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On Soft Singularity and the Web’s Creator Looks To Reinvent It

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of June 12th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.


The Web’s Creator Looks To Reinvent It: Twenty-seven years ago, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web as a way for scientists to easily find information. It has since become the world’s most powerful medium for knowledge, communications and commerce — but that doesn’t mean Mr. Berners-Lee is happy with all of the consequences.

Kevin Kelly On Soft Singularity And Inevitable Tech Advances: Of course, artificial intelligence will wipe out or rework whole industries, and entire career paths will vanish. And if you think the world is addicted to its phones now, just wait until there’s a screen everywhere, and you never really escape the grid.

Why Home 3D Printing Never Lived Up To The Hype: It turned out that the average household doesn’t have a lot of need for 3D-printed goods. And when they do have use for them, it’s simpler to order from an online 3D printing service than to buy a 3D printer.

I’m With The Brand: Where have all the Mad Men gone? What would Rosser Reeves, 1960s marketing wunderkind and one of the inspirations behind the character of Don Draper, make of branding today?


Foxes Like Beacons: An exploratory project using open data of public radio stations with inexpensive, low-power signal detection in order to create an open positioning system.

Lacona: With a keyboard shortcut, type whatever you want it to do and it gives intelligent suggestions and then follows your orders.

VisionLabs: As a result of the work undertaken, a number of technological barriers the developers had faced within the fields of computer vision and neural networks were lifted. From now on, any start-up in this field can launch a project in a matter of days where it could literally take years previously.


Google Maps Vs. Apple Maps: Both are the default mapping apps on their respective operating systems (Android and iOS). And both are in a race to become the world’s first Universal Map — that is, the first map used by a majority of the global population. In many ways, this makes Google Maps & Apple Maps two of the most important maps ever made.

How I Got Here: Richard Turley: When Richard Turley left his position as creative director of Bloomberg Businessweek to join MTV as its first senior vice president of visual storytelling and deputy editorial director, the move was nothing short of sensational.

Surface, Image, Reception: Painting In A Digital Age: An artist today is automatically involved with ways of looking, thinking, and acting that are conditioned by technology, even if their work is not ostensibly dealing directly with technological concerns.

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