Here are some of the articles we found this week.
The Top 30 Emerging Technologies (2018–2028) – “As part of Wikibrands’ Digital Periscope study and surveys (see currently open 2018 studies Current Practices and Future Trends), we have ranked the 30 emerging technologies that will impact culture, the marketplace and society the most over the next decade.”
Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is a bold attempt at changing how we work – “The Surface Hub 2 isn’t just another connected display. It’s a bold attempt at transforming the way we work. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, describes it as more of a huddle board — something that’ll get people out of their seats and collaborating in entirely new ways.”
Build less, make better things – “We are besieged, constantly, by functionality. So much so, that the experience of interacting with devices of all kinds has become a balancing act for the user: We enjoy and benefit from the technologies that serve us, but must simultaneously live with — and learn to avoid — the unwanted features that come along for the ride.”
What is GDPR, and why should designers care? – “To prepare for the GDPR’s May 25th deadline, the vast majority of companies that you interact with on the internet are already altering their products, from internet giants like Facebook and Google to small startups. You’ve probably noticed the barrage of emails noting how they’re changing their privacy policies and even their designs.”
A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity – “Almost a century later after Loewi’s fateful snoozes, many experiments have shown that sleep promotes creative problem-solving. Now, Penny Lewis from Cardiff University and two of her colleagues have collated and combined those discoveries into a new theory that explains why sleep and creativity are linked. Specifically, their idea explains how the two main phases of sleep—REM and non-REM—work together to help us find unrecognized links between what we already know, and discover out-of-the-box solutions to vexing problems.”
Farewell, USB drive, your time has come… – “Now, the same company that invented them, IBM, has just banned its employees from using them as part of a policy that many departments had already adopted some time ago. The reasons are obvious: they pose a significant security risk and are hard to control. The “promiscuity” of these gadgets, which can be plugged into any port, means they can not only spread viruses or malicious programs, but are very easy to lose, with the concomitant risk of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.”
Demystifying Machine and Deep Learning for Developers – “To build the next set of personalized and engaging applications, more and more developers are adding ML to their applications. In this session, you’ll learn the basics behind machine learning and deep learning, and you’ll walk out with all the things you need to build an image classifier for your application.”