Weekly Feed #123

Feed weekly September 17, 2021

A collection of links we've found useful and informative over the last week. A good mixture of current affairs regarding tech, design, and relevant articles.

Reading List

  • Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence company OpenAI recently released Codex, a new system that automatically writes software code using only simple prompts written in plain language. In this paper, the author asks the question if OpenAI’s Codex will replace human programmers. And makes an astonishing conclusion.
  • Of huge interest to us, ever since we worked on Elements of AI project, here’s a website dedicated to lectures on AI research and deep learning, courtesy of MIT.

Design of the week

  • This so-called Noto project from Google makes it to our list this week because of the very welcome usage in certain web design. The Noto fonts are perfect for harmonious, aesthetic, and typographically correct global communication, in more than 1,000 languages and over 150 writing systems. Need fonts for your website, book, app or product? The fonts are licensed under Google's Open Font License.

Tech of the week

  • Might seem knit picky, but Git isn't case sensitive by default. It's generally been a bad idea to make it case sensitive. Through this thread on Stack Overflow you can learn how to fix that issue.
  • We should perhaps have a separate “Crazy business of the week”, but we’ll refrain for now: we'll simply share that Mailchimp sold for 12 billion dollars to the financial software company Intuit. This is a trend that we've seen a lot in the past years, namely software giants buying software companies. In this way, Intuit will gain access to the marketing space for small to medium businesses, and all data about Mailchimp's customers. This means that they can capture more for market and get a higher revenue per customer by cross selling their various software offerings. Needless to say, the shares of Intuit have gone up since the deal came through.
  • This blog post explains how to develop GraphQL APIs using Nexus. It explores the two most common alternatives to create a GraphQL Schema (schema-first approach or code-first approach)
  • And finally: a cool tool for recording and replaying browser events in order to, for example, debug the code. The way it works is by recording the web application so that the actual code behind it can be replayed.

That's it for this week! We'll be back next Friday with more food for thoughts. If you'd like to get in touch with us don't hesitate to shoot us an email at hello@feed.no.