Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?
My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".
Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:
- Did Reddit's April Fool's gag solve the issue of online hate speech? - Ars Technica. "You can do a lot of things when you have the world's attention. Reddit has occasionally been a lab of sorts for nearly-collaborative interactions, where the nature of collaboration is severely restricted (the reddit button social experiment is a good example.) Well, this year, they gave the reddit community a canvas on which users could change one pixel to a color of their choice -- and set it free. Would it result in chaos? Coordination? Competition?" (Alistair for Hugh).
- The Silicon Gourmet: training a neural network to generate cooking recipes - Postcards From The Frontiers of Science. "We're finding ways to get algorithms to do all kinds of things. In this case, write recipes. Feed a neural network a bunch of recipes, let it iterate and compare what it makes to real recipes, repeat. The results are hysterical -- but also a good demonstration of the gradual, relentless improvement algorithms can make. Plus, this makes for hysterical clipart." (Alistair for Mitch).
- Cooking with Cthulhu - Postcards From The Frontiers of Science. "Take some incomplete recipes, feed them through a neural network trained on the works of early horror master, H.P. Lovecraft, and enjoy some tasty ideas for your next kitchen session." (Hugh for Alistair).
- Early Heavy Metal Documentary - BBC Proto - YouTube. "This one's for you, Mitch!... and all the other headbangers out there." (Hugh for Mitch).
- The Five Stages Of Tech Disruption - Disruption Hub. "I often lament that brands don't really understand the difference between 'disruption' and 'destruction'. No, they are not the same thing (clearly), but many brands do this. They think that disruption is the end, verses an amazing opportunity to future-proof their business. Here's a great way to think about tech disruption, that got me thinking about how the marketing industry was disrupted... and how it will be disrupted next. What happened next? A whole bunch of new business ideas." (Mitch for Alistair).
- Dad photoshops kid into dangerous situations, people think they're real and go mad - ShortList. "The headline says it all. This is perfect for a serious laugh... and also helps to illustrate how people react, interact and comment online, without stepping back to think about anything. Still, all of the funnies are here." (Mitch for Hugh).