Some challenges are harder than others. When in the midst of significant change, the challenge to maintain one’s bearings, alongside adapting to the unknowable opportunities/consequences of the oncoming reality, tends to make a mountain or a mess out of a lot of us. And yet, what it will mean to cross that chasim, and become that thing you were sure was coming — and are surprised all the same — speaks to the beauty of the challenge. Whether personal, organizational, or national, the hardness of the challenge of change isn’t that its happening, but that you’ve built a new something to which the old one is only good enough to stand on.
The challenge of change is the thread for this collection of notable links. And as usual, a few thoughts from us bracket those notable reads:
CES 2019 Show Report via Steve Sinofsky/Learning By Shipping
The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces via Quanta Magazine
The Route of a Text Message via The Scottbot Irregular
Work is solving problems and learning is answering questions via Esko Kilpi on Interactive Value Creation
Why the Color of Technology Must Change via Amber Case
Just a few from us this week:
Shortcuts and the Challenge of Flow
Notable Reads for 11 Jan
Image of this week’s connections via LiquidText
The use of Apple Shortcuts and an ability to maintain “flow states” of productivity on iOS
When talking about productivity, much of the discussion around using systems outside of Windows and macOS die on the hill of “flow.” Meaning, there are alternate apps or behaviors which need to be learned in order to do the same things. Instead of using existing methods to maintain/improve the workspace, alternative tools and methods create friction within the experience — they break the perceived and actual flow states people wish to not leave when being productive.
A specific challenge for those who might have moved to primarly using the iPad for a productivity computing device lies in the other design decisions which are contrary to what’s been learned: touch and stylus instead of mouse; keyboards as attachments instead of default, making items such as shortcuts, GUI elements, etc. bend towards a different frame. Even decisions such as type of screen (the ProMotion display in the Pro models versus the regular iPad), ignites tradeoffs in expectations. No challenge is insurmountable and it bears some record that some of these challenges are being answered in diverse ways because of the nature of the iPad — some solutions are about being creative before being logical.
The Apple Shortcuts application can be used to addresss some of these challenges, and in this post, a few items used here will be highlighted. Where possible, the descriptions will also include a link to download (and customize).
This is an expansion of a web clipper. Upon finding a notable link, whether on social media or a website, it is placed into an Evernote library, and an additional action to another application is able to be initiated without using the share sheet. A hopeful evolution for the shortcut would be to create a draft document, or append a draft document, which will be used here for the weekly links share.
Avanceé Reads Shortcut
Accident is actually designed for use when mobile, specifically with an Apple Watch. This is a shortcut which grabs the current location and then perhaps a text message to specific recipients. There’s a note on the text message that it is an automated message, but that person need to be conscious in order for it to be sent.
Log Time is a multifaceted time tracking shortcut. In this specific implementation, it takes the input of current location, hours worked, and client to create a time log. Based on the client, additional questions are asked in regards to scope of work. Furthermore, some clients have an additional series of actions which makes a copy of the time log to an external resources such as Google Sheets, Trello, and more. For notification purposes, this also has a calculator which shows the earnings during that time block.
The Mentoring Tracker shortcut is used to track progress of volunteer activities. This one was specifically designed for work with Higher Achievement Baltimore. Once initiate it, the shortcut ask for the participants who were engaged, the work which was or was not completed, and then sends an email to the administrators of the program with a summary of the work that have been completed during the mentoring session. An extension of the shortcut saves the resulting summary into Evernote, a continually appended document.
An expanded version of this Shortcut is being developed which would cover additional mentoring activities beyond the original volunteer group.
Significant Other ETA
The shortcut is designed as a response to a significant other when on the way to meeting them. It grabs the current location and then calculates the time it will take to get to the destiination. After the calculation, it preps a text message to the recipient with the ETA and current location. The text messages not sent automatically. A few derivatives have been made according to specific people, as well as calendar entries.
