Sean Flaherty

4 Magazines | 4,370 Articles | 27,179 Followers | 8 Likes | @sflaherty | Man about the world kicking butt with technology. I am passionate about innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and how they all connect. I deeply believe in the power of technology to improve the world.

A Feathered Dinosaur Tail Has Been Found Preserved in Amber

This is so incredible.<p>A dinosaur tail with beautifully preserved feathers still attached to the bone has been found preserved in amber, and it's one …

Dinosaurs

The Grime You Leave on Your Phone Says a Lot More About You Than You Think

If those embarrassing late-night texts and selfie outtakes weren't bad enough, there's something else on your phone that's guaranteed to make you …

Phones

Digital transformation is about more than new technology

Marketers at Argos, Microsoft and Citi Bank have urged brands to acknowledge that people now work for purpose, not just money, which they will need …

Marketing

This creepy robotic eel swims autonomously to perform underwater maintenance

This creepy robotic eel is the stuff of nightmares but it might be able to reduce costs for the oil and gas industry.<p>It is called an Eelume and was developed by Kongsberg Gruppen and Statoil to inspect subsea vessels and installations.<p>The robot is armed with a clamp-like mouth which can tighten …

Robotics

Join an Open Design Critique with Facebook

One of the most reliable ways to strengthen our work as designers is by sharing it with others. <br>Extra eyes help us agree on the problems we’re …

Speed and scale: Unlocking digital value in customer journeys

Even as organizations assemble digital building blocks for the long term, they also need short-term, pragmatic moves that meet customer expectations …

Business

What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?

Last week, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and other cutting-edge companies, took a surprising question at the Code Conference, a technology event in California. What, a man in the audience asked, did Musk make of the idea that we are living not in the real world, but in …

Elon Musk

PUG: A Framework For Measuring Product Performance

Everyone loves claiming to be a “data-centric” product manager. But as any PM knows, despite having all the data in the world, measuring the true …

Don’t Become a Victim of One Key Metric

The One Key Metric, North Star Metric, or One Metric That Matters has become standard operating procedure in startups as a way to manage a growing …

Skygazers gear up for extra bright 'supermoon'

Skygazers were heading to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches Monday to witness the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades, …

Supermoon

Designing Confirmation

Best practices and the future of confirmed action<p>The confirmation design pattern isn’t something to be taken lightly. If employed erroneously, or not …

Good designers don’t make good design

Human-centered companies do<p>UX, product design, service design — they are everywhere in the past couple of years. Really, every company wants good …

Artificial intelligence 'judge' developed by UCL computer scientists

Software program can weigh up legal evidence and moral questions of right and wrong to predict the outcome of trials<p>Artificial intelligence software that can find patterns in highly complex decisions is being used to predict our taste in films, TV shows and music with ever-increasing accuracy. And …

Computer Science

AI-powered body scanners could soon be inspecting you in public places

Transport hubs in Los Angeles, Denver and Washington are soon to trial Total Recall-style high-speed body scanners<p>A startup bankrolled by Bill Gates is about to conduct the first public trials of high-speed body scanners powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the Guardian can reveal.<p>According to …

Scanners

The Guardian view on big data: segmentation feeds discrimination

Facebook’s fine-grained knowledge of its audience makes some very worrying choices far too easy<p>Everything on the internet gets paid for, one way or another. If you’re not paying yourself, you’re some other player’s currency. The customer is the advertiser, and you, your friendships and your beliefs …

Big Data

Unmistakable Creative | What Makes Someone Truly Wealthy w/ Tim Ferriss

UX: Symbols and Icons in Palo Alto

What are small every day symbols and icons communicating to us, as UX designers, and as pedestrians or customers? <b>How can such a tiny detail, tell us</b> …

Why Organizations Fail to Innovate

<b>Organizations that have all the money, talent and technology in the world are struggling to innovate with deadly consequences. Why?</b><p>They get real …

Why I changed how I apologize to customers

When I first started working in customer support I was scared to admit that <i>anything</i> could be wrong with our system. It felt like some scary legal …

Earth Talk: Fritjof Capra - The Systems View of Life

These 10 Employee Skills Will Soon Be In Huge Demand

A new infographic shows that six key factors are driving the change we’re seeing right right now: extreme longevity, the rise of smart machines and …

Employment

Astronauts Traveling to Mars Will Have Their Brains Bombarded by Radiation

Elon Musk made it pretty clear than anyone hoping to colonize the Red Planet has made a tactic agreement to be a blood sacrifice to SpaceX. Fine, no …

Space

Paul Ford: What Is Code? | Bloomberg

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …

SXSW

A Technical Follow-Up: How We Built the World’s Prettiest Auto-Generated Transit Maps

<i>Six weeks ago, we launched Transit Maps, and wrote</i> <i>this blog post</i> <i>about why we took on the mammoth task of creating automatically-generated yet</i> …

Design and Design Thinking — a Love Hate Relationship

If you are working in the field of design (thinking), chances are you are aware of the debate on what exactly is design thinking and what is its …

Eight don’ts for your Material Design app

Is your app going Material? Here there are my top 8 bad practices to avoid at all costs if you really want to rely on the Material Design system.<p>1. …

You Can’t Get Comfortable in Web Development

I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic of “JavaScript Fatigue” and have had a number of exchanges with other developers about their opinions and,</b> …

100-year-old messages from the sea reveal clues to the fate of missing vessels, and poignant farewells from stricken sailors.

The Life-and-Death History of the Message in a Bottle<p><b>One Thursday morning</b> in late June 1899, an 11-year-old boy named William Andrews was playing on …

How to Use Animation to Improve UX

<i>Motion tells stories</i>. Not long and complicated stories, but simple stories, like “hey, you need to look at this now” or “hurrah, your operation has …