“The original observation felt most like this,” Teller said. “When the Pony Express came along, it really reshaped society to be able to move things around fairly reliably at that speed, which was measured in many days. The U.S. Postal Service—growing partly out of the Pony Express and having it be even more reliable and starting to shorten the time—really did change society again.

“FedEx overnight delivery has absolutely changed the world again. We’re starting to see same-day service actually change the world,” he continued. “Why would we think that the next 10x—being able to get something in just a minute or two—wouldn’t change the world?”

Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

What we appreciate about Flappy Bird is not the details of its design, but the fact that it embodies them with such unflappable nonchalance. The best games cease to be for us (or for anyone) and instead strive to be what they are as much as possible. From this indifference emanates a strange squalor that we can appreciate as beauty.

The Squalid Grace of Flappy Bird

Cards offer an alternative metaphor that’s much more complementary to how we use phones and tablets. Just as in the real world, you don’t need to sit down at your desk in order to use cards; you carry them around and whip them out whenever or wherever they can help you—again, think of index, business or credit cards—in context of what you’re already doing (that respect for the user’s current context is important to cards as third-party content, too). Cards just make more sense on mobile than pages.

What Is a Card + Subtraction.com

A passionate thinker is a chess player that gets more focused the greater the complexity on the board. A thinker is a lunatic that continues to reflect until the inner voice says something familiar. Usually, what you find thinking hard is no different to what other people have said before, but in slightly different words. Thinking helps us to more deeply understand what we believed we understood — rarely do we find something truly fresh. It seems silly to spend so much time to achieve almost nothing. That is why people that avoid thinking often believe that it is, if not directly stupid, definitely not a smart pastime (compared to, say, making money).

Putting Thought Into Things

The extreme organizational difficulties of translating a crowd’s input into something useful and coherent is being tackled too, by groups including OpenIDEO and numerous other platforms, but it’s still easier to invite the masses to collaborate on work that can be computationally forked, diff’d, and merged—like code. More subjective tasks, such as designing a building or diagnosing a disease, still require hefty manual coordination to assemble disparate threads of effort.

Market realities and networked dreams — Medium

I had been suffering a sense of disconnection within my online communities prior to swearing off Facebook likes. It seemed that there were fewer conversations, more empty platitudes and praise, and a slew of political and religious pageantry. It was tiring and depressing. After swearing off the Facebook Like, though, all of this changed. I became more present and more engaged, because I had to use my words rather than an unnuanced Like function. I took the time to tell people what I thought and felt, to acknowledge friend’s lives, to share both joys and pains with other human beings.

It turns out that there is more humanity and love in words than there are in the use of the Like.

I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks. Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity — Medium

Instead, we found beyond the established category leaders, students seem to be using a sea of disparate apps. In fact, of over 3,300 app responses collected, 1,500 unique apps were represented — and no lesser-known app was said to be used frequently by more than 2.7 percent of respondents.

What Studying Students Teaches Us About Great Apps
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Treehouse, Atlanta, USA by Peter Bahouth | via

Architect Peter Bahouth built a series of houses in the trees connected by wooden bridges in Atlanta. Inspired by his love for nature and his childhood memories of boyhood treehouses, environmentalist Peter Bahouth created this grown-up fort in his Atlanta backyard. The three rooms of this treehouse have been named ‘Mind,’ ‘Body’ and ‘Spirit’ by its owner. A suspension bridge connects the living room to the bedroom that includes a platform bed which slides out for a better view of the tree canopy.

Photography: Lindsay Appel

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