Project Fuchsia: Google is quietly working on a successor to Android


For more than two years, a small and stealthy group of engineers within Google has been working on software that they hope will eventually replace Android, the world’s dominant mobile operating system. As the team grows, it will have to overcome some fierce internal debate about how the software will work.

The project, known as Fuchsia, was created from scratch to overcome the limitations of Android as more personal devices and other gadgets come online. It’s being designed to better accommodate voice interactions and frequent security updates and to look the same across a range of devices, from laptops to tiny internet-connected sensors. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has set his company in this directiontoward artificial intelligence services that reach consumers everywhere. Yet its prime operating systems, which depend on scores of hardware partners, haven’t kept up.

Here’s what’s already known about Fuchsia: Alphabet Inc.’s Google started quietly posting code online in 2016, and the company has let outside app developers tinker with bits of the open-source code. Google has also begun to experiment with applications for the system, such as interactive screen displays and voice commands for YouTube.

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Paramount fires TV chief over allegations of insensitive remarks


Paramount Television President Amy Powell, the executive behind such shows as “The Alienist” and “13 Reasons Why,” was ousted from the company over allegations that she made racially insensitive remarks.

Jim Gianopulos, head of Paramount Pictures, said in a memo to staff that “multiple individuals came to us to raise concerns around comments made by Amy Powell in a professional setting.” After discussing the remarks with the Viacom division’s human resources and legal teams, Paramount “made the decision to terminate Amy’s employment, effective immediately,” he said.

Powell allegedly made the remarks during a discussion about the “First Wives Club” reboot, a project that features a mostly black cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comments came after Powell appeared to be irritated by a tweet from Tracy Oliver, an African-American writer on the project, who complained about the casting process on the show, according to Variety.

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Design with Diversity in Mind — AIGA Design Census

 

For this year’s AIGA Design Census, our design team set out to unravel a complex set of data and visualize its key message. The end result was “Design with Diversity in Mind,” the colorful short which shows the ethnic and educational breakout of over 13,000 designers that participated in the survey.  With the main takeaway of “More Diversity. More Minds. More Ideas,” the imagery enables people to digest overarching concepts in a simple manner, highlighting the importance of closing design’s diversity gap in an impactful way.

Launched in December of 2017, the online census asked creatives from across design disciplines about their salaries, work environments, demographics, and education. The census recognizes the need for open source data about designers, for designers.

“The Design Census wanted to capture information beyond salaries,” says AIGA’s digital strategy director, Frank Migliorelli. “We want to really understand the industry beyond the basic numbers and look at things like working conditions, emerging trends, and designers’ concerns for the future.”

Animation credit: Anne Swan, Rafael Medina, Kira Sea, John Sampson, Boris Poletaev.

 

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