Monthly Archives: December 2012

The power of the mobile phone to end poverty

TED Talk by Iqbal Quadir “The power of the mobile phone to end poverty“.  From the TED website: “Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Education is Upside Down

Universally (nearly, at least) undergraduate education starts with a bunch of general education courses that all students must complete before graduation.  These courses are taught as introductions to specific fields and/or as weed-out courses.  That is, they are meant to … Continue reading

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How stats fool juries

TED Talk by Peter Donnelly “How stats fool juries“.  We are all more credulous than we realize. “Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics — and the devastating impact these errors can have on … Continue reading

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Why people believe weird things

An entertaining TED Talk that encourages us to reflect on our own credulities. “Why people believe weird things” “Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video and … Continue reading

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How technology evolves

Incredibly insightful perspective that technology follows a path similar to that of evolution.  “How technology evolves“. “Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks “What does technology want?” and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of … Continue reading

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Google Driverless Car

The Driverless Car.  Get set for a major change to our experience and relationship with cars and travel.  If the Google experiment proves successful and this technology becomes adopted, the car experience of the past several generation is set to … Continue reading

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The Heart Grows Smarter: Why Fathers Matter

Great opinion piece by David Brooks on why fathers matter.  “The Heart Grows Smarter”  Key quotes: “It was the capacity for intimate relationships that predicted flourishing in all aspects of these men’s lives.” “In case after case, the magic formula … Continue reading

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