Stowe Boyd

Aug 01


California is now experiencing its most severe drought ever recorded.

And no change in sight.


California is now experiencing its most severe drought ever recorded.

And no change in sight.

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” —

Dr. Seuss

Dieter Rams: Ten Principles For Good Design

Good design:

  1. Is innovative - The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an end in itself.
  2. Makes a product useful - A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic criteria. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could detract from it.
  3. Is aesthetic - The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
  4. Makes a product understandable - It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.
  5. Is unobtrusive - Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
  6. Is honest - It does not make a product appear more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
  7. Is long-lasting - It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.
  8. Is thorough down to the last detail - Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
  9. Is environmentally friendly - Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
  10. Is as little design as possible - Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

(Source: publishertheme)

8 Ways to Maximize Your Creativity at Work



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Giving to others and orienting yourself to a larger purpose can result in more creativity and enhanced work performance. –Professor Jennifer Aaker
Read the New York Times article.

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Trusting employees with the freedom and resources to excel leads to more creativity and risk-taking in the workplace. –Professor Joel Peterson
Read the LinkedIn post.

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Laughter in the workplace can help organizations boost happiness, creativity, and productivity. –Eric Tsytsylin (MBA ’14)
Watch the video.

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By fostering a greater sense of fairness in the workplace, companies can achieve “sustainable creativity.” –Peter Georgescu (MBA ‘63)
Read the article.

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A manager who takes time to feed his or her own creative side knows how to elicit the creativity of others. –Professor Baba Shiv
Read the article.

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Constructive disagreements at work can cut down on mistakes and be a source of creativity. –Lecturer David Bradford
Read the article.

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People who find a sense of meaning and joy in their daily jobs are up to 3x more creative than their colleagues. –Professor Behnam Tabrizi
Read more on Facebook.

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Visual thinking is the foundation for being creative and solving some of the most complex problems. –Lisa Kay Solomon
Read the Tumblr blog. 

When politicians pick and choose which experts to believe, the odds are that they will choose badly - Paul Krugman

— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd)
August 1, 2014

“Every extension is also an amputation.” —

- Marshall McLuhan

Jul 31

“The problem with business is that it is afraid of dealing with the business of people.” —

W. Edwards Demings


*I’m Technology Review’s fiction editor for their annual science fiction issue.  And check out my list of contributors.


*I’m Technology Review’s fiction editor for their annual science fiction issue.  And check out my list of contributors.

(via emergentfutures)

IPFS - Content Addressed, Versioned, P2P File System -


The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. In some ways, IPFS is similar to the Web, but IPFS could be seen as a single BitTorrent swarm, exchanging objects within one Git repository. In other words, IPFS provides a high throughput content-addressed block storage model, with content-addressed hyper links.

Coming soon to a hard drive near you!

How can the public learn the role of algorithms in their daily lives, evaluating the law and ethicality of systems like the Facebook NewsFeed, search engines, or airline booking systems?

How can research on algorithms proceed without access to the algorithm?

What is the algorithm doing for a particular person?

How should we usefully visualize it?

How do people make sense of the algorithm?

What do users really need to know about algorithms?

” — Some very relevant questions raised in a conversation hosted by MIT Center for Civic Media titled Uncovering Algorithms.  (via algopop)