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Hello All

Another week, another set of great UXD Inspired Reads. Mark Cuban’s discussion is spot on, think about the long play, I agree that we are on the cusp of a monumental change with automation. F Dropdowns? Yes. There are always ways to improve an user interface for your users. Doing what is best for your users should always be at the forefront of your design and development decisions. Some interesting posts on ATM security, speakers made out of cinder blocks, modular chocolate, and protecting your privacy.

Have a great week.


Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years
Wise words and perspective from mark Cuban who has seen a few good ideas in his life.
“Mark made a fortune by being early in Local Area Networking, streaming and then High Definition video so perhaps it’s worth listening. He said that he believes AI will have a bigger impact than any technology in the last 30 years.

‘Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, machine learning — whatever you’re doing if you don’t understand it — learn it. Because otherwise you’re going to be a dinosaur within 3 years.’

Mark also said that what happens in the next 5–10 years is just going to blow everybody away, especially in the field of automation. He thinks even programming is vulnerable to being automated and reducing the number of available programming jobs.”

Fuck Dropdowns (from Tony)
We may have posted this one before, but watch it again for the first time.
“The title of this presentation is “Fuck Dropdowns”. So yeah.”

Banks Look to Cellphones to Replace A.T.M. Cards
“Wallets can be lost, stolen or forgotten, but most people today wouldn’t be caught dead without their phones. Banks understand, and are grabbing on to that trend. Customers who don’t want to fumble around in their wallet for their A.T.M. card — or who have misplaced it for the umpteenth time — will soon be able to unlock cash dispensers’ coffers by using their phone.”

What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone?
I am deeply troubled that fellow citizens face these issues and violations of privacy. Here is some perspective on what to do if this happens to you.
“Haisam Elsharkawi was about to travel from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia last week when, he says, he was stopped at the airport, questioned, handcuffed, questioned some more and then released without charges three hours after his flight had departed. Mr. Elsharkawi, 34, an American citizen, said in an interview on Monday that officers from United States Customs and Border Protection repeatedly pressured him to unlock his cellphone so that they could scroll through his contacts, photos, apps and social media accounts. He said they threatened to seize the phone if he did not comply.”

The New York Times’ latest VR project is an adaptation of George Saunders’ new novel
“In terms of mass distribution at this point, newspapers are the only ones that have the muscle.”

Cinder Speakers
“Daniel Ballou and Dashdot are developing a system that transforms the humble cinder block into a high fidelity speaker. Concrete is a low resonance material that minimizes vibrations and reduces coloration of pure sound delivered by the drivers. A drawback of course is that it’s heavy to handle and ship, and labor intensive to mold. However, cinder blocks are available throughout t
he world for about a buck (or free in a construction site trash pile).”

Complements: Modular Chocolates to Pair & Share
“Blending 3D printing, design, and a collaboration with Bakedown Cakery, we’ve created Complements. These modular chocolates combine in form and flavour to make something special.”

“The growing area of user experience design is an opportunity for a complete mindset shift for companies—away from selling products and towards selling experiences. It’s the best way to build a sustainable competitive advantage.”