Alexa, remind me to question your answers
The famous critical thinking skill everybody is talking about, which enables us to analyze and reconstruct the quality of our thinking, is mostly self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective.
Here, we present a collection of intriguing and provoking thoughts and news to facilitate this critical process of questioning what we know.
What’s changing: Thursday, September 27th, 2018
- Let’s start from the beginning: What if reality isn’t real? Maybe we should start by questioning our assumptions. (12-minute read + 5 minute video)
- France is the first country to ban smartphones in schools. Will this be a new trend? (7-minute read)
- Take a look at “history’s most amazing photograph” and regain faith in the human spirit. 5-minute read)
- Alexa, blow my mind. Discover how the future will stream down Amazon’s waters. (6-minute read)
- This word will help you distinguish an artificial from a human intelligence. Warning: It’s highly emotional. (3-minute read)
- It seems that emotions are humans’ biggest weakness. (19-minute video)
- Meet the 30 most innovative people in Africa (8-minute read) and why Africa is the future of human capital. (5-minute read)
- Can we manipulate the fate of an entire species? Yes we can. Mosquitos beware! But hey, it’s for a good cause! (6-minute read)
- It’s time to get acquainted with Biodesign. (1-minute videos)
Bonus: Unbelievable UX is the secret behind Fortnite’s incredible success. (6-minute read)
“Google debuted an algorithm that can identify a person’s sex and smoking status and predict the five-year risk of a heart attack, all on the basis of retinal imagery. (The same AI can also “infer ethnicity.”) As Kim notes, what makes these results so exciting is that the algorithm picked up on problems that the people who trained it couldn’t. “This is not something the human eye can see at this point,”
Food for thought
A sedentary society dies a million deaths. A mobile society is healthy, happy and productive. Society must guarantee a minimum level of access to affordable transportation options. Not as charity, but as an investment.
This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.
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