Today's New York Times profiles the Archives of the History of American Psychology. Located in the basement of a former department store in Akron, Ohio, the Archives contain more than 1,000 bizarre instruments including the uniforms and billy clubs used in the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment
, a vintage 1933 psychograph, and Dr. Stanley Milgram
's infamous, and faux, shock generator. From the article:
Standing 30 feet from the (Milgram) display, (archive director Dr. David B. Baker) demonstrated a more harmless test of conformity, conducted on visitors to the exhibition. A sign at the front entrance instructed visitors to step only on black tiles in a passageway with a floor of alternating black and white tiles. Sure enough, Dr. Baker watched as a family of visitors followed the instructions.
"They were like a group of ducklings there," he said. "That's what Milgram said, we're very compliant."
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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