Calendar Entry ETA
There are also a few unfinished concepts:
Create RFP for Prospective Work
Mentoring Tracker v2.0
Impact Hub Tour Card
As you can see, there are definitely challenges for utilizing an iPad (or iPhone) as a primary computer. Yet, many of the solutions aren’t in the purview of doing what was done previously with Windows/macOS. The “job to be done” begins at “what’s actually needed to be done at the end” and from there, Shortcuts can often get one there. Some items tend to take a bit more imagination and scripting than what you might be used to, but there’s nothing insurmountable.
For a look at some other’s who have published shortcuts, check out the following sites/lists:
Customizing Shortcuts via iMore
Ask the ‘Shortcuts’ Experts via iMore
Several Shortcuts videos via Matt Cassinelli on YouTube
MacStories’ Automation Section — amazing overview in their iOS 12 Review
Reddit Shortcuts Community
Routine Hub Shortcuts Gallery
2019 is off and running — so to speak. Challenges in the USA with budgets and government shutdowns notwithstanding, there’s at least something to be said about the tone and fervor of items published over the past week. More often than not, there’s a sense of many wanting to dig deeper than the normative narratives in order to best view opportunities. A few of those items which stuck out shared here as usual. How you might discern the trails is left to you.
Machine Learning and Health Care Disparities in Dermatology via JAMA Network
Less than you think: Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook via Science Advances
Beware corporate ‘machinewashing’ of AI via Boston Globe
Data mining adds evidence that war is baked into the structure of society via MIT Technology Review
T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers’ Real-Time Location Data, And It’s Falling Into the Wrong Hands via Motherboard
A few items published via Avanceé worth sharing also:
Tap’s Keyboard, the Evolving of Voice, and a Changing Computer
LiquidText and Some Notable Reads
Scribbling Notes Towards Refined Abilities
Notable Reads for 4 Jan
Could going about sharing digitally using an analog analogy unveil the better AI
There’s something “rough” about the way online systems have asked for us to modify behaviors so that we can script and share content. For the most part, the analogy begins and ends in a list. Feeling like Avanceé could push things differently, there’s an experiment underway to add a bit of “scribbling” to the notion of the shared links. In the midst of such an experiment, there’s a revelation of what might be a better response to some of the noise given to what intelligence does in a computational age.
A popular application for iPads called LiquidText — unveiled more than a year ago — took the analogy of a hyperlinked notebook and pushed it to an interesting interpretation. Still working alongside the idea of a list, the experience was designed around pulling snippets from documents, images, and web pages within that list, and placing them alongside handwritten notes. The user could highlight, or copy excerpts, and then connect those snippets with lines and links. The resulting “document” mimics the mind of the person putting it together, not (necessarly) the whims of those who designed document formats or rights management. While not the only application which pushes forward such an analogy, it has become a key part of other research work and makes sense to push in a wider format for Avanceé.
In his 2019 New Year’s essay, George Dyson sets the plate neatly for such experimentation:
Digital computing, intolerant of error or ambiguity, depends upon precise definitions and error correction at every step. Analog computing not only tolerates errors and ambiguities, but thrives on them. Digital computers, in a technical sense, are analog computers, so hardened against noise that they have lost their immunity to it. Analog computers embrace noise; a real-world neural network needing a certain level of noise to work.
Where it gets interesting is that working in LiquidText requires a different (honorable?) association to the concepts of consumption, time, contemplation, and outcomes. Much like a notebook, there must be time spent collecting content and then arranging it. But, its not final when it gets there. In the early phases of this experiment, am already noticing how often some snippets or notes find their way moved around the canvas, pointing to other pieces, and even in some cases censored (this is done to be shared publicly). This is an intensive, analog process — and yet it is enabled by wrangling mature pieces of digital behaviors. This is the DJ remixing 45s, but creating a sound and genre which couldn’t be made with 45s alone. It needs and thrives on the abilities of the DJ.
