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Alphabet's DeepMind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence

Alphabet's DeepMind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence | Moral Education | Scoop.it
DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an "ethics and society" unit to study the impact of new technologies on society.

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The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness

The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you.

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Facing reality is the key to unlocking our true potential. Get used to it.
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WHAT IS GRATITUDE and WHY WE NEED TO CARE ABOUT IT?

WHAT IS GRATITUDE and WHY WE NEED TO CARE ABOUT IT? | Moral Education | Scoop.it

The more you give THANKS, the more reason you have for GRATITUDE."


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"My key to greatness is empathy. When I hit rock bottom, gratitude brings me back up." - Gary Vaynerchuk

Developing an attitude of sincere gratitude is a powerful lesson to be taught. This is the key to a truly satisfying and successful life!

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The ethics issue: Should we give robots the right to kill?

The ethics issue: Should we give robots the right to kill? | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Robot soldiers that follow orders, unclouded by human emotions, might reduce casualties in conflicts. But who will take responsibility for their actions?
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Kids, AI devices, and intelligent toys – MIT MEDIA LAB 

Kids, AI devices, and intelligent toys – MIT MEDIA LAB  | Moral Education | Scoop.it
The dichotomy between machines and living things is narrowing. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is embedded in all kinds of technology, from robots to social networks. This affects the youngest…

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4 Ways to Raise an Empathy Rich Child 

4 Ways to Raise an Empathy Rich Child  | Moral Education | Scoop.it
We can start by raising empathy rich children. We can come together and choose to raise kids who genuinely care about others. We can stop the incessant competing and judging that trickles down to our children and hit the reset button. We can sit back and enjoy youth sports, for example, instead of screaming our heads off and spreading negativity. We can walk in another mom’s shoes before we complain about her lack of effort for the PTA. We can take back humanity and, in doing so, raise a more empathic generation of people.

 

Foster empathy with these four strategies:

1. Validate a range of emotions....

2. Talk; don’t shield....

3. Demonstrate empathy....

4. Take action...

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Key to Empathy May Be in Knowing Yourself 

Key to Empathy May Be in Knowing Yourself  | Moral Education | Scoop.it
A new study finds that when we are taught to identify and understand our own inner parts, or sub-personalities — such as the “inner manager” or the “inner child”  we become far more understanding of the mental states of others, essentially increasing our levels of social intelligence and empathy.

For three months, 161 adult participants aged 20 to 55 were split into two groups and taught how to develop their perspective-taking skills through a variety of methods. The training was based on the Internal Family Systems model which views the self as being composed of different complex inner parts, each with its own defining set of behaviors, thoughts and emotions.

 

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Students are stressed. Help requires empathy. - Trusted

Students are stressed. Help requires empathy. - Trusted | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Teaching cognitive empathy

Stress can come from anywhere, Fraga says—an emotional interaction with a teacher or parent, a challenging assignment, even a missed phone call. These events often leave students feeling as if there is no relief from the anxiety and that no one else—especially adults—can relate to what they’re feeling.

This is where cognitive empathy comes in.

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Empathy  

Second video in our HELPRR series. Target group is 7-9 year olds. The video reviews the definition of empathy, its importance and steps to understanding empathy. This video is to be utilized as a supplement to the lesson plan and activity book produced by PECH Pros


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PRINTABLE - Character Education Brag Tags - Simplek12

PRINTABLE - Character Education Brag Tags - Simplek12 | Moral Education | Scoop.it
These Editable Brag Tags for Character Education and Development are just what you'll need for quick awards and acknowledgement.
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Why you need emotional intelligence

Why you need emotional intelligence | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Dr Travis Bradberry explains the difference emotional intelligence makes in the workplace, and its role in success.
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It helps us monitor ourselves and the world, including our interactions with other people. It is essential for teachers.
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Video Game Study Suggests Humans Get More Peaceful As The World Ends

Simulating the end of the world in a MMORPG, a huge study on player actions reveals that people get less violent and become more peaceful as the end nears.
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The Science of Gratitude - How it Changes People, Relationships (and Brains!) and How to Make it Work For You - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

The Science of Gratitude - How it Changes People, Relationships (and Brains!) and How to Make it Work For You - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young | Moral Education | Scoop.it
There are so many reasons to practice gratitude regularly, but only now are we beginning to understand one of the big ones - it's power to change the brain.
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Cultivating Empathy

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What can we do about this? How can we cultivate a culture of empathy? One thing we can do is expose our children to a variety of people, places, and cultures. Why? This will reduce the tendency to see any group as different and broadens the scope of empathy to include all people.

