Category: Type-Long article

How to be a know-it-all

How to be a know-it-all

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The yearning for mastery, or, more cynically, the yearning for the illusion of mastery, has helped make a basically nerdy series from a basically nerdy publishing house impressively popular. Since the Very Short Introductions were launched, in 1995, they have collectively sold eight million copies and been translated into forty-nine languages. Roughly fifty new titles are published every year; all told, the in-house list of topics to be covered currently runs to one thousand two hundred and fifteen. Nor will matters end there. In fact, matters will not end anywhere; its intended scope is basically limitless. SOURCE: The New Yorker ...
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7 reasons why predictions about the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are wrong

7 reasons why predictions about the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are wrong

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Mistaken predictions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) lead to fears of things that are not going to happen, whether it’s the wide-scale destruction of jobs, the Singularity, or the advent of AI that has values different from ours and might try to destroy us. We need to push back on these mistakes. But why are people making them? There are seven common reasons. SOURCE: MIT Technology Review ...
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Blockchains: What are they and why will they change the world

Blockchains: What are they and why will they change the world

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: There's so much talk about Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies". Behind the hype, the technology that powers them is something called the "blockchain". By all accounts, this is where the true potential seems to lie. This article provides a detailed explanation of blockchains. SOURCE: IEEE Spectrum ...
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Memory: 4 articles that explore the mystery and magic of how we remember

Memory: 4 articles that explore the mystery and magic of how we remember

LONG ARTICLES FOR HARDCORE READERS: It's not possible to conceive living without memory. Everything we do is shaped by our remembrances of events in the past and extrapolations of lessons learned from these imprints, into the future. Yet, memory is a mystery that modern science, fMRIs and all, has not been able to fathom in any meaningful way. Listed below are 4 articles that deal with intriguing aspects of human memory. SOURCE: via The Electric Typewriter ...
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There is no one way to live a good life

There is no one way to live a good life

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Humanistic psychology is an uplifting, compassionate view of humanity. This article offers two models of human development. SOURCE: Scientific American ...
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We don't need no ... textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning

We don’t need no … textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning

WEBSITE/ LONG ARTICLE: The most important feature of ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is that ALEKS uses artificial intelligence (AI) to map the details of each student's knowledge. ALEKS "knows," at each moment, with respect to each individual topic, whether each individual student has mastered that topic. If not, ALEKS knows whether the student is ready to learn the topic at that moment. ALEKS uses this knowledge to make learning more efficient and effective by continuously offering the student a selection of only the topics she is ready to learn right now. This builds student confidence and learning momentum. SOURCE: ALEKS/ Slate ...
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Making philanthropy work: 5 strategies

Making philanthropy work: 5 strategies

INFOGRAPHIC/ LONG ARTICLE: Some of our biggest societal changes have been backed by billionaires and big nonprofits in campaigns that have taken decades. Here’s how they did it. SOURCE: Harvard Business Review ...
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It’s okay to “forget” what you read

It’s okay to “forget” what you read

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Many of us feel this near-existential fear that we might “lose” what wisdom we extract from the books we read. Such fears are unfounded. SOURCE: Medium ...
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