Hot Links | STEM Overhyped? | Critical Thinking in Crisis | Scientific Subjectivity | Sensory Lexicon Gaps

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The Sydney Morning Herald asks: “Are STEM Skills Overhyped?” , while Strategy+Business posits that the lack of executive empathy is due to a dearth of so-called “soft” skills – like critical thinking.

This piece on Medium’s UX Planet highlights the importance of humanities perspectives in design.

This caught our eye: NPR explores the limits of Western languages, when describing scent.

In AEON, Margaret Wertheim’s piece on dimension showcases subjectivity in the sciences (we’ve been saying all along that subjectivity is not the exclusive provenance of the arts)!

Hot Links | Math and Music | STEAM Power for Indy | Design Powered Innovation | The Arrival of AI

All musicans are subconsciously mathematicians
— Thelonious Monk

 

Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are currently fueling our ideas for/discussions on arts-led innovation.

A late, transcendent discovery from 2017: Josh Jones on the mathematics of music in Open Culture.

The Indiana-based Lilly Endowment is offering grants up to $10 million for ideas that will strengthen "Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation".

Forbes explores the relationship between triple bottom line design and successful innovation.

Take note: Oracle's CEO Safra Catz says that "AI is finally here."  With this in mind, we ask: how will we manage this in ways that meaningfully improve the circumstances of the planet and its people.

 

 

 

Hot Links | Looking Toward 2018 | CEOs in Art School | Hoping for a Chartreuse World

Knowledge consists in the search for the truth...it is not the search for certainty.
— Karl Popper

Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are currently fueling our ideas for/discussions on arts-led innovation.

We think it’s time to disrupt the coming wave of digital disruption – in meaningful, people and planet centered ways.  As Strategy + Business says: This wave of digital disruption will have far-reaching effects. Already, digital technology has shown its ability to outpace or outmaneuver efforts to control it.

YES!  Business leaders are going to art school, to develop creative skills.  We are hopeful that increased empathy will be part of the enrichment.

What will work look like in the 2030?  We’re doing everything we can, to facilitate the development of something like a chartreuse world (a mixture of green and yellow).

Co.Design hypothesizes the big design trends of the coming new year.  We really hope that Inclusivity for All takes off and transcends trend to become standard practice.

This is progress: investment funds that benefit communities in addition to shareholders.  We like to imagine a future in which there are large investment funds that benefit communities instead of shareholders.

Less of this and this, more human-centered protections from autonomous AI.

We are very interested in the discussion around the outsized influence of Big Tech and the search for the “Davids” that can bring equilibrium to the sector.

Hot Links | Art and Next-Gen Innovation | Spongy Cities | A Call for Data Innovation | More AI Alarm Bells

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Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are currently fueling our ideas for/discussions on arts-led innovation.

More proof that qualities inherent to arts practice and education are crucial components of transformative innovation.

Climate change has come and it is STEAM that may save us.  The idea of “spongier” cities brilliantly exposes the potential for human-made solutions to human-made problems.

In revealing the tricks of the Ad Tech trade, this “whistleblower” shines a spotlight on the necessity of prioritizing the consistent human management of emerging technologies. 

The Census Bureau is seeking innovative collaborators, to help them to gather and interpret data.  What an incredible opportunity, for human-centered technologies!

We’re at it again!  Here’s another great read, this time by Yarden Katz in SSRN, on the dangers of unchecked Artificial Intelligence.

 

Hot Links | Disappearing Privacy | The Ethics of Data Science | How Smart Are Smart Cities?

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Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are currently fueling our ideas for/discussions on arts-led innovation.

n JSTOR Daily, Charlotte Lieberman exposes the fallacy of authenticity and the vacuity of branding.  We are well aware that the answers are not within Apps, but rather the arts.

According to Fast Company’s Co.Design, we are entering the age of “Centaur Design” in which the needs of humans and the machines we operate are given equal weight in the design and development processes.  This has been keeping us up at night.

Our attention was drawn once again to the surge in so-called Smart City development (this time led by Microsoft). Barry’s Blog asks a crucial question: how “smart" can these proposed cities be, without the inclusion of perspectives from arts and culture sectors?  Answer: they can’t.

 

Communications of the ACM explores the ethical responsibilities of data scientists in a world that has granted them significant, largely unchecked, power, and neglected to place parameters around the expansion of artificial intelligence.  

WVIK.com alerts us to next level digital (and real life) privacy concerns, with the recent introduction of Amazon Key.
 

Hot Links | Bleeding Heart Design | Cheerleading the Arts Economy | Exploring Post-Facebook Realities

Links that are inspiring us this week: Gentrification-proof community development?  A post-Facebook world? Arts as a weapon against the AI apocalypse.

Hot Links | Innovating the Everyday | Busting Fake News | Singularity vs. Culture | Algorithms and Bias

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Some are new, some are not.  Nonetheless, all of the articles linked to below are currently fueling our ideas for/discussions on arts-led innovation.

Eyebeam announced their inaugural residents in a pilot program "that takes an artist-led approach to fighting misinformation and fake news”.

A Strategy + Business article reminds us of the necessity to innovate “the mundane”, and the value of improving the systems we utilize daily.

MIT Media Lab’s Joichi Ito on the dangers of singularity and the worship of A.I., with a call to action to "depend less on the accumulation of power and resources and more on diversity and the richness of experience” (our italics).

More from MIT today (and more disturbing information about A.I.): Nova reports on how human bias has been translated into artificial intelligence, and the scientists that are attempting to correct the issue.