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The Damaging Fiction of the Wellness Industrial Complex™
The unlikely pairing of capitalism and wellness has insidious effects, Liza Kindred writes. There are parallels for UX here, too.
With Brits Used to Surveillance, More Companies Try Tracking Faces
Companies use UK’s omnipresent security cameras as cultural permission to bring facial-recognition tech to semi-public spaces, tracking criminal history but also ethnicity and other personal traits.
Facebook Gives Workers a Chatbot to Appease That Prying Uncle
Facebook sent employees home for the holidays with robot talking points for their families.
If Software Is Eating the World, What Will Come Out the Other End?
“So far, it’s mostly shit,” wrotes John Battelle.
“Trigger for a rant”
Nat Torkington has something to say about innovation poseurs—in the mattress industry.
Should computers serve humans, or should humans serve computers?
Nolan Lawson considers dystopian and utopian possibilities for the future, with a gentle suggestion that front-line technologists have some agency.
s5e11: Things That Have Caught My Attention
Dan Hon considers the challenges and pitfalls in designing a one-size-fits-all system that talks to children and, especially, teaches them new behaviors.
Do You Have “Advantage Blindness”?
Harvard Business Review considers the responsibility of those advantaged by race or gender to acknowledge that advantage—and use it to help others.
Stop Pretending You Really Know What AI Is
“Artificial intelligence” is so broadly used that the phrase no longer has much practical meaning, bemoans John Pavlus at Quartz.
Politics Are a Design Constraint
John Warren Hanawalt writes that software design is inherently political. Make sure that your software’s politics line up with your own.
In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different
In Harvard Business Review, Ed Hess suggests that critical thinking and emotional engagement will become the most valued flavors of intelligence.
Oil City High School 2017 Commencement Speech
At his old high school, Brad Frost reminds the kids that their future jobs may not exist yet. Skills, values and personality matter more than vocation.
Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies”
“AI is about to make the biggest changes to humanity, and we’re missing a whole generation of diverse technologists and leaders.”
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