Note — Mar 29, 2020

No.119 Asides

Seen in → No.119

  • 👏🏼 Society Centered Design. “We must advocate for civic value, equity, the common good, public health, and the planet. We need a new framework for design and data that is purpose-built for the 21st century. We want to move beyond human-centered design to society-centered design. We must design for the collective. We must design for society.”
  • 🦠 I’m reducing my virus news exposure right now so I’m not reading it for the moment but this Ed Yong piece has been highly recommended a few places: How Will the Coronavirus End?
  • 🚶🏼‍♂️ For the full life experience, put down all devices and walk. “The art of walking is antithetical to ‘screening’ the world we live in, and there is no pre-programmed set of rules or calculations involved. Walking, simply for the sake of a walk, can be a brief respite in our otherwise frenetic lives, allowing us to detach so we might see life for ourselves again, not unlike a child does.”
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists. “A study of crannogs in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides reveals some were built more than 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. But what purpose did they serve?”
  • 😍 🌳 25 Photos of Madeira's Dreamy Fanal Forest by Albert Dros. “[O]ne of Madeira’s most unique treasures is an ancient forest where every step takes you inside a scene ripped from a fairy tale. Known for its enchanting morning fog, the Fanal forest is part of an ancient laurel forest.”
  • 🛰 What It Looks Like From Space When Everything Stops. “The disruptions are playing out on every possible scale, from individual lives to businesses, nations, and even phenomena visible from space. Images from satellite company Planet Labs Inc.’s SkySat imaging orbiters show how abrupt and total the cessation of human activity has been.”
  • Other Seas/Other Suns: An Interview with Matt Griffin. I haven’t read the interview, linking here for the superb illustration work.
  • Warner Bros. Will Now Use AI to Help Decide Which Movies to Make. “The new AI technology will be used by Warner Bros. in the greenlight stage, where executives attempt to look at a bunch of different data and decide if a film will be profitable for them or not. With the Cinelytic AI, the goal is to have more precise data so that Warner Bros. can better engage with audiences. The new AI system is supposed to help create an estimate on a film’s expected earnings.”