06.11.2019 The Weekly Spark

An app to save lives, decolonizing design, and more...

We’re truly mixing it up this week: from AI and machine learning, to decolonizing design, to accessibility in museums and bringing novels to Instagram. Here are the stories that caught our eye.

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(1) The robots can’t do it all.

Authenticity. Intimacy. Navigating nuance. Emotional intelligence. What are we listing out? Oh, just the key skills you’ll need to master if you want a job in our increasingly robotized future, of course. [One Zero]

(2) This app will save lives.

Imagine if the next time a person of color gets stopped by police, they only had to touch a button on their phone to trigger a recording of their traffic stop, then it auto-sends to an emergency contact. That’s what this app will do, and it’ll save lives. [Reddit]

(3) So cool!

As we focus on accessibility in all sectors and industries, here are the different ways museums nationwide are making photos and paintings available to the visually impaired. [The New York Times]

(4) The triple line we all know and love…

The history of the hamburger icon, now ubiquitous in much of our online experience. [Inside Design]

(5) Decolonizing design.

And how to avoid taking charge of another person’s narrative or lived experience. [AIGA Eye on Design]

(6) The carbon footprint of machine learning.

On processing power and what questions we should be asking when we quantify the true value of machine learning: “If all this carbon footprint and money is required to train the model, maybe that would be reasonable if it’s a groundbreaking, innovative model that’s changing the face of research, increasing accuracy, and really solving a problem,” she says. “All people care about is making the [accuracy] number higher at any cost. We shouldn’t be doing that. It’s just not responsible.” [Fast Company]

(7) Insta-novels.

“Instagram is arguably today’s most democratic storytelling tool.” That statement makes it no surprise that Mother New York utilized Instagram to bring novels to the greater public in their campaign with the New York Public Library. [The Webby Awards]

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