Category: Type-Utility

How open minded are you? A simple eye test will tell you

ARTICLE/ UTILITY: Researchers administered a “big five” personality test to participants: measuring their extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. They were then given a test for binocular rivalry. Participants were shown a patch of red in one eye and a patch of green in the other. Those who scored higher for openness were able to merge both images into one unified red-green patch. Those who scored lower for openness tended to switch back and forth between the incompatible images.

SOURCE: Good/ Journal of Research in Personality

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

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.

SOURCE: Iris.AI

SCRATCH: drag-and-drop coding tool from MIT — for children, but adults are welcome too

WEBSITE/ UTILITY: Scratch, now in its tenth year, is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.

SOURCE: Scratch

SlideBot: stunning visual rendering of your slide decks, created automatically

UTILITY:Here’s an antidote to death by PowerPoint. Don’t use words and bullet lists to convey your ideas; use memorable visuals. SlideBot does just that. You type in the main idea for a slide and, using its AI engine, it pulls up eye-popping pictures to go with the idea. You can edit, enhance and alter the slides easily with a very simple toolbar. The catch: a monthly subscription of $17. Play with it anyway to get some good ideas for your next slide presentation.

SOURCE: SlideBot

An AI-based drawing tool for those of us who can’t draw — another gift from Google

UTILTY/ VIDEO:Draw faster with a little help from artists and machine learning in this new drawing tool from Google. AutoDraw is an AI-supported tool for fast drawing or sketching. You doodle; it detects the picture and suggests a long line of similar images from the data base. Your drawings can be enhanced and saved. Nothing to download. Works from a desktop, tablet or phone. A great tool for visual thinking. FREE!

SOURCE:AutoDraw

Want to get paid to receive emails? Sign up with Nextio

WEBSITE:Your attention is a scarce resource. With Nextio, senders must attach money to promotional messages to indicate their value for your attention. You set your price and 80% of the money goes to you (or to a charity of your choosing) when you reply. Nextio lets you specify your messaging preferences – people and topics you are interested in hearing about. These preferences are visible to senders up front and they must comply to send free professional messages.

SOURCE: Nextio

Unleashing the power behind Google search: an online tutorial from Google

ONLINE TUTORIAL: Google has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives. Here is an online tutorial on searching with Google put up by Google itself. The course is richly supported by videos, text, examples, exercises and quizzes. Considering how often we “Google it”, it is well worth spending time on this instructional package. You will learn how to harness the extraordinary power of this utility.

Improving Cornell Notes with Sketchnoting techniques

Sketchnoting is a popular technique for taking down notes. It substitutes words with simple, quick, hand drawn images and symbols. Since we relate more easily to pictures than words, this method has many putative advantages over conventional note taking. Cornell note taking is another popular method for enhancing retention and learning. Here is a strategy for combining the two.

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