Your Thursday Lunchtime Roundup #9

The latest in Business, Design and Tech from Eli5 07/01/21

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💼 Business

No-one wants to be "singled out as the owner of a particular failure". Meaning "innovation can only happen when a failed outcome doesn’t mean failure overall". Why corporate innovation isn’t working by Brendan Kearns. Link.

An oldie but a goodie from Paul Graham of Y Combinator. This piece explains how rapid growth sets startups apart from other new businesses. Link.

We use the ICE methodology to efficiently rate product ideas. I still think it’s fit for purpose but this article raises some interesting arguments against it too. Link.

✏️ Design

For those designers wanting to get further down the no-code rabbit hole - here is a great list of Webflow hacks. Link.

I’m going to be honest, our lead designer has been on holiday for a few weeks. So the only other design stuff I have to share are these three links to icon pages that were shared in another group and I keep on my bookmarks bar. Link. Link. Link.

🖥️ Technology

An inside look at the Uber app rewrite. Even if you’re not a technical person, this story is astounding and shows how even the big boys can make mistakes. Link.

A post-mortem by the Google DevTools team on refactoring the dev tools panel using Javascript modules. Link.

Pretty cool new work in the GPT-3 area with a workable demo with UI soon. Basically, the machines are learning how to understand and manipulate human faces better (e.g. a different angle, glasses v no glasses, beard v no beard, even age and gender). There is also a good video to help explain it here (because I had to ask the dev team to noob-splain it to me). Apparently, they’re mostly excited about the user-interface element because it’ll be easier to make funny memes of each other. Link.

🕹️ Cool stuff

The story of the long-overdue breakthrough in cracking the Zodiac Killer’s 340-character cypher. Link.

In The Big Lessons from History, Morgan Housel explains how we humans tend to try and predict the problems of the future - but are often instead floored by the unexpected (see: Covid 19). Link.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Team Eli5