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I think coders, engineers and web/mobile designers/ui/ux are the masons of the 21st century.

How did masons manage to get jobs back in the middle ages or the renaissance? I imagine they showed up for work whether they were skilled masons or not. One simply showed up to learn to become a mason if one is unskilled with the art of masonry.

Fast forward today, one has to go through some mentally taxing process during the application process. Did you meet the criteria during the pre-screen? Did your resume stand out? Do you have enough street cred? Do you know the right people?

The web and mobile related careers are very much different from a dentist, a doctor or a physicist because the fact is everyone in this industry is still teaching themselves what to do and how to do it. The web is only 25 years old. It's so young, and yet it's the most unwelcoming and also most welcoming industry at the same time. Why? If the big companies won't hire you, then just learn to code and build the next big thing or the not so next big thing. That sounds like an over simplification, but it is kind of like that. Just ask the self taught teen developers building some exciting apps. (

Where's the diversity spin on this. I suppose there's none except to be more welcoming to those who want to learn the craft.

Last note, (sorry) I think this is an example of too much: because not all the devs you're reaching out to are engineers. 

P.S. Thor, I need to borrow that hammer to break this glass ceiling.
Despite this article's title, it's about more than just women of color in technology: it's about recruiting and retaining people from underrepresented groups across the board. And that's something extremely important to the success of any technology company.

Why? There are three major reasons.

(1) Diverse groups avoid stupid product mistakes. This is in literally every sense of the word "diverse:" if you have people from different groups in your team, they'll notice – and you'll prioritize – problems that you never would have spotted otherwise. If your system doesn't work for the deaf and someone on your team is deaf, or if it requires hitting tiny affordances all the time and you have someone with a motion disability, you're never going to ship it that way, and that means more users. If your system has a price structure, or a branding, or a visual style that would never appeal to users outside of Silicon Valley, you'll catch that if people on your team are from a very different world. If women experience a different kind of abuse on your system than men do, then you'll build entirely different protections into your system if there are women in the room when you're making the design decisions.

The key point is that these are just examples: nobody can predict what an extra set of eyeballs, especially different eyeballs, will catch. The one thing that's reliable is that each set of eyeballs – not just working grunt jobs, but in the core decision-making process – means you don't make a mistake that shuts out a bunch of potential customers.

(2) Diversity interrupts groupthink. It's really easy for a room full of similar people to start to talk in similar ways. Not only do you not make the right decisions, you don't even realize there are decisions that you're implicitly making. More different eyes prevent that.

(3) You get to hire the best people. People who haven't been in this game very long think "Recruit minorities? You mean lower the bar!" People who have played this for a while hear that and think "Sucker."

The thing about structural racism/sexism/etc. is that a lot of people from the various underrepresented groups don't have the "traditional signifiers" of being good. They won't have gone to the top-tier schools, or they won't have any contacts, or their job history will be so-so. What you quickly learn in engineering, though, is that these signifiers are simply signals that you use when trying to find good people – and overall, as signals, they kind of suck. Terribly.

I've lost count of how many people I've interviewed who came from top-tier schools and had a glowing résumé and couldn't think an independent thought or design a system on their own to save their lives. Top-tier schools don't provide a systematically better education in CS; often, CS departments are so mathematically inclined that students that don't actively go the extra mile come out with a degree in theory and no ability to code. They used to claim that they were "filtering out the best of the best," but in practice, they do a lot of that filtering starting from "people with enough contacts to get in." 

Job histories are sometimes useful, sometimes not, especially in an era where so many people end up unable to find a job for months or years at a stretch anyway. 

References are great, but they're only a positive signal: the lack of references tells you nothing.

And the important thing is, that unless you're a tiny company hiring a temp, or hiring a senior specialist, you shouldn't be hiring for experience: you should be hiring for brains. You can teach CS; you can't teach smart.

What this means is that among these "underrepresented groups," there are a bunch of smart people out there who, lacking these traditional signifiers, aren't getting the right job offers. And that means smart people that you can hire. Lots of them. All you have to do is hire them and treat them with respect.

(As a side note: I attended GHC, the biggest annual conference for women in CS last year, for recruiting purposes. The quality of people looking for jobs there was insane compared to any other CS event.)

But.... if you want to hire and retain these people, you have to make an active effort. This open letter has a bunch of specific suggestions in it which I personally think are all individually excellent: I endorse these ideas wholeheartedly.

(NB: It also makes several statements about how various companies do things. I have it on good authority that several of these statements are incorrect, but I have no personal knowledge either way and so am neither affirming nor negating that part. My endorsement of this letter is about all of the courses of action it favors, which I think are excellent ideas; on the rest, I have no opinion)

I will add: In my groups, people of all genders, races, and backgrounds are not only welcome but actively desired. This is the case now and will continue to be the case in every team I run in the future.

Thanks to +Erica Joy for pointing me at this great letter.

[DISCLAIMER: I am writing this post in my personal capacity and am not speaking on behalf of Google. I make no assertions as to the truth or falsity of any of the claims of fact made within the letter, nor of any conclusions of law. Those of you who have been in the field for a while know why I have to state this, too]
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Failures are diamonds. They're very precious. It's an important phase in the progress of a study, business or research or the development of a new product or service. It's just too bad that we have such a negative notion about failing or why we fail or when we fail.

