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Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of December 8th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.


Hunting For The Origins of Symbolic Thought: Recent findings are the latest in a series of discoveries urging researchers to rethink the origins of human creativity and symbolic thought.

Are You A Robot? Introducing “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA”: Google reimagines the process of preventing bots from creating spam.

Why Every Great Leader Should Study Philosophy: Thinking like a philosopher – searching, never getting complacent with personal development, and refusing to accept pat truths – is essential to being a good innovator.

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind: Prof Stephen Hawking believes AI “would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”


Prism: Prism puts all of your bills in one app that lets you review, manage and pay your bills for free.

Wire: A chat app that facilitates high quality conversations.

Sunn: Improve your health and sleep by ditching harmful indoor artificial lighting.

Lumio: Modern lighting systems with the simple goal of giving people the freedom to experience beautiful lighting wherever they are.


Thomas Pynchon’s Crooked Los Angeles: Paul Thomas Anderson traveled throughout Southern California — in search of images and locations that evoked the ’60s as they came to a mythic and tawdry end.

Terry Winters Creates Tightly Woven Cobwebs Of Ink: The American painter and printmaker often draws inspiration from science, architecture, and information systems.

Inspiring Creativity: The film is an insider’s perspective on inspiration from the minds of leading creative personalities.

The Future Of Whole Foods [Future Of Retail]: Rehab Studios designed a shopping experience where visitors in Whole Foods gain helpful insights to drive their shopping experience. For example, if a person walks near produce, it’ll inform them on when it was picked.

On Jupiter We Will Wear Bacteria-Infested 3D-Printed Fashion: Architect and Designer Neri Oxman re-imagines what a space suit can be: “the future of wearables lies in designing augmented extensions to our own bodies that will blur the boundary between the environment and ourselves.”

Jason Farrell is the CTO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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