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By: David Allen | September 09, 2017

What If the Internet Could Not Tell a Lie? Blockchain, Fake News, Rumor Mills | Brian Behlendorf
Brian Behlendorf

What If the Internet Could Not Tell a Lie? Blockchain, Fake News, Rumor Mills | Brian Behlendorf — Imagine a world where facts rule the Internet, and lies and rumors are stripped of their disguises before they can do damage. 


That's actually possible, explains tech expert Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of the Hyperledger Project (who was also a primary developer of the Apache HTTP Server, the most widely used web server in the world). Although a completely truthful Internet might be dull, and a little totalitarian, it would be sweet relief for all digital citizens if someone could end fake news. Distributed ledger technology like Blockchain could do that, says Behlendorf, by changing the way organizations collect and stor...

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By: David Allen | September 09, 2017

One Type of Job That AI, Robots, and Machines Can't Actually Automate | Andrew McAfee
Andrew McAfee

One Type of Job That AI, Robots, and Machines Can't Actually Automate | Andrew McAfee  Artificial intelligence is coming. And it's coming for our jobs (really). Truck drivers. Construction workers. Doctors. Even 39% of the legal aid workforce is set to be AI by 2020, according to Forbes. But there's a certain sector... and more importantly a certain skill... that robots and AI can never learn: how to inspire. Andrew McAfee uses the example of a girl's soccer team, positing that it will take robots a truly staggering amount of computing power for AI to even understand what rivalry is, let alone the intricacies of interpersonal communication required to lead a team to do their best work. It's a great watch, so click play and sit back.

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By: David Allen | September 09, 2017

How Your Amazing Brain Tells Time: Circadian Watch, Pattern Pendulum, & Tempo Timer | Dean Buonomano
Dean Buonomano

How Your Amazing Brain Tells Time: Circadian Watch, Pattern Pendulum, & Tempo Timer | Dean Buonomano Need to know the time? Just look at a clock. But if your brain needs to tell the time, it's a whole other different theory. 


Neuroscientist Dean Buonomano is an expert on brains (obviously) but posits that your brain tells time much more by a domino effect than by any sort of mechanism. He uses an interesting pebble-pond-ripple scenario to walk us through it, saying that "if you throw a pebble into a pond it can create this dynamical pattern. And in a way that pattern tells you how much time has elapsed." Much in the same way, our brain simply looks for patterns. Buonomano goes into it in more detail than we do here...

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By: David Allen | September 09, 2017

Bryan Cranston: One Thing All Young People Should Do While They're Still Young
Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston: One Thing All Young People Should Do While They're Still Young — Travel—and experiencing other cultures—opens your mind. Nobody knows this better than Bryan Cranston, who spent two consecutive years (at 19 and 20) on a motorcycle with his brother, exploring America and figuring out what it was that he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Needless to say he became a major figure in American acting. With pivotal roles in Breaking Bad and Trumbo that—no exaggeration here—have helped reshape not only American television but American masculinity, it shows just how meaningful being purposefully lost can be. That way, you can truly find yourself.


Bryan Cranston: You know Americans have a lot of great qualities, and one of t...

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By: David Allen | September 09, 2017

Get More Hope, Less Despair, and Move Toward Action with Mindfulness and Focus | Andrew Chignell
Andrew Chignell

Get More Hope, Less Despair, and Move Toward Action with Mindfulness and Focus | Andrew Chignell Hope's reputation is so good, it's bad. People hear the word and dismiss it as Hallmark, doe-eyed, emotional fluff. 


But hoping is not the same as dreaming or wishing: it is constrained by rationality, and unlike fantasy the possibility has to exist, even if the odds are slim. As Professor Andrew Chignell explains: you can wish the weather had been nicer yesterday, but you can't hope it. Hope is a spectrum of how you react to possibility, and it runs all the way to despair. Here, Chignell explains his latest research in philosophy, mindfulness, and uses The Shawshank Redemption to illustrate how closely hope and despair are related. ...

