The Flipped Future
Elizabeth Stark has taught at Stanford and Yale about technology and the Internet, starting the Ideas for a Better Internet Program at Stanford to engage students in working on projects to better the future of the net. Stark has spent years working on open Internet issues, and was one of the key organizers in the anti-SOPA movement that engaged 18 million people worldwide. She is a cofounder of the Open Video Alliance, which seeks to promote innovation and free expression in online video, and produced related conferences that involved nearly 9000 people in person and across the web. She serves as a mentor with the Thiel Fellowship, has collaborated with companies such as Google and Mozilla, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford's StartX. Stark is a graduate of Harvard Law School and an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She has lived and worked in Berlin, Singapore, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro, and speaks French, German, and Portuguese.
Elizabeth Stark describes how Internet activism stopped legislation such as SOPA, which she saw as a threat to online freedom.
Universities claim to prepare students for the world. How many actually do it?
- 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.
A strange weakness in the Earth's protective magnetic field is growing and possibly splitting, shows data.
- "The South Atlantic Anomaly" in the Earth's magnetic field is growing and possibly splitting, shows data.
- The information was gathered by the ESA's Swarm Constellation mission satellites.
- The changes may indicate the coming reversal of the North and South Poles.
According to a man that knows more than 20 languages, the key is to start in the middle.
- Canadian polyglot Steve Kaufmann says there is indeed a fast track to learning a new language. It involves doubling down on your listening and reading.
- By taking the focus off grammar rules that are difficult to understand and even more difficult to remember, you can instead develop habits by greater exposure to the language. Kaufmann likens the learning process to a hockey stick.
- In the beginning you make major progress as you climb the steep hill of the hockey stick, whereas the long shaft of the stick is the difficult part. Because you're not seeing day-to-day changes, you might lose motivation. So, stay the course by consuming content that interests you.