Category: Do it-now

How to seek truth in the era of fake news

How to seek truth in the era of fake news

VIDEO: Known worldwide for her courage and clarity, Christiane Amanpour has spent the past three decades interviewing business, cultural and political leaders who have shaped history. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Amanpour discusses fake news, objectivity in journalism, the leadership vacuum in global politics and more, sharing her wisdom along the way. "Be careful where you get information from," she says. "Unless we are all engaged as global citizens who appreciate the truth, who understand science, empirical evidence and facts, then we are going to be wandering around -- to a potential catastrophe." SOURCE: TED ...
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5 big questions: Science has no answers (as yet)

5 big questions: Science has no answers (as yet)

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: Science is one of the greatest tools that mankind ever devised for expanding understanding. While it's reasonable to trust that science will eventually answer our unsolved questions, assuming that it has all of the answers right now is not. Here are five of the biggest unanswered questions in science. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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How social media has become a direct threat to democracy

How social media has become a direct threat to democracy

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: For all the ways information technology brings us together, the monetization and manipulation of information is swiftly tearing us apart. From foreign interference in elections to targeted campaigns designed to confuse and divide on important social issues, groups looking for an effective way to infiltrate and influence democracy have found generous hosts in the world of social media. There are 6 ways in which social media poses a direct threat to democracy. SOURCE: The Washington Post ...
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Climate change: FAQs and answers

Climate change: FAQs and answers

ARTICLE: Anthropogenic (human-made) climate change is now the most important challenge that confronts humanity over the coming years. Strong emotions have been fanned and, in the age of fake news and post truth, there is considerable confusion in most people's minds. In this review from the New York Times, 17 important questions are addressed in simple, easy-to-understand language. It is vital that we have a clear idea of the issues at stake. SOURCE: The New York Times ...
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Scientists chart 27 distinct human emotions on this interactive map

Scientists chart 27 distinct human emotions on this interactive map

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: The best part of the map is that it’s interactive. If you take your mouse and hover over any part of it, you’ll soon find a short video popping up. Although one can see some strict delineations between one emotion and the next, the visual map also blends categories when necessary, making it highly nuanced. To create this map, the researchers collected 2,185 online videos. Each was a 5-10 second clip portraying a particular emotion. SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)/ Big Think ...
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There's more to life than being happy; the key is leading a meaningful life that rests on 4 pillars

There’s more to life than being happy; the key is leading a meaningful life that rests on 4 pillars

VIDEO: Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning. Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life: belonging, purpose, transcendence and story telling. SOURCE: TED ...
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Here are 10 tricks to make you look smart at meetings, particularly when you have been day dreaming

Here are 10 tricks to make you look smart at meetings, particularly when you have been day dreaming

ARTICLE: This article is a must for all Dilbert fans. Appearing smart during meetings is a top priority for all of us. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or …. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on. Here are ten tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings. SOURCE: The Cooper review via Medium ...
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Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.

Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.

VIDEO: Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI? SOURCE: TED ...
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