Monthly Archives: August 2018

Thinking Spaces: the good, the bad (& the totally mad)

I’m getting more and more interested in how physical environments influence how people think. I see this every other week doing talks, sometimes in good venues, sometimes in bad. I also get to see the impact of different types of … Continue reading

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Exams Don’t Predict Anything

Commenting in the New York Times last year, Laszlo Bock, then Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, said that: “For every job, the No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not IQ. It’s … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.” Michael Crichton, Writer. (I’m not totally sure about this, but it did make me think).

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Can you teach a computer to be curious?

Good question right? But be careful, reinforcement learning isn’t necessarily the same thing as curiousity to my mind. Also, I think curiousity is on a spectrum. Sure you can build carrot/stick and right/wrong motivations into a machine, but can you … Continue reading

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Cost of People Vs Automation

Via McKinsey.

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Question of the Week

Following on from my rather frivolous brainmail post last week, how about something a bit meatier and more provative? How about this for a question: could memory be partly inherited biologically? For example, could you inherit a memory of an … Continue reading

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Brainmail on the Blog

OMG, he’s only gonna dunnit. Brainmail issue 107 is on the blog. Blinder. You want some news? No time for that this month. It’s that oxymoron called school holidays and I’m a bit freaking stressed out. Even my pumpkins are … Continue reading

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An anti-men trend?

Not sure if it’s just me, but misandrous attitudes and behaviour seem to be on the rise. A reaction to misogyny? I’m not sure if this is an example or not, but ‘stamped out’ is quite agressive. Imagine, for a … Continue reading

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