How AirBnb Started
Or How 3 Guys Went from Renting Mattresses to a $10 Billion Dollar Company
- "Airbnb: The story behind the $1.3bn room-letting website". The Telegraph
- "Airbnb: From Y Combinator To $112M Funding In Three Years". The Wall Street Journal
- "Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Building a Company and Starting a ‘Sharing’ Revolution". The Atlantic
Created by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani, The Uncomfortable is an ongoing series of useless, impractical, and “deliberately inconvenient” everyday objects. Through her work, Kamprani invites her audience to consider how heavily we rely on the basic functions of everyday things, and she reminds us to be grateful to those clever inventors who designed the practical and convenient items that we use without any trouble.
BOND is a tiny touch module. It can be a pendant or a bracelet but it comes in pairs. You keep one and you give one to a friend. When you touch it, your friend feels it. No matter where they are on the planet. We don’t do tweets, we do tickles.
we need this
gonna put it on my dick
In general, we should want good ideas to be copied. If you’ve got a Samsung phone, be grateful that the engineers at Apple helped design the dialer. Yes, inventors need incentives to invent. They need to know that their ideas can make them money and that building something brilliant can make them rich. And in some industries—particularly ones, like pharma, with huge research costs—you do need strong patent protection. But technology doesn’t work like drug development. The industry evolves quickly, and you need to try to be first, whether you get patent protection or not. Enforcing patents can help you lock in profits; but patents won’t change your approach to research.
Moore’s Law of the Mind: How Technology is Changing the Way We Think for the Better
Around a year and a half ago my Pre-AP English class was assigned a culminating project. This graduation requirement consisted of a 2500 word paper as well as a short presentation. We were prompted to choose a point of contention in the modern world, pose it as a question, gather arguments from debates and other sources, and format it as an essay to convince the reader of a certain position.
I chose, “is technology making us stupider?”
This is the paper I wrote in my junior year of High School, unedited from its original form.
This is definitely worth a read if you’re worried about the Internet frying your grey matter, or if you’re concerned that the generations to come will be dumb as bricks. There is hope! I’m not so sure they’ll be able to spell, but the world of the web is training people in a different sort of intelligence.
A product is not a set of screens — it’s the stories those screens enable.
this is good.
Story-centered Design: Hacking Your Brain To Think Like A User is a great story by Google Ventures partner, Braden Kowitz. In it, he outlines his process for managing the complexity inherent in interaction design projects, and describes how he has moed away from a screen-based approach to one that focuses on narrative and storytelling. Easier said than done, of course, and the four ways he outlines aren’t the only ways to think about this issue, but it’s an important topic that more would do well to think about seriously. After all, the impact of a more holistic approach to design can be profound.
[Story via Erik Van Crimmin]
These days, we spend a lot of our day (and, let’s be honest, sometimes a hefty chunk of the night) staring at screens. And if you’re a computer-lover, it comes as no surprise to hear that computers are keeping people up at night. No kidding.
But would it surprise you to hear that your monitor is partly to blame?
Studies show that blue light makes us feel more awake. Our screens are calibrated to look good during the day, mimicking sunlight. Exposing ourselves to blue light after sunset tells our brains that it’s still bright out and we don’t have to gear down for sleep any time soon.
A bright screen at night isn’t exactly wonderful for your eyes. Especially not a very, very blue one. Which, if your computer isn’t a decade old, it probably is. We don’t notice, but the latest screen technologies emit a lot more blue light. They’re gorgeous, and you shouldn’t stop using them, but they could be ruining your sleep.
"I’ll turn down the brightness," you say. Well, good for you, but what matters here is colour temperature. And, it turns out, there’s something you can do about it that doesn’t involve manually recalibrating your screen every time the sun goes down.
There’s an application called f.lux that does that for you, adjusting your screen to warm light according to sunset times in your area.
It runs in the background of your computer or other device. The PC version looks like this:
You can change the colour tones for day and nighttime, as well as disable it temporarily to do graphic or other colour-sensitive work. It may look excessively orange at first, but if you set it to transition slowly, you’ll hardly notice the difference.
You’re at the right color when your monitor screen color looks like the pages of a book under your room lights. We’re all used to monitors giving off a 6500K glow, which is even bluer than sunlight. If the default settings of f.lux feel too extreme to you, try setting it to fluorescent, and once your eyes adjust, set it to a warmer temperature. Some studies indicate blue light is beneficial during the day, but late at night it can negatively affect your sleep pattern. Our unofficial study indicates that f.lux makes your computer look nicer in a dark room.
What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction? Will the next generation of screens eliminate the need for this kind of calibration in flux? Is this completely unnecessary even now?
I’ve been using f.lux for over a month now, and I think I’ll keep it. I never really had much trouble getting to sleep, so I haven’t noticed much in that respect, but my screen is certainly easier on the eyes in low lighting.