What has such a workflow done? Already, there’s a slower processing of information — yet there’s not slower consumption of it. There’s a roughness to getting information into LiquidText — so much so there’s a workflow being developed (using Apple’s Shortcuts app) which will smooth the trip from finding a note to getting it into the appropriate LiquidText (and maybe even Micro.Blog) formats. The Apple Pencil becomes more of the constant friend — and the keyboard gets pushed aside for a smaller one (in this case, the Tap. The shift feels as if there are aspects of analog behaviors being reinvested into the workflow. And in doing so, the connections between disparate pieces of information aren’t simply being pulled together, they are being mixed and remixed in the same ways they are happening neurologically, not programmatically.
Found a quote befitting a few streams of thought like this late in 2018:
Special knowledge can be a terrible disadvantage if it leads you too far along a path you cannot explain anymore” — Brian Herbert
Chances are, an experiment like this refines what augmented intelligence could mean; the kind of field which can be planted when analog behaviors are given place to grow natively alongside digital tools.
Experimenting with taking LiquidText notes of the weekly links has revealed branches of creativity, thought, and process previously hidden to the digital-infused, links collection process. There’s something more happening than simply collecting. However, it might be the case that a former idea should become the better focus of some of these kinds of activities. There’s something being appended to the way Intelligence has been cultivated. A stream befitting a smoother course down this informational river.
Bringing in the new year with a slight rebranding of the week’s links 🔗🔖, now called Notable Reads. And if all works out, most of these will also be accompanied with some better connective tissue through the use of LiquidText and a few others for future shares.
Until that future arrives, here’s what’s been notably read for the past few weeks:
Going Dumb: My Year With a Flip Phone via WIRED
Childhood’s End via Edge.org
Automation will not create more jobs and it destroys, here’s why via Medium
The Making of an AfroSurrealist via AfroPunk
Studio D 2018 End of Year Report
Nothing yet to share from the coffers of Avanceé. But, if you want to catch up with what’s been done over the past 12 months, here’s that summary.
Welcome to 2019 🎉
2018 was the first year for Avanceé. With new initiatives, there is usually a specific product or problem statement springboarding an audience to figure out why they need what’s being offered. That clarity of focus has been the purpose of the first year with Avanceé. This venture takes a complex paradigm (an intersection of experience design, automation/augmented intelligence/artificial intelligence, & the future of work/industries), and packages it so that individuals, teams, and companies can take the best advantage of the technologies, processes, and experiences which will define them going forward.
Focus for Avanceé in 2018 has meant articulating systems, designing experiences, and engineering complexity. These three terms have expressed what Avanceé brings to any engagement. Therefore, it’s best to use these terms to describe the work which has taken place in 2018.
Avanceé spent a good bit of time linking/talking about tools and productivity. Grouping under the topic “Articulating Systems,” this means taking some understood analogies, and peeling the veil from them to explore what’s happening at a simpler level, an automated/AI level, or what might be the perspective of those who are just coming into the understanding that the systems and tools have shifted right under them.
Under Your Nose
Talking with Client
Your Ring Does What
Livability as Productivity
On Design Systems
Productivity As Identity
Blockers and Filters
The Appendage Conundrum
Living in A Future Present
Current vs Currents
Opining on the Value of Metrics
Talking about systems is one phase of understanding product and strategy. Another is going about the process of designing what those experiences do, or designing a means to understand the outcomes of various experiential journeys. Under the topic “Designing Experiences,” Avanceé explored not only what it means to live in a world defined by experiences, but also what goes into creating those worlds and making sense of the perspectives which come from those who experience them.
The Augmented Reality of eBikes
Deep Thought As A UI Paradigm
Experimental World Design
Conversations Create New Roads
Perceiving Productivity Normally
Intuitive As Design
Asking Better UX Questions
Awareness or Aware-less
Lastly, no good initiative is worth anything until the rubber meets the road — that is, what are the products and results. Avanceé shared both current and past projects from its workspace. Leveraging tools such as WeTransfer’s Paper and Paste, Marvel App, Adobe’s Comp CC, MindNode, and others to express how it “Engineers Complexity.”
