Three Teds That Will Change The Way You Think

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Meron Gribetz: A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset

Meron Gribetz’ first encounter with augmented reality was during his service in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps. He later studied computer science and neuroscience at Columbia University, which inspired the core of Meta’s Neurointerface 3D User Interface design philosophy. On the heels of Meta’s explosive start, Gribetz was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in technology.

  • We should use machines that bring our work back into the world. We should use machines that use the principles of neuroscience to extend our senses versus going against them.
  • Traditional file systems are complex and abstract, and they take your brain extra steps to decode them. We’re going against the Neural Path of Least Resistance.
  • Mirror-neuron subsystem suggests that we can connect with each other and with our work much better if we can see each other’s faces and hands in 3D.


Arthur Brooks: A conservative’s plea: Let’s work together

When classical French horn player Arthur Brooks returned to the United States from Spain with no money and few academic credentials, he felt he was immigrating to his own country. Now, as president of the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (and an author of many columns and books, including his latest, The Conservative Heart), he’s injecting a much-needed dose of compassion into contemporary conservative discourse. A tireless advocate of free enterprise, Brooks argues that “a conservatism that fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity and extols spiritual enlightenment” is what the United States needs to restore prosperity and happiness.

  • From 1970 until today, the percentage of the world’s population living in starvation levels, living on a dollar a day or less, obviously adjusted for inflation, that percentage has declined by 80 percent.
  • Most Americans believe that poverty has gotten worse since we were children, since they saw that vision. If you ask Americans, “Has poverty gotten worse or better around the world?”, 70 percent will say that hunger has gotten worse since the early 1970s.
  • We have to remember that we need people who disagree with us, because there are people who need all of us who are still waiting for these tools.
  • There are five reasons that two billion of our brothers and sisters have been pulled out of poverty since 1970. Number one: globalization. Number two: free trade. Number three: property rights. Number four: rule of law. Number five: entrepreneurship.


Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban has become one of the Internet’s most popular writers. With wry stick-figure illustrations and occasionally epic prose on everything from procrastination to artificial intelligence, Urban’s blog, Wait But Why, has garnered millions of unique page views, thousands of patrons and famous fans like Elon Musk.

  • The procrastinator’s only mechanism of doing these hard things is the panic, that’s a problem, because in all of these non-deadline situations, the panic doesn’t show up and does not drive productivity.
  • We need to think about what we’re really procrastinating on,because everyone is procrastinating on something in life. We need to stay aware of the instant gratification.