Friday Five for August 5, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

1. UCLA Human Centered Design Subcommittee Year-End Report

The Human Centered Design Subcommittee is excited to share their year-end report with you

The Human Centered Design Subcommittee is a group that initially formed together out of a common interest –  to improve the digital experience at UCLA.

Over the course of 10 months, they've discussed, debated, and run campus initiatives in effort to develop a culture of thinking about design in a purposeful way. This report describes three key initiatives, feedback from participants on their effectiveness, and their recommendations to BruinTech & IT Services. These recommendations are designed to continue improving the digital experience at UCLA.

Read the year-end report here.

2. Redesigned UC Admission Website Wins Gold Award

The University of California’s (UC’s) systemwide admissions website received a record 12.7 million visits in 2021, partly as the result of a major upgrade that took place between 2018 and 2019, and involving coordinated work across UCOP Marketing & Communications (UCOP MarComm) and Information Technology Services (UCOP ITS). The teams’ successes included numerous measurable results, tracked and documented by them, in addition to industry-wide recognition by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII AwardsContinue reading.

3. The Senate gets one precious step closer to approving Big Tech antitrust bill

Facing pressure from progressives and tech hawks on both sides of the aisle, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to hold a vote on the bipartisan antitrust bill targeting tech giants as early as this fall, according to a new report from the New York Post on Thursday.

The bill — the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO) — would restrict dominant tech platforms, like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook’s parent company Meta, from favoring their own products and services on their platforms over those of their competitors. Continue Reading.

4. Podcast Recommendation - Chameleon: Scam Likely

When a small team of government investigators learns that ordinary citizens all around the U.S. are losing their life savings to scam callers, they go on the hunt for the shadowy multinational mob behind the con. Hosted by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Continue reading.

5. Can artificial intelligence really help us talk to the animals?

A dolphin handler makes the signal for “together” with her hands, followed by “create”. The two trained dolphins disappear underwater, exchange sounds and then emerge, flip on to their backs and lift their tails. They have devised a new trick of their own and performed it in tandem, just as requested. “It doesn’t prove that there’s language,” says Aza Raskin. “But it certainly makes a lot of sense that, if they had access to a rich, symbolic way of communicating, that would make this task much easier.”  Continue reading.