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How the Internet is Loosening our Grip on the Truth and Verbal Tics

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of November 6th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

How The Internet Is Loosening Our Grip On The Truth: For years, technologists and other utopians have argued that online news would be a boon to democracy. That has not been the case.

Verbal Tics: As bots grow up, like us, their bugs become their features.

Pepe, Nasty Women, and the Memeing of American Politics: In a democracy, memes reflect the sheer diversity of opinions and voices of the people, from right, left, and center alike.

What’s Wrong With Big Data?: The view that more information produces better decisions is at odds with the world around us.

Products

Project VoCo: Essentially, the software can understand the makeup of a person’s voice and replicate it, so long as there’s about 20 minutes of recorded speech.

Cubetto: A screen-free way to teach coding basics to kids who can’t yet read or write.

OAK: A dock for your iPhone that turns any tabletop into an augmented reality playground.

Visuals

Jean Nouvel: Reflections: The renowned French architect Jean Nouvel begins his ambitious projects with small, sparse sketches that capture the essence of his ideas. When he finishes, he has generally created some of the most thoughtful and celebrated works of modern architecture in the world.

The Big Cloth: A short documentary about the Harris Tweed industry on the Island of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Technology Invites A Deep Dive Into Art: For many years, patrons were asked to turn off their cellphones when they entered a museum. Now, they’re encouraged to use them with technologies like augmented and virtual reality, touch-screen tables and customized audio tours.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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