Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It.

For some, the office even stifles creativity. As the pandemic eases in the U.S., a few companies seek to reimagine what work might look like. “The idea you can only be collaborative face-to-face is a bias,”  “And I’d ask, how much creativity and innovation have been driven out of the office because you weren’t in the insider group, you weren’t listened to, you didn’t go to the same places as the people in positions of power were gathering?

Your competitors don't matter

Your real competition isn’t your competitors, it’s the status quo. Visa’s biggest competition isn’t Amex, it’s cash. This was true with our kreplace situation as well. We were concerned that the Linux community would adopt their technology instead of ours. In the end, they adopted neither—they preserved the status quo.
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What EXACTLY is Machine Learning?

What’s machine learning? Not a framework. Not a different language. Not the latest “cool” thing around the Internet. Thread: Let me convince you that machine learning is the best thing…

6 Product Frameworks From Tony Fadell, the Inventor of the iPod, iPhone & Nest

Tony Fadell on product design do’s and don’ts. 1. “What do you see?”  It is in our human nature to stop seeing what’s right in front of us. 2. “For truly great designs, 50% of the design is the design. 50% of the design is the story behind the design.” 3. Create your constraints   4. Find Your Product Development Heartbeat 5. What A World-Changing Founder Looks Like 6. Be A Troublemaker

The problem isn’t remote working – it’s clinging to office-based practices

Do we need to go to offices? Work 9 to 5? At this unique moment in history, employers can rethink everything, says researcher Alexia Cambon. How about the “where” of work? It is apparent just from the language we use that the office is still viewed as the headquarters for work. Even the term “remote” implies that you are away from the place work is usually done. The dominance of the office was necessary in a time without home internet or laptops, but we are long past needing to prove that work can be done outside an employer-owned space. The “how” of work was perhaps the most worrying discovery of our research. There is a long-held assumption that the hallowed meeting is the best way for us to collaborate. This culture of meetings was established in the 1950s, before methods of work that allowed us to collaborate outside meetings (back then, that meant memos passed from one secretary to the next) had today’s speed and efficiency (email, instant messaging, shared drives).

Tech Companies Are Training AI to Read Your Lips

First came facial recognition. Now, an early form of lip-reading AI is being deployed in hospitals, power plants, public transportation, and more. Many of the problems with facial recognition have become public knowledge only within the last several years, due in large part to research and activism by people who were actively being harmed by it. Specifically, the landmark 2018 paper in which Joy Buolamwini and Timnit Gebru first revealed that facial recognition is less accurate for women and people of color.