She's the reason you're able to work and chat from home.
If you've ever wondered how a Zoom call works, you might want to ask Marian Croak, Vice-President of Engineering at Google.
Recent research shows that brain teasers don't make you smarter and don't belong in job interviews because they don't reflect real-world problems.
- There is little research to prove that brain games improve general cognition or slow cognitive decline. Rather they simply make you better at playing that specific brain game.
- Brain teasers are a useless tool during job interviews as they can't predict how an interviewee will perform in real world tasks relevant to the job role.
- Exercise, nutrition, socialization, and meditation are probably better brain boosters.
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Better brain boosters<p>The science on brain training games and teasers is a mixed bag. However, if you're looking for more effective ways to boost your cognition or prevent cognitive decline, here are some that are better backed by research:</p><ul><li><strong>Run or walk.</strong> Several studies have suggested that the parts of the brain that govern thinking and memory are greater in volume in individuals who regularly exercise as opposed to those who don't. What's more, some research has found that engaging in regular exercise of moderate intensity over six months to a year is correlated with an increase in the volume of selected brain regions. Most of this research has focused on aerobic exercise.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Meditate.</strong> Multiple studies have shown that regular mindfulness meditation increases grey matter in the brain, which equates with more neuronal activity and better performance, in certain areas. Research has also found that mindfulness meditation <a href="http://jtoomim.org/brain-training/Zeidan2010_Mindfulness_Meditation.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">improves cognition</a>.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Socialize. </strong>Frequent social activity may help to <a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships" target="_blank">delay cognitive decline</a> in old age and boost current cognition. This is because social situations and the development of relationships requires our minds to engage multiple neural networks that are relevant to healthy daily function.<br><br> </li><li><strong>Prioritize nutrition.</strong> "Brain-boosting" foods like fish, dark chocolate, antioxidant-rich berries, and foods with B vitamins like eggs can help build and repair brain cells. </li></ul>
Google's Arts & Culture app just added a suite of prehistoric animals and NASA artifacts that are viewable for free with a smartphone.
- The exhibits are viewable on most smartphones through Google's free Arts & Culture app.
- In addition to prehistoric animals, the new exhibits include NASA artifacts and ancient artwork.
- The Arts & Culture app also lets you project onto your walls famous paintings on display at museums around the world.
Google Arts & Culture<p>Other animals on display include:</p><ul><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/opabinia-a-500m-year-old-creature-with-five-eyes/jwEx938NwO9A5w?hl=en" target="_blank">Opabinia</a> — A 500-million-year-old arthropod with five eyes</li><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/GAG_J9wcz31GXw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Skeleton of the blue whale</a> – The largest animal to ever exist on Earth</li><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/LgGLuNutwk-OPQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Spotted trunkfish</a> — A fish with an unusually strong carapace made from thick hexagonal scale plates called scutes</li><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/HwHAh659CiUWEA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Aegirocassis</a> — A 480-million-year old marine animal, believed to be the oldest large filter feeder, which existed hundreds of millions of years before whales and sharks</li></ul>
Google Arts & Culture<p>Google's new AR exhibits also include a handful of NASA artifacts, like the <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/jAGjIi6RFQBOFg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Apollo 11 command module</a> and Neil Armstrong's A-7L spacesuit, and also a statue of <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/3QFU2nR_dVV9Lg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Lanzón</a>, the pre-Inca "smiling god".</p>
Google Arts & Culture<p>Not into NASA artifacts or strange fish? You can also use the Arts & Culture app to project onto your walls paintings like <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/qwH7SFUucsTJjQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Frida Kahlo's self portraits</a>, Gustav Klimt's "<a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/HQGxUutM_F6ZGg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">The Kiss</a>," Rembrandt's "Night Watch," and Johannes Vermeer's <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/project/vermeer-paintings" target="_blank" rel="dofollow">complete works</a>.</p>
The Silicon Valley titan has promised scholarships for its tech-focused certificate courses alongside $10 million in job training grants.
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A chart showing the increase and decrease of "good jobs" based on level of education required.
An improved educational pipeline?<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="77b5b15734c284f2a93fc07f568490b6"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QQYm_XI8n20?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>The need for middle-skills will grow as the American workforce continues to digitize at an extraordinary rate. <a href="https://www.brookings.edu/research/digitalization-and-the-american-workforce/" target="_blank">According to the Brookings Institution</a>, in 2002 just 5 percent of jobs studied—which covered 90 percent of the workforce—required high-digital skills while 40 percent required medium-level skills. By 2016, that percentage rose to 23 and 48 respectively. In the same period, jobs requiring low-digital skills fell precipitously, from 56 to 30 percent. Beyond rapid job growth and competitive advantage, those with the skills are set to reap the economic rewards.</p><p>But more needs to be done. </p><p>As of this writing, more than 275,000 people have enrolled in Google's IT Support course, but it's unclear how many companies will accept the certificate as proof of capability. While Google and its <a href="https://grow.google/employers/" target="_blank">Employer Consortium</a>, a group of employers who connect with Google to find prospective candidates, may consider the certificate equivalent to a four-year degree, <a href="https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/do-employers-take-massive-open-online-courses-seriously/" target="_blank">MOOC certifications lack the universality</a> of either associate's or bachelor's degrees. <a href="https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED571496.pdf" target="_blank">Without mainstream acceptance</a>, graduates may be contending with each other within a puddle of prospective companies, not the vast, oceanic marketplace of corporate America.</p><p>And the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't halted but accelerated digitalization as companies widely adopt new <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/16/the-coronavirus-fueled-tech-trends-that-will-continue-to-dominate.html" target="_blank">technological trends to survive</a>. Many of the 20 million unemployed Americans may suddenly need to upskill or even find their jobs outsourced to the digital realm. They'll need a quick, yet employer recognized, means to acquire new skills to help find work. </p><p>Ten million dollars will buy Google—a company valued at <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/google-parent-alphabet-joins-1-trillion-in-market-value-for-first-time-2020-01-16" target="_blank">one trillion dollars</a>—a nice commemorative brick in the path to a solution and hopefully help many lives. But we have many miles of work to go.</p>
Google is probably wrong about your health condition.
- Thirty-six different international mobile and internet-based symptom checkers gave a correct diagnosis as the top result only 36 percent of the time.
- Web advice on when and where to seek healthcare treatment was correct 49 percent of the time.
- It's been estimated that Google's health related searches approximate to 70,000 every minute.