Learnin’ Matrix-Style!

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Learning with a zing-zang-zoom!

Remember the Matrix where all you need to do to learn kung fu is to get it uploaded to your brain? Well, that may soon be coming to real life:

New research published today in the journal Science suggests it may be possible to use brain technology to learn to play a piano, reduce mental stress or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort. It’s the kind of thing seen in Hollywood’s “Matrix” franchise…

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Researchers create robot that can learn, think and act by itself

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At the Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers with the Hasegawa Group have created a robot that is capable of applying learned concepts to perform new tasks. The Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network (SOINN) uses a type of self-replicating neural technology.  The research team has released a video demonstrating the robot’s ability to understand it’s environment and to carry out instructions that it previously didn’t know how to do.

 

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Scientists Say People Learn More After A Siesta

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Shut eye equals brain power
Curling up for an afternoon nap can improve the brain’s ability to learn by clearing out cluttered memory space, psychologists say.

People who nodded off for an hour after lunch performed better in learning tests than those who stayed awake all afternoon, the scientists found.

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Taking A Break After Learning Something Helps You Remember It

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Taking a coffee break aids memory

Scientists have always known that sleeping helps consolidate memory by allowing your mind to sift through recently gained knowledge and file it in the brain.   But this new research suggests that even a short rest or break while conscious could help it sort and retain information.

 

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National Gaming Day At Libraries A Massive Success

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Jenny “Shifted Librarian” Levine and the American Library Association threw an astoundingly successful National Gaming Day in America’s libraries. This is the second year for NGD, and the participation more than doubled. Patrons played all kinds of games — tabletop, board games, video games — and discovered their libraries and their communities.
Here’s all the numbers from this great day…
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Why Are Some People Smarter Than Others?

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The fancier the cortex, the smarter the brain

Why are some people smarter than others? In a new article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Eduardo Mercado III from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, describes how certain aspects of brain structure and function help determine how easily we learn new things, and how learning capacity contributes to individual differences in intelligence.

 

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Nine-Spined Strickleback: A Small Fish That Has The Ability To Learn

Nine-Spined Strickleback: A Small Fish That Has The Ability To Learn

A nine-spined stickleback fish

A small fish found in streams across Europe has a human-like ability to learn, British scientists reported Wednesday.

The nine-spined stickleback could be the first animal to exhibit a key human social learning strategy that allows it to compare the behavior of others to its own experience and make choices that lead it to better food supplies.

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Perspectives On “Next Generation Learning” At Night With A Futurist

Perspectives On Next Generation Learning At Night With A Futurist

 

Monday’s Night with a Futurist offered perspectives on “Next Generation Learning” provided by Michael Cushman. To Cushman, the opportunity for improved learning and training derives from the historically static nature of education combined with the potential offered by the increased pace of technology development. While “our founding fathers were born with the same technology they died with,” current generations are faced with an environment that changes much more rapidly. Advances in the fields of wireless communications and virtual simulation promise a Copernican revolution in education methodology, which Cushman currently identifies as the key constraint in solving the world’s largest problems.

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