Six Ai Tools for Designers

To stay competitive, designers will need additional knowledge and expertise to contribute in multidisciplinary contexts, perhaps leading to increasingly exotic specializations. The changes resulting from Ai will be fully enveloping for designers and creators.

Six Ai tools for designers:
Dall E2, Astria, Jasper, Luma Ai, Runway ML, Durable

Woman. Life. Freedom. #MahsaAmini #IranRevolution

Baraye (For, Because of…) has become the theme song of the protestors in Iran. It was written by Shervin Hajipour who has since been arrested by the Iranian government. Musicians all over the world have recorded this hauntingly beautiful, sad song. This version is sung in Farsi with English subtitles. It has been submitted for a Grammy award in a new category, Songs for Social Change.

Critical Thinking Forum

New blog for the Critical Thinking Forum on Clubhouse
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Monday through Friday 5:00-7:00 PM New York time. – Saturday and Sunday 12:00-2:00 AM

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How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds

“A growing body of research suggests that human behavior on social media — coordinated activism, information cascades, harassment mobs — bears striking similarity to this kind of so-called “emergent behavior” in nature: occasions when organisms like birds or fish or ants act as a cohesive unit, without hierarchical direction from a designated leader. How that local response is transmitted — how one bird follows another, how I retweet you and you retweet me — is also determined by the structure of the network. For birds, signals along the network are passed from eyes or ears to brains pre-wired at birth with the accumulated wisdom of the millenia. For humans, signals are passed from screen to screen, news feed to news feed, along an artificial superstructure designed by humans but increasingly mediated by at-times-unpredictable algorithms. It is curation algorithms, for example, that choose what content or users appear in your feed; the algorithm determines the seven birds, and you react.”

Read more at Noema: How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds

Adobe will be charging extra to use some fancy colors

“It’s very likely you don’t give a great deal of thought to where the digital colors you use originally came from. Nor, probably, have you wondered who might “own” a particular color, when you picked it when creating something in Photoshop. But a lot of people are about to give this a huge amount of their attention, as their collection of PSD files gets filled with unwanted black, due to a licensing change between Adobe and Pantone.”

“As of now, widely used Adobe apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will no longer support Pantone-owned colors for free, and those wishing for those colors to appear in their saved files will need to pay for a separate license. And this is real life.”

Read more at Kotaku.com: You’re Going To Have To Pay To Use Some Fancy Colors In Photoshop Now

What is flow state?

Flow is a state of mind that occurs when a person is totally immersed in an activity. It can occur when during a wide variety of tasks such as when a person is learning, being creative, or participating in a sport. When in a flow state, people pay no attention to distractions and time seems to pass without any notice.

“Researchers have identified 22 “flow triggers” that can catalyze flow states by either preparing yourself or your environment for them. In this interview with Big Think, researcher and writer Steven Kotler explains how to utilize flow triggers, and also how to understand the intrinsic motivators that drive flow states.”