December 18

Power and Influence

Tuesday’s Big Idea

Today’s Big Idea: Deep Learning

Although "deep learning" is a highly technical subfield of computer programming, its core concept is fairly simple: more complex representations are built up from simpler ones. The principle holds true in the realm of human cognition: we build a complex grasp of language upon a few simple rules. Sophisticated philosophy is the end result of an iterative process that begins with a rudimentary grasp of cause and effect. 

The concept has powerful implications not only for programmers, but for educators seeking to structure curricula in ways that take into account the way our minds naturally think and learn. The most obvious lesson here is that analogy is a powerful teaching tool. We learn best when exposed to the same pattern across a range of contexts, rather than by memorizing lists of domain-specific minutiae. And the best way to teach pattern-recognition is through project-based learning, in which students apply general principles to a wide range of problems. 

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  1. Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing.

    Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing.

    As neuroscience, cognitive science, computer programming, and artificial intelligence progress, we’re understanding better and better how we learn. 

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  2. The Most Amazing Race: Reverse-Engineering the Brain

    The Most Amazing Race: Reverse-Engineering the Brain

    How long will it take for computers to exhibit human-level intelligence? Experts wildly disagree, and the most exciting scientific race of the 21st century is underway.

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  3. IBM's Watson Computer Beats the Superstars of Jeopardy! But What Does it Mean?

    IBM's Watson Computer Beats the Superstars of Jeopardy! But What Does it Mean?

    IBM's Watson computer, though a marvel of computing power, cannot answer questions that involve the common sense of a child.

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  4. How World of Warcraft Could Save Your Business and The Economy

    How World of Warcraft Could Save Your Business and The Economy

    Learning guru John Seely Brown is not being even slightly ironic when he says that he’d hire an expert player of World of Warcraft (the massive multiplayer online fantasy videogame) over an MBA from Harvard.   

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