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Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain - MIT Technology Review

"Here’s the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox. Yes, it has gotten astonishingly good, from near-perfect facial recognition …

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

Meditation

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. <b>Paul Lewis</b> reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Social Media

Beyond Artificial Intelligence

The year 2016 witnessed rapid strides in IT, moving us closer to what futurists call a singularity — AI (including sub disciplines such ad machine …

Teaching And Learning In A Post-truth World

As alt-right ideology spreads worldwide, teachers and students develop skills to learn about respect and diversity of thoughts. Peggy_Marco/pixabay<p>Michelle Mielly, <i>Grenoble École de Management (GEM)</i><p>In today's post-truth environment, university educators face new challenges. Their students are …

Alt-Right

It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

<b>A groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations, by an acclaimed expert in the field</b> <i><br>Depression.</i> …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

5 Unique Books That Successful Entrepreneurs Love

From an Elon Musk biography to Deep Patel's A Paperboy's Fable, these five books are must-reads.<p>Elon Musk built his career by reaching into the future and pulling it into the present. But before he started bringing futuristic ideas to the present day, he mined the past for ideas.<p>Musk exemplifies …

James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72

James Alan McPherson, who overcame segregation and the narrow prism of a legal education to become the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on Wednesday in Iowa City. He was 72.<p>His death was announced by the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he was a …

8 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Night

Your happy and productive tomorrow starts tonight.<p>The importance of good morning habits is a no-brainer. It's common sense that if you wake up early and do good things to ramp your body and mind up for the day, those things will pay off. How we spend our evenings gets a lot less attention, but it's …

Optical Nets Need Tunable Optics

NG-PON2, an optical networking technology starting to gain traction, needs low cost, reliable, tunable optics to be successfully deployed.<p>NG-PON2 …

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

The 23 best business books to read this summer

Summer's officially begun, and that probably means you're going to need something to read on your next trip to the beach or for the long flight to your vacation destination.<p>You'll be kicking back, but might as well bring something educational to accompany that magazine you picked up at the …

Penguin Random House

Easy Reading Is Damn Hard Writing

“As for how to write well,” writes Paul Graham, “here’s the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut …

19 interview questions that are designed to trick you

But while they may seem simple — that's the point — some are actually designed to get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal. In other words: they're trick questions.<p>"To uncover areas that may reflect inconsistencies, hiring managers sometimes ask these tricky questions," …

Employment

Yosemite without the crowds

You’ve seen the postcards, admired your friends’ vacation photos. Ever wonder why everyone has pictures of the same places from the same angles? The showy celebrity of the US national park system, Yosemite hosts millions of visitors each year, and most flock with camera in hand like paparazzi to …

The Ectomorph Workout Program: Building Muscle for the 'Skinny Guy'

When it's game time, are you usually the last one picked? Are you often referred to as the "skinny guy?" Can you eat massive amounts of food and …

It’s Time to Retire Your Trusty Day Planner

Evernote is a 21st century day planner. In Part 4 of his productivity series for school leaders, organization consultant and former principal Frank …

Evernote

How to Be Happy: 10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education

An artificially intelligent computer system built by Google has just beaten the world's best human, Lee Sedol of South Korea, at an ancient strategy game called Go. Go originated in Asia about 2,500 years ago and is considered many, many times more complex than chess, which fell to AI back in …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Gravitational Waves Are Red Herrings

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas C. Kafatos, PhD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.<p>When big science gets a major boost, the news goes around the world with an air of celebration. The latest such event was the confirmation of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Einstein in his General Theory of …

Physics