The high-tech in your car may be spying on you as you drive. The navigation and infotainment systems in dashboards and in black boxes located under hoods can collect our data, and there's no regulation protecting consumer privacy, according to The Detroit News. The data ripped from drivers include whether they buckled their seat belts, how aggressively they accelerated, whether they followed speed limits, and how hard they hit the breaks. Locations and times of travel are also being recorded.
The data is being collected by automakers and they share it with marketers and other interested parties. Read the article for more on the investigation, including potential consumer protection initiatives. Your car is now another front in the privacy wars. Doug Edwards wrote about the "data hawks" versus the "data doves" for Big Think, taking readers inside the battle over big data.
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Universities claim to prepare students for the world. How many actually do it?
- Many university mission statements do not live up to their promise, writes Ben Nelson, founder of Minerva, a university designed to develop intellect over content memorization.
- The core competencies that students need for success—critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and cross-cultural understanding, for example—should be intentionally taught, not left to chance.
- These competencies can be summed up with one word: wisdom. True wisdom is the ability to apply one's knowledge appropriately when faced with novel situations.
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Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 percent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.
- Researchers at UT Southwestern observed a stark improvement in memory after cardiovascular exercise.
- The year-long study included 30 seniors who all had some form of memory impairment.
- The group of seniors that only stretched for a year did not fair as well in memory tests.