Foundry’s WTF (19-Nov-2016)

The Foundry’s Weekly Technology Fix (WTF) is a curated list of articles/posts/etc. we found interesting. The Foundry @ Cornell Tech transforms research and ideas into products.

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Department of 🎮 💉 (Digital Addictions)

💉 Bring your printed photos into the digital world

💉 A Chrome extension to keep you productive

Check the TimeWarp Chrome extension. The article also describes various related tools. Great read.

💉 A secure OS for the internet of things

Department of 💡🏙 (Smarter Cities)

💡 Paper bike helmet

City bikes are great. But they don't come with helmets. And carrying your own helmet is not really practical. This might solve the problem.

And I can see an obvious advertising opportunities with the helmet, which might help finance its deployment.

💡 Guerrilla bike-lanes

Department of 🤑 🔌 (Shameless Plugs)

🤑 Sharing my experience as a juror

Against all odds, I got picked to serve as a juror. I took it as a field trip to figure out what innovations can be brought to the court room and the justice system.

🤑 Big data to solve unemployment in France (in French)

My friend Paul Duan and his startup Bayes Impact were the first non-profit to join Y Combinator. Now, they apply Big Data to curb unemployment in France.

Department of 🌈🎆(Silver linings)

🌈 BBC's Planet Earth II

Must see documentary series, from the BBC.

Swimming sloth, from BBC's Planet Earth II series (Islands).

🌈 Object recognition app for the visually impaired

🌈 Weapons of mass instruction

Lemesoff converted a 1979 Ford Falcon into a bizarre tank-like vehicle complete with a swiveling turret, a non-functioning gun, and space to store about 900 books — inside and outside of the vehicle.

Department of 🇺🇸 🗳 (US Elections)

🇺🇸 Red bots vs Blue bots

🇺🇸 Another option for the United States

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II resumes monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

proposed by John Cleese (or one of his impersonators). Read the full article.

🇺🇸 For wannabe activists, from either side

Hustle is a text-distribution tool that allows organizers to quickly start individual, personalized conversations with huge numbers of supporters.

🇺🇸 Bullshit detector plug-in

And a really good related article about things we can do about fake news.

Department of 🎬 📖 (worthy quotes)


« Big data processes codify the past. They do not invent the future.» Source: Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O'Neil.

« Leaders who want healthy organizations cannot try to eliminate or reduce time spent in meetings by combining them or cutting them short. Instead, they have to make sure that they are having the right kinds of meetings, and then they must make those meetings effective.» Source: The Advantage, by J-B Lencioni.

« […] for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.» David Thoreau, quoted in Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much.

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