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Friday Links, Week 113

It has been a while since we made a Friday Links post, so we figured we would treat you to a list of some Longreads we have been enjoying recently.

The Internet Is Being Protected By Two Guys Named Steve

In the wake of the Heartbleed bug (and, just yesterday, the CSS Injection Vulnerability), there has been much talk about strengthening the security in OpenSSL and similar technologies. A great deal of companies rely on them to be impenetrable, and this article is a great read on how much the secure internet relies on the goodwill of a select few.

Everything Is Broken

Quinn Norton wrote a terrific post about how the computers are essentially broken. Everything relies on the strength of digital gaffer tape and elastic bands, and the fact that anything works is a miracle.

The Invention of the Aeropress

Moving a bit away from the dark world of security, here is a great article on Alan Adler who created the Aeropress, and how it is related to the Frisbee. A nice read on how being and inventor is not tied to knowing what to do with one type of products, but a way to scratch your own itch.

The Conjuring of The Mirage

Steve Wynn is a Las Vegas legend. But before he built Wynn, he had to start somewhere, and this article goes into great detail on how he made a huge bet, and won big, when he created The Mirage.

Automated ethics

The digital magazine Aeon has published a great deal of interesting articles recently, and this one on automated ethics is no different. It details how whenever we, as designers and developers, hand over autonomy to machines, there is the question of who is responsible for its actions. E.g. should it ever come to such a situation, should Google’s self-driving car hit the pedestrian, or swerve around with the risk of you being injured, or worse, instead?

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

The Atlantic wrote a thorough article on the works of Douglas Hofstadter, and how he might have been ahead of his time, or wrong about it all. Fascinating reading.

We Don’t Sell Saddles Here

Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Tiny Speck (creators of team chat product extraordinaire Slack) and Flickr, wrote a memo to the team before they shipped Slack’s preview release to the world. It is a great read on the purpose of products; how to sell the vision of a tool no one thinks they need, but find indispensable once they have used for a while.

Friday Track

Jurassic 5 recently dropped a great new track, so put it on, find a spot in the sun and smile at someone you do not know yet. Have a great weekend!

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Mark Jensen is a product designer and code enthusiast who runs to eat.
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