Archive for October, 2014

Three Breakthroughs Have Unleashed AI on the World

Three recent breakthroughs have unleashed the long-awaited arrival of artificial intelligence: Cheap parallel computation, big data, and better algorithms. The future of artificial intelligence is not written in stone. It’s interesting that so many thought leaders have expressed fear for the future of AI –

The Un-Marketing And Re-Marketing Of Whole Foods

If you are like most people, you have passed by a Whole Foods Market, stopped into a Whole Foods Market, and heard the joke about Whole Paycheck… but you’ve never seen an advertisement for Whole Foods Market. That’s because, as an organization that hates marketing

The Kids Are Certainly Not All Right

All this overly-compensated smothering is just leading to a population of wimpy, binge-drinking stalkers who can’t cope with day-to-day life, spiraling towards a lifetime of prescription medication Band-Aids…15% of college students now experience chronic anxiety, self-mutilation is rampant, affecting 15% of all adolescents, and 40% of women

Piketty’s Inequality Story in Six Charts

This is the story of Thomas Piketty and his book “Capital in the Twenty-first Century,” a new book about rising inequality  that is sparking a lot of debate. Read more from The New Yorker via Pocket

Digital Media’s Trust Problem: It’s Still a Legacy World

Digital media outlets trailed far behind their older brethren in overall recognition and trust, according to the Pew Research Center’s “Political Polarization & Media Habits.” Established news outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all logged total awareness near 90%, with overall

Coming Attractions: Super-intelligent humans & more genetic engineering

The possibility of super-intelligence follows directly from the genetic basis of intelligence. Characteristics like height and cognitive ability are controlled by thousands of genes, each of small effect. A rough lower bound on the number of common genetic variants affecting each trait can be deduced

Storytelling tours merge fitness with literature

“Spinning Stories” is a storytelling bicycle tour sponsored by Recovery Bike Shop and Re-Cycle in Minneapolis. Tours are  10- to 15-miles long and bikers travel to different locations to hear stories where they happened in books. The storytelling bike tour is an interesting mix of

Classrooms of the Future: Watch What’s Possible

What does the classroom of the future look like? Here are some videos that help us imagine what’s possible: Learning is sure to be a lifelong process for everyone, no matter what age you are, so what’s your ideal classroom of the future?