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Talk to Books: A Google tool for browsing passages from books using AI

Talk to Books: A Google tool for browsing passages from books using AI

UTILITY: Type in a question or a statement, the model looks at every sentence in over 100,000 books to find the responses that would most likely come next in a conversation.  Although it has a search box, its objectives and underlying technology are fundamentally different than those of a more traditional search experience. It enables an AI to find statements that look like probable responses to your input rather than a finely polished tool that would take into account the wide range of standard quality signals. Talk to Books is more of a creative tool than a way to find specific answers. You may need to play around with it to get the most out of it. SOURCE: Talk to Books ...
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Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest perturbation to a complex system (like the weather, the economy or just about anything else) can touch off a chain of events that leads to a dramatically divergent future. In a series of results, scientists have used machine learning to predict the future evolution of chaotic systems out to stunningly distant horizons. The approach is being lauded by outside experts as groundbreaking and likely to find wide application. (Read this article against the backdrop of the video with Yuval Noah Harari) SOURCE: Quanta ...
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Here's a list of 1,174 Coursera courses that are completely free

Here’s a list of 1,174 Coursera courses that are completely free

UTILITY: Generally speaking, Coursera courses are free to audit but if you want to access graded assignments or earn a Course Certificate, you will need to pay. There are a few courses that are still completely free. When you sign up for these courses, you would see an option of “Full Course, No Certificate.” More than 1,150 Coursera MOOCs (1,174, to be exact) that are still completely free (including the graded assignments, minus the certificate). SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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Your speech Is packed with misunderstood, unconscious messages: "dysfluencies"

Your speech Is packed with misunderstood, unconscious messages: “dysfluencies”

ARTICLE: folk wisdom that ums and uhs betray a speaker as weak, nervous, ignorant, and sloppy, and should be avoided at all costs, even in spontaneous conversation. Many scientists, though, think that our cultural fixation with stamping out what they call “disfluencies” is deeply misguided. Saying um is no character flaw, but an organic feature of speech; far from distracting listeners, there’s evidence that it focuses their attention in ways that enhance comprehension. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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The brain-body connection is more than we think it is

The brain-body connection is more than we think it is

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS/ VIDEO: An all pervasive “cerebral mystique” creates a false dichotomy between the brain and the body and ignores bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut. What’s outside the body also influences the mind. The environment floods the brain with the equivalent of about 10 megabytes of information per second SOURCE: National Geographic ...
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This is where your childhood memories went

This is where your childhood memories went

ARTICLE: While the brain undergoes this prolonged development outside the womb, the large and complex network of disparate brain regions that collectively create and maintain our memories is still under construction and not as capable of forming memories as it will be in adulthood. As a consequence, the long-term memories formed in our first three years of life are the least stable memories we ever make and highly prone to disintegrating as we age. Studies have shown that people can retrieve at least some childhood memories by responding to specific prompts. Even if we manage to untangle a few distinct memories that survive the tumultuous cycles of growth and decay in the infant brain, we can never fully trust them; some of them might be partly or entirely fabricated. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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Why is sarcasm so difficult to detect in texts and emails?

Why is sarcasm so difficult to detect in texts and emails?

ARTICLE: Sarcasm, has been defined as "Words used to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning of a sentence." Sarcasm thrives in ambiguous situations - and that's the main issue. Studies have examined the use of sarcasm in a variety of everyday situations. The problem is that a lot of previous studies of sarcasm have been done on spoken sarcasm, which tends to give listeners cues. Studies have shown that people realise that they have a tough time interpreting sarcasm in writing. Algorithms have actually been built to determine the presence of sarcasm and rudeness in tweets, user reviews and online conversations. In order to correctly detect sarcasm, researchers found that algorithms need both linguistic and semantic information built in. Sarcasm's subtlety means that the algorithms require more specification in their coding - unless you #sarcasm. SOURCE: The Conversation ...
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I have forgotten how to read

I have forgotten how to read

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARCORE READERS: For most of modern life, printed matter was "the model, the metaphor, and the measure of all discourse." The resonance of printed books – their lineal structure, the demands they make on our attention – touches every corner of the world we've inherited. But online life makes me into a different kind of reader – a cynical one. I scrounge, now, for the useful fact; I zero in on the shareable link. My attention – and thus my experience – fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. When I take that mindset and try to apply it to a beaten-up paperback, my mind bucks. SOURCE: The Globe and Mail ...
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5 big philosophical questions

5 big philosophical questions

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: In modern times, the business of philosophy is no longer trying to attain empirical truths about the world (we’ve got science for that), but rather to critically explore concepts and notions informed, whenever possible, by science. SOURCE: Footnotes to Plato ...
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The importance of coming second (in scientific publishing)

The importance of coming second (in scientific publishing)

ARTICLE: Some scientific journals are defusing the fear of getting “scooped” by making it easier for scientists to publish results that have appeared elsewhere. SOURCE: PLoS Biology and The Atlantic ...
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Here's a complete guide to Climate Change in simple language

Here’s a complete guide to Climate Change in simple language

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: At no point in mankind's history has there been a threat to all of humanity as frightening and impactful as Climate Change (we have reached the point in time when it has to be capitalised). Here is a simple, clear, well written summary of what it is all about. SOURCE: Wired ...
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All the science about happiness in one infographic

All the science about happiness in one infographic

INFOGRAPHIC: One infographic that covers all the science. SOURCE: Happify ...
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Here's a list of the best apps you’ve probably never heard of

Here’s a list of the best apps you’ve probably never heard of

UTILITY: “What’s one app you use a lot that most people don’t know about?” Here’s a list of 27 items. SOURCE: The Next Web ...
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Can colour be used as a tool in communication?

Can colour be used as a tool in communication?

ARTICLE: Colour could provide a communication tool which offers a different way of talking about our feelings. Is it possible that colour could be used as a language to express how we feel? Are there ways in which we can use colour to develop non-verbal approaches to assess mood and well-being outcomes, with potential application in a variety of therapy and clinical situations? SOURCE: The Conversation ...
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Five ways the arts could help solve the plastics crisis

Five ways the arts could help solve the plastics crisis

ARTICLE: Media stories with their sad images of death and choked seas can be overwhelming. Where to start? With a problem of this scale, it’s easy to feel as if individual and local actions won’t matter. Recognising these challenges, we began to research with the public to explore creative ways to change our relationship to plastics. SOURCE: The Conversation ...
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