Social Media And The Loss Of Uncorrelated Wisdom It’s now a well-established fact that a group of people with diverse opinions can often make uncannily accurate decisions--smarter in many cases than any single individual could possibly manage. Open markets are the epitome of this, because they weigh individual opinions with real money, and as a result they sometimes produce decisions that seem truly prescient. Orange-crop futures markets, for instance, do a better job predicting Florida weather than meteorologists. And just a few minutes after the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, the stock market correctly zeroed in on Morton-Thiokol, maker of the frozen O-rings, even though it was several weeks before a team of engineers investigating the disaster figured it out.
How It Works: A Wiffle Ball Pitch The Wiffle ball has been fooling batters since its invention in 1953, but scientists only recently learned why. Mechanical engineer Jenn Stroud Rossmann at Lafayette College placed the ball in a wind tunnel, measured airflow around it, and concluded that the shifting balance of forces inside and outside the ball is what makes it so devilishly hard to hit. NET FORCEThe strengths of the internal and external forces shift constantly while the ball is in flight. The net of the forces is what dictates the ball’s path. HOLESThe holes are on just one side. The Future of Education Call for papers Lecturers, teachers, researchers and experts in the field of education as well as coordinators of education and training projects are invited to submit papers for the fourth edition of the International Conference The Future of Education which will take place in Florence, Italy, on 30 June - 1 July 2016. The conference proceedings will be produced with all the accepted papers and will have an ISBN and a ISSN number.
Jonathan Grudin Microsoft Researcher Jonathan Grudin Principal Researcher, Natural Interaction Group, Microsoft Research Affiliate Professor, Information School, University of Washington Research: Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work Previously: Professor of Information and Computer Science, UC Irvine Visiting Professor: Aarhus University, Keio University, University of Oslo Employers: MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Wang Laboratories, MCC Ph.D.: Cognitive psychology, UC San Diego with Donald Norman(CV as of 1998, when I joined Microsoft) Gayna Williams managed Microsoft UX teams and is now a career coach and consultant. Our daughters Eleanor and Isobel are not yet considering career options.
How does today impact tomorrow’s success? Everyone wants to have a good day, but not many people know what a good day looks like – much less how to create one. And even fewer people understand how the way you live today impacts your tomorrow. Have you ever asked someone what he was doing and heard him respond, “Oh, I’m just killing time”? Have you ever really thought about that statement? A person might as well say, “I’m throwing away my life,” because, as Benjamin Franklin asserted, time is “the stuff life is made of.” Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip through their fingers.
The End of Solitude - The Chronicle Review What does the contemporary self want? The camera has created a culture of celebrity; the computer is creating a culture of connectivity. As the two technologies converge — broadband tipping the Web from text to image, social-networking sites spreading the mesh of interconnection ever wider — the two cultures betray a common impulse. Celebrity and connectivity are both ways of becoming known. This is what the contemporary self wants. It wants to be recognized, wants to be connected: It wants to be visible. How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon I, like many, am very motivated to qualify for the Boston Marathon after last week’s events. I’m currently 18 minutes away from that goal. Do you have any tips for shedding twenty minutes off my marathon finish time? I’ve run four marathons so far. Thanks, John
Do coaching and technology make a good fit? - Biz-E-training This post is adapted from an article published in Business Issues, the IATEFL BESIG Newsletter, Summer 2015, Issue 90, and is reproduced with the kind permission of the Editor, Chris Stanzer. Available from In recent years, the use of coaching techniques in ELT has become increasingly widespread. The shift in role from teacher to coach has perhaps been prompted to some extent by the possible financial rewards it can bring, but when working in corporate settings with adult learners, establishing a coach / coachee relationship in the classroom, especially with one-to-one clients, would seem to make good pedagogical as well as commercial sense. For one thing, this kind of relationship is more palatable for managers or engineers in positions of responsibility, who are accustomed to making decisions, and it can help sidestep possible feelings of resentment at being ‘taught’ as if they were back at school. Early in the book, the authors observe that
Jonathan Grudin Jonathan Grudin is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). Grudin is a pioneer of the field of CSCW and one of its most prolific contributors. His collaboration distance to other HCI researchers has been described by the Grudin number, similar to the Erdős number in mathematics. Grudin is also well known for the Grudin Paradox or Grudin Problem, which states basically with respect to the design of collaborative software for organizational settings, "What may be in the managers' best interests may not be in the ordinary users' interests." He was awarded the inaugural CSCW Lasting Impact Award in 2014 on the basis of this work. Prior to working at Microsoft Research, Grudin was a Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine from 1991 to 1998. His career has spanned numerous institutions.
USA Memory Championships competitors provide tips for remembering the stuff we always forget The event includes memorizing 99 names, a shuffled deck of cards, a poem, and a list of 500 words. We'll find our keys. Memory competitor Mike Mirski (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Could You Be Addicted To The Internet? [POLL] Unlike drugs and alcohol, excess Internet usage could help your career, make you more informed and keep you up-to-date with the latest hilarious memes. But a recent (small) study by researchers in China showed that too much Internet usage — to the point that it's an addiction — can cause structural damage to your brain. The researchers studied 17 adolescents with Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and found structural and functional interference in the part of the brain that regulates organization, possibly causing cognitive impairment similar to that caused by gambling and alcoholism. Here's the science behind it: White matter is composed of nerve cells, while the gray matter that we hear so much about is made up of cell bodies. Myelin is a type of fat in the white part (nerve-heavy area) of the brain.
2014 Boston Marathon Registration FAQ One of the primary messages runners have sent since the bombings at the Boston Marathon has been that next year's marathon will be better than ever. Past champions who thought their marathoning days were over have vowed to run next year. Anecdotally, we've heard of unprecedented interest in running the 2014 Boston. Make your own Word Scramble Puzzle This page allows you to create Word Scramble puzzles using your words. Please enter a set of words. When you are done, hit the "Puzzle" button to generate a word search puzzle.