Machine Intelligence

Machine Intelligence

Zeynep Tufekci [ Machine Learning ] 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

Picking Up Speed

Picking Up Speed

Aerial Reconnaissance [ OceanCleanup ]  The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. Between September 26 and October 7, 2016 The Ocean Cleanup conducted a series of reconnaissance flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: the Aerial Expedition. The organization was founded in 2013 by Boyan

Field Guide to Lies

Field Guide to Lies

Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] I started writing the book in 2001, because my job was to teach students at McGill University how to think critically. Both undergraduates and graduate students. We used a little textbook, “How to Lie with Statistics” that was written in the 50s. And it’s a wonderful book, but all the examples came from the US Steel Annual

Mastery Learning

Mastery Learning

Sal Kahn [ EDU 2.0 ] I’m here today to talk about the two ideas that, at least based on my observations at Khan Academy, are kind of the core, or the key leverage points for learning. It’s the idea of mastery and the idea of mindset. I saw this in the early days working with my cousins. A lot of them were

Wilderness Retreating

Wilderness Retreating

Susan Cain [ Bias Networks ] I’m here to talk to you about three terrible, awful mistakes that I think that you’re probably making in your work lives and quite possibly in your personal relationships as well. The good news is that I’m also going to tell you how to fix these mistakes. I’m just going to jump right in and tell you

Saving Ourselves

Saving Ourselves

Sebastian Junger [ Attention Economy ] I worked as a war reporter for 15 years before I realized that I really had a problem. There was something really wrong with me. This was about a year before 9/11, and America wasn’t at war yet. We weren’t talking about PTSD. We were not yet talking about the effect of trauma and war on the