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  • Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest Crunch Network

    Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest

    The American Midwest, to some, is just the “flyover states.” Its tropes — rusted-out factories, cornfields and calorically dense fried foods at state fairs — are well-known. However, it’s also increasingly home to more technology startups. Looking through the lens of startup and VC funding activity, we’ll be looking out how the Midwest and its metros stack… Read More

  • What you should know about AI Crunch Network

    What you should know about AI

    Artificial intelligence seems to be nearly everywhere these days, yet most people have little understanding of AI technology, its capabilities and its limitations. Despite evocative names like “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning” and “neural networks,” such technologies have little to do with human thought or intelligence. Read More

  • What sucks about the design industry and insights to fast-track your career Crunch Network

    What sucks about the design industry and insights to fast-track your career

    We use the 25th and final episode to sit down and ask each other 10 questions, similar to those we’ve been asking our guests over the past 24 weeks. From how we both got started as designers, to the lessons that have had the most profound impact on our careers. Ghoshal breaks down the three things he takes into consideration when accepting — or even considering — a potential… Read More

  • INNOVATE 2017 | Tristin Harris
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    The ‘attention economy’ created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

    “The attention economy” is shaping everything about contemporary life, according to Google’s former design ethicist, Tristan Harris. That economy has brought us Donald Trump by bankrupting our intelligence and exploiting our “lower-level vulnerabilities.” Read More

  • Addressing unjust US surveillance policies Crunch Network

    Addressing unjust US surveillance policies

    As the new administration’s rhetoric around maintaining public safety reaches a fever pitch, cutting-edge surveillance technologies are being rolled out and used on the American public — often without the public’s knowledge or consent, and often without judicial authorization. Read More

  • Startups want to change what you insure and how you insure it Crunch Network

    Startups want to change what you insure and how you insure it

    In an insurer’s ideal world, there’d be a profitable policy for every conceivable risk. Click once, and you’re covered. But in the real world, insurance hasn’t kept up with the changes of recent years. The millennial generation has entered adulthood intent on completing — online — any complex transaction in a couple of minutes. But insurance policies look… Read More

  • Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile Crunch Network

    Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile

    Despite an early lead with Windows Mobile and Windows CE — and spending billions on Nokia’s mobile business — Microsoft has been on its heels in the mobile device market since the one-two punch of iPhone and Android launching in 2007. The introduction of x86-compatible ARM chips and the rise of progressive web apps could drive a return to the mobile market for Microsoft. Read More

  • 30 years of the GIF Crunch Network

    30 years of the GIF

    Few technologies survive more than five years — let alone 30 — without significant change. Technologies that do not change are resigned to obsolescence. But the GIF, which celebrates its 30th birthday this summer, has endured. While its technical aspects haven’t changed, GIFs have taken on three different lives — and usage of GIFs has never been higher than it is today. Read More

  • Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for? Crunch Network

    Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for?

    Imagine a Warhol painting. It’s an original work of art, protected by copyright. Now, imagine the painting printed on a shirt. Is it still a copyrightable work? Absolutely. Now, imagine the shirt came first. If you could magically remove the design to a canvas, would you still have a functional shirt? Of course. Read More