This week, start here: Dan Hill’s essay on predictive analytics and the responsive city (22 min.) is one of the best things we’ve read this year. Hill manages to weave together Boston startup Bridj, rat populations in Chicago, the flooding of the Nile and Minority Report into a single narrative that paints a future in which our cities operate just-in-time. This merits some consideration:

There is a mismatch between the easy replicability of code and the distinct differences of cities, yet cities are increasingly able to adopt and adapt code-based services.

On a related note, a more-accurate taxonomy of city types (11 min.) is within reach.


It’s overtly paid content for GORE-TEX, but a September HypeBeast interview with visvim creator Hiroki Nakamura (4 min.) gave us this gem:

With the passage of time, anything made from the outside will eventually deteriorate. By contrast, something made from the inside out only gets more beautiful over time. That’s the kind of beauty I want to offer people.

Nathan Kontny’s piece on the parallels between Mary Shelly and car thieves — each ‘breaks things down and finds value in the parts’ — transitions well into the story behind the design of his writing application, Draft (7 min.).

Clive Richardson of the GDS outlines the role research for assisted digital (3 min.) — a critical distinction on the path to building services, not websites.

Joseph Esposito’s piece on 1, 3, 5 and 10 year visions — and the need for each within an organization (6 min.) — extends far beyond the purview of his blog on scholarly publishing.

We’re rather enamored of Linda Norris’ post on the value of small changes (2 min.) for The Uncataloged Museum, and her championing of low-fidelity user feedback.

Faris Yakob wants to know when interactivity faded from interactive advertising (5 min.). In surveying the most-cited digital creative, his verdict:

Not very interactive. In fact, no role for the user — just for a viewer.

This will stick with you: Org Theory breaks down the waves of internet commerce by the problems solved in each (1 min.), and posits that the latest age is one of commodity monetization.


Two divergent takes this week on love: Marina Abramovic from a far-ranging conversation with Vikas Shah and Sir Ken Robinson (20 min.), and John Steinbeck in a 1958 letter to his son (3 min.), reprinted on Farnam Street. Each is worth reading in full.

Researchers have identified clear distinctions between the ways in which high-caste and low-caste Indian men approach coordination games (45 min.) — finding that the former coordinate at a far less-efficient rate. One suspects that this behavior is not limited to the Indian subcontinent (nor to men).