CategoryGeneral Tech

Self-driving cars mean less organ donors

For all the good that self-driving cars will bring, there’s always a way to look on the bad side: As technology takes the wheel, road deaths due to driver error will begin to diminish. It’s a transformative advancement, but one that comes with consequences in an unexpected place: organ donation. Here’s why: It’s morbid, but the truth is that due to limitations on who can contribute...

Most emojis in tweets give me the 💩

I wish there was an extension or app tweak that would replace emojis with words. Yes, actual words.
Emojis used to be a way to enhance a tweet or message, or add some humour to it. Perhaps even spice it up 🍆.
Now though it seems people often use them to replace writing. The result is that most tweets with emojis now take twice as long to read, due to having to decipher them first.

AI disruption and jobs

Fascinating interview with Andrew Ng, Baidu’s chief AI scientist (via The Ringer). About Andrew: A former AI researcher at Stanford, Ng is best known for spearheading the Google Brain initiative, an ambitious artificial-intelligence project that helped advance Silicon Valley’s understanding of deep-learning techniques. Instead of being programmed to respond to specific actions, a deep learning...

Voice UI is going to be everything. But not really.

This tweet from Benedict Evans sums it up for me:

If you think voice UIs are the future, verbally describe, aloud, everything you see and touch on your phone today.
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) January 12, 2017

Click through to read the replies to his tweet as well – people’s views are weird sometimes.

Snapchat Surgery

When I initially read about a surgeon using Snapchat Spectacles to livestream a surgery I was ready to take the piss. But it actually turns out to be fascinating. And useful – all his students could watch it on their phones.
Here’s the another he’s done – with context – which he posted on YouTube:

100 blocks a day

I like Tim Urban’s way of thinking about your day. You have 100 blocks of 10 minutes each.
What will you do with your blocks?
via Wait, But Why.
btw here’s Tim speaking at Inbound 2016:

How scientists use Slack

Not using Slack yet? If not, why not. Here’s how a science lab uses Slack to replace email and increase collaboration. When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app. In the system, he zips through the hundreds of messages and files left in different channels by the lab’s 23 scientists — some reporting on their...

Black Friday Buyer’s Remorse

Is it just me, or does it seem as though for every one amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer you receive there’s two that give you buyer’s remorse: you purchased it previously and now you have an email slapping you in the face offering it for up to 80% less than you paid. Case in point: I purchased a HubSpot theme for $1200 earlier in the year. This morning I received an email...

Public transport

Every time I see a bus packed with people, I say a silent thank you to all of the passengers. I can’t help but think of this comparison: (via: Going Car Free) Taking public transport, even when it’s crowded, or rainy, or hot is a valuable contribution to society. If only more people did it when possible (I totally get that it’s often not feasible). We don’t need more...

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