Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #311

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • Managing the Bots That Are Managing the Business – MIT Sloan Management Review.Tim O’Reilly is prescient about many things. The convergence of Next:Economy (about the future of work) and Strata (Data Science) make interesting bedfellows, and the subject of bots, algorithms, and automation comes up often. Here, he muses on the people who must manage the bots (and strays into, of course, the bots that will inevitably manage people).” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Delightful Perversity of Québec’s Catholic Swears – Atlas Obscura“Yeah, we’re from Québec, but readers might not be. So, when they want to get authentic, forget poutine, maple syrup, or Canada Goose jackets: Just start naming things from the Catechism. I’m including this in my folder of ’everything you need to know when visiting Montreal,’ and you should too.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi. – Vox“The Twitter link I followed had a better headline, ’Deconstructing Blade Runner using Artificial Intelligence — an AI watches a film about AIs.’ I have not even read the article yet. I can’t wait.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Listen To Wikipedia. “Pull Wikipedia‘s live editing data, convert various editing actions into musical notes (bells are additions, plucked strings are subtractions; the size of the changes defines the pitch). Throw in some graphic representations… and now you have music generated by the humans across the world who are editing Wikipedia.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • These 17 life hacks will change the way you use Gmail – Business Insider. “I tend to shy away from these link-bait-ish type of headlines, but I’m becoming increasingly fascinated with how we manage our information. It’s also amazing to see such a vibrant and powerful app and software ecosystem that has been developed around Google‘s Gmail. With that, I just can’t believe all of the amazing things that any one of us can do to make email that much more efficient. Bring on the messaging apps, sure… but I still think email is one of the best ways to get stuff done.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • 13, right now – Washington Post. “How important is it for a 13 year old to understand the value and power of being an online influencer. Think about it this way: when a 13 year old girl knows that 100 ‘likes’ on any given post of hers is a key metric, we have to start wondering two things: One, what are we doing to kids today and their self esteem? Two, isn’t it great that young kids today know what it means to build an audience and get others to care about their content? Don’t judge those questions… just think about them… and read this.” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.