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Is Technology Making Us Less Human?

Is Technology Making Us Less Human? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

This article is one-half of a point-counterpoint with Ray Kurzweils article, The Man-Machine Merger.Im sitting in this café in Silicon Valley, watching conversations flowing between Macs, tablets, mobile devices, and their owners.

Author: Andrea Kuszewski, behavior therapist and robopsychologist  

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Intriguing discussion in which the author argues that technology is having a deleterious effect on people's capactiy to use their own intelligence. She cites a claim that over-reliance on sat-nav systems, for example, is harming people's spatial awareness. Most interestingly, however, is her central thesis, which is that the factor that distinguishes human intelligence from computer-based intelligences is that only the former (currently) possess the capacity for creative thinking.

 

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How bio-inspired deep learning keeps winning competitions | KurzweilAI

How bio-inspired deep learning keeps winning competitions | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Dr. Jürgen Schmidhuber is Director of the Swiss Artificial Intelligence Lab, IDSIA. His research team’s artificial neural networks (NNs) have won many international awards, and recently were the first to achieve human-competitive performance on various benchmark data sets.
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These NNs are of great practical relevance, because computer vision and pattern recognition are becoming essential for thousands of commercial applications. For example, the future of search engines lies in image and video recognition, as opposed to traditional text search. The most important applications may be in medical imaging, e.g., for automated melanoma detection, cancer prognosis, plaque detection in CT heart scans (to prevent strokes), and hundreds of other health-related areas.

 

In the not-so-distant future you should be able to point your cell phone camera to text in a foreign language, and get a translation.

 

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Stumped by a problem? The ‘generic parts technique’ technique unsticks you | KurzweilAI

Stumped by a problem? The ‘generic parts technique’ technique unsticks you | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

University of Massachusetts psychologist Dr. Tony McCaffrey has developed a systematic way of overcoming “functional fixedness” (the tendency to fixate on the common use of an object or its parts, hindering people from solving problems). He calls it the “generic parts technique” (GPT).

 

For example, say you’re given two steel rings and told to make a figure-8 out of them. Your tools? A candle and a match. Melted wax is sticky, but the wax isn’t strong enough to hold the rings together.

What about the other part of the candle? The wick. The word implies a use: wicks are set afire to give light. “That tends to hinder people’s ability to think of alternative uses for this part,” says McCaffrey. Think of the wick more generically as a piece of string and the string as strands of cotton and you’re liberated.

 

 

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Research debunks the ‘IQ myth’ | KurzweilAI

Research debunks the ‘IQ myth’ | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The monkey ladder cognitive test (credit: Adam Hampshire et al./Western University) After conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, with
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As someone who's always been sceptical of the worth attached to traditional IQ tests, I find the results of this piece of research by  Canadian Western University particularly interesting. In short; there is no one single standardised test that is capable of reliably measuring IQ.

 

Further - perhaps contentiously - the report goes on to suggest that "regular brain training didn't help people's cognitive performance at all...".

 

And that ageing has a profound negative effect on both memory and reasoning abilities.

 

Oh well...

 

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Lori Pirog's curator insight, January 3, 2013 7:41 AM

I've always believed intelligence was not being measured accurately. I would imagine creativity in all its different forms contributes to healthy brain aging and intelligence.

Clive Hilton's comment, January 4, 2013 7:19 AM
I think you are right, Lori, and I completely concur with your premise that creativity is symptomatic of a intelligence and high order cognitive processes.
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The Human Face of Big Data | KurzweilAI

The Human Face of Big Data | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The images and stories captured in The Human Face of Big Data are the result of an extraordinary artistic, technical, and logistical juggling act aimed at capturing the human face of the Big Data Revolution.

 

Big Data is defined as the real time collection, analyses, and visualization of vast amounts of the information. In the hands of Data Scientists this raw information is fueling a revolution which many people believe may have as big an impact on humanity going forward as the Internet has over the past two decades. Its enable us to sense, measure, and understand aspects of our existence in ways never before possible.

 

The Human Face of Big Data captures, in glorious photographs and moving essays, an extraordinary revolution sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life. It’s already enabling us to provide a healthier life for our children. To provide our seniors with independence while keeping them safe. To help us conserve precious resources like water and energy. To alert us to tiny changes in our health, weeks or years before we develop a life-threatening illness. To peer into our own individual genetic makeup. To create new forms of life. And soon, as many predict, to re-engineer our own species. And we’ve barely scratched the surface . . .

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‘Creative right brain’ myth debunked | KurzweilAI

‘Creative right brain’ myth debunked | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the logic and math portion, actually plays a critical role in creative thinking, University of Southern California (USC) researchers have found, at least for visual creative tasks (and musical, as previously found).

 

The “creative right brain” myth apparently originated from misinterpretations of Roger Sperry’s split-brain experiments on epileptics in the 60s, which earned him a Nobel Prize in 1981. It has already been debunked.

 

 

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