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Is Overconfidence Tearing the World Apart?

Is it good to think you’re better than you are? By most accounts, confidence is a positive characteristic. It convinces people to trust you, motivates you towards big goals, and is for the most part a more positive experience than doubt or uncertainty. Low confidence suggests a lack of belief in oneself. It will likely…

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Will the Future be Filled with Biased Robots?

Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” In 2016, Microsoft gifted to the world a chat bot named Tay. She was designed to mimic the language of a 19 year old American girl while also learning from her conversations on Twitter. As an algorithm designed to learn,…

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Snap Judgements, Split Brains, and Strange Lies

There are many decisions we make in split seconds. Decisions that require no cognitive effort, no thought, no awareness. Where does the observation that you like this piece of music come from? How long did it take you to realize how beautiful that person is? Is your friends new car stylish or bland? Likely, each…

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Our Memories Are Falsely Predicting Our Lives

“… we are constantly predicting the future and hypothesizing what we will experience. This expectation influences what we actually perceive. Predicting the future is actually the primary reason that we have a brain.” Ray Kurzweil is on the forefront of artificial intelligence research, due to his deep understanding of how the mass of neuronal networks we call…

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