As I walked up to the Intel visitor center in Santa Clara, California, a big group of South Korean teenagers ran from their bus and excitedly gathered round the big Intel sign for selfies and group shots. This is the kind of fandom you might expect to see at Apple or Google. But Intel? advertisement advertisement Then I remembered that Intel is the company that put the “silicon” in Silicon Valley. Its processors and other technologies provided much of the under-the-hood power for the personal computer revolution. At 51 years old, Intel still has some star power. But it’s also going through a period of profound change that’s reshaping the culture of the company and the way its products get made. As ever, Intel’s main products are the microprocessors that serve as the brains of desktop PCs, laptops and tablets, and servers. They’re wafers of silicon coated with millions or billions of transistors, each of which has an “on” … [Read more...] about Inside Intel’s billion-dollar transformation in the age of AI
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We went on and on about new smartphones and stunning new buildings this year, but many of the best designs of 2017 were actually hidden in the software all around us. It’s the little things–from the interface on that new Pixel 2 to the algorithm that designed this new concert hall–that are really changing the way we use products. advertisement advertisement In 2017, we saw that play out again and again, across social media and even social justice. It was software that drove the biggest stories this year, and gave us a glimpse at what next year’s technology will bring. With that in mind, we looked back at the best interfaces of the year. Microsoft Fluent Design No company–not Apple, Facebook, or Google–has quite figured out how to integrate the old world of 2D devices with the new world of 3D or mixed reality hardware. Enter Fluid Design by Microsoft. It’s not a finished product, but a thesis: that animations and objects … [Read more...] about The 14 Most Important Interfaces Of 2017
Drive through an unfamiliar neighborhood, and you can probably tell at a glance whether it votes Democrat or Republican just based on the numbers of sedans versus trucks parked along the street. advertisement advertisement That sounds like an assumption based purely on stereotypes about wealthy Democrats and rural, truck-owning Republicans. But it’s also backed by research. According to a new paper by out of the Stanford AI lab by researchers who were not affiliated with Google (except for coauthor Li Fei-Fei, who currently works for the company), there is an 88% chance that a neighborhood voted Democratic if its Google Street View images show more sedans than trucks. Similarly, if Street View shows more trucks than sedans, there’s an 82% chance the area voted Republican. published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveals a new methodology for measuring demographic data. Typically, the federal government completes country-wide surveys to … [Read more...] about Is Google Street View The Next Big Census Tool?
I’ve never been able to sit through a full episode of The Apprentice. President-Elect Donald Trump’s management and communication style flashes me back to my own three-month stint working with a boss like that. It gives me an instant migraine. advertisement advertisement But my own reaction isn’t just a matter of personal preference. The business world is moving decisively toward management models that conflict with Trump’s pugnacious leadership style. Collaboration, active listening, vulnerability, and empathy are all traits companies, recruiters, and hiring managers say they value–and increasingly have a hard time finding. There are even signs that in many cases, these “soft skills” are outweighing technical expertise, simply because they have a greater net impact. And the balance may tip even more in that direction the further people advance in their careers. Political beliefs aside, all parents and educators should be able to … [Read more...] about How Parents Can Raise Empathetic Leaders In Trump’s America
Technology designed for women exploded in 2016, with new products hitting the market ranging from wearable trackers for expectant mothers to networking apps to help female professionals get ahead. “The online consumer market of women is a new phenomenon” in part because investors are waking up to the opportunity, says Anu Duggal, founding partner of the Female Founders Fund, a firm that invests in women-led startups. “The purchasing power of women is massive and becoming clearer.” advertisement advertisement Many of the female founders that made our list struggled for years to raise capital, but were able to convince investors in their vision through persistence and creativity (and of course, a solid business pitch). Miki Agrawal from Thinx, a period underwear maker, tells us she requested that one of her male investors wear a maxi pad during an entire meeting to get him to empathize with what women experience. Others like Morena Simatic, cofounder of … [Read more...] about The Top 10 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better In 2016