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    November 18, 2021

    Notifications in the OS of the future

    October 28, 2021

    Actions and automations in the OS of the future

    October 12, 2021

    Web browsing in the OS of the future

    October 3, 2021

    How can the OS of the future be a better companion in our day?

    September 26, 2021

    Dates in the OS of the future

    September 19, 2021

    Why does personal computing matter?

    September 12, 2021

    Bringing these concepts to life

    September 5, 2021

    How can the OS of the future tailor itself to you?

    August 28, 2021

    Constructing the OS of the future

    August 21, 2021

    Let’s explore The Graph OS

    August 14, 2021

    Charting a new course for my products

    August 7, 2021

    The need for art

    July 31, 2021

    As a kid, I found two things that were pure magic to me

    June 26, 2021

    Why is our thinking on computers so restrained?

    June 6, 2021

    Everything I’ve learned about my OS so far

    May 2, 2021

    How will we organize our things in the OS of the future?

    April 10, 2021

    General purpose personal computing software?

    April 6, 2021

    What if users could build their own OS? Part 2

    March 20, 2021

    What if users could build their own OS?

    February 27, 2021

    Email & Slack & SMS, Oh My!

    February 22, 2021

    Beyond the GUI

    February 17, 2021

    No more compromises

    February 6, 2021

    How the OS of the future might really help us out

    January 31, 2021

    Navigation in the OS of the future

    January 24, 2021

    The Inverted OS, Part 2

    January 16, 2021

    The Inverted OS

    January 10, 2021

    What if you could build apps in minutes?

    January 2, 2021

    Let’s start at the beginning

    December 26, 2020

    The future of the operating system

    August 7, 2021

    The need for art

    The deeper I get into research on the future of personal computing, the more convinced I become of the need for art in society.

    Great tech amplifies human capability.

    But it amplifies everything — the good, and the bad. We’ve seen this play out for years.

    On the other hand, great art (such as music) causes us to introspect, understand, and empathize. It’s biased towards amplifying the best of humanity.


    One more contrast:

    Software depreciates, art appreciates.

    A book or a record, for example, appreciates with time; it becomes more valuable, not less. It does not require constant maintenance and upkeep just to keep it from dipping below some bar of quality. Once the book is printed, it might exist for hundreds of years. Same with a movie: generations after yours might enjoy it. But software? Code written today may be obselete in just a few years, even with ongoing maintenance.

    This isn’t to discredit software or building it — it’s what I do for a living! Software allows us to do some wonderful things. But it’s important in my own practice to understand the true impact of the things we build. These contrasts beg for some questions that haven’t been asked nearly enough in building some of the software used globally today.


    Curious to hear your thoughts.

    Also: Are you a Mail Pilot user? Big news is ahead. Next week on Tuesday August 10, check our Slack or Twitter for the first in a series of things I have to share.


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