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Pictures in the Aftermath and Watchers of the Earth

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of April 16th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Pictures In The Aftermath: In Japanese photographers’ responses to the Fukushima disaster, there is a visual language for pondering future catastrophes.

Watchers Of The Earth: Indigenous peoples around the world tell myths which contain warning signs for natural disasters. Scientists are now listening.

Massive Attack: How a weapon against war became a weapon against the web.

Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible At Thinking About the Future: FMRI studies suggest that when you imagine your future self, your brain does something weird: It stops acting as if you’re thinking about yourself.

Products

Verily: A health-tracking watch that will be used in observational and longitudinal health studies.

Physio: A VR app that lets people participate in physical therapy without having to go to an office or have someone come to their home.

AutoDraw: A new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw.

Visuals

(Re)defining A Post-Soviet Aesthetic: From Cyrillic script slogans on oversized hoodies, to the popular use of brutalist buildings as photoshoot backdrops, we are witnessing a revival of soviet aesthetics.

Decades-Worth Of Design Magazine Covers: The covers for the annual RDA—which is now nearly 40 years old—serve as an evolutionary chart for the field’s aesthetics and trends over the years.

The Art Side Of AI: It is crucial to add more diverse voices to the current discussions around the development and social impact of AI. This is exactly what art can help with.


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