I dwell on my failures. I should unlearn that bad habit. I think sharing our failures and discussing them openly  is as important as sharing how we succeeded or overcame some challenge or problem. On the plus side, I'd have lots to share because I have failed  a lot too. There you go.
I've been reading a lot lately about the SpaceX launch failure and I'm not very happy about the "sad" tone.  I think this failure could end up being a really good thing because we're going to learn more about our systems.  I'm very optimistic about this.  When I test rockets, I always learn MUCH MUCH more from failures than from successes.  I think this is no different.  They're going to go through everything with a fine tooth comb and do their best to fix the problem and even improve other potential issues.  This could be a really good thing!!
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Four years of Google+. To celebrate, I'll just leave this song here.
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Linking media or rather embedding linked media like this is very useful and convenient.
Player FM now embeds a player inside shared podcast links. (

I'm aware some podcasters want to do the same for their own sites; let me know if interested and I can write some notes on what's involved in adding it to your site and getting it approved by Twitter.
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Embedding was part of the original Project Xanadu vision for the web, that was somewhat ahead of its time and didn't take off initially, but still has great potential.
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Yay! I wish this trickles down to all of Asia. Sadly, as the study last month showed, the Philippine Internet users spend $18.19 per Mbps, compared to an average of $5.21 per Mbps worldwide. 

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Last week the FASTER cable, a new transpacific network link with a theoretical peak capacity of 60 Tbps (that's 60 million megabits), landed in Japan.  FASTER is a joint project between Google and several ISPs to provide, well, faster Internet speeds between the two regions.  The album (with pictures courtesy of give you a quick overview of how such a cable is installed.

PS: see how this was done in 1956 for TAT-1, the first modern transatlantic telephone cable (with capacity for 36 phone calls, or about 0.2 megabits):
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In case you're having a bad day, you might want to read this image. 

Ok, it's April 12, 1976. Not exactly today, but it will still make you wonder. What if...

I just read on Wikipedia that Apple was founded on April 1. Was that right? A prankster joke? April 1? 
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Hackbright Academy, the engineering school for women, is looking for software engineers to volunteer as MENTORS for our engineering fellows in San Francisco!

Please have interested volunteer MENTORS SIGN UP HERE:

Our fellows (all women!) come from non-traditional backgrounds and are pivoting their careers into software engineering.

Having a source of encouragement and insight outside of the classroom is important to Hackbright engineering fellows. And starting September, the engineering fellows will be practicing for technical interviews. Your participation and support will invaluable to their new careers as software engineers.

TIME COMMITMENT: One (1) hour a week (minimum) with your mentee from July to September 2015.

Please have interested volunteer MENTORS SIGN UP HERE:

Mentors can be software engineers of any gender. We have some CTOs and engineering directors mentoring as well. Mentors work at companies including Airbhb, Google, Lyft, Uber, LinkedIn,, BrightRoll and many more Silicon Valley companies.

Giving back and mentoring is the foundation our community is built on -- because of mentorship relationships like this, our industry thrives.

Thank you for donating your time and energy to our Hackbright engineering fellows! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Telepresence robots is like Chappie's alpha version. I think Rotten Tomatoes' rating of the Chappie movie was off quite a bit or perhaps it was spot on because only the robot acted really well in the movie.

Anyhow, the ability to control a robot with one's thought is out of this world. It makes me believe that one day we can truly transfer our consciousness to inanimate objects. Nothing is impossible nowadays except for Immigration Reform and Republicans creating new jobs.
Disabled Patients Pilot Telepresence Robot w/ Their Thoughts!

Visiting other people is extremely difficult for those suffering from paralysis or limited mobility. But researchers headed by José del R. Millán at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI) have been working on a brain-machine approach to restore a sense of independence for disabled people. The idea is to control a robot remotely from home with one's thoughts.

For several weeks, 9 disabled people and 10 healthy people in Italy, Germany and Switzerland put on electrode-studded hats capable of analyzing their brain signals. Then, from their home country, they transmitted real-time instructions for the robot to move via the Internet. A wheeled robot with a video camera and screen in a laboratory at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) was able to relay video as it moved while displaying the remote pilot's face. The pilot was able to interact with whoever the robot crossed paths with. Professor Millán says, "Each of the 9 subjects with disabilities managed to remotely control the robot with ease after less than 10 days of training." The tests revealed no difference in piloting ability between healthy and disabled subjects.

The technology developed by the researchers goes even further as the robot is able to avoid obstacles, even without being told to. The pilot can also take a break from indicating the direction the robot is to move. If it doesn't receive more indications, the robot will continue on the indicated path until it receives an order to stop. In this way, control over the robot is shared between the human and computer, allowing the pilot to rest while navigating.

These results bring to a close the European project called TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction), which began in 2008.

#bci #bmi #robots #brain #computer #interface #telepresence #robotics #medical #science #technology #sciencesunday #scienceeverday
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Congratulations. We're making some progress.

Empathy, tolerance and love.
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I'm speechless. There's violence in France, and just now, Tunisia too. 

France (--- I did not include the Uber related news)
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Love this!
"Lee Beck and his daughter, Amélie, of Oxford, England, decided to mark their 32nd and 7th birthdays, respectively, by adding up their new ages and executing as many good deeds to mark the occasion."

Good deeds ranged from hiding treats for co-workers to the father's registration to be an organ donor.
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