Experience Strategy and Engineering Complexity
Concept: Limited, Interactive Dashboard
Concept: PhD Search Notebook
Concept: SmartTrip for Apple Watch & Siri
Revisualized MDOT Transit App
Concept: Apple Watch Hiking Workout Applet
Concept: Library Card Wallet, Concept:Library Card Wallet (iteration)
Concept: Podcast UI
Past Project: All Books UI
Concept: Tymbals Risk Assessment UX
Truth be told, there’s actually been a lot more produced than what’s represented here. This means that there’s a lot of more to be clarified, experimented upon, and created into a sustainable exploration of what it means to take individuals, teams, and organizations forward. Avanceé has been able to articulate what experience design means to the current shape of work; and for the initial clients, used methods leveraging augmented intelligence and experience design to engineer complexity out of their processes.
One thing which has gracefully come from much of the work done this year has been a chance to share some insights. Two presentations specifically:
Brigadoon Annapolis (Transcript: Part 1, Part 2
Baltimore UX Group: Beyond the Portfolio
Many thanks to @Manton and the Micro.Blog team for such an excellent platform to share these projects and insights. Thanks also to Earn/Coinbase for enabling a means to leverage the blockchain for more than simply tracking transactions (see why Avanceé uses Earn for a contact form). Apple Shortcuts has been a constant companion towards automating much of the workflow from posting to task administration (Zapier, IFTTT, and Microsoft Flow along with these). These and other technologies will continue to be utilized in order to practice what’s being preached, and enhance what’s being done.
One Step Then Another
Creating a focus for Avanceé in 2018 has meant articulating systems, designing experiences, and engineering complexity. This is one stop on a new road forward. Join Avanceé in 2019 in building what happens when we step outside of the box, and into the opportunities the next decade opens for us all.
Just about every week in 2018, Avanceé shared a selection of links which stuck out amongst the noise. Some of these highlighted commentary on news and technology, some pointed to other blossoming spaces, and still others pointed to newer interpretations of older spaces. These will be noted in one post here to close the year — for what sticks out for the curator is not often what also sticks out for their audience.
Links for 5 Jan
Links for 12 Jan
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Links for 2 Feb
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The way this part of the season has developed, one is supposed to take inventory of the year, admonish themselves for making it this far (in one piece), and reflect forward to the mostly positive outlook for the upcoming year. Rarely do we continue as if the year isn’t ending. It is only a solstice after all — a standing of the sun for just a moment. Perhaps the point of pausing all along wasn’t to reflect, but to give other pieces of our world a chance to find their rest and reset their rhythms. For the last week, these reads have been Avanceé’s solstice:
A Short Story About Choice in an Age of Wearables via The Atlantic
The NFL’s Analytics Revolution Has Arrived via The Ringer
How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever via Wall Street Journal
California dealers ask Volvo to stop Care by Volvo subscription service via Roadshow
Why China’s Electric-Car Industry is Leaving Detroit, Japan, and Germany in the Dust by MIT Technology Review
And a few from us:
Concept: Library Card Watch App (iteration)
Deep Thought As A UI Paradigm
Links for 14 Dec
In regards to the attached image: There’s the potential of sponsoring a masterclass based around The Field Study Handbook by Studio D in the DC Metro area in the late Spring. If you’d like to be notified about this, drop a line here, on Micro.Blog, or Twitter.
This could be the last shared links of ‘18. Not sure. In any case, if you’ve come along for the ride at any point during Avanceé Year One, thank you 🙏🏾
A blessed and merry Christmas to you, your families, and companies.
