Sam Brinson Posts

Brain-machine interfaces have come a long way in the last decade. Now a group of computer scientists and neuroscientists from the University of San Francisco have taken things a step further. The researchers used two…

Ulysses is said to have tied himself to the flagpole of his ship, so that as he sailed past the sirens and heard their beautiful voices, he wouldn’t be able to steer the ship into…

Someone told my younger self I should learn something new every day. The rest of your time can be filled with monotonous activities, but as long as you learn one little thing, you’re growing.  Learning…

The term ‘deepfake’ has only been around a couple of years, but there is a lot of interest—good and bad—in it’s potential. What’s a deepfake? It’s a fake image or video produced using artificial intelligence.…

To make a better tomorrow, sometimes we have to put up with a not-so-nice today.  Long-term goals mean rejecting many of the things that tempt us in the moment. We don’t want to be a…

A shipowner is caught in two minds. His ship is showing signs of wear and tear, and he knows that eventually it’ll need to get repaired, but it takes time and money, and it’s scheduled…

Metacognition is often described as ‘thinking about thinking.’ It’s about monitoring and controlling your mental processes. When you’re learning something, if you ask yourself questions like “how well do I understand this?” or “will I…

Happiness is a result of effort, but effort that’s directed towards meaningful goals, not necessarily the goal of being happy. Daniel Kahneman makes a distinction between two selves: the experiencing self and the remembering self. The experiencing…