Category: Type-Video

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

Holding on to unrealised ideas blocks creativity: downsize your “idea debt”

ARTICLE/ VIDEO: Idea debt is the pile of ideas you keep revisiting but never finish, or even never begin. It can be a book, an app, a business, any project that grows in your mind but not in reality. It feels much more impressive than the projects you’re actually carrying out, with all their disappointments and compromises. Like financial debt, a little well-managed idea debt is healthy. It’s good to mull over ideas, to file them for later, to give yourself more creative options than you use. But sometimes you need to pay that debt down. Luckily you’re your own debtor, so you have plenty of options.

SOURCE: Lifehacker & Medium

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

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

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

Most of the world’s languages invent names for colour in the same order

VIDEO: In 1969, two Berkeley researchers, Paul Kay and Brent Berlin, published a book on a pretty groundbreaking idea: that every culture in history, when they developed their languages, invented words for colors in the exact same order. The theory was revolutionary — and it shaped our understanding of how color terminologies emerge.

SOURCE: Vox/ YouTube

There is no basis for the popular belief that we only use 10 percent of our brain

VIDEO: Let’s get one thing out of the way: humans use more than 10 percent of our brains. This isn’t a surprise to a lot of people, but there’s more to the science of our cognitive potential than knowing that it can’t be true that 90 percent of our gray matter is inactive. The claim has been around for a long time, but where did it come from, anyway? And why are we so eager to believe it? How much of our brain do we really use — and is there a limit to what we can learn?

SOURCE: The Verge

Why does human behaviour range from gut-wrenching violence to profound altruism?

VIDEO: How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviours.

TED videos are one of the pearls of the Internet. From this huge collection, if I were to pick the best, this video would be right up there. The content, power, clarity, style and message are all 5-star plus. Watching the video will be one of the best 16 minutes you have spent in recent times.


Putting your thumb to work will make tablets easier to use

VIDEO: When you use a stylus-capable tablet, you devote your strong hand to the task of wielding the stylus while your weaker hand gets the job of pincering the device to hold it steady. Microsoft reckons that the pincering thumb is wasted and should instead be put to work. This video from Microsoft Research addresses the simultaneous, and complementary, use of pen & touch modalities for interaction with tablets. The thumb is available and sufficiently mobile to manipulate many controls, enabling a whole new space of “thumb + pen” interactions.

Brilliant concept. Can’t wait till this hits the streets. You would think that Apple, with its colossal straddling of the tablet market, would have come up with this idea a long time ago. Slowly, but surely, Microsoft is creeping into Apple terrain.

SOURCE: Microsoft Research

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