and play in 2017. Below, we've selected 12 that are most relevant to the design community.—Eds.</i><p>1. Building …

Trends

There’s No Checkout At Amazon’s AI Grocery Because It Already Knows What You’re Buying

Amazon Go uses machine learning, computer vision, and other sensors to keep track of what you're buying in meatspace.<p>Amazon created its empire by making online shopping easy. Now, it's trying to do the same thing in the real world. It has just opened a grocery store in Seattle with no checkout line …

Amazon

Now You Can Drop The Curtain On 2016 With The Alamo Drafthouse's "End Credits" Beer

Brewed in Austin in partnership with Independence Brewery, it's a reward for surviving the weirdest year on record.<p><b>WHAT:</b> "End Credits 2016," a limited-batch chocolate hazelnut porter intended to reward moviegoers for making it through the extremely weird year that has been 2016.<p><b>WHO:</b> The Alamo …

Beer

10 Apps You Need To Survive The Holidays

From gift buying to wine pairing, these apps will help guide you through the season.<p>Could the end of 2016 come any sooner? One week into December, you're probably turning your attention to packing lists or menus for your holiday party. Whatever your plans are between now and the New Year—be it …

Travel

The Future Of DoorDash Is Turning Delivery Into A Platform

For this meal-on-demand startup, the next logistics challenge is bigger orders such as catered events. And long term, a lot more than that.<p>In the technology industry, it’s exceedingly rare for any company to describe what it does simply by…describing what it does. Almost always, there’s a higher …

Startups

Thread Is Using Recycling From Haiti To Eliminate New Plastic From Your Clothes

How a former MTV host is creating cleaner clothes and jobs in Haiti.<p>In 2010, Ian Rosenberger traveled to Haiti looking to help people after the earthquake. And help he did. He met a young man called Tassy Filsaime who had a cancerous jaw. He brought him back to Pittsburgh and raised $50,000 for a …

Recycling

The Secret Behind Zara's Warp-Speed Fashion: Its Store Managers

How does the fast fashion behemoth respond to trends in just days? The Wall Street Journal reveals its strategy.<p>Being the flavor of the month is often frowned upon in design, but for the Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara, it's a goldmine.<p>In an industry where thorough trend forecasting is the norm …

Fashion

Samsung Beats Apple In The Supreme Court—Here’s What It Means For Design

Today, the Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its ongoing legal clash with Apple. Design patents may never be the same.<p>After a relatively short deliberation, the Supreme Court has sided unanimously with Samsung in the company’s legal battle with Apple.<p>In a landmark decision, the court ruled that …

Law

Can Cities Find A Way To Stop Using Disposable Coffee Cups?

In Freiburg, Germany, a subscription service lets you take a cup from any participating cafe.<p>If you buy a cup of coffee to go in downtown Freiburg, Germany, you can choose to get it in a reusable cup. Ten or 15 minutes later, you can drop the cup off in a bin at a different café, where it will be …

Café

Why "Evan" Works: Behind The Incredible Sandy Hook Promise PSA

Co-founder and managing director Nicole Hockley, and BBDO NY creative director Peter Alsante on the value of a relatable story.<p>According to Sandy Hook Promise, 80% of school shooters and 70% of individuals who completed suicides told someone of their violent plans prior to taking action, yet no …

Guns

Chatbots Are The New Skeuomorphism. How Do We Find Another Way?

