Weekly Edition #017

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.

Fourth Industrial Revolution. Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Artificially-intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed.

Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people. This Fourth Industrial Revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human.

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society. Read full.


ℹ️ The New York Times is still providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help us understand the pandemic. Here are the latest updates and maps of the outbreak.


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Tools & Resources

⭐️ Gerillass is an open-source toolkit with a set of Sass mixins to help designers and developers create better, faster, and consistent user interfaces.

🚀 This month the team at WordPress.com launched their internal remote-team collaboration tool, P2, to the public for the first time. P2 organizes all your files, projects, and conversations on one screen, so your team can collaborate from anywhere. It’s perfect for remote teams, digital nomads, extended families.

🔎 Taler by Shopify lets you create original social media banner designs, choosing from hundreds of customizable design templates tailored to size requirements for Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and more.

⚡️ Type-X is a Google Chrome extension that makes it easy and efficient to test local fonts on any website. Test your fonts across the web.

🧠 Nuclino offers a lightweight and collaborative wiki for all your team's knowledge, docs, and notes.

🤘 Screenshot.Rocks probably the fastest and neat way to take and export screenshots of any website.

🤖 Timing records your time automatically, then review your time when it is convenient for you.

📱 Previewed is just like having a professional designer working on your app screenshots.

👀 Style Organizer helps to display and organize the color styles on the page in Figma. Also, having styles organized, this tool will automatically generate a color palette.

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Now more than ever, businesses of every kind, from every industry, must innovate to survive and thrive. Fast Company’s annual list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators, created in collaboration with Accenture, identifies which companies are encouraging bold experimentation, not just from the C-suite or engineering groups but from every level of the organization. View here.


Articles

Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Carlos Tiul, an Indigenous farmer whose maize crop has failed, with his children. Photograph by Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Above, farm workers who are struggling to harvest maize to feed their families in Guatemala. As their land fails them and the planet warms, hundreds of millions of people will be forced to choose between flight or death. The result will almost certainly be the greatest wave of global migration the world has seen.

The Times Magazine and ProPublica joined with the Pulitzer Center to model, for the first time, how people will move across borders. With every degree of temperature increase, roughly a billion people will be pushed outside the zone in which humans have long lived.

👉 Read the full article: The Great Climate Migration

GPT-3 and the future of human productivity

Anne-Laure Le Cunff | Ness Labs

The things of everyday design

Matthew Ström

UPI 101: The Basics

Shravan & Nikhil Kumar | The Other Side

SignalFire’s guide To distributed team management

Michael Martin & Mike Mangini | Coda

How to build great products

Slava Akhmechet | defmacro

The UX of Lego interface panels

George Cave | designedbycave

Empowerment loops

Brett Bivens | Venture Desktop

The complete guide to usability testing

Maze Design Blog

Brown M&Ms, or why no one's reading the manual

Nuclino Blog

A user guide to working with you

Julie Zhuo | The Looking Glass

Type of the week

Designed by Stephen Nixon @Arrowtype, Recursive is a highly-flexible new font family for code, websites, and apps. Choose from 64 predefined styles, or dial in exactly what you want from its 5 variable axes: Monospace, Casual, Weight, Slant, and Cursive. Free, open-source, and now on Google Fonts.

You can read in detail how Stephen started to design the font for his thesis project, and later in 2009 Google Fonts commissioned him to complete it for open-source distribution. If you’d like to start using Recursive today, you can download the latest beta fonts in the repo’s releases page on GitHub.


What happened

  • CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google testified before Congress in the tech antitrust hearing. Lawmakers squared off with the chief executives of the tech industry’s four most powerful players. Even though each company is under antitrust scrutiny for different reasons, the committee used this week’s hearing to point out similarities between all four, making the case for future regulatory reform. Deep further: Here are the facts.

    • Thanks to data from opensecrets.org we know that over the last decade the 4 companies in question have collectively spent over $350m to try and influence political decision makers to enact laws that, in simple terms, they like. via Chartr.

  • LinkedIn to cut 960 jobs worldwide as recruitment falls.

  • Uber has announced a new 4 year deal with Google to allow their continued use of Google Maps in the core Uber product. Details weren't disclosed, but the previous 3 year deal was worth $58m.

  • Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030.

  • Spotify launches video podcasts worldwide, starting with select creators.

  • Marc Levoy, the researcher who used software to turn Google’s Pixel camera into a powerhouse, has joined Adobe to build a universal camera app, Adobe announced today.

  • GPT-3, a new text-generating program from OpenAI, shows how far the field has come—and how far it has to go.

  • Australia will become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content provided by media companies under a royalty-style system that will become law this year, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.

  • Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates.

  • Adobe’s plans for an online content attribution standard could have big implications for misinformation.

  • Garmin services and production go down after a ransomware attack.

  • Photoshop's upcoming tagging system will help identify edited images.

  • Estonia is launching a new Digital Nomad Visa for remote workers.


So what happens now?

Already, artificial intelligence is all around us, from self-driving cars and drones to virtual assistants and software that translate or invest. Impressive progress has been made in AI in recent years, driven by exponential increases in computing power and by the availability of vast amounts of data, from software used to discover new drugs to algorithms used to predict our cultural interests.

Digital fabrication technologies, meanwhile, are interacting with the biological world on a daily basis. Engineers, designers, and architects are combining computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering, and synthetic biology to pioneer a symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, the products we consume, and even the buildings we inhabit. Read full.

— That’s it for this edition. Here is a fabulous noise generator to create immersive soundspaces for deep focus work. See you next week.


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