A Curated List of Interesting Stuff
3 Things This Week: A Curated List of Interesting Stuff
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I Am Not a Robot!

March 17, 2017

Please, for the last time.... I am NOT a robot!

The CAPTCHA system -- that thing you have to type in on a website to prove you're not a robot -- is arguably the worst thing on the internet. But now, you won't have to complete a CAPTCHA ever again... Google's new reCAPTCHA system relys on machine learning algorithms humming away in the background to spot bots. It's a bot-spotting bot which is cool and if you don’t agree, you probably are a robot!

Also, for a great trip in the wayback machine, check out Luis von Ahn's TED Talk "Massive-scale online collaboration" (filmed April 2011). Luis is the guy who invented the CAPTCHA and he's done amazing work in the crowdsourcing arena (including Duolingo) which he talks about on the TED stage. Def worth a watch!

Weekend reads

Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

This is a long look at the struggle of women in tech... While tech companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees, not much has changed. Why? And what might actually work?

As the author Liz Mundy states: "The dozens of women I interviewed for this article love working in tech. They love the problem-solving, the camaraderie, the opportunity for swift advancement and high salaries, the fun of working with the technology itself. They appreciate their many male colleagues who are considerate and supportive. Yet all of them had stories about incidents that, no matter how quick or glancing, chipped away at their sense of belonging and expertise. "


Mark Zuckerberg: It's No Secret That the Tech Community Has an Issue With Diversity

Facebook's founder says a company can't expect to 'magically' solve its diversity problems, it needs to work for it. "I think that responsibility rests on us and our companies in the industry to make sure that we get to that," the 32-year-old chief executive said. "And there’s so much research that shows that you need diverse teams to do the best work. So it’s important that we do better on diversity, not only because it’s the right thing to do for the country and for people, but because that’s the only way we’re going to serve our community the best." Thanks, Mark, now let's see the numbers improve!

Business Process Analysis Template #8: A Picture Speaks Volumes

A good functional specification is your blueprint for success when developing an application or complex website, featuring wireframes, data and interaction

Apps for SharePoint: Microsoft Teams for Group Collaboration

Apps for SharePoint: By using Microsoft Teams, Office 365 users will be able to have conversations, share content, and collaborate more effectively.

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