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From what you see in movies and on TV, it's easy to think that true artificial intelligence has arrived. But in reality, it's still mostly a dream.  Our latest video (our 80th!) explains the basics of artificial intelligence, where we are today and what we can expect in the future.  What it Teaches: The goal of artificial intelligence is to create computers that are as intelligent as humans. Achieving this goal is a huge, huge challenge. Today, researchers are making progress and forms of... Continue Reading
The Common Craft libraries continue to grow. Today we're publishing a new video (our 78th!) and have recently added a lot of new Cut-outs (now over 2,200!) The new video explains algorithms - what they are and why they matter. What it Teaches: This video is an introduction to the basic ideas of algorithms. It explains how computers, websites and digital products need instructions that answer the question “what should I do next?” in order to complete tasks, serve customers and gather... Continue Reading
Our latest video explains why a strong password is not enough and what we can do to prevent problems with access to our sensitive accounts. It's called Account Security - Explained by Common Craft.   Here are the highlights: Learn how to make ExplainerGIFs like the one below with our FREE GUIDE. Watch the full video. About this video: From email to bank accounts and healthcare information, a lot of our sensitive information now lives online. Along with strong passwords, there are many things... Continue Reading
Our new video explains the basics of programming computers - and specifically, programming languages. Watch it now About this video: Computers can perform amazing feats of speed, repetition and calculation. But what they are really doing is following instructions we write in programming languages. This video is designed to help people understand the role of programming languages in computers. What it Teaches: How do we tell computers what to do? Using the simple example of a computer... Continue Reading
We just released a new video that explains Digital Literacy in about 3 minutes. It was the most requested title by Common Craft members.  Watch it now   About the video: Literacy comes in many forms. As the adoption of computers, mobile devices and the Internet has grown, digital literacy has become more important than ever. This video will help your audience understand the potential of digital literacy in our societies.  It teaches: Why literacy matters The basic ideas of digital literacy... Continue Reading

Video: Computer Networks

Posted by: leelefever on August 27, 2013- 11:02am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: computer, internet, networks, technology, web

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The chances are, you use computer networks every day. Whether you connect to a network at your workplace, or use the Internet at home, computer networks help information get to you efficiently.   But have you wondered how they work or what’s really happening when you visit a web page? This video makes it easy: Watch it now.   What it Teaches:   This video focuses on the basics of computer networks, and how data and information are shared. It teaches: The basic idea of a network, online and... Continue Reading

Dropbox: A Case Study in Explanation

Posted by: leelefever on June 10, 2013- 11:01am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: case study, dropbox, marketing, technology

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Dropbox, with 100+ million users, has become a case study in startup success. But before that success they had a big problem to overcome, one that seems to plague startups everywhere. How they solved it and what that has meant to their company provides a look at the future of business communication and how to engage and turn website visitors into customers.     A New Kind of Problem   Companies are problem-solving machines. Whole teams and departments exist to solve engineering problems, design... Continue Reading

Funny Computer Explanation from the 90s

Posted by: leelefever on April 25, 2013- 10:09am

Topic: humor

Categories: history, technology, tv

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There is just something funny about the not-too-distant past, especially when it comes to explaining technology. Here the interestingly named (and still in the media) Kim Komando explains computers for a TV audience in a series called Komputer Kindergarten. The editing is choppy, but still fun to watch. Email readers can watch here. Via Gizmodo.

New Video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs

Posted by: leelefever on March 21, 2013- 11:25am

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: APIs, internet, technology, web

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Today we’re announcing a new video: Application Programming Interfaces - APIs - Explained by Common Craft   Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, are a fundamental part of the Web. By connecting websites and applications to specialized functions over the Internet, they can help websites become more fully featured and productive. Watch it now.   What it teaches:   This video tells the story of Carson, who has an idea to sell interactive maps on his website. Rather than buying and... Continue Reading

Explaining Animated GIFs - Or Not

Posted by: leelefever on November 14, 2012- 10:12am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: Explanation problem, GIFs, technology

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The word "GIF" is in the news recently thanks to being named the Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year.  Today I saw a video that's part of the PBS series Off Book, which explores the history and usage of the animated GIF.  The video is included below, but before we get to that, I want to point out an explanation problem.  At about 30 seconds into the video, Patrick Davidson of MemeFactory appears to answer the question "What is an animated GIF?"  Here's how he did that: An animated gif... Continue Reading

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