Building robots to mimic human behavior dissolves users' trust. One company called Intercom has another solution.<p>Pop culture these days is awash in tales of AI run amok, from machines that act like humans to humans in love with machines. The reason seems clear enough: We're anxious about a world in …

Robotics

The Most Dramatic Thing You'll See Today: A Literal Adaptation Of "Bohemian Rhapsody"

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" ...and it all goes south from there.<p><b>WHO:</b> Corridor Digital<p><b>WHAT:</b> A "literal" short film adaptation of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody"<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> Have you ever listened to the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody"—like, really, <i>really</i> listened to them? Better yet, …

Queen

The Year In Post-Truth, Day Four: Conflicting Stories at Standing Rock

From Facebook blackouts to fake check-ins to questions over water cannons versus fire hoses, the post-truth of the protests in North Dakota.<p><b>Oxford Dictionaries defines its official Word of the Year, post-truth, as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential</b> …

Army Corps of Engineers

Apple's iPhone 7 Holiday Spot Is A Touching Junior Version Of "Romeo And Juliet"

It's all very sweet.<p><b>WHAT:</b> "Romeo and Juliet", new video from Apple, showcasing the iPhone 7's dual camera system.<p><b>WHO:</b> Apple<p><b>WHY WE CARE</b>: A (very) young and winsome Juliet anxiously awaits her Romeo. Clad in a swishing, silken cape, the similarly youthful Romeo runs through the moonlit streets of …

Apple News

The Co.Create/Dissolve Movie Quiz Returns For Round Three

Name all three films and the one actor they have in common.<p>Ahead of the holiday blockbuster season, we launched a collaboration with Dissolve to test your pop culture movie trivia knowledge with carefully crafted stock video footage. After Round 2, you must be ready for more.<p>This is the final round …

Quizzes

The Cadillac Of Breast Pumps Is Beautiful, App-Connected, And Ridiculously Expensive

The startup Naya wants to improve the UX of breast pumping with better industrial design. They have their work cut out for them.<p>Janica Alvarez was intent on breastfeeding each of her three children but found that the pumps on the market were poorly designed and not getting any better over time. To …

Breast Feeding

Netflix Launches Video Previews: How The Company Landed On Its Biggest Redesign Ever

The streaming giant has replaced still photos with moving images to enhance user experience by (hopefully) cutting down on browsing time.<p>Several years ago, when Netflix was playing around with a redesign of its platform, Chris Jaffe, VP of user interface innovation, went to Barnes & Noble and …

Entertainment

Moving At The Speed Of Culture Is The New Brand Imperative

TVGla VP of strategy Guy Gouldavis on how marketers must be technologically and culturally agile to connect with modern consumers.<p>A Darwinian gale continues to blast across the marketing landscape, compelling brands to adapt to how they connect with people or risk being a footnote in history. How …

Branding

6 Gifts For Serious Travelers

Because if you can't give the gift of travel this Christmas, at least you can give the gift of traveling well.<p>Americans make over 405 million business trips per year—and that number is steadily increasing. But traveling, especially by air, hasn't gotten much easier, between cramped seats and …

Travel

The Making Of Dyson's Multi-Billion-Dollar Family Dynasty

James Dyson's son Jake will take over the company. In one of his first interviews since joining Dyson, he talks about its future.<p>Dyson may be the world’s most interesting engineering and design firm. It’s not just because they manufacture 40,000 inventive products a day, from high-end vacuum …

Family Business

Why Do So Many Adults Still Live With Their Parents?

Hint: It's because people have no money and housing is too expensive.<p>We already know that more young adults live at home with their parents now than at any time since 1870. Now, thanks to data from online money-lender Earnest, we also know why those folks are staying at home.<p>Earnest analyzed 60,000 …

Money

With A Pro-Pipeline Trump Presidency Looming, How Safe Is The #NoDAPL Win?

The protesters won a major victory this week, but the fight is far from over—especially once the pipeline company has President Trump on their side in the dispute.<p>A day after the Army Corps of Engineers announcement that it wouldn't issue a permit needed to build the Dakota Access Pipeline under …

Army Corps of Engineers

While Eyes Were On Standing Rock, The Dakota Pipeline Was Being Drilled Under Another Water Source

While the pipline may have been halted in North Dakota, construction workers just finished drilling under the Des Moines River, which supplies the water for half a million people in Iowa.<p>Last Friday, while the media focused on the thousands of protestors at Standing Rock, a construction crew …

Water