TAP LA: My product idea to get Angelinos on the Metro

This Spring, in my final semester in my Master of Science (in Communication Data Science) at University of Southern California, I had the pleasure of having Jaime Levy as my Professor for UX Strategy and Design. She is one of the trail blazers of digital media and has written a great book called “UX Strategy: […]

Smart Cities and the Importance of Public Trust

A critical review of the Waterfront Toronto Smart Cities Project UPDATE: On May 7, 2020 Sidewalk Labs pulled out of Waterfront Toronto https://medium.com/sidewalk-talk/why-were-no-longer-pursuing-the-quayside-project-and-what-s-next-for-sidewalk-labs-9a61de3fee3a There are places I’ll remember All my life, though some have changed Some forever, not for better Some have gone, and some remain             The Beatles, “In My Life” Over the last […]

Lilly Irani’s Entrepreneurial Citizenship in India

Lilly Irani conducted a multiple year critical study of design schools and entrepreneurship in India, participating as a designer and an ethnographer with one particular design studio for a number of years. Irani is both a researcher and an tech professional. In her book, Chasing Innovation, she coins the term “entrepreneurial citizen” to explain how […]

A foray into researching: all about Twitch users

Introduction This research paper explores the psychological and social motivations for using the amazingly popular social media/live streaming platform Twitch by conducting a small survey of users. Keywords:  Live Streaming, Twitch, Social Identity Theory, Uses and Gratifications Theory, Psychological motivations Psychological Motivations for Twitch users This research paper explores the psychological and social motivations for […]

AI for Audio Description Generation?

I have a product idea to use artifical intelligence to create audio descriptions for film and television. It was a winner at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center’s Immersive Media Challenge. Here is the 3min pitch, it includes a section of The Lion King which maybe I will get asked to remove due to rights, but its […]

Fashion Image Search

Playing around with Python and Keras to create a fashion image classifier I.    INTRODUCTION Those who shop for fashion online know the frustration of searching and trawling through multiple sites looking for something in particular, and when you finally do find it, it’s out of stock in your size, and you must start all over […]

Code of Practice for Data Science?

Executive Summary This post discusses accountability, ethics and professionalism in data science (DS) practice, considering the demands and challenges practitioners face. Dramatic increases in the volume of data captured from people and things, and the ability to process it places Data Scientists in high demand. Business executives hold high hopes for the new and exciting […]

The Curse of Social Media Success

When your community grows so much, you no longer recognise it In August, I read a Wired story about social media influencers migrating some of their audience to membership sites like OnlyFans and Patreon to get paid for their content: content which is exclusive and risqué and doesn’t meet Instagram and Facebook’s community standards (Parham, […]