Here are some of the articles we found this week.

Why Seclusion Is the Enemy of Creativity – “Don’t paint yourself into a corner. The walls we build around ourselves are prisons, not fortifications. Vulnerability is a source of strength. We earn others’ trust by extending our trust to them.”

How IBM and the CDC are testing blockchain to track health issues like the opioid crisis – “Researchers, the CDC, and medical providers could all connect to the blockchain to update and access information about who’s been granted permission to access which data. The medical records themselves, obtained through hospital electronic record systems, would be stored encrypted in IBM’s cloud systems, and only people authorized through the blockchain would be able to obtain the encryption keys.”

The Rise of Anti-Notifications – “The moment we become aware of how increasingly noisy notifications are, they’ll lose their efficacy. Anti-notifications are like the Aesop fable where a shepherd boy repeatedly tricked villagers into believing a wolf was attacking the sheep. When a wolf finally did appear, the boy desperately tried to warn everyone, but no one listened. Needless to say, it didn’t end well for the sheep.”

5 lessons of the AI imperative, from Netflix to Spotify – “Whether you run a big public company or a startup, whether you are inside academia or in the nonprofit world, whether you oversee a team or contribute to the operations of an enterprise, you need to understand AI’s emergence. Here are five lessons that underscore how the algorithm is redefining business and organizational leadership—including the biggest lesson every leader and businessperson needs to grapple with to thrive in this era.”

A Look at the Future of Gesture Design – “Recent advancements in machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and sensor technology enable us to interact with the digital world like never before. Previously constrained to mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen, we can now use gesture and voice input as increasingly popular modes of interaction. My recent visit to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) revealed how gesture-based interactions were helping designers and engineers collaborate in mixed reality.”

Walmart is experimenting with wireless power to cut battery costs – “Ossia is a startup that developed a technology capable of delivering truly wire-free charging. The tech is able to “beam” electricity to devices in order to power or charge them; they don’t have to be in contact with any sort of mat, they just have to be in range of the transmitters. The tech has been around for years, but no one has really taken advantage of it. Walmart is Ossia’s first retail partner.”

Microsoft splits VSTS five ways to build new Azure DevOps platform – “Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Microsoft’s application lifecycle management system, is to undergo a major shake-up and rebranding. Instead of a single Visual Studio-branded service, it’s being split into five separate Azure-branded services, under the banner Azure DevOps.”

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