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Hi All

A great set of UXD Inspired Reads to close out 2016. 2016 has been a pretty rough year overall, and I for one am thankful to make it out. Hopefully these links are a bit inspiring for moving into 2017.

Happy New Year!


The Great A.I. Awakening
“How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.”

Stepping Out With the Fitbit Blaze Smartwatch
“It has been years since I wore a watch regularly. Considering I’m rarely more than an arm’s length away from any smart device, I’d weaned myself away long ago — relying instead on my phone, laptop or tablet to give the time. And in the past few years, with many different smartwatch options popping up, from Apple’s offering and an array of Android Wear watches, I’ve browsed regularly, but not yet found the perfect fit for me for both utility and simplicity — until Fitbit announced the Blaze in January. In the ensuing two months, I’ve been captivated by the Blaze watch.”

Voice Is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It
“Amazon’s personal assistant is about to stretch beyond the Echo, and get downright chatty with everyone.”

Secret Ingredient for Success
“WHAT does self-awareness have to do with a restaurant empire? A tennis championship? Or a rock star’s dream? David Chang’s experience is instructive.”

Trump’s meeting with Silicon Valley’s elite was a naked power play, and they lost
“Donald Trump is magnanimous only in victory. After an election campaign spent deriding Silicon Valley elites (an often mutual sentiment), he used their social media platforms to defeat their favored candidate. Then, as the dust began to settle, Trump declared himself on Silicon Valley’s team.”

Online surveillance will give Trump a lot of information on us. Here’s what you can do to resist
“Donald Trump is about to have a lot of information on us. When he assumes the US presidency in a few weeks, he will oversee two separate but deeply interconnected surveillance apparatuses—which means that even Americans who typically take a blasé attitude toward privacy may be about to take it a lot more seriously.”

Probability each of six different numbers will appear at least once?
“If seven balanced dice are rolled, what is the probability that each of the six different numbers will appear at least once?”