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By: David Allen | September 03, 2017

How to Save the World from Future Disasters Being Ignored Today | Richard Clarke
Richard Clarke

How to Save the World from Future Disasters Being Ignored Today | Richard Clarke Before Bernie Madoff got caught, before Hurricane Katrina and Fukushima devastated cities, and before ISIS formed, there was an expert for each one of those events warning people in power that it would happen. 


What did those powerful people do? Absolutely nothing. These experts are called 'Cassandras' in hindsight, because as global security expert Richard A. Clarke explains in a previous Big Think video: "Cassandra in Greek mythology was a woman cursed by the gods. The curse was that she could accurately see the future. It doesn’t sound so bad until you realize the second part of the curse, which was no one would ever believe her. And because...

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By: David Allen | September 03, 2017

Bryan Cranston: How Love, Drugs, and Power Inspired My
Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston: How Love, Drugs, and Power Inspired My "Breaking Bad" Performance as Walter White — I mean the purpose of writing my book was to express myself, to continue being a storyteller. 


These are two stories. It’s called Life in Parts because of the parts we play. Not only the parts I played in my profession but also the parts we play as human beings. I’m a father. I’m a husband. I’m a brother. I’m a citizen, a neighbor, and all those things. And we all are. We all present ourselves that way. I also wanted to write honestly because I thought if I’m not telling the truth then what’s the point. It’s masturbatory which has its place in your life but not in this case. I wanted to present it to say okay, here’s when I...

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By: David Allen | September 03, 2017

How Exploring the Universe Opens Up New Realities: Innovation, Elon Musk, Aliens | Scott Parazynski
Scott Parazynski

How Exploring the Universe Opens Up New Realities: Innovation, Elon Musk, Aliens | Scott Parazynski Former Astronaut, Inventor, and Physician — Scott Parazynski is the only person in history to have both flown to space and summited Mount Everest. 


He's seen more of this world than most, and some of what lies beyond it—so what is it about adventure that draws people like him in? Parazynski thinks it's innate curiosity that drives us, but that the more we explore the more we gain other reasons to keep going. Humanity has benefitted enormously from pursuing “moon shots”—like the Apollo missions—and NASA's research in particular has pushed our capacity for innovation, resulting in spin-off technologies that create new industrie...

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By: David Allen | September 03, 2017

Overcome Your Fear of Failure: Booze, Bombing, and Reverse Psychology | Ari Shaffir
Ari Shaffir

Overcome Your Fear of Failure: Booze, Bombing, and Reverse Psychology | Ari Shaffir — Fear of failure is a real thing, and so are the ways of overcoming it. Comedian Ari Shaffir names ways of understanding fear, accepting it, and inviting it into your experience—all as a way to succeed.


It’s almost—the worst thing you can do in almost any experience is have too much expectations. You can have thoughts of how it might be going to go, but then if it doesn’t what are you going to do?

Like Tiger Woods used to have this thing where he’d close his eyes, I think some sports therapist told him to close your eyes and imagine a perfect shot like your perfect backswing hitting it perfectly landing on the green four feet from the cup. And he would d...

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By: David Allen | September 03, 2017

Increase Your Brain's Will Power: Achieve Goals, Stay Focused, Resist Temptation | David Eagleman
David Eagleman

Increase Your Brain's Will Power: Achieve Goals, Stay Focused, Resist Temptation | David Eagleman — The only thing between you and your better self is your brain. Programmed to maximize short term reward, we often find ourselves struggling between what we want in the moment and what we'll gain in the long term if we forgo immediate gratification. 


As neuroscientist David Eagleman reveals, the ancient wisdom of Ulysses remains useful today as a way to contextualize current scientific research. Before temptation strikes, it pays to have a plan for when it arrives. By making a contract with your future self—as Ulysses did with his crew—you can avoid occasions of indulgence. And when you do give into immediate satisfaction, you can bui...

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