The Verge: Facebook’s head of social VR talks about the future

Facebook’s head of social VR talks about the future
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Rachel Franklin has spent her career at the intersection of technology and psychology Read the full story

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Quartz: It took (only) six years for bots to start ditching outdated gender stereotypes

It took (only) six years for bots to start ditching outdated gender stereotypes
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If Apple’s Siri launched today, one wonders if it would still be designed as a slightly sassy, demure female assistant. Maybe not. While Amazon’s Alexa… Read the full story

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MIT Technology Review: The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
MIT Technology Review

We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they will do to jobs. I recently saw a story in ­MarketWatch that said robots will take half of today’s jobs in 10 to 20 years. It even had a graphic to prove the numbers. The claims are ludicrous. (I try to maintain professional language, but sometimes …) For instance, the story appears to say that we will go from one million grounds and Read the full story

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Fast Company: Why Venture Capitalists Aren’t Funding The Businesses We Need

Why Venture Capitalists Aren’t Funding The Businesses We Need
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If you’re looking for money to start a new business, it helps to be white, male, attractive-looking, and living in a place like Boston or San Francisco. Better still, you want to have gone to a top-ranked university. People with these sorts of profiles win the lion’s share of funding from VC firms. In 2014, Harvard Business School academic Alison Wood Brooks conducted a series of experiments designed to tease out the biases funders have toward certain groups. She found that male entrepreneurs Read the full story

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Fast Company: 3 Problems With AI That Only Design Can Solve

3 Problems With AI That Only Design Can Solve
Fast Company

AI is in desperate need of designers–in part, because machine learning products often originate in the world of research, where design principles are rarely applied. Closing the gap between researchers and designers is the goal of Google’s People + AI Research (PAIR) initiative, which launched earlier this summer. PAIR aims to establish design principles for AI systems and build tools for designers and developers as AI moves quickly from the research lab into the products we use every day. At Read the full story

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Fast Company: Silicon Valley Is Rethinking Screen Culture–And So Is Nest

Silicon Valley Is Rethinking Screen Culture–And So Is Nest
Fast Company

The world has changed a lot since 2010, when the smart home company Nest hit the scene. The same year, Apple unveiled the iPad. The internet of things was the hot new buzzword. Nest launched its first smart thermostat the next year, featuring a brilliantly luminous screen that set the temperature in bold type. It was a conspicuous set piece for your wall. Fast-forward to 2017. Many consumers are questioning whether bringing more screens into the home is a good thing. Companies like Amazon, Read the full story

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