Avanceé has elevated many discussions and topics throughout this first year. Much of this is overflow from projects, but, occasionally, there’s some expanding on ideas which are expressed in other channels. The latest of these has been a consideration about a user interface (UI) and overall experience pattern for the type of work described as “deep thought.” We’ll start from the tweet which questioned, the response which proposed one, and how we can perhaps develop on that idea of what a UI looks like from there.
We still haven’t quite figured out the right UI paradigms for deep work…
But for close collaboration on a deadline, technology is now great. AirDrop, Slack, WhatsApp, Google Drive, Google Docs, Zoom. Things are so much better than they were a decade ago.
Deep Thought should be put into a different bucket than collaborative or even task-based work as its definition, even if its results end up contributing to those and other types of productivity/computational moments. The issue — well identified by Stripe’s CEO — is that the shift of perspective and intention of deep work is harder to pin down as much of what’s monetized about work is transactional. Deep work is transactional primarly for the individual doing it, not for the entities the individual is supporting.
Deep work UI paradigm (thoughts based around my iOS-as-workstation self):
goals: immersion, flow, focus
analogy: Etch-A-Sketch controls, not Photoshop’s
behaviors: liberty inside frame (create, cut, mix/remix, etc), structured export to outside (validate, handoff, etc.)
The approach proposed here isn’t an answer, but does start to bend the definition of deep work away from the (better understood) characteristics associated with collaborative and transactional software. The interfaces for collaborative software is established probably in looking at what’s being done:
multiple persons as audience
decrease in time/space between those persons
breakdown of siloed files/conversations into threads
leveraging bandwidth connectivity in multiple modes (AJAX, high/low-fidelity, stream/asynchronous, etc.)
Deep work, our proposal for looking at it, runs counter to these. The goal isn’t to make anything tenable to another audience, for the entirety of the opportunity is found in focus and immersion. This doesn’t mean that it would not eventually be shared, but that sharing or co-working is a “broken” model for this kind of UI paradigm to aspire towards.
The analogy of Etch-A-Sketch controls versus Photoshop (PS) plants into the frame of mind what is and isn’t possible. In PS, one can control the interface using mice, keyboards, and pens; then navigate the interface using points, clicks, double-clicks, mouse-overs, keyboard shortcuts, gestures, programmable scripts (macros), and speech. This endows the creator with a myriad of possibilities; and also forces them to ignore what they will not use in order to be totally immersed within the project. On the other hand, the Etch-A-Sketch proposes two dial controls, and a vigorous, physical control to reset the canvas. It is simple, and at the same time powerful. Mastery of the horizontal and vertical dials isn’t so much the aim, as much as it becomes a goal of focusing on what it can do best. For a deep thought UI, this is more important than being able to do anything.
Lastly, what are the behaviors promoted within an application or service which espouses deep thought principles? It might be framed best by two phrases: “liberty inside the frame” and “structured export outside of it.” Maybe better stated with the question many persons who purchase Field Notes tend to answer: “what am I going to do with these when they are filled? Nothing. Everything.” Inside of a Field Notes notebook, one draws, writes, scribbles, rips, etc. Anything the paper and writing instrument allow, these are executed within the frame, and nothing more is expected of it. At the same time, if it needs to go elsewhere, rip or photograph and go… it doesn’t change the fidelity of thought which went into it, but it does enable another audience to gain a piece of what had been “internal only.”
Understandably, this doesn’t answer the original premise of what a deep thought UI paradigm would look like. And its not the only approach taken towards answering what that would look like (Basecamp’s It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy At Work as another take). However, it does invite the question of what making space for contemplation and deep though could look like if the tools appropriated the lessons from this behavior also. And if it took onto those lessons, would not only software change, but would the industries crafted by that software also become more introspective to their outcomes?
We tend to think so…
…over the coming year, we plan on clarifying what that would look like from our end; passing the lessons here to what might be better served outside of a thought.
