applied imagination

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@RitaJKing“I advocate for calling AI applied imagination instead of artificial intelligence. We need to start thinking.”

@LynnBoyden“Why is there no place in any car for me to put my purse?”

@WhiteOwl“We think we design jobs for organisations but really we design organisations for jobs.”

@MayaDrøschler“I heard two scientists on the radio discussing men’s and women’s shame. Men’s shame is about being weak, women’s shame is about not being likable. Men must be strong and protective to escape their shame, women must be nice and popular. Both men & women reinforce this structure.”

@rhappe“Why do we need arts, writing, & history education? Because it requires making decisions in ambiguity. Where do I focus? What do I leave out? When am I done? This is a critical skill in a world of information abundance, it requires practice, & it is the only way to make progress.”

What are your hopes for history as a discipline?

“That we get over ourselves and invite folks into the process of history. The best historians are removing the layer between the finished thing and the work to get to that finished project. History is powerful and it matters deeply for a healthy and engaged citizenship, but as historians, we’re not always good at or comfortable with showing our work. To steal a line from my advisor, we hide behind—or even in—our footnotes. We should stop doing that.” —Amanda Higgens

@Rakeen_MabudWhen The Real Threat Is Worker Surveillance — Not The Robot Apocalypse — via @KristinWolff

“The increased employee surveillance facilitated by telemetric vehicles and wristband monitoring exert the same kind of power – and using the same justifications of possible theft and unauthorized breaks – that the owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory did when they locked the workers inside the factory.”

@ladyhajaSexy, stupid and still spot on: the timeless genius of Smack the Pony

Phillips and Alexander’s characters are in the back of a black cab, both wearing suit jackets and exaggerated power shirts – with Harry Hill-type collars – talking awful corporate speak, before looking at each other and screaming with laughter at the idea they have “a pretty good understanding of the marketplace”. “We’re 27!” guffaws Phillips.

Image via Winnie Byanyima — Executive Director, Oxfam International

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