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In the News 01.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 01.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. A Rare Look at Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind the Apple Watch

“Ive is obsessed over in design blogs, the sites that cover Apple as if it were the Vatican, following leaks and rumors and passing along hijacked photos of components or screens—pitching best guesses as to what Apple is working on next. One blog imagines what it would be like if Jony Ive designed—well, everything: “Jony Ive redesigns . . . freeway signage . . . Coke . . . the solar system.” You might spot the occasional photo of him out in the world—at the White House for a design award; in London being knighted, as he was two years ago, by Princess Anne; at a pizza dinner in San Francisco, sitting with Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and various Silicon Valley execs. But one of the very natural settings for the real Jony Ive is a workshop at Apple HQ.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Vogue

 


 

2. Something Borrowed, Something Blue

“Madewell as it stands today has almost nothing at all to do with the company founded by my great-grandfather almost 80 years ago. How many vintage labels out there have similar stories? How many corporations are out there rifling through the defunct brands of America’s past like a bin of used records, looking for something, anything, that will give them that soft Edison-bulb glow of authenticity?”

 
Read the rest of this article at BuzzFeed

 


 

3. Can a Search Engine Make You More Creative?

Type “beauty” into Google image search, and you’ll see endless photos of white models. Search “beauty” in Yossarian, the metaphorical search engine, and it returns pictures of men shaking hands, a little boy dressed as a super hero, and burning money. Keep scrolling and new understandings of “beauty” pop up.

 
Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

 


 

4. Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire

“Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they’ve cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Rolling Stone

 


 

5. Your Inner Drone: the Politics of the Automated Future

Society is adapting to the universal computing infrastructure—more quickly than it adapted to the electric grid—and a new status quo is taking shape. The assumptions underlying industrial operations have already changed. “Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically,” explains W. Brian Arthur, an economist and technology theorist at the Santa Fe Institute. “They are taking place in an unseen domain that is strictly digital.” As an example, he points to freight shipping. Not long ago, coordinating a shipment of cargo across national borders required legions of clipboard-wielding functionaries. Now, it’s handled by computers. Commerce of all sorts is increasingly managed through, as Arthur puts it, “a huge conversation conducted entirely among machines.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Longreads

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

[image : photography by francois dischinger for domino magazine]

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