July 13, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Big weekend for World Cup soccer. May the best team win! In the meantime, check out the roundup. We start with how “pseudo-AI” is being used today and wrap it up with how people in the last century imagined science and electronics of the future.

The Rise Of ‘Pseudo-AI’: How Tech Firms Quietly Use Humans To Do Bots’ Work
Here’s a bit of contrarian robot news: apparently there are many companies that appear to use artificial intelligence when they’ve really got humans pulling the strings. Many of these companies are only using people temporarily to train AI services, but some, according to this article, aim to seduce investors and “fake it until they make it.”

How Apple’s App Store Changed Our World
It’s hard to imagine life without apps now, isn’t it? Yet it’s only been a decade since Apple opened its app store and invited developers to populate it with their creations. The company says “it has paid out more than $100 billion to developers during the past decade.”

Research: The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45
This should take some pressure off any millennials who are feeling time slipping away—it isn’t! As this research shows, more successful startup founders are in their 40s, despite the popular trope of the 20-something tech mogul. That said, there is variation across industries; for example, founders of software startups do tend to be a bit younger.

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice
We’re longtime followers of Stanford professor Carol Dweck and her studies around growth mindset, so we were excited to see she’s partnered with a couple of others on new research. Their work reveals that passions aren’t “found” as much as they are developed. This aligns nicely with the growth mindset idea and suggests people need to keep their minds open to cultivating interests over time.

The Comic Book Artists That Fuelled A Century Of Science Innovation
In the early 20th century, there was “a boom in amateur interest in science and electronics, both as hobbies and as routes to careers in industries that seemed destined to define the future.” A slew of magazines were published to feed this interest, and they employed talented illustrators to visualize the amazing inventions and advances the future might hold. Have fun checking out some of these images; we particularly like how they envisioned “telemedicine” in 1955.