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Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence

Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence
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The Silicon Jungle: The Nineteen Eighty-Four Of The 21st Century? 2 click by Simon Oxenham In 2011 Shumeet Baluja, a senior research scientist at Google and inventor of over 100 patents in algorithms, data mining, privacy, and artificial intelligence published The Silicon Jungle, a novel that envisages a dystopian reality not all too dissimilar from the world we now know we live in today. Published only a year before the revelations of Edward Snowden, I’ve been surprised that the book hasn’t received more widespread acclaim. Baluja’s tale raises plenty of questions about the personal information that we have become so accustomed to handing over to private companies. Nineteen Eighty-Four envisaged a world where the state monitors the most intimate moments of the population against their will; The Silicon Jungle describes a world where we hand over every last detail willingly and unthinkingly, not to the state but to corporations. It’s not hard to see which company Baluja is alluding to. “The events are fictional.

Teaching Critical Thinking Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s actually quite possible. Experiments performed by Stanford's Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education demonstrate that students can be instructed to think more critically. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of critical-thinking skills in modern society. The ability to decipher information and interpret it, offering creative solutions, is in direct relation to our intellect.2 The study took two groups of students in an introductory physics laboratory course, with one group (known as the experimental group) given the instruction to use quantitative comparisons between datasets and the other group given no instruction (the control group). We live in an age with unprecedented access to information. Certainly, we can train ourselves to become better critical thinkers, but it’s also important that we teach these skills to kids.

Delval - Desarrollo I Prefacio domingo, 01 de agosto de 2010 06:30 p.m. · Sin duda uno de los fenómenos mas fascinantes que nos es dado presenciar, para el que además estamos muy sensibilizados, es el desarrollo de un niño, el esfuerzo por crecer, en todos los sentidos, y pasar del desvalido que todos nosotros hemos sido en el nacimiento a convertirnos en adultos. · El objetivo de este libro no es otro que intentar describir como la niña se hace mujer, como el niño se hace hombre, como el recién nacido se convierte en ser humano, como un ser que, cuando viene al mundo parece tan inmaduro, débil, dependiente y expuesto a grandes peligros, logra sobrevivir y llega a convertirse en una persona autónoma, hábil, dotado de capacidades muy complejas, capaz de relacionarse con los otros, y como esas criaturas se han extendido por todo el planeta, y amenazan con invadir otros mundos. · Lo característico de los hombres es que son mucho mas incompletos como seres humanos cuando nacen que las cabras o los gorriones

75 documentales que cambiarán tu visión del mundo Hace casi 9 meses atrás me aventuré a realizar una recopilación de los que consideré eran los documentales que más me habían impactado y, con ello, cambiado el modo en el que veía el mundo. Con la ayuda de los fans de United Explanations en Facebook elaboramos una lista de los 25 documentales que creímos mejor cumplían con esta transformadora visión de la realidad que nos rodea. Tras numerosos comentarios y nuevas, y más que interesantes propuestas, he decidido extender la lista de 25 a 50 documentales que muy probablemente cambiarán tu forma de ver el mundo. Aquí los listamos a continuación. En United Explanations somos unos apasionados de los documentales y, por lo que hemos podido comprobar, nuestros lectores también. Existen documentales que te de dejan pensativo durante varios días, creándote una profunda reflexión interna. 30 documentales que té harán recapacitar sobre el mundo 1. 2. 3-5. Film independiente y sin ánimo de lucro. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11-13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

The Original Star Trek is Still Driving Innovation at Apple and Google by Robert Montenegro When George Takei visited us last month, we were fascinated with his explanation of Star Trek's influence on the social progress and emerging technologies of today. Series creator Gene Roddenberry was a visionary figure in so many ways that 50 years later we're still trying to turn his dreams into reality. Farhad Manjoo covers Star Trek tech-made-incarnate in this piece for The New York Times, commenting on major improvements to the Siri software for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The new Siri is hands free; you can access it via voice at any time. Its capabilities have been boosted to the point where we're awfully close to what Captain Kirk is able to do in the video below. “The Star Trek computer is not just a metaphor that we use to explain to others what we’re building,” Amit Singhal, the head of Google’s search team, told Manjoo. After all, isn't the advent of Apple's Siri just an excuse to make us all like Captain Kirk? So, basically, the Star Trek computer.

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about. Before we start, it's important to distinguish between cognitive biases and logical fallacies. Some social psychologists believe our cognitive biases help us process information more efficiently, especially in dangerous situations. Confirmation Bias We love to agree with people who agree with us. Ingroup Bias Somewhat similar to the confirmation bias is the ingroup bias, a manifestation of our innate tribalistic tendencies.

12 Things Men/Women do differently. DARPA Wants to Bring Privacy Back to the American People by Natalie Shoemaker Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is perusing technology to make online privacy possible for the individual through a program dubbed The Brandeis project. It's named after Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis, who penned the paper The Right to Privacy back in 1890. Dr. Brad Templeton argues that we're all a part of a surveillance apparatus that would even be beyond the imagination George Orwell. But many organizations have failed to give the people the tools they need to make their own choices about how public and how private they want their information to be. DARPA wants to provide that choice, as Launchbury outlined the mission of the project in a press release: “The vision of the Brandeis program is to break the tension between: (a) maintaining privacy and (b) being able to tap into the huge value of data. Steve Lohr from The New York Times hit on an interesting question regarding this new project to empower the people.

Hyperfocus: The Flip Side of ADHD? | Child Mind Institute Mark had trouble believing his son could have ADHD. Sure, he was unusually active, and his pre-school teachers complained that he fluttered around the room like a butterfly when other kids were engaged in activities. But there was also Andy’s ability to focus intensely on certain activities, like fishing or watching a movie. How could his 5-year-old be so single-minded for three hours at a stretch if he had an attention disorder? Then Mark started thinking about his own past, and some telling similarities emerged. Both father and son now have diagnoses of ADHD. Different Targets for Attention Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, the founder of the Hallowell Centers in New York City and Sudbury, Mass., prefers a different term than hyperfocus: “flow.” But focusing intently isn’t always a good thing. Is there no actual “deficit” in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder? The Mechanics of Hyperfocus One approach is to take a neurological perspective. Focus on Strengths, Not Screens Though Dr.