Enabling Desired Futures

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An exclusive look inside Google’s in-house incubator Area 120

Managing director Alex Gawley and entrepreneurial Googlers explain how the two-year-old program helps bright ideas go places.<p>Google’s “20% time”–the long-standing perk that invites employees to carve off a fifth of their working hours to devote to personal projects that might have value to the …

Long-form Journalism

The Storefront Theater was designed "for people to come together" says Dezeen Awards jury chair

Dezeen Daily<p>Dezeen Weekly<p><b>Dezeen Daily</b> is sent every day and contains all the latest stories from Dezeen.<p><b>Dezeen Weekly</b> is a curated newsletter that is …

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Innovators Hunt for Problems, Not Ideas

I’ve never really liked the phrase “innovate or die.” Why not “finance or die” or “sell or die” or even “manage or die”? Clearly every business …

Claps and cheers: Apple stores' carefully managed drama

Steve Jobs wanted customers to understand the Apple store “with one sweep of the eye,” as if gods standing on Mount Olympus. Indeed, the outlets seem to speak for themselves. Bright, uncluttered, and clad in glass, they couldn’t contrast more sharply with the big-box labyrinths they were designed …

Apple Store

How the blockchain is changing the art market

Blockchain pioneers are ushering in a new era for the art world.<p>Leaders in humanitarian aid, finance, technology, and more have embraced the distributed ledger known as blockchain to bring transparency to their operations. The art world is experimenting with it as well, seeing the technology as a …

Blockchain

The fate of self-driving cars hangs on a $7 trillion design problem

Waymo One is the world’s first self-driving taxi service. Just two rides in, and we’re already bored of the future.<p>I open an app. I place a dot. Minutes later, a white minivan saunters to the curb to pick me up. In the post-Uber world, this is far from remarkable. Except that this minivan is …

Waymo

How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

Tristan HarrisBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing<p>May 18, 2016<p><i>Estimated reading time: 12 minutes.</i><p>“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that …

Slot Machines

Exclusive: Airbnb will start designing houses in 2019

Airbnb wants to get into the housing business in a big way.<p>After launching a home-sharing revolution, Airbnb’s founders started asking themselves, “What’s next?” They successfully created a global network of more than 5 million homes, castles, and treehouses for rent, and their business is worth an …

Airbnb

Change as a Force of Nature: How Org Designers Hold a Living Systems View on Change

When it comes to the difference between change management and how org designers look at the future of work, org designers hold an exquisitely …

The problem with invisible branding

Average consumers typically have no idea they’re interacting with–or being manipulated by–an algorithm. That’s a branding problem.<p>Artificial intelligence is the most ubiquitous innovation you never see. It quietly powers automatic translation and closed captioning, automated media manipulation, …

Web Design

Even in our digital world, the humble sticky note abides

Tech companies keep trying to improve on a staple of office supplies since the 1970s, without preserving everything that made it useful in the first place.<p>E-readers and tablets have us doing more of our reading on screens than ever before. The latter category, including devices such as the iPad Pro …

Technology

Rent more than the runway: Why soon, you won’t own any clothes at all

Rent the Runway is going beyond gowns, opening its 10 million-strong platform to popular brands like Levi’s and J.Crew. Will it change our closets forever?<p>One day soon, you’re going to open your closet in the morning and find a sparse array of clothes: a few T-shirts, perhaps, a couple of jeans, …

Technology

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Sheryl Sandberg was seething.<p>Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an …

Long-form Journalism

Teals: Thomas Fundneider über sinnstiftende Büros

Jede Epoche hat ihre Arbeitsphilosophie, und davon abgeleitet auch die dazu passenden Organisationsstrukturen: Von der Prämisse des Befehlens und …

I want to work in these cubicles of the future

The design studio Rapt has created two wild concepts for a futuristic cubicle, involving robots and . . . non-toxic fog.<p>It’s late afternoon, and your coworkers are being loud again. You have work to do, so you pop in your earbuds to drown out their voices–but it doesn’t work, because you can still …

Why Amazon’s future depends on moving from the internet to the physical world

Amazon’s cashier-less Go stores give us a glimpse at its vision for the future of retail<p>The future of Amazon is starting to look a lot more complicated than just selling products on the internet. One of the company’s cashier-less Go convenience stores opened in San Francisco last week, with another …

How Proptech Will Become Essential To All Commercial Real Estate

Almost every aspect of our personal lives has been transformed by technology, from the way we transact and communicate to how we hail a ride, answer the doorbell or turn on the lights. But the commercial real estate industry, well-known for its resistance to change, innovation and new technology, …

Why Futurism Has a Cultural Blindspot - Issue 65: In Plain Sight

In early 1999, during the halftime of a University of Washington basketball game, a time capsule from 1927 was opened. Among the contents of this …

Long-form Journalism

The business value of design

How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at nearly twice the rate of their industry counterparts?<p><b>We all know</b> …

Ideo breaks its silence on design thinking’s critics

Ideo partner Michael Hendrix discusses how design thinking can be used as a superficial tool to make a company seem innovative–even when it’s not.<p>Over the last year, Ideo’s philosophy of “design thinking“–a codified, six-step process to solve problems creatively–has come under fire. It’s been …

Apple News’s Radical Approach: Humans Over Machines

Many of Apple’s employees moved into a glistening new $5 billion glass headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., this year. A mile west, at Apple’s old campus on 1 Infinite Loop, a project antithetical to Silicon Valley’s ethos is now underway.<p>In a quiet corner of the third floor, Apple is building a …

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Why walkable cities are good for the economy, according to a city planner

People spend more money when cities are less vehicle-oriented.<p>You’ve probably seen the term “walkability” thrown around in relation to cities, neighborhoods, and even apartments. A city’s walkability, per Walk Score, is determined by analyzing how many errands can be done without a car, and cities …

This city is angling to build the East Coast’s next innovation hub

How geography, a new train stop, and aggressive planning are combining to make Somerville, Massachusetts’s Union Square the northeast’s next promising tech hot spot.<p>Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, represents a near-perfect marriage of technology, science, and capitalism. Butting right …

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

One day in the spring of 2010, Kathleen McCaffrey, a sophomore at New York University, received an invitation from a stranger named Arthur Breitman. …

The Robot Economy Will Run on Blockchain - Issue 65: In Plain Sight - Nautilus

Our future will be bright, fast—and full of robots. It’ll be more Asimov than Terminator: servant robots, more or less similar to us. Some will be …

The Case for Making Cities Out of Wood - Facts So Romantic

<i>An Alphabet subsidiary is planning to build a futuristic neighborhood, not out of concrete and steel, but wood—and wood is looking</i> good.Photograph by …

This 3D-printed house made of earth and rice husks costs less than an iPhone

Regardless of where you live, houses are pretty expensive these days. That could change if the Italian 3D-printing company WASP (World’s Advanced …

Google ponders the shortcomings of machine learning

Scientists of AI at Google's Google Brain and DeepMind units acknowledge machine learning is falling short of human cognition and propose that using …

Machine Learning