​How Technology Affects The Way Our Brain Works

​How Technology Affects The Way Our Brain Works (World of Psychology)
​Technology has transformed the way we live, work, communicate and entertain ourselves. At the click of a button, we can conduct transactions, get information, learn new skills and even find love. Our generation has seen the most drastic jumps in technological advances and this has not only changed the way we perceive the world but also how our brains receive and process information. We seem unable to tear ourselves from our smartphones, tablets and innumerable social networking platforms, going so far as keeping our devices near us all day.
From PsychCentral: We now have shorter attention spans and are more distracted. We’ve improved our ability to multitask (at least we think we have). We’ve become tech addicts. Our face-to-face interactions have been undermined. We’re becoming more forgetful. Citations: Newport, F. (2015). Most U.S. Smartphone Owners Check Phone at Least Hourly. Retrieved from http://news.gallup.com/poll/184046/smartphone-owners-check-phone-least-hourly.aspx Galasso Bonanno,…

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books by Anne Quito (Quartz)
Called "Talk to Books," the AI-powered utility will scan every sentence in 100,000 books in half a second.
For a long period of time, we heard a lot about the ambitious project from Google to scan all of the world's books. This was back in 2007, and Google encountered a lot of battles along the way. But, strangely this story has gone very quiet as of late. Well, amazing things happen when you…

AI can now predict, shut down internet troll behavior

AI can now predict, shut down internet troll behavior (Big Think)
A team from Cornell University looks to shut down the ongoing flamewar that has taken over, well, pretty much every public area of the internet.
The Big Think notes: If you've been on the internet for more than 25 minutes, you've most likely run into someone saying something you disagree with. As most of us realize, this is part of adult life. The world was not built explicitly for us. Most (read: good) people might move on,  but many — about 30%…

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity
Here’s the 6 step method Ivy Lee recommended for achieving peak performance and high productivity on a daily basis: Clearly define your vision, goals and objectives for your life, business, health etc. At the end of each, preferably in the evening, write down the six most important tasks that you need to complete the following…

A rural school turns to digital education. Is it a devil’s bargain?

A rural school turns to digital education. Is it a devil's bargain? (NBC News)
“When you eliminate the school, we’ve seen what happens to these small towns,” a school board member said. "We didn’t want our community to die.”
A case study of a distance ed program in Modoc, Indiana. The report focuses on the Indiana Digital Learning School, which serves students in K through 9th grade. The report shares: Public school advocates are concerned that the district is acting out of a sense of desperation for dollars because consolidation is on the horizon…

What Does It Mean to Look at This?

What Does It Mean to Look at This? (nytimes.com)
Images of violence can desensitize us, but they can also remind us of our common bond.
From the NY Times: A photograph of a group of suffering people: We look at them, and from the sadness of their expressions and gestures, we know something awful has happened. But finding out exact details, through the photograph alone, is more difficult. Who these sufferers are, why they suffer, who or what caused the…

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future by Kai Stinchcombe (Medium)
Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built…
Kai Stinchcombe notes: Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed…

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning - The Hechinger Report (The Hechinger Report)
One economist found that platooning might be harming kids and two other economists found that looping is quite beneficial. “These studies are important because they tell us that teacher-student relationships matter"
The Hechinger Report notes: Two studies on how best to teach elementary schools students — one on the popular trend of “platooning” and one on the far less common practice of “looping” — at first would seem totally unrelated other than the fact that they both use silly words with double-o’s. “Platooning” refers to having…