[Paper] The Intuitive Appeal of Explainable Machines

The Intuitive Appeal of Explainable Machines by Andrew D. Selbst (Data & Society Research Institute; Yale Information Society Project) and Solon Barocas (Cornell University) February 19, 2018, 59 pages Abstract As algorithmic decision-making has become synonymous with inexplicable decision-making, we have become obsessed with opening…

[Book] This Is Service Design Doing

This Is Service Design Doing: Applying Service Design Thinking in the Real World by Marc Stickdorn,‎ Markus Edgar Hormess,‎ Adam Lawrence,‎ and Jakob Schneider O’Reilly Media; 1 edition January 12, 2018, 568 pages > Video presentation How can you establish a customer-centric culture in an…

Google Design on “human-centered machine learning”

As was the case with the mobile revolution, and the web before that, machine learning will cause us to rethink, restructure, and reconsider what’s possible in virtually every experience we build, writes Josh Lovejoy, UX Designer at Google. The Google UX community has started an…

Towards multi-dimensional ethnography

In this paper, Julia Katherine Haines, user experience researcher at Google, argues for the value of multi-dimensional ethnography. She explores the potential for ethnography to venture beyond sites, into different dimensions. As an example of work moving in this direction, she presents a new approach,…

This Anthro Life podcasts on design anthropology

This Anthro Life is a round-table, open format discussion of an anthropological take on the people, objects, ideas, and possibilities of everyday life around the world. They are hosted by Adam Gamwell and Ryan Collins and there are nearly 100 to chose from. Here are…

Service design video interviews

Marc Fonteijn, co-founder of the Dutch service design studio 31Volts, has been creating quite an impressive roster of video interviews with some of the leading service design players on his Youtube Service Design Show. The goal of the show is to inspire and connect the…

Learning from today’s car-centric cities for a human-centered future of mobility

The introduction of autonomy into urban environments creates a unique opportunity to do things differently. This, writes Maya Pindeus (CEO and co-Founder of Humanising Autonomy) requires us to encourage a human-centered perspective towards urban mobility and to step away from traditional urban planning models. 2050…

Workplace anthropology video series

A few months ago a new channel Workplace Anthropology Matters popped up on Youtube that profiles workplace anthropologists, whose work directly influence their own workplace processes. The video series is part of a workshop in the Business Anthropology Matters initiative, run by Dr. Jan English-Lueck,…

Five ways to fix statistics

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians – Jeff Leek, Blakeley B. McShane, Andrew Gelman, David Colquhoun, Michèle B. Nuijten & Steven N. Goodman – to recommend one change to improve…

New Zealand’s policy methods toolbox

The Policy Methods Toolbox is a repository of policy development methods that helps policy practitioners identify and select the right approach for their policy initiative. It is developed by The Policy Project, a unit of New Zealand’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, aimed…

[Book] Making Cities Smarter

Making Cities Smarter – Designing Interactive Urban Applications by Martin Tomitsch Jovis Publishers March 2018, 208 pages Abstract More than half of the world’s population is now living in cities, and this number is predicted to rise. This means that more people than ever before…

Waymo focuses on user experience

Waymo —formerly the Google self-driving car project— is investing a lot of time and effort on building out the user experience of its self-driving vehicles, which includes both the external and internal user-facing features of its autonomous cars. This includes looking at everything from how…