Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #373

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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 (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), 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: 

  • SWANH. Star Wars Episode IV. As an infographic. 22 Illustrator. 157 pictures. 123 meters. 1024 x 465152 pixels. Because, why not? This is now on display at the Barbican.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Droptree – “HD Delivery” – Vimeo. “This gives Leningrad (which I shared a few months back) a run for its money. Droptree Productions, a film company, spent two years filming a music video for a song of theirs, entirely on their clients’ sets, in between takes. It’s amazing. ROBOT THROUGH THE FRAME.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Facebook’s AI accidentally created its own language – The Next Web. “Title is a bit misleading, but… may we all live in interesting times.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • My Advice To Anyone Starting A Business Is To Remember That Someday I Will Crush You – The Onion. “Ah, The Onion. Here’s a pitch perfect advice article, from Jeff Bezos to all start-up founders.” (Hugh for Mitch).  
  • Growing Up with Alexa – MIT Technology Review. “We all worry about our kids and technology. Let’s face it, we’re all spending a lot of time with these screens and the vast majority of our population (both children and adults alike) are completely lacking in digital literacy. Many people argue about whether young people should have screens or not, but that’s not the entire story. What about the content on that screen? What about those being able to mentor and help them with this content? It’s not so simple. Now, we’re entering into a new arena: voice as navigation. No more clicking, mouses or typing. We will use our voice. So, what now? Are we all ok with kids bossing around their technology and expecting it to give them exactly what they want? Do we realize that their tone with technology may become the main way that they communicate with other humans as well? So, will kids just be bossing us all around, the same way that they will boss their iPad around? Sounds about right. Sadly.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Not even remotely possible – TechCrunch. “Here’s a really interesting piece from my friend, Jon Evans, about how much more productive remote teams can be than the usual office fare. I’m not so sure, but this article provides some real insight. Maybe I’m an old-timer, but I like coming into an office, being around people with a shared goal and hearing things. It works for me. It inspires me. I’m not so sure I could be as productive rolling out of bed and working solo from a home office or cafe. Different strokes for different folks, I’d gather. Jon also points out how communication is everything and, maybe as the technology gets better, he’s right about the end-state – a world where we all work from wherever. What do you think?” (Mitch for Hugh).

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