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CSA Images/Printstock Collection/Getty Images Eminent industry leaders worry that the biggest risk tied to artificial intelligence is the militaristic downfall of humanity. But there’s a smaller community of people committed to addressing two more tangible risks: AI created with harmful biases built into its core, and AI that does not reflect the diversity of the users it serves. I am proud to be part of the second group of concerned practitioners. And I would argue that not addressing the issues of bias and diversity could lead to a different kind of weaponized AI.
The good news is that AI is an opportunity to build technology with less human bias and built-in inequality than has been the case in previous innovations. But that will only happen if we expand AI talent pools and explicitly test AI-driven technologies for bias.
Eliminating Biases in AI: The People Technology inevitably reflects its creators in a myriad of ways, conscious and unconscious. The tech industry remains very m..
Modern developments abound in the ongoing refresh of London’s bustling King’s Cross area; however few of them have the design flair and historical character of the famous Gasholder triplets. The existing set of three interlocking gasholders, a distinguishing part of King’s Cross industrial heritage identity, has now been carefully cleaned up and incorporated into a modern design by Wilkinson Eyre, who transformed them into a contemporary, luxury residential complex, full of bespoke details and historical character. Created for King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, the Gasholders development has just been officially completed, featuring a wealth of open spaces for the residents, as well as a rich list of amenities, such as a gym, spa, bookable work space and party room. The outdoor areas include a generous terrace with gardens designed by award-winning specialist Dan Pearson, while a lush entrance lobby features a dramatic cascading staircase and an especially commissioned lighting ..
In Part 1 we looked at how APIs have evolved over the last few decades and how each one gave way to the next. We also talked about some of the particular drawbacks of using REST for mobile client development. In this article, I want to look at where mobile client API design appears to be headed — with a particular emphasis on GraphQL. There are, of course, lots of people, companies, and projects that have tried to address RESTs shortcomings over the years: HAL, Swagger/OpenAPI, OData JSON API and dozens of other smaller or internal projects have all sought to bring order to the spec-less world of REST.
Manually clicking through different browsers as they run your development code, either locally or remotely, is a quick way to validate that code. It allows you to visually inspect that things are as you intended them to be from a layout and functionality point of view. However, it’s not a solution for testing the full breadth of your site’s code base on the assortment of browsers and device types available to your customers.
In this series, I want to introduce you to GraphQL. By the end, you should understand not just what it is but also its origins, its drawbacks and the basics of how to work with it. In this first article, rather than jumping into the implementation, I want to go over how and why we have arrived at GraphQL (and similar tools) by looking at the lessons learned from the last 60 years of API development, from RPC to now.
I hope you had a great start into the new year. And while it’s quite an arbitrary date, many of us take the start of the year as an opportunity to try to change something in their lives. I think it’s well worth doing so, and I wish you the best of luck for accomplishing your realistic goals. I for my part want to start working on my mindfulness, on being able to focus, and on pursuing my dream of building an ethically correct, human company with Colloq that provides real value to users and is profitable by its users.
The famed Fitzpatrick-Leland house, perched at the top of Mulholland Drive, has been billed a ‘theatrical’ structure by historians – as well as, frankly, ‘a come-on’. Built as a spec house to attract similar development in the 1930s, it sits at the intersection of the city’s notorious mountain drive and the twisting thoroughfare of Laurel Canyon, an area today hosting many impressive homes. This year, the Rudolph Schindler creation, now owned by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, will welcome a series of design exhibitions and programming related to the home’s history. The series begins with ‘Pin-up: A Designed Tribute to Schindler’s LA’, juxtaposing the work of LA-based designers and artists with that of Schindler, who hailed from Austria and moved to LA in 1921. 'Chene' desk and stool by Atelier de Troupe Schindler’s innovative designs utilised the interplay of indoor and outdoor space as well as uncommon materials...
Time and design stand still in the aviation market. The massive cost of development and tight legislatory requirements ensure that new aircraft come to market in a trickle, rather than a flood. Incremental improvements, overhauls and upgrades ensure that once a fundamental form is fixed, it is able to endure for decades. Boeing’s 747 made its debut at the tail-end of the 60s and most estimates suggest the design will still be flying in the 2030s and 40s. Cessna’s 172 is the VW Beetle of the air, still in production after over 60 years. Italian manufacturer Piaggio first flew the original P180 Avanti back in 1986, returning with a major upgrade in 2004 and then another round of improvements in 2015. That latest version of the aircraft is the Avanti EVO, and in the world of business aviation it still counts as something shiny and new. Cabin view of the...
In February of 2015, I began working on an iOS app called Air Lookout. The goal of the app was to simplify and remove any obfuscation of air quality information. After over a year of working nights and weekends, the total net income since it launched in 2016 has been less than $1,000. Even with those numbers, I would relive every hour of work. The one thing that I can’t place a monetary value on is how the experience of creating Air Lookout has completely changed my mind on the process of design and development for every project I have worked on since.
Today I read an eye-opening article about the current young generation and their financial future. It’s hard to grasp words like “Millenials”, and there’s much talk about specific issues they face, but, for many of us, it’s not easy to understand their struggle — no matter if you’re older or younger than me (I qualify under the Millenial generation). But Michael Hobbes’ entertaining and super informative article revealed a lot to me.