Inside FDNY’s Rescue Company 2, a training facility built to simulate disasters

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The FDNY Rescue company 2 by Studio Gang facility is a 2020 Innovation by Design honoree. Rescue Company 2, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, is home to some of the New York City Fire Department’s most highly trained firefighters, who are called in for rescues from high-rises, underground subway tunnels, and other precarious places. Fittingly, Studio Gang designed interior and exterior spaces to mimic these challenging environments. Read Full Story

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Why organizations might want to design and train less-than-perfect AI

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Companies “need to change the way they motivate people in environments where parts of their jobs are done by AI,” argues a Stanford economics professor. These days, artificial intelligence systems make our steering wheels vibrate when we drive unsafely, suggest how to invest our money, and recommend workplace hiring decisions. In these situations, the AI has been intentionally designed to alter our behavior in beneficial ways: We slow the car, take the investment advice, and hire people we might not have otherwise considered. Read Full Story

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This AI-powered home gym is like having a personal trainer in your living room

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Tempo’s big-screen machine replicates every part of the weight training or HIIT workouts you would get at the gym. While Peloton and Mirror are designed for people who love spinning or studio classes, no similar system existed for those of us who prefer the kind of weight training and HIIT workouts you might get at OrangeTheory or Barry’s Bootcamp. Enter the new kid on the block: Tempo , a new machine that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to bring this kind of workout into your home. And this week, the company received $60 million in Series B funding led by General Catalyst and Norwest Ventures to fuel its growth, bringing its total funding to $67 million. Read Full Story

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Post-pandemic public transit may not end up looking all that different—but its goals may have to change

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Concept designs with plexiglass shields probably aren’t coming to transit. Instead, cities have to figure out how to make the systems safe and useful for the people who don’t have a choice but to use them. As cities start to reopen, packed rush-hour subway rides seem like they’ll have to become a thing of the past: It’s hard to social distance on a packed train. But transit will still be crucial for helping people—especially lower-income residents—get around, and experts say straphangers will be back even before COVID-19 has been controlled. So what does that mean for the trains of our future? Read Full Story

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How to lead when you’re not in charge

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There are eight ways to drive results without any official authority, say these two executive coaches. As the new CMO of a fast-growth direct-to-consumer apparel brand, Jen faced a conundrum. The Goldman Sachs-trained former investment banker was trying to bring data science and analytic rigor to a company that had captured the imaginations of millions of Americans through great design and hard work. Jen knew the next stage of growth would require a more analytical and data-based approach, but she faced resistance among the “instinct first” founders. Read Full Story

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