Per the usual cadence of this time of year, certain newsbits slow down, projects find their way into a quieter reverb, and strategies for the upcoming year are given their last views before being confirmed. Depth and death of the of the previous 11 to 12 months of activity are given their place. And yet, insights don’t stop forming. In fact, to the trained eye, this might be the time when those insights are most likely to be found.
Such is the theme of this week’s read links. Enjoy:
Capstone, A Tablet for Thinking
Fjord Trends 2019, downlaod PDF
Networks and American Renewal via New America
Using Apple Watch for Arrhythmia Detection December 2018 via Apple
Does Australia’s access and assistance law impact 1Password? via 1Password
I Tried Predictim AI That Scans for ‘Risky’ Babysitters via Gizmodo
And a few from us:
Resource: The Field Study Handbook
Experimental World Design
Links for 8 Dec
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There are those who invent the future before its imagined… that happens here too
In one of the reads highlighted last week, there was the mention of the space and practice of experimental world design. This could also be called prototype engineering or futures concepting. It amounts to drawing on various disciplines in order to guide decision making processes for what could be more clearly seen with something “touchable” in the midst. This is beyond simply doing a demo, this is a space of world building where the impacts are assumed during the design (creative) process, but the door is wide open to be surprised by the results. When done well, experimental world design enables better (ethical?) decision making. When pushed into spaces with too positive or too negative a bent, the resulting tropes might guide decisions and their outcomes for much longer than the concept might have predicted.
When we designed the SmartTrip Apple Watch Concept, there was some of that experimental world building happening. No, not to the level of Monika Bielskyte’s Ghost in the Shell research work, but also not that far away either. In order to design an application which could relate to several contexts by which public and shared transportation would be utilized, there needed sufficient research to place the activities and the resulting issues which would land with making that concept feasible. As with many researchers, there was a lot of “throwaway” work, however, there was also a good bit of work which wasn’t thrown away, but made its way into apparently simple functioning features within the application.
We find this kind of activity not limited to technical concepts; it is actually part of the formation of a person throughout childhood. Children who are able to take boxes, wrapping paper, and other “raw” materials of the home and then create worlds are exercising this same muscle. Some of these children are able to go future and isolate specific components of those worlds, growing that focus into a hobby which might carry them for a few years of childhood, or for the rest of their lives. One could argue, experimental world design by adults is a continuation of such practices (with monetary and political compensation attached).
As spoken within that article, one cannot do experimental world design and think others will be as invested within that world as its authors. Yes, empathy will be gained by audiences when they revel in the worlds which are created. However, every audience will go into that world with a story framed around their own biases and expectations. Done successfully, a world designed in these moments will fade into the background, and a larger narrative will rise to the surface. This doesn’t mean the world doesn’t matter — only that there’s something greater that the world is promoting. Much like the child who builds their world in order to gain the attention and presence of a parent/influential older person. If we concentarate on those worlds which are created, we might learn a bit more not just about ourselves, but also about what others want to find invested within their own stories.
Better late than never? Or, better next than never?
Sometimes, the framing we have for what we want to do and what’s been done is rightly shaped by where we might have heard/seen things done for much longer than their source was remembered. When we look at such constructs, there’s an opportunity to continue down the same line, or reset the expectations such that we might see the current roads in a different/better light.
Framing this week’s links collection around this thought. Here are those links:
Understaing Culture via Mike McGarr
Nike and Boeing Are Paying Sci-Fi Writers to Predict Their Futures via Medium
Why was the QWERTY keyboard layout invented, and why has it not changed via Brian Roemmele/Quora
Hiding America From Americans via Medium
Maximizing Your Slut Impact: An Overly Analytical Guide to Camgirling
The Case Against Quantum Computing via IEEE Spectrum
Determinants of Faraday Wave-Patterns in Water Samples Oscillated Vertically at a Range of Frequencies from 50-200 Hz via WATER Online Multidisciplinary Research Journal
And a few from here:
Concept: Olelo eBike Branding
Friction and Intention
Smart Glasses Are/Aren’t Here Yet
Under Your Nose
Updete: This was a missed submission for the GM eBike Challenge
Chances are you don’t need a design strategy to fix your product/market fit. The solution to your woes is likely under your nose already.
