Weekend reading list – week of April 25, 2016

April 29, 2016

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of April 25.

The typical millennial is 29 and lives in the suburbs
The archetype paints millennials, on the cusp of their 30s, as college-educated singles living in the city. However, the reality is that the typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs–and without a college diploma.
Read it on The Atlantic Pocket

Human-assisted artificial intelligence
You are a young professional and you’ve just been hired by an up-and-coming agency that provides the services of an AI personal assistant. Congrats! You are told that most of your time will be spent on developing artificial intelligence, but that you will also spend time on reviewing algorithms. Great! But after a few months on the job, you realize that YOU are the artificial intelligence. Read the story of Willie Calvin, who, worked 14 hours a day pretending to be the robot that booked appointments and replied to email.
Read it on Bloomberg Business Review Pocket

The future of technology is in your ear
Today’s smartphones have interfaces that play on two senses: sight and touch. But what if the next generation of smartphones interact with our ears? And what if the next big social media platform was operated with an auditory interface? Will our ears one day take over the functions currently being delivered by our thumbs?
Read it on BackchannelPocket

In-store technology
Goodbye POS cardboard stands and floor decals! Today’s retailers are leveraging the foundations of UX to improve the in-store shopping experience. Touch screens, virtual reality and mobility are starting to appear everywhere, but will they deliver the goods? Is this a branding shortcut or a real way to boost sales?
Read it on Digiday Pocket

Not all practice makes perfect
In 1908, Johnny Hayes won the Olympic marathon—described as “the greatest race of the century”—in a breathtaking 2:55:16. Today, the record stands at 2:02:57. In 1973, David Richard Spencer memorized a record 511 digits of pi. That record was smashed in 2015, when Akira Haraguchi claimed to have memorized 100,000 digits. How can this acceleration of performance be explained? Practice itself has evolved over time and become a science.
Read it on Nautilus Pocket

This week’s favourite thing
Turn off that screen and get inspired by other people who use the Internet and technology to get creative! Order the latest issues of Offscreen, an independent print magazine about the people behind the pixels.