Astounding in the details, missing “the Big Picture” - byAlienIntelligence

In this work, we took a small detour from our main journey, in favour of a short colourful moment of reflection. We kept true to our mission, and used “AI” to generate digital art work, though not in the expected sense.

Inspiration

It was the summer of 2020, we were discussing new AI & Art projects ideas, and the world around us was spiralling. The dissonance was impossible to ignore. Inside our confined walls, we were surrounded by the vast and fast growing world of AI. Billions of dollars worth of datasets and TPU years, as well thousands of human years…


It’s the hatching season again here at Google! People are incubating their precious self-performance evaluations, and soon new managers will hatch into the big world. While well-meaning and highly motivated, the newborns often find themselves wandering in wrong directions, as they make their first steps in this new world.

While doing, trying, and failing is the only way to learn (and no one ever listens to old wizards anyhow), I though to list here 10 characteristic behavioural patterns (not Google specific), I witnessed over the years, which… well… you are better off without.

I hope these will at least increase…


Pareidolia is our first AI & Art project under the Alien Intelligence umbrella.

At Alien Intelligence, we explore our ability to teach art to AI; have it generate some evidence of its understanding, and then analyse and interpret its response. We start with a simple “lesson,” and plan to gradually develop its content and complexity in an iterative process. The quality of the interactions and the respective outcomes will depend on both the technical capabilities of AI, as well as our own human ingenuity/limitations in communicating with it.

Pareidolia — it’s human to see humans

Pareidolia is the tendency for incorrect perception of a stimulus as an object, pattern or meaning known to the observer, such as seeing shapes in…


We had an #accessibility awareness week at Google recently, and I was asked to answer a few questions about my disability, how does it affect my work, , should we talk about this topic more, and how can we improve as an org.

Spoiler: The bottomline is that it’s important that we discuss this topic more and address it. There is no shame in it. There are many successful people with disabilities around us and working with us, and I strongly believe that going through life with a disability, is a badge of honor. Most importantly, I think there is…


We recently finished another round of performance evaluation and career growth talk at Google. As I was having these talks with my team members, I noticed a recurring pattern that stood in the way of “getting to the next level”. Especially, for the more senior people, where growth means starting “thinking and acting strategically”.

More specifically, it was mostly about a mindset and behavior shift — from focusing on execution within the context of the team (often through a narrow functional prism: product / design / eng), to full accountability.

Since this seems relevant to a broad audience, I decided…


Want your product to have a chance at success?! Then make sure you own the problem, NOT the solution.

But... What does that mean??

First, start with the fundamentals: Make sure you have an articulated framing of the user problem you are trying to solve. Sounds obvious? I am afraid not. I have seen many entrepreneurs and product manager that get completely consumed in the “coolness” of their solution – its ingenuity, technical innovation, or design appeal. Yet, most users don’t care much about that. What they do care about is whether the product solves a problem for them. Ideally…


Found myself answering this question more than once, so decided to write about it…

You don’t necessarily start at the beginning, nor do you always make it all the way to the finish line — but this is pretty much the whole journey:

Associate PM / Junior PM — very little or no prior PM experience is required. At this entry level, Google is mostly looking for people with the right qualities: Strong relevant academic background; Some track record demonstrating leadership, initiative, and ability to get things done; A combination of creativity and analytical skills; Strong communication skills. At this…


August 13, 2019

Exactly five years ago (to the day), I had a motorcycle accident that changed and didn’t change my life. I was riding on my way from home to work, when all of a sudden I woke up in the hospital. The aftermath was a spinal injury that resulted in a mostly paralyzed right arm, and 24/7 strong chronic pain.

Surprisingly enough, getting along with one arm isn’t that hard at all. However, constant strong pain is a somewhat different story. It’s there with you all the time – when you try to sleep, when you need to…


Fairly often I am approached and asked about the practical aspects of Product Management — sometimes about the art of building good products, and other times — about everything else around it. So I decided to gather some of these in a series of “PM Survival” posts. I hope readers will find it useful.

  1. Exec babies — too much love will kill you. It’s extremely frustrating spending your days working on something no one cares about. But it could be as frustrating when execs care too much about what you are working on, and have too strong of an opinion…


I always loved products and technology. But ever since I was a child, I was especially fascinated by these big inventions, powered by transformative technological revolution that changed - everything! I loved to imagine how it felt living through one of these transitions — the airplane, the car, the radio, the telephone, the TV, …

So I felt extremely lucky, when about 20 years ago, at the beginning of my career, I was just in time for one of these revolutions: when the Internet happened.

Image result for the wright brothers

Through the connected PC, the world we lived in has been transformed from a “physical…

Yariv Adan

Product Manager @Google

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