Up above

Los Angeles International Airport. Terminal 4.

LA based photographer, Mike Kelley, created this image as part of a series, Life Cycles, that “explores the creation, use, and destruction of aircraft…The images were created entirely from above, opposite to our usual experience of seeing aircraft from below or within.” The entire series is worth a look.

Check out this version of LAX in 1972:

Image copyright: Mike Kelley, United States. This print is available for sale too.

(I’ve been collecting beautiful images for inspiration since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.)

Room with a view

Fairmont Chateau Lake Eloise

We are incredibly lucky in the hotel industry – location advantage is just one of several that we have to be thankful for. This is the Walliser Stube restaurant at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Eloise.

Have you been there?

Image: Room with a view. Copyright with Aimee Hernandez Photography. Print for sale at https://aimhernandez.smugmug.com/Prints/i-dTc7Lf9/A

(I’ve been collecting beautiful images for inspiration since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.)

Designing Warmth

Image credit: https://www.behance.net/gallery/75813403/Various-Personal-Work

Charlie Davis’ illustrations exemplify the tethering of complex layers (vectors, free hand drawing and then layers) with the relative simplicity of the scene. Davis “is always looking to tell a story filled with lots of warmth, exaggeration, and shapes that stray from reality.

Artist: Charlie Davis. Illustrator/Designer based in London.

More about the artist here: https://theblog.adobe.com/artist-spotlight-charlie-davis/

(Beautiful images are inspiring; I’ve been collecting these since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.)


The worlds of Mixed Reality (MR) and Extended Reality (XR) are moving fast, relative to Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Here’s a quick summary from What really is the difference between AR/MR/VR/XR?:

  • VR is immersing people into a completely virtual environment
  • AR is creating an overlay of virtual content, but can’t interact with the environment
  • MR is a mixed of virtual reality and the reality, it creates virtual objects that can interact with the actual environment
  • XR brings all three Reality (AR, VR, MR) together under one term

And here’s a video showing just how immersive these experiences are likely to be in the near future:

Artist: Front Pictures is a Kyiv-based creative studio that delivers immersive experiences.

More projects here: https://www.frontpictures.com/projects

(Beautiful images are inspiring; I’ve been collecting these since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.)

My top 9 myths about AI

Last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, called Artificial Intelligence (AI) the “most important thing humanity has ever worked on.” AI is, in his book, something that is more profound than electricity or fire. Maybe even more important than language itself.

I shared a video of his talk on my LinkedIn feed recently and it ignited conversations on my feed and with friends/colleagues IRL. We talked about tech leaders getting their predictions wrong, about taking sweeping statements with a pinch of salt, and even debating if governments around the world would agree to demilitarize AI.

I don’t know if governments – and tech organizations (surely we need to hold them accountable too?) – are going to demilitarize AI. Neither do I know if Elon Musk’s prediction (“The danger of AI is much greater than the danger of nuclear warheads”) or Stephen Hawking’s warning that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race” are true.

Having said that, I’ve been working with AI since 2012. And I’ve heard my share of myths about AI during this time. Here are 9 myths, in no particular order. May they bring you a smile, if nothing else!

Myth 1: Robots powered by AI are going to take all our jobs, and will soon rule the earth.

My take: This is either a long time out (~20+ years) or won’t happen at all. For the state of the art today, maybe we should have asked Microsoft’s Tay about this, while we had a chance. Or maybe Tay’s successor, Zo?

Myth 2: AI is making us all dumber by the day.

My take: It’s had the opposite impact on me and my colleagues. It’s making us think more creatively, and at larger scale than was ever possible before. https://xkcd.com/1875/

Myth 3: AI is only for large companies that can burn cash. It is a lot of investment, for very little gain.

My take: Nope. Exhibit A – Go Moment.

Myth 4: AI algos can make sense of any data that we humans throw at it.

My take: Not even close.

Myth 5: AI = Siri/Alexa/Google. It has nothing to do with anyone else or anything else.

My take: Again, I refer you to Exhibit A – Ivy by Go Moment

Myth 6: AI is one technology.

My take: It’s not. It’s a whole cluster, largely focused around Machine Learning for practical applications today.

Myth 7: AI is artificial.

My take: It’s anything but. AI is actually based on simulating how human neurons are thought to work! Heard of Geoffery Hinton, the Godfather of AI? Check out this Hello World video where he talks with Ashlee Vance.

Myth 8: AI automatically gets better over time.

My take: If designed perfectly and in a squeaky clean data environment, maybe. In the real world, meaningful improvement still requires human oversight (supervised learning vs. unsupervised learning) and careful design. This is why Google continues to invest resources into AI principles and ethics.

Myth 9: AI is objective.

My take: Biases can and do unintentionally creep into system designs. See this explanation of how ads now use AI to match copy, images and audience.  

Anyone else want to add to this list? Which ones from my list made you smile? What myths have you heard?