It’s been a week now since we got back to campus from Tech Trek. I’m echoing everyone else, but it is hard to believe that the trip we prepared for for the last eight weeks is already come and gone. Still, the semester isn’t stopping for my disbelief. This week has gone by as quickly … Continue reading Optimization and Decision-Making: Reflection on Tech Trek
At the beginning of the semester, we started our first class with a discussion of social media. In particular, we addressed the role of social media design in its uses and abuses. We watched and discussed videos from Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook's director of product design, on the principles for design at scale, and Tristan … Continue reading Misdesign: intentionality and bias in innovation
This just in: Machine Learning is the Next Big Thing. It's going to transform the way we work, the way we live, the way we do business. Basically-- high caliber analysis here-- machine learning will solve all our problems. I'm kidding, of course. This isn't news; machine learning's life-changing (awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing) potential has been … Continue reading How Good is Google Translate, Anyway?
Every day, when I open my phone or computer, I am met with advertisements-- on my facebook feed, on instagram or tumblr, at the top of my emails and on the sidebars of websites I visit. In fact, of all the ways I access the internet every day, I am hard pressed to think of … Continue reading Marketing, Morality, and Modern Advertising
In In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives, Steven Levy presents an insider's viewpoint on Google's development and growth over the years, from its earliest days as a start-up to the global force it is today. Throughout the book, Levy grapples with the questions which shaped Google's expansion. Central to the … Continue reading Book Summary | In The Plex by Steven Levy
Hello! I hope everyone is having a great holidays! My name is Rachel Duquette, and I'm a sophomore in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences studying Math and Computer Science. I grew up in Camas, Washington, which is a little town just north of Portland, Oregon. Since I've lived in Washington my whole life, … Continue reading Selfie: Rachel Duquette