D&T Issue 34

The code behind the vaccine, Best of 2020 design, Vitalik Buterin’s Endnotes and Bezos’ thinking process

Hi there!

Hope you’ve been having a pleasant year thus far, we know Ingo Ullisch is having a good year knowing that he solved a mathematical riddle that remained unsolved for centuries.

We’ve got some good reads for you to close this fever dream of a year, so lets jump right in.

Yes, a liquid that’s injected in you can be expressed as code. Lines of instruction of 4824 characters repeated 2 trillion times over. This read brilliantly covers the full spectrum right from the background knowledge of what DNA (and RNA) is made of, how they are related directly to code, how that is represented in code and every part of the Vaccine expressed as code and of course, explained. A long but enriching read.

The best design projects from 2020 curated by Google Design. From experiences that connect the world, to soft tech that warms your heart to tools that prepare you for the future.

Jeff Bezos writes about how he makes the most critical decisions for Amazon, what part of the day he allocates for his “High IQ” tasks, how he prefers his mornings, what influences his decision making abilities and of course how he bakes fiscal quarters three years in advance.

In 2020, AI-synthetic media started moving away from the darker corners of the internet to be seen implemented by all netizens be it from causes ranging from extremely funny to particularly dark.

Ethereum founder and all-purposes legend Vitalik Buterin writes a note on 2020, how he envisages economics of the modern world, it’s implicitness and distinctiveness from the traditional versions, the politics of the modern world, digital nationalism and of course crypto.

There’s a rush to build systems that could show your vaccination status. But it’s unclear how they would work—or even how useful they would be.

During the 60-70s, a lot of Banks started investing in trademarked logos as a mark of assurance driven by affluence. In his 1983 review of new bank logos in ID magazine, Steven Holt complained, “The unfortunate tendency in this type of large-scale design is to look over one’s shoulder and see what the other guy is doing, and to base one’s design accordingly. As in the banking industry itself, risk-taking is frowned upon.” Long read, super interesting for graphic design nerds.

Queen’s National Scholar, Katherine Stinson speaks on the questionable history of how algorithms were created and implemented to determine criminality, a dark (and particularly bigoted) past which the tech industry is yet to shake off.

The last 20 years have resulted in a broad range of breakthroughs in science, tech and design from the International Space Station laboratory.

The Web Almanac’s mission is to become an annual repository of public knowledge about the state of the web. Its goal is to make the data warehouse of HTTP Archive even more accessible to the web community by having subject matter experts provide contextualized insights. The 2020 edition of the Web Almanac is broken into four parts: content, experience, publishing, and distribution.

Information design (an already growing domain) has become disproportionately more vital in the past year to help deliver data in more intuitive ways to aid faster inferences and solution creation. Fast Company takes a stroll down some of the best data visualisations of 2020 to help make some sense of all this chaos.

Deepmind, the U.K.based AI company is still costing its parent company Alphabet hundreds of millions of dollars in losses each year. To make things worse, their past years report shows their primary clientele was none other than Alphabet.

Korea’s Artificial Sun Just Ran for 20 Astonishing Seconds, and at 100 million degrees, that’s easily a world record for fusion.

Researchers show that deep reinforcement learning, an almost gamified format of machine learning, can be used to design more efficient nuclear reactors.

For the past decade (or just under) there haven’t been very many drastic or global shifts in best practices in mobile UX, this has essentially resulted in a set of long-lasting usability issues faced regardless of relatively advanced software/hardware. Evert Martin gives his two cents on how we could approach and potentially solve this problem.

And that’s the lot! Thanks for checking out what we had to share with you this week and the past year. We shall catch up with you in 2021, have a wonderful NYE and year ahead.

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