Waking Up: Sam Harris Discusses the Benefits of Mindfulness - The Minimalists. Sam Harris is the author of several bestselling books and winner of the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. He is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.
Newsweek Forensic Analyst Interview. 27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012. Wonder How To » Show & Tell for Creators & Doers. Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA. Edward Frenkel.Elizabeth Lippman.
Wonder How To » Show & Tell for Creators & Doers. The Pleasure of Changing My Mind. (Photo via Simon X) My recent collision with Daniel Dennett on the topic of free will has caused me to reflect on how best to publicly resolve differences of opinion.
In fact, this has been a recurring theme of late. The Politics of Getting a Life. Work in a capitalist society is a conflicted and contradictory phenomenon, never more so than in hard times.
We simultaneously work not enough and too much; a labor famine for some means feast for others. The United States has allegedly been in economic “recovery” for over two years, and yet 15 million people cannot find work, or cannot find as much work as they say they would like. At the same time, up to two thirds of workers report in surveys that they would like to work fewer hours than they do now, even if doing so would require a loss of income. The pain of unemployment is well-documented, but the pain of the employed only occasionally sees the light, whether it’s Amazon warehouse employees working at a breakneck pace insweltering heat, or Foxconn workers risking injury and death to build hip electronics for Apple. Learning To Code Through Mentorship.
How To Fix Your Posture (the truth) Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all. Acid Treatment Could Provide Breakthrough Stem Cell Technique. Scientists have found a surprisingly simple way to turn mature cells back into a primitive state.
Simply giving mouse blood cells an acid bath is enough to produce so-called pluripotent cells that can develop into any cell type in the body, they report in two new papers this week. The remarkable transformation contradicts many assumptions about cell biology and may ultimately lead to new ways to treat disease and injuries. Scientists not involved in the work say the technique could be a game-changer if it pans out. "If this new approach is applicable to human cells, it would have great implications for regenerative medicine," says Hongkui Deng, a stem cell researcher at Peking University in Beijing. 40 more maps that explain the world.
Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world.
Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. Know Thyself. What does it mean to possess personal intelligence?
People who display such an ability understand themselves and know who they are. They evaluate others more accurately and therefore make more allowances for others' foibles; they are better at acknowledging their own limitations, too. Those who are talented at this reasoning power make better guesses about how people are likely to behave. And they have a generally good idea about how their acquaintances, colleagues, and friends perceive them—they know their own reputation. At still deeper levels, these individuals recognize that their perceptions of the people around them might require revision at times. Quantum Computing: Where This New Technology Is Headed This Decade: Part 1. How does my brain work? The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence - Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Reuters The advances we’ve seen in the past few years—cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and synthesis systems, 3D printers, Jeopardy!
-champion computers—are not the crowning achievements of the computer era. They’re the warm-up acts. As we move deeper into the second machine age we’ll see more and more such wonders, and they’ll become more and more impressive. Three Graces Remix by La Féline. DNA Tests for Ethnicity & Genealogical DNA testing at AncestryDNA. Neoteny, sexual selection, cause of autism, human evolution, social transformation, left organizing and internet activism - how they all connect - The American Left, Societal Transformation, and Biological EvolutionNeoteny, sexual selection, cause of auti.
What Engineers At Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Airbnb, And Spotify Listen To While Coding. For developers, a good soundtrack can be as crucial to productivity as Red Bull or coffee.
But what's playing through all those headphones? We asked engineers at Facebook, Spotify, Snapchat, Airbnb, and Pinterest to tell us what music has been fueling their latest projects--they even made us playlists. 8 Ways To Avoid Getting Your Life Hacked. How can you avoid an 'epic hack' involving your Apple iCloud account, as journalist Mat Honan just experienced?
Follow these strategies. Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts (click image for larger view and for slideshow) How can cloud service users avoid Mat Honan's fate? For those not in the know, Honan was the unlucky journalist who had his Macbook Air, iPhone, and iPad remotely wiped Friday by an attacker who seized control of his Twitter account--simply for the lulz--and who wanted to make it difficult for Honan to regain control of it. Safe alternative to gmail? Not in USA obviously. Can be paid or free. : privacy. Going Google-Free: The Best Alternatives to Google Services on the Web. THE BEAST FILE: GOOGLE ('HUNGRY BEAST', ABC TV) Facebook Fraud. Interview With Andrew McAfee. The Convergence of Performance & Security for Next-Gen Monitoring. How Would Zigbee Impact the World of Telecommunications? Home page.
Video: How wolves can alter the course of rivers. The world we see in the movie Her isn't far off. Two weeks ago, I watched the movie Her in preparation for an interview by a Brazilian newspaper.
I knew I would find something closer to science fiction than reality, but the movie does have a foundation in reality. It was particularly interesting to see that the future depicted in the movie shows a sincere attempt to reconcile technology evolution with things our eyes and hearts can recognize, like handwritten letters and wooden furniture.
I’ve always believed the future of technology lies in making it as transparent as possible so that we can appreciate the human things on top of it. But the interview was very practical and asked me directly how far we are from this reality where computers can interact with us, learn with us, other computers, and ultimately express sentiments and creativity. 12 ethical dilemmas gnawing at developers today. Credit: Ben Barbante The tech world has always been long on power and short on thinking about the ramifications of this power. If it can be built, there will always be someone who will build it without contemplating a safer, saner way of doing so, let alone whether the technology should even be built in the first place.
How Do You Say ‘Hello’? Personality Impressions from Brief Novel Voices. On hearing a novel voice, listeners readily form personality impressions of that speaker. Accurate or not, these impressions are known to affect subsequent interactions; yet the underlying psychological and acoustical bases remain poorly understood. Furthermore, hitherto studies have focussed on extended speech as opposed to analysing the instantaneous impressions we obtain from first experience. In this paper, through a mass online rating experiment, 320 participants rated 64 sub-second vocal utterances of the word ‘hello’ on one of 10 personality traits. Therationalmale.com. ANIMA (2011) DMT The Spirit Molecule FULL DOCUMENTARY. Self-Control is the Key to Success: John Tierney and Roy Baumeister on Willpower. Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way! SSD Cloud Server, VPS Server, Simple Cloud Hosting. Lifehack - Tips for Life.
Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company. Last week, Target told reporters at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters that the initial intrusion into its systems was traced back to network credentials that were stolen from a third party vendor. Sources now tell KrebsOnSecurity that the vendor in question was a refrigeration, heating and air conditioning subcontractor that has worked at a number of locations at Target and other top retailers. Sources close to the investigation said the attackers first broke into the retailer’s network on Nov. 15, 2013 using network credentials stolen from Fazio Mechanical Services, a Sharpsburg, Penn.
-based provider of refrigeration and HVAC systems. U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show. Pearltrees videos. Jobs Of The Future: Where They Are, How To Get Them. Two years ago, I asked a college-bound 18-year-old what kind of job she’d like to have after earning her degree. “I don’t know,” she told me, adding, “I don’t think it’s been invented yet.” Turns out, she was probably right. Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects health care and construction jobs to grow as baby boomers age in greater numbers and the economic rebound gives people the confidence to build new homes, the jobs of the future aren’t so easily defined. According to a recent study by online job matching service TheLadders, the fastest growing jobs are in user experience design, iOS and Android development, and business intelligence—some of which didn’t exist before 2007. The study, which gathered key word search data from among its 6 million members, also found that middle management jobs are being phased out.
When Your College Major Takes You Somewhere Completely Different As it turns out, the path to these in-demand positions is as new as the jobs themselves.