 

This means that even though our tendency to be helpful and empathetic is part of our biological inheritance, it needs to be nurtured—for some people more than others. If you are an adult, do the same for yourself. Introduce new experiences, conversations, situations, and groups of people into your life and in doing so you are more likely to feel empathetic toward a greater number of people because they will seem familiar to you.

 

Isolation breeds contempt and we need a lot more cooperation, compassion, and empathy to counteract the culture of hostility that is taking hold in our society.   


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Empathy depends on living and learning in a diverse setting. If the only understanding we have of people different than us is abstract, we only have caricatures and stereotypes of other people. Paul Ricoeur referred to this as idem identity and used the analogy of suits that look alike hanging on a rack.

The more diversity we have in classrooms and neighbourhoods the more empathy has a chance to form. As well, as adults we need to be role models of what empathy and sympathy look like for children to experience it.
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To understand why we behave the way we do, we need to zoom out

To understand why we behave the way we do, we need to zoom out | Moral Education | Scoop.it
A challenging new book, Behave, starts with interacting brain regions and then takes in the ever wider horizons of culture and evolution to make sense of us
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How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring | Moral Education | Scoop.it
About 70 schools around the country are making a concerted effort to make caring central to school culture through the Making Caring Common project. When
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True Story Anxious People Are More Self Aware and Empathetic

True Story Anxious People Are More Self Aware and Empathetic | Moral Education | Scoop.it
When you're in the middle of an anxiety episode it's hard to think of anything positive (let alone the potential upsides of anxiety itself).  

 

But a closer look at the personality traits that belie anxiety can shed a positive light on this much-maligned mental health issue. While anxiety itself is an unpleasant experience, those who are more prone to it play host to a myriad of unique and positive personality traits, skills, and perspectives.

 

“I am sensitive, intuitive, and empathic,” writes Karyn Shanks, MD, an Iowa-based functional medicine doctor of 26 years, of her struggle with anxiety. “[My anxiety] drives insight, empathy, and understanding. … It connects me more deeply to the people and things I love. It urges me to tell the truth, to be kind, and to forgive.”


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Teachers can show young people the good and unifying in society

Teachers can show young people the good and unifying in society | Moral Education | Scoop.it
It is easy to simplistically set the world as a place of stark opposites, but education has the power to give people hope and reflect our shared values
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We live in a world that sometimes overwhelms us. Good teachers can be role models for students and teach in ways that allow young people to see the good in each other.
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 How can empathy effects our wellbeing? 

Holistic psychologist Cynthia Hickman, gives us a fascinating insight on how having empathy for others can actually effect our own well being.

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Virtual humans may help doctors learn empathy: study

Virtual humans may help doctors learn empathy: study | Moral Education | Scoop.it

Such intuitive interactions could help aspiring doctors better prepare for difficult and emotionally charged encounters

 

In a first, scientists are using life-like virtual humans to train doctors on how to break bad news and express empathy to patients and their family members. Researchers created two virtual humans - Robin and Delmy - that are intelligent and conversational, and have the capacity to interact using a wide range of communication behaviours shared in typical face-to-face dialogue.

 

Such intuitive interactions could help aspiring doctors better prepare for difficult and emotionally charged encounters with patients and hospital colleagues, researchers said.


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New way to test empathy uses painful images 

New way to test empathy uses painful images  | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Psychologists have developed new tests and mathematical models to help capture and quantify the snap moral and empathetic judgments we make all the time, such as when seeing footage from a war-ravaged country.

Certain situations could trigger instant moral and empathetic assessments, even when they were directed to counteract those feelings, according to a series of studies looking at people’s intuitive moral judgments and empathic responses.

“The studies were really sparked by this big picture question: How do people morally react to the world around them?” says Daryl Cameron, who directs the Empathy and Moral Psychology Laboratory as an assistant professor of psychology and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn Stat

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Is empathy overrated?

Is empathy overrated? | Moral Education | Scoop.it
While it can result in tremendous good, empathy is also narrow, biased and surprisingly insensitive, says psychology professor Paul Bloom
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MIT Wants Your Help Navigating the Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Tech

MIT Wants Your Help Navigating the Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Tech | Moral Education | Scoop.it
The website “MIT's Moral Machine” is crowdsourcing responses to a sticky moral dilemma facing creators of self-driving cars and policymakers alike.
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The link between your belief in free will, and your happiness

The link between your belief in free will, and your happiness | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Research suggests that expressing a belief in free will, is positively correlated with happiness.
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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | Moral Education | Scoop.it
Empathy -- the ability to understand another person's experiences and emotions -- can be a powerful learning tool for students and an important outcome of
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 22, 4:25 PM
What I found in my recent research and dissertation was the teachers I interviewed shared a common feature: empathy and sympathy for others.