Reading List: Week 3, June 2021

Research suggests that the more ideas we generate, the more creative they become. Focusing on one thing at a time too early in the creative process defeats the purpose of the exploration phase. Networked thinking requires to keep many open loops to connect ideas across various work streams. Only when you have spent enough time identifying patterns and connecting ideas together should you pick one work stream to focus on.

Should we really focus on one thing at a time?

Psychological safety, loosely understood as “group trust”, is the best-studied social dynamic of effective teams. Coined by Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School, this phenomenon has been extensively studied by Google, which found it to be the key factor in team productivity, as it creates an environment in which teammates can speak their minds without fear of backlash.

Hybrid Anxiety and Hybrid Optimism: The Near Future of Work

We looked at this as an important and unsolved problem. We asked ourselves: could we use technology to create the feeling of being together with someone, just like they’re actually there?

Project Starline: Feel like you’re there, together

You might expect that a judge’s decision would have something to do with how serious the crime was or how much time had been served already, or how many times a prisoner had gone to jail before. But these researchers found something else that had a huge effect on a judge’s ruling: lunch.

How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots

Whenever you’re provided with a set of data, when solving for a problem in an interface, you’ve got to consider the audience. What do the users need from the data? How do you organize the information in a way that facilitates findability? How do you search for the item and where does it reside to enable browsing?

The information architecture of sand

This all changes once we are using taxonomies for inference. Feeding data tagged from a taxonomy as input for AI or ML presupposes a certain (that is: strictly standards-compliant) rigidity of the structure. Algorithms rely on rigorously structured input to produce good output, and less-strictly-structured input will provide poor output if we, as part of the input file, tell the system that dog food is a dog.

Taxonomy Theory and Practice

What is of interest is the use of three to draw similarity and semantically link the items. Haikus presented in English also use three-line stanzas, and there is the rule of thirds in photography, just to point out two other examples. There seems to be something elemental in using a tripartite structure to convey meaning.

Triples, Triads, and Semantics


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