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The 7 Minute Solution

March 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

I’m intrigued by the proliferation of explicitly time-based self-care plans, like the 7 Minute Workout. They aren’t a new phenomenon – we’ve had 30 day diets and things like NaNoWriMo for decades. But it feels like the duration of these plans are getting shorter and shorter.
The Science
Part of the change is surely due to science. [...]

Tags: neuro · psych · science

Sentience Footprint

October 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I’m confident that in a hundred years, eating meat will be regarded in the negative way we now view racism or sexism – an ugly, demeaning, and unnecessary act. Like smoking, it will simply fall out of fashion because we’ll find better and healthier alternatives, although we’ll still occasionally eat humanely reared-and-killed animals. Note that [...]

Tags: food · future · science

Brain Training Games Don’t Work

October 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A few days ago, 73 scientists signed a letter asserting that brain training games – which typically feature puzzle games and mental exercises on smartphones, tablets, PCs, or handheld devices – do not successfully increase general measures of intelligence or memory.
I have long had my doubts about the efficacy of games like Brain Age in [...]

Tags: edu · games · neuro · psych · science

How do we make a friendly AI?

October 6th, 2013 · No Comments

How we do avoid creating a superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) that does not end up harming humanity? This is a question of great consequence to AI researchers and thinkers who believe that future AIs will have capabilities and will act in a way completely different and unfathomable to humans, just as our actions may seem [...]

Tags: science · tech

A History of the Future in 100 Objects

February 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last year, I listened to a programme on Radio 4 called A History of the World in 100 Objects. It took 25 hours, or 1500 minutes.
In the show, the BBC and the British Museum attempted to describe the entire span of human history through 100 objects – from a 2 million year-old Olduvai stone cutting [...]

Tags: adrian · book · future · museum · science · sf · space · spec · tech · writing

Total Fail at the Kinect Galleries

August 8th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Update 3rd Sept: Shortly after I made this post, I got a nice email from someone running the Kinect Galleries campaign telling me they took the problems very seriously and were working to make sure they didn’t happen again – from the comments on this post, it sounds like that’s happened! I also went to [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · games · london · science

Educational games from 3500 years ago

June 13th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Freeborn children [of Greece] should learn as much of these things as the vast throngs of young in Egypt do with their alphabet. First as regards arithmetic, lessons have been devised there for absolute beginners based on enjoyment and games, distributing apples and garlands so that the same numbers are divided among larger and smaller [...]

Tags: edu · games · history · science

Reading on the iPad is fantastic

June 10th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Reading on the iPad is fantastic. I don’t care what other people have said, I just know that after using it for a fortnight, I can tell that it’s changed the way I’ll read forever.
I used to spend several hours a day in front of my iMac at home, using a combination of Google Reader [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · book · games · science · tech

Meaning and Magic on a Disney Cruise: Part 2

June 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Read Part 1 here…
Day 3: Valletta (Malta)
Malta isn’t a place that I would go out of my way to visit. Its capital, Valletta, has plenty of charm and interesting architecture – a legacy from the incessant invasions and occupations by Greeks, Romans, Sicilians, French, British, and a bunch of other people you haven’t heard of [...]

Tags: adrian · disney · future · games · science · travel

Writing Frankenstein

April 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

When Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, Europe experienced a ‘Year Without a Summer’.
At the time, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (aged 18), and her lover (and later husband) Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron in Switzerland. With outdoor activities being unappealing due to the poor weather, they spent a lot of time indoors. It was during this [...]

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