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Facebook’s first print magazine - will it ‘Grow’ (or go up in smoke?)

Those who know only a little about some of the world’s more weird and wonderful magazines, will be aware that Grow Magazine is the most …

Social Media

The inside story of how AI got good enough to dominate Silicon Valley

Alex Krizhevsky didn’t get into the AI business to change the course of history.<p>Krizhevsky, born in Ukraine but raised in Canada, was just looking to delay getting a coding job when he reached out to Geoff Hinton about doing a computer-science PhD program in AI at the University of Toronto. The …

Deep Learning

Why Doing Nothing Is One of the Most Important Things You Can Do

From the age of Enlightenment onward, philosophers, political leaders and moral authorities of many kinds have tried to convince us that work is one …

The little-known behavioral scientist who transformed cities all over the world

Behavioral psychologist Ingrid Gehl influenced much of the thinking of her husband, the celebrated urbanist Jan Gehl. Imagine if all designers were married to behavioral scientists–or even if they just talked with each other.<p>“Why are you architects not interested in people?” Ingrid Gehl asked her …

Urban Design

It’s official: Ikea is no longer just a furniture company

Ikea is partnering with Adidas, Lego, and Sonos to sell you everything.<p>What the hell are you up to, Ikea? The Swedish company announced a surprisingly long list of partnerships with some of the most iconic brands and designers in the world today at its 2018 Democratic Design Days event yesterday in …

IKEA

The Next Trend In Travel Is… Don’t.

B<b>ali is in the midst</b> of an ecological crisis. Half of the Indonesian island’s rivers have dried up. Its beaches are eroding. In 2017, officials …

Tourism

Invisible asymptotes

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do …

Social Media

Maybe the Gig Economy Isn’t Reshaping Work After All

You can see the gig economy everywhere but in the statistics.<p>For years, economists, pundits and policymakers have grappled with the rise of Uber, the growth of temporary work and the fissuring of the relationship between companies and their workers. Optimists cheered the flexibility offered by the …

Economics

Money for nothing: the truth about universal basic income

NEWS FEATURE<p>Several projects are testing the idea of doling out funds that people can use however they want.<p>Carrie Arnold<p>Carrie Arnold is a freelance …

Income Inequality

Jeder zehnte junge Arbeitnehmer kündigt, weil ihm das Büro nicht gefällt

Zwar verbringen Arbeitnehmer sehr viel Zeit im Büro, jedoch gefällt es ihnen dort oftmals gar nicht. Und das liegt vor allem auch an der Gestaltung …

Arbeit

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Business

How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google

WASHINGTON — Fei-Fei Li is among the brightest stars in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence, somehow managing to hold down two demanding jobs simultaneously: head of Stanford University’s A.I. lab and chief scientist for A.I. at Google Cloud, one of the search giant’s most promising …

Artificial Intelligence

19 online AI education classes that you can take right now

AI is the way of the future. And you can teach yourself how to master this incredible new technology from some of the top schools around the globe. …

Artificial Intelligence

The Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design

In 2011, the Dutch industrial giant Philips unveiled something it called the Microbial Home. It was a zero-waste, self-sustaining vision of the …

Black Mirror

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society<p>Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by <i>The Verge</i> offers a stunningly ambitious and …

Black Mirror

Our obsession with performance data is killing performance

In business, education, law enforcement, surgery, and more, one researcher finds that performance outcomes drop when people know how they’re being measured.<p>More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and philanthropic organizations are today in the grip of a new …

Management

Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful

<b>Update: I’m co-authoring a book about the mental models from this post. Get notified when the book comes out</b> <b>here</b><b>.</b><p>Around 2003 I came across Charlie …

Management

Center for Humane Technology

Do platforms work?

The distributed network has gobbled the hierarchical firm. Only by seizing the platform can workers avoid digital serfdom<i>By George Zarkadakis</i>Read at …

Blockchain

Want To Know What Technologies Are Coming In The Future? There's a Database For That

Spider silk transformed into fiber for tissue reconstruction; paper that conducts electricity; renewable diesel fuel; and new techniques for regenerating aging or diseased skin. These are just a handful of examples from a new database of over 1,300 new technologies currently making their way …

Startups

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Success

Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it

In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and …

Political Science

How Neuroscience Is Optimizing the Office

A molecular biologist and an award-winning architecture firm have teamed up to reimagine the workplace.<p>By<p>John Medina and<p>Ryan Mullenix<p>As competition for employees and ideas increases, employers are looking to office design to give them an edge. That’s why companies like Amazon, Google and Samsung …

University of Washington

187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix

Bots with nefarious intent<p>Skynet<p>People not taking their medicine<p>Device storage that could be used for bitcoin mining<p>Insurance bureaucracy<p>Electronic …

Blockchain

The fall of RNN / LSTM

We fell for Recurrent neural networks (RNN), Long-short term memory (LSTM), and all their variants. <b>Now it is time to drop them!</b>It is the year 2014 …

Deep Learning

G.D.P.R., a New Privacy Law, Makes Europe World’s Leading Tech Watchdog

LONDON — The notices are flooding people’s inboxes en masse, from large technology companies, including Facebook and Uber, and even from parent teacher associations, children’s soccer clubs and yoga instructors. “Here is an update to our privacy policy,” they say.<p>All are acting because the European …

Privacy

It’s clear to everyone that Silicon Valley has to change—except the people who live there

What does it mean that the Valley still thinks of itself an exceptional home to axis-tilting ingenuity?<p><i>Silicon Valley</i> showrunner Alec Berg just wanted to let viewers in on the joke. When he started writing the satirical HBO series five years ago, the Valley seemed to him like a caricature, rife …

Silicon Valley

Don’t Start With an MVP – Love the Problem

It’s been a little over 18 months since Steve quit his day job and ventured out on his own. Even though, his savings ran out 6 months ago, he has hit …

Product Management

Why Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Matter