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‘Unboxing’ at Behavior Design Amsterdam #16 - Leapfroglog
This is very good stuff from Kars: from the challenges of designing with machine learning through to Value Sensitive Design and the complexity of good work.
karsalfrink  design  machinelearning  ml  ethics  values 
26 days ago by infovore
James Somers – Web developer money
"A lot of the stuff going on just isn’t very ambitious. ‘The thing about the advertising model is that it gets people thinking small, lean,’ wrote Alexis Madrigal in an essay about start-ups in The Atlantic last year. ‘Get four college kids in a room, fuel them with pizza, and see what thing they can crank out that their friends might like. Yay! Great! But you know what? They keep tossing out products that look pretty much like what you’d get if you took a homogenous group of young guys in any other endeavour: Cheap, fun, and about as worldchanging as creating a new variation on beer pong.’" Still thinking on this article a bit. It touches on lots of things I have issues with - the startup scene, and in particular the US startup scene, and the usefulness of what it makes; wrestling with the idea that making IS value, something I do a lot; having watched recent Bret Victor videos, what something meaningful would work like. But also: it reminds me why I've chosen some of the work I have recently, that values are something you reassess and fight for, that value isn't just curing cancer or better pill bottles, but also charm and joy and wit and provocation and art. (It's probably not another niche dating service).
employment  culture  programming  writing  startups  values 
june 2013 by infovore
Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » The Cost of Spectacle
"By the time Joe Average has hardware that can run your fancy-pants game, it’s long gone from stores... You keep aiming your game at this tiny, pirate-infested group [of players with 'gaming rigs'] and wondering why sales are so small."
games  mooreslaw  industry  production  values  technology  casual  hardcore 
august 2008 by infovore

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