Within a few streams of technology and communication, there is a path of resistance when it comes to figuring out what might be the solution to fixing a product for greater market acceptance. The waves within those streams are rocks which might challenge the way in which water travels. Water, in this case meaning the way in which markets or organizational culture might flow. More often than not, what we might recognize about that issue is not what we have stated, but what was said in the context.
How then do we listen for what the context of an item might be saying? A few lenses can be gleaned from a few concurrent conversations:
X : Why is everything about mapping with you?
Me : I guess I just like to look before leaping, shooting a rifle, committing troops to a battlefield etc. I do find that looking at an environment before making a decision is quite useful whether driving a car or government policy.
That comes from a Twitter thread by Simon Wardley. There’s much to this, but simply speaking, he talks about dealing with technical debit from the perspective of using a map versus putting each of the issues and opportunities into containers. There’s more to the thread; but, that requires navigating the stated content and the context.
Meanwhile, Farnam Street has a lengthy admonition towards battling (or aligning oneself with) entropy:
…Uncontrolled disorder increases over time. Energy disperses and systems dissolve into chaos. The more disordered something is, the more entropic we consider it. In short, we can define entropy as a measure of the disorder of the universe, on both a macro and a microscopic level. The Greek root of the word translates to “a turning towards transformation” — with that transformation being chaos.
As you read this article, entropy is all around you. Cells within your body are dying and degrading, an employee or coworker is making a mistake, the floor is getting dusty, and the heat from your coffee is spreading out. Zoom out a little, and businesses are failing, crimes and revolutions are occurring, and relationships are ending. Zoom out a lot further and we see the entire universe marching towards a collapse…
These kinds of perspectives land simply in the question: “what are you offering?” As a venture, Avanceé is offering its clients efficiency and simplicity. Their processes, and the tools which are used within those processes, can be simplified, magnified, and some level of order/disorder tolerated so that there’s more clarity towards the defining goal. We craft solutions which might need to be changed in time, but not without empowering those who are managing that change the tooling necessary to adapt towards it.
But, if you didn’t engage Avanceé, how would you figure out these solutions? The easiest measure would be to simply say it out loud and hear yourself. Getting the issue/thought outside of your head and back into it via your ears will causes a resetting of the way its perceived. Will it enable you to better see than make the changes towards whatever that item is? Yes. But, only because at that point, you will have opened yourself to the realization that in order for the moment to change, the energy you need to be willing to put towards it is the first part of the map used by you and others to move on from it.
There’s a different pace to the end of the year. For some, its about making sure that the mistakes and opportunities of earlier in the year are taken advantage of. For some, its about next year — all of the energies of for creating and investing into this year are done with, and the strategies for hitting the ground running next year are in play. Where that lands this week’s links is one part in what is observed, and another in what is prepared. Here are this week’s links:
The ‘Fuck All’ Nature of iPad Work via The Brooks Review membership required to read
Anatomy of an AI System
Introducing medical language processing with Amazon Comprehend Medical via AWS Machine Learning Blog
How your third cousin’s ancestry DNA test could jeopardize your privacy via Vox
Anthropocene: why the chair should be the symbol for our sedentary age via The Conversation
Maintenance and Care via Places Journal
Image: Music Notes in a Bowl via Cymascope
And a few from us
Concept: Library Card Watch App
Links for 23 Nov
Having written once and found the item gone into the ether, there was the day’s events spent thinking (in the background) about what it means to be at the front of various technological shifts. This topic was made more present when asked about a new keyboard being used — it makes a bit of sense in this season to think again towards advent and technological changes.
Oftentimes, we don’t notice those changes until they happen. Part of the blindness described by “The Innovator’s Dilemma:” shifts aren’t meant to happen when perception or expectation is ready for them to happen. As a matter of course, perception and expectation serve as guardians of what is the “now.” They are the chief ocular elements of doing the best with today’s lessons and continuing them forward.
