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China is harnessing brain-wave trackers and artificial-intelligence to raise better (and more compliant?) students

A grow­ing num­ber of class­rooms in Chi­na are equipped with arti­fi­cial-intel­li­gence cam­eras and brain-wave track­ers. While many par­ents and teach­ers see them as tools to improve grades, they’ve become some children’s worst night­mare. Video: Crys­tal Tai for The Wall Street Jour­nal.

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To address grow­ing pri­va­cy issues such as those high­light­ed in the video above Read the rest of this entry »

Nominate your favorite teacher for the Global Teacher Prize 2020

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Noth­ing we have ever done to enhance the human con­di­tion com­pares to the pow­er of uni­ver­sal school­ing. It’s an hon­or to help rec­og­nize some of the teach­ers who make it all pos­si­ble with their inspi­ra­tion, moti­va­tion and ded­i­ca­tion.

Please nom­i­nate your favorite teacher for the Glob­al Teacher Prize 2020. Rec­og­nize a teacher who has changed your life, and the lives of oth­ers around you, by nom­i­nat­ing him or her for the Glob­al Teacher Prize HERE, before Octo­ber 14th, 2019.

Descrip­tion: The Glob­al Teacher Prize is a US $1 mil­lion award pre­sent­ed annu­al­ly to an excep­tion­al teacher who has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to their pro­fes­sion.  Read the rest of this entry »

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK considers adding a 5‑minute cognitive test to its annual health check-up

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Using AI assess­ment to tack­le demen­tia in ultra-ear­ly stages (Dig­i­tal Health):

Demen­tia and Alzheimer’s dis­ease con­tin­ue to increase and remain the lead­ing cause of death in Eng­land and Wales, account­ing for 12.8% of all deaths reg­is­tered in 2018 Read the rest of this entry »

Apple/ Eli Lilly’s bet: Wearable and mobile consumer devices may well help us detect cognitive impairment and dementia

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Apple, Eli Lil­ly research whether devices can detect demen­tia signs (Health­care Dive):

Demen­tia, which affects rough­ly 47 mil­lion peo­ple across the globe, costs $1 tril­lion world­wide, accord­ing to the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion. Ear­ly test­ing for the con­di­tion is spo­radic and, when con­duct­ed, it’s often not sen­si­tive enough to detect ear­ly stages of men­tal decline, cre­at­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty for tech com­pa­nies like Apple to see whether they can turn a prof­it.

The “rich, lon­gi­tu­di­nal infor­ma­tion” from wear­able and mobile con­sumer devices can be Read the rest of this entry »

Math brain teaser requiring no math — just perception and cognition

Necrop­oli Grot­ti­cel­li, the tomb of Archimedes in Syra­cuse

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Greek math­e­mati­cian, physi­cist, engi­neer, inven­tor, and astronomer Archimedes made many great sci­en­tif­ic dis­cov­er­ies through­out his life. He explained why and how bod­ies float in the water, designed mir­ror arrays capa­ble of focus­ing sun rays and set­ting ene­my ships on fire, found the way of approx­i­mat­ing the num­ber of grains of sand that will fit inside the uni­verse.

Now to the brain teas­er part.

His tomb was dec­o­rat­ed with his favorite dis­cov­ery. Which one of the fol­low­ing three sculp­tures was hon­or­ing Archimedes, and why?

  1. A gold­en crown com­mem­o­rat­ing his famous Eure­ka moment in the bath
  2. A lever with which he promised one could move the Earth
  3. A sim­ple cylin­der and a sphere

The puz­zle answer is below. Please think about it before check­ing it out… Read the rest of this entry »

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