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What a week in tech! Personal Finance, Sketch Tools, Flying Cars, Surveillance, Mars, Brave Browser, Miniatures, and of course UX Development + Design links for adventurous. Several great submissions from many teammates, keep them coming!

Have a great weekend.


1. Saving For Tomorrow, Tomorrow (from Mike)
“It’s easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution? ”

2. A Monkey Economy As Irrational As Ours
“Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.”

3. Craft – Introduction to the Library Plugin
“The Craft Library plugin lets you generate a custom style guide inside of Sketch, including color palette, fonts, and text styles. It also allows you to sync and share any layer/group/artboard within Sketch with your coworkers, helping keep your library of assets and UI kit synced together. If you share the Library via Dropbox or another shared folder, Craft will even notify you when new updates to your assets are available in the cloud, and syncing only takes a single click.”

4. Painting with Code (from Don)
“Introducing our new open source library React”

5. Things New UX Designers Should Know Before Entering the Workplace
“Whether you’ve graduated from a short course or a degree, when you first enter the workplace you’ll learn 100 times more than you’d ever imagine. Sure, you’ll learn more techniques and practises, but the soft skills you’ll pick up are just as valuable. You’ll learn more about yourself, others and how to deal with certain situations (think office politics).”

6. Next List 2017 20 Tech Visionaries Who Are Creating The Future (from Ravi)
“Microsoft will build computers even more sleek and beautiful than Apple’s. Robots will 3-D-print cool shoes that are personalized just for you. (And you’ll get them in just a few short days.) Neural networks will take over medical diagnostics, and Snapchat will try to take over the entire world. The women and men in these pages are the technical, creative, idealistic visionaries who are bringing the future to your doorstep. You might not recognize their names—they’re too busy working to court the spotlight—but you’ll soon hear about them a lot. They represent the best of what’s next.”

7. Smart TVs Have a Surveillance Problem (from Tony)
“This weekend, WikiLeaks published new documents showing how CIA exploits could turn Samsung Smart TVs into remote bugs. It raises a hard question: can Smart TVs ever be secure?”

8. Amazon Wants to Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom
“Amazon is giving Alexa eyes. And it’s going to let her judge your outfits. The newly announced Echo Look is a virtual assistant with a microphone and a camera that’s designed to go somewhere in your bedroom, bathroom, or wherever the hell you get dressed.”

9. No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car
“This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.”

10. Your kids might live on Mars. Here’s how they’ll survive | Stephen Petranek
“It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we’ll make Mars our next home. “Humans will survive no matter what happens on Earth,” Petranek says. “We will never be the last of our kind.””

11. BeyondClouds: Vuelo Nocturno – The Magic of Flying at Night (from Tony)
“Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a longhaul pilot. Late evening departures lead to far distant destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo or J’burg. Depending on the direction of the flight the crew and the passengers either have a short night up ahead if flying eastbound or almost eternal darkness if headed westwards.”

12. Brave: Browse faster and safer with Brave (from Nate)
“We have a mission to save the web by increasing browsing speed and safety for users, while growing ad revenue share for content creators. The web has become a different place. With the ad-tech ecosystem out of control, users have revolted and blocking ads has become the new weapon of choice for improving their browsing speed, safety and privacy. Unfortunately, blocking alone results in a race to the bottom where nobody wins. Without the ability for content creators to earn money for their efforts, users could be left with fewer sites to browse, relegated to hand-picked content from controlled sources. Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web.”

13. Patreon (from Nate)
“Harness the power of your biggest fans by letting them fund your ongoing content creation with a monthly subscription amount of their choice.”

14. Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford
“In this commercial parody, a married couple (Steve Martin, Amy Poehler) are confused by their money woes, so a spokesperson (Chris Parnell) presents them with Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford, a guide to prevent financial debt. [Season 31, 2006]”

15. Gulliver’s Gate
“Leave the Land of Large and enter an amazing new experience, located at the crossroads of the world, Times Square. A full city block wide, Gulliver’s Gate is a technologically advanced, interactive and immersive world of miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective.”

Gulliver’s Gate, a Huge Miniature World, Will Rise Near Times Square
“It’s all part of Gulliver’s Gate, a miniature world that is being created by seven design teams in workshops around the world and will be brought together in a 49,000-square-foot exhibit space in Times Square. It is scheduled to open in April.”