"I personally most fear the technology that allows invasion of our thoughts, our feelings, our aspirations, our intellectual achievements," actor James Woods told Futurescape in this interview. "The notion of some ill equipped bureaucratic bozo getting into my inner thoughts and feelings fills me with dread and I think is probably the greatest challenge for the future of mankind."
As we reported on Saturday here on Big Think, our cars are the latest front in the battle over data and privacy. Do you think that mind invasion technology will one day exist and is it the greatest threat to humankind? Let us know your take in the comments.
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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.