Category: Do it-now

6 major indicators strongly confirm we are living in the best time in history

INFOGRAPHIC: “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”

A survey done with this question documented the very negative perspective of global development that most of us have. More than 9 out of 10 people do not think that the world is getting better.

Evidence from empirical data shows the opposite picture. On each of 6 vital indicators of human wellbeing, there has been dramatic improvements over the centuries to our present date.

SOURCE: Our World in Data

How verbs and nouns got Apollo to the moon

VIDEO: The Apollo guidance computer did a lot with a little. We are constantly reminded that the computer used for this historic event had less power than a modern smartphone. Yes, a smartphone can hold more information but it doesn’t exactly have the software to get you to the Moon. But the comparatively weaker Apollo guidance computer (AGC) did, and though it didn’t have a keyboard and monitor like your desktop, it did speak in the familiar language we use every day of nouns and verbs.

SOURCE: Discover/ Vintage Space

Keeping a conversation going: 
tips and strategies

VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC: How do you think of questions to ask people in a casual conversation? It can be hard to come up with them when you’re talking to someone new, and even sometimes when you’re speaking with an old friend. Here are some strategies for making conversations interesting. It takes practice, like all skills. While such planning may seem “artificial,” paradoxically enough, the more you prepare, the more naturally the conversation will flow.

SOURCE: The Art of Manliness

If I Googled you, what would I find? Managing your digital footprint

SLIDE SHOW: Your Digital Footprint is the data you leave behind when you go online. It’s what you’ve said, what others have said about you, where you’ve been, images you’re tagged in, personal information, social media profiles, and much more. It can have serious impacts on your online identity, professional presence, reputation, security, and relationships to others. Footprints may be out there for years, even for (or beyond) a lifetime.

SOURCE: Slideshare

LiquidText: The smart way to read

UTILITY/ APP: LiquidText offers a fast, natural way to review, gather, and organize information across all your documents and webpages—then apply the results to writing reports, meeting prep, or simply studying. Pull out key facts and connect them together, squeeze a document to compare sections, draw a line to connect ideas in different documents, comment on multiple pages at once, build upon your thoughts, and much more.

SOURCE: LiquidText

Why brainstorming doesn’t work — and what will instead

VIDEOIt’s impossible to fit a label on this magical video. It’s like nothing you would have ever seen before on the topic of generating and executing new ideas. The talk addresses a common pattern: “You think of an idea, you come up with a plan, and then revise your original idea to fit a great plan, and then, and only then, do you go out and execute it…. The process we use has a strong bias against surprising ideas.”

You are less likely to come up with a genius, nevertheless original idea if you are focused on just minimizing risk. “It is a flawless system for maximizing your resources since thinking is usually super cheap and execution is expensive. And you are more likely to do something that has been done before.”

Instead, finding a sandbox where many great ideas may lie — and trusting that “the right sandbox won’t just have ideas that are surprising, but are surprisingly reliable.”


Are humans getting smarter or less intelligent?

VIDEO: Never before have we been more productive, better educated, or more technologically savvy. At different times and in different ways, we get competing impressions as to whether humanity collectively is getting smarter or less intelligent than before.If you look at IQ as the most vital metric, it’s been rising globally over time; global IQ has risen 20 points since 1950.. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, there’s an interesting trend. IQ has been rising in developing countries, while it may be slowing in developed ones.

SOURCE: Big Think

Iris.AI: your discovery assistant for mining the immense lode of scientific knowledge

WEBSITE/ UTILITY: Iris.AI is an Artificial Intelligence that starts out as a Science Assistant; helping you find the science you need. Over time she will learn, slowly but surely becoming a Scientist herself.

if we could only read and understand all of the scientific data humans have created, not to mention connecting the dots in that data, we’d have solutions to a number of pressing problems already! Our human brains are sadly limited in this endeavour – however, machines are not. We are building Iris.AI so she can do it for us. As the first step in our journey towards that goal, we are creating a tool that gives all knowledge seekers a shortcut to the most relevant research.

Iris AI will read all of the world’s research and help us connect the dots.


History of the world in 20 minutes

VIDEO: First published on 10 May 2017, this unusual video has already racked up over 20 million views on YouTube. The video starts us off in the nothingness of the pre-Big Bang era, and then suddenly the universe happens. From there, the video is off and running. It moves through the history of life on Earth, dinosaurs and finally human society until we get to something resembling the world we’re living in today.

This is a rare gem of an explanatory video.

SOURCE: Mashable/ YouTube

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