Andres Monroy-Hernandez has been a researcher at the FUSE Labs at Microsoft for two years, and this weekend he’ll be at SXSW presenting a panel entitled “The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes.” The panel is focused on how memes – those funny Internet pictures with names like Scumbag Steve and Grumpy Cat – can be used to express both political dissent and support internationally. Why has the creator of the Scratch Online Community (an educational resource used by millions of students) taken an interest in funny cat pictures with text superimposed on them? It turns out that memes have the potential to change the world.
3D printing is putting some pretty amazing breakthroughs within reach.
Who’s going to win at the Oscars this year? Microsoft’s David Rothschild thinks he knows. Rothschild is a prolific researcher and statistician whose predictions are known for their rigorous methodology and striking accuracy. Since the Awards will soon be upon us – and since I love statistics and movies – I caught up with Rothschild and chatted with him about how he made this year’s picks for who would win.
A perfect blend of design, craftsmanship and technology provide a new lease on life and hope for what's to come.
Picture a place where an artist from Halo sketches next to an Excel calculation engine developer, a sanctuary where they both can innovate, and kick back with a couple pints of Manny’s.
This is The Garage, Microsoft’s after-hours idea factory where innovative minds of all stripes gather to tinker, to breathe and to dream big.
It’s here that the Mouse Without Borders was born, and the idea for the forgotten Outlook attachment reminder was hatched. In the Garage’s nearly six years, more than 3,000 employees have completed over 10,000 projects.