Your Brain’s Boss

Your Brain’s Boss

Amishi Jha [ University of Miami ] Consider the following statement: Human beings only use ten percent of brain capacity. Well, as a neuroscientist, I can tell you that while Morgan Freeman delivered this line with the gravitas that makes him a great actor, this statement is entirely false. The truth is, human beings use 100% of brain capacity. The brain is a

Bias Networks

Bias Networks

David R. Williams [ Harvard ] An article in the Yale Alumni Magazine told the story of Clyde Murphy, a black man who was a member of the Class of 1970. Clyde was a success story. After Yale and a law degree from Columbia, Clyde spent the next 30 years as one of America’s top civil rights lawyers. He was also a great

Necessary Dreaming

Necessary Dreaming

Thinking about the future: Whether, when, why, how, who, what… and so what? An organised, future-oriented mindset is probably the most effective way to find success in life, but psychology has focused much more on the past than the future. Professor Baumeister will report ideas and findings emerging from his recent research program on thinking about the future. Despite the common assumption that

Machine Intelligence

Machine Intelligence

Zeynep Tufekci [ TED Summit ] I started my first job as a computer programmer in my very first year of college — basically, as a teenager. Soon after I started working, writing software in a company, a manager who worked at the company came down to where I was, and he whispered to me, “Can he tell if I’m lying?” There was

Prospective Hindsight

Prospective Hindsight

Daniel Levitin [ TED London ] A few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnight in the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend, Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porch read minus 40 degrees — and don’t bother asking if that’s Celsius or Fahrenheit, minus 40

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

Karen Konkoly [ Digital & Social Media Intern at National Sleep Foundation ] This could be a dream. Do you remember how you got here? The best way to test reality is to read something twice. When you’re awake the words will always stay the same, but when you’re dreaming the words will always be different. Dreams can seem vague because when you’re

Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction

Kathy O’Neil [ PDF 15 ] Imagine that you’re seeing Mathematics. I stole this from my husband’s desk yesterday. Mathematicians use notation like that — hope you can see it — because mathematicians are lazy. Mathematicians use notation as shorthand for much more complicated things, that they’d have to write out with words, and it takes too long to do that — and