Let the Great Messaging War of 2017 begin. Today, Google is launching Allo, a revamped messaging app meant to compete with the likes of Apple Messages and Facebook Messenger—two products that in recent months have steadily unveiled a slew of new features. Google thinks it could leapfrog them both, thanks to its most valuable assets: a wealth of data about what we do and search for online, and the billions of dollars it has invested in machine learning. advertisement advertisement In Google Allo, those advantages manifest themselves in a couple simple but tantalizing ways. When you message people, Allo creates smart replies akin to those found in Inbox—but those smart replies are carefully calibrated to both the content and context of your conversation. So, for example, if someone sends you a picture of them skydiving, you can immediately tap on a series of well-tuned responses: “So brave,” “How fun,” and “So exciting!” But … [Read more...] about Inside The Making Of Allo, Google’s AI-Powered Messaging App
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In some ways, 2015 was the year of the gig economy, with the scale and diversity of the freelance workforce not just expanding, but attracting more mainstream notice as well. By our own recent estimates here at Upwork, some 54 million Americans are now freelancers. advertisement advertisement Still, that’s just the most noticeable trend among several that will reshape the nature of work in the next five years. In fact, shifts in technology, connectivity, and the expectations of both employers and employees are on track to bring about bigger changes than the freelance economy can on its own. Here are four. 1. The Rise Of Second-Tier Cities The 20th century saw big, cosmopolitan cities boom. The best jobs and top talent were concentrated in a few “first-tier” urban centers like San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. If you wanted a job, you had to move to one of those places. That’s already changing. The major urban hubs have … [Read more...] about The Four Trends That Will Change The Way We Work By 2021
Welcome to our second special Friday Tabs. Today, Kyle Chayka is here to fill us in on the world of the arts. Kyle is a freelance writer for places like Businessweek and The New Republic, and he started a journalist co-working space called Study Hall, which you should definitely check out if you’re a freelancer in NY, or maybe anywhere. advertisement advertisement “Dear friend, please read more media to increase your capacity for self-loathing and inaction!” — William (@Powhida) December 10, 2015 Every December the art world gathers in Miami for a bacchanal of capitalism called Art Basel Miami Beach, which is not just one art fair, but a metastasizing crowd of them, with more tents than a souk. Over the past few years, the commercial art world kept it fairly quiet, while auction prices at Christie’s and Sotheby’s escalated. This year, however, the enthusiasm has bubbled over. Miami 2015 was marked, ‘80s-style, by “people … [Read more...] about Today in Arts Tabs: A City Full of Lies, Tabs, Perjury, and Greed
In the hierarchy of things New York City residents kvetch about, housing ranks near the top. A dearth of affordable apartments has the city in a stranglehold and there’s seemingly no end to escalating rents. (Good luck finding a studio in Manhattan for less than $2,300 per month, the average going rate in the borough.) To tackle this problem, former mayor Michael Bloomberg staged a competition in 2012 to design a micro-units development. In just three years, the experimental buildings have hit the market. But is it enough to alleviate the affordable housing crisis? Short answer: it opens the conversation about retooling the city’s supply of apartments, but it’s not exactly a panacea for NYC’s housing headaches. advertisement advertisement Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm nArchitects, Carmel Place (formerly known as MyMicro) is located in Kips Bay, a neighborhood on Manhattan’s east side, familiar to many as “The place where that movie … [Read more...] about Micro Apartments: Utopia or Dystopia?
The scandal hitting Facebook today has been in the works for years. With or without Cambridge Analytica, Facebook was collecting a lot of information about you, sharing it too liberally with outside apps, and ultimately disguising all this behavior with “user-friendly” dark patterns. advertisement advertisement Facebook has already announced some new policies and updates, but the response from Zuckerberg has run along the lines of “we’re fixing it, but this will take years.” With 2 billion people across the world, it’s complicated. It will take time. Still, when we challenged San Francisco design firm NewDealDesign to design a more transparent and honest Facebook, its designers–known for its products made for Google, Intel, and Fitbit–fixed some of the social network’s biggest problems in less than a week. Indeed, it’s easier to be nimble outside a company than inside it. The work, overseen by studio head Gadi … [Read more...] about Designers Just Fixed Facebook. Your Move, Zuckerberg