And yet, when we rely on those elements too much (to “become comfortable” if you will), there lies the opportunity for something else to come from the underside. An unforeseen circumstance, or a likely consequence. Advents of technological change very rarely reveal themselves as the “ideal” next happening. It is a toy, too bulky, requires too many things to be unlearned — advent is marked by anticipation by only those whom society seems to put into a naive bucket.
That naivety isn’t blind. It is hopeful. Blind perhaps to the encumberments of expectations. It finds its way by ignoring or even tossing back those expectations into the face of today’s perspective. Perception finds itself on even looser footing. It looks for clarity among a changing landscape, and yet it has no tools with which to clear its lenses, to focus it light, or columns to ground its paths. Perception doesn’t realign itself to technological advents until what is hoped for has come. Then, and only then, can it begin to stabilize and draw together a langauge for what the new normal must be. Expectation comes behind this — usually dragging some sense of “what it used to be” until what “used to be” becomes “forgotten.”
Depending on the industry, region, or simply hobby, one could say that most of humanity is under a technological advent. There are many prophets who would proclaim one way over another. Who would encourage a strong break from the past and a hearty embrace of what’s to come. Others who move more deliberately. Noticing the changes, and yet gathering into their quiver the arrows and supporting tools necessary — they will take aim and strike forward when conditions meet their liking. And lastly there are those who will revolt until the bitter end. They aren’t wrong in such revolting. As a matter of course, they are most necessary — these luddities enable us to not forget what we might have shifted from, and call to form expectations and perceptions which aren’t born from newness, but have some sense of being part of a continued evolution.
Today was a chance to imagine and perform on a computing device, using two hands which were doing entirely different things, to make the surface of a large screen communicate a different reality. Hopefully, it is not the last change which will happen when inventing realities on and off screens. Hopefully, more of what it means to be human will be embraced by those who wish to empower people with the tools to design such worlds.
Keeping to the usual flow of posting the week’s curated links despite the extension of the holiday weekend in the USA. Granted, Black Friday wants to be a holiday for many retailers. But, there’s probably better items on deck for some of the rest of us (for example, REI’s #OptOutside is a great excuse unless your weather is unbearable). It is worth the pause to at least read and consider that, sometimes, different perspectives should persist despite the shades of the days and seasons around us.
Desiging Perceptions Instead of absolutions via Eugen Esanu
Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation via WIRED
Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive via The Pudding
The Emperor and the Empty Tomb: An Ancient Inscription, an Eccentric Scholar, and the Human Need to Touch the Past via Los Angeles Review of Books
The Human Brain Is a Time Traveler via The New York Times
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And a few from here:
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Conversations Create New Roads
Clarity in Conversation
Links for 16 Nov
UPDATE: thanks to @Cleverdevil, there’s now a Scribbles Gallery, making for some easier associations between content and scribbled/photgraphed images. Found via @manton’s post right after publishing this week’s links.
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Lots of email newsletters have been pushed out this year. So many are a collection of links, maybe some marketed goods, rarely long-form. But, where’s the conversation? Where’s the resulting products from those conversations? The convos to the concepts to the creations?
Been a year trying something different with Avanceé. Part of this has been an alternate signal in the newly formed “bucket of links at the cost of your email.” Perhaps it’s not a problem to be open to a different path. Eigenwilligkeit a friend says. Yet maybe… it is the better path if something valuables to be hewn from this.
Forward isn’t exactly following the roads already made.
Should there be more branches like Micro.Blog, Mastadon, etc.? Should silo be defined by the niche more than the signal?
Or, is the responsibility of those who carve new roads in media and product do something new, while resonating with pieces of what is familiar from the old? It sounds philosophical but it’s not. Disruption first has to break its own chains before it can point liberty towards others’.