This beautiful suburban neighborhood is missing one thing: The cars

Good morning! After skipping its I/O developer conference last year due to the pandemic, Google revived the event this year in virtual form. Its  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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Good morning! After skipping its I/O developer conference last year due to the pandemic, Google revived the event this year in virtual form. Its keynote was so dense with news that it took four Fast Company writers to even begin to scratch the surface. Here’s everything you need to know:

Mark Wilson looked at the innovative, highly customizable new design that will be the signature feature of the upcoming Android 12 operating system. Ruth Reader explained how your smartphone and a clever piece of Google AI could help detect dangerous skin conditions. Mark Sullivan examined “MUM,” a powerful new algorithm intended to make Google’s search engine feel more like an expert research assistant. And I wrote about some new Google Maps features designed to help both motorists and pedestrians get where they’re going efficiently and safely.

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GOOGLE i/o
How Google’s new ‘MUM’ algorithm could transform the way we search

The company announced that its working on a powerful new natural language model capable of creating a package of curated multimedia search results.

 
google i/o
See Google’s expressive new design language, built by billions of users

Called Material You, Google believes the future of interface should be shaped by its users.

 
impact
This beautiful suburban neighborhood is missing one thing: The cars

An 11-minute train ride outside of Hamburg, this new community will let you have a car—you just can’t park it near your house.

 
 
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branding
There’s a huge stigma around pubic hair. Gillette’s latest ad addresses it in song

To mark the launch of its Venus for Pubic Hair & Skin collection, Gillette created an animated spot featuring a show-tune-singing pubic hair.

 
creativity
Will you go back to a movie theater for more ‘Sopranos’? This filmmaker is betting on it

Director Kristian Fraga argues that his new film about the epic TV series and creator David Chase, ‘Sopranos Sessions,’ is best seen in a communal setting.

 
remote work
Sick of Zoom meetings? Send Otter Assistant to attend your next one

Voice-transcription service Otter.ai adds an option to transcribe meetings in real time with collaboration—and you don’t even have to show up.

 
co.design
How a Berkshire Hathaway company is quietly disrupting the construction industry

The MiTek Modular Initiative, which has backing from Warren Buffett’s conglomerate, is betting big on modular construction—something few companies have been able to navigate successfully.

 
work life
How to suss out company culture during a job interview

Here are a few ways to get a sense of a company’s culture so you can determine whether it is a good fit for you.

 
recommender
23 high school and college graduation gifts they’ll actually use

Skip the fancy fountain pen and get your graduate one of these fun, useful, unique gifts instead.

 
 
NEWS
Airlines weighing passengers before a flight? What you need to know​​​​​​
The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn’t expect most airlines will resort to weighing passengers at the gate after it released guidance for carriers regarding the weight and balance control of their aircraft.
A two-year-old advisory circular details a number of options for airlines to estimate the weight of passengers and baggage, including surveys and weighing passengers on a scale. The circular, which includes voluntary recommendations, went viral after it was picked up by airline industry blogs and then the national media.
“The FAA issued an Advisory Circular in May 2019 that stressed the importance that airline weight and balance programs accurately reflect current passenger weights,” the FAA told Fast Company. “Operators are evaluating their programs to comply with this guidance. While weighing customers at the gate is an option, most operators will likely rely on updated methods for estimating passenger weights.”
Of course, it’s possible that airlines will choose to start asking customers to step on a scale before they board a flight (although passengers would be able to decline), but it’s hard to imagine which airline would want to be the first to announce such a rule.
 
 
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