Kid logic works better for learning new gizmos
University of California, Berkeley Original Study
Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work because they’re more flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect, according to new research. The findings suggest that technology and innovation can benefit from the exploratory learning and probabilistic reasoning skills that come naturally to young children, many of whom are learning to use smartphones even before they can tie their shoelaces. The findings also build upon the researchers’ efforts to use children’s cognitive smarts to teach machines to learn in more human ways. (via Kid logic works better for learning new gizmos | Futurity)
The essence of genius is to know what to overlook. —
(Source: philosophical-quotes.com, via slantback)
Twitter’s ad rates continue falling, down 18% last quarter - Quartz
User engagement down, as people defect to messaging apps. Is there some reason that Twitter hasn’t made its direct messaging function into a messaging app? And please add group messaging, too. Why is Twitter so slow at innovating?
Commercial Drones Are Completely Legal, a Federal Judge Ruled | Motherboard -
For the moment, commercial drones are, unequivocally, legal in American skies after a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against it.
The judge dismissed the FAA’s case against Raphael Pirker, the first (and only) person the agency has tried to fine for flying a drone commercially. The agency has repeatedly claimed that flying a drone for commercial purposes is illegal and has said that there’s “no gray area” in the law. The latter now appears to be true, but it hasn’t gone the way the FAA would have hoped. Patrick Geraghty, a judge with the National Transportation Safety Board, ruled that there are no laws against flying a drone commercially.
The FAA attempted to fine the 29-year-old Pirker $10,000 after he used a drone to film a commercial at the University of Virginia. Pirker and his lawyer, Brendan Schulman, fought the case, saying that the FAA has never regulated model aircraft and that it’s entire basis for making them “illegal,” a 2007 policy notice, was not legally binding. The FAA has never undertaken the required public notice necessary to make an official regulation.
Geraghty agreed: The FAA “has not issued an enforceable Federal Acquisition Regulation regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation; has historically exempted model aircraft from the statutory FAR definitions of ‘aircraft’ by relegating model aircraft operations to voluntary compliance with the guidance expressed in [the 2007 policy notice], Respondent’s model aircraft operation was not subject to FAR regulation and enforcement.”
I presume the FAA will new pass new rules making explicit that they thought their 2007 policy notice implied.
SxSW has turned into Disneyland http://t.co/Qou5L15CEg it’s now just tech tourism, while deep innovators stay away— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) March 7, 2014
Characteristically incisive read from @stoweboyd on the challenges, realities of #culture change at #Microsoft http://t.co/yQVLXsqARZ— David Slocum (@davidslocum) March 6, 2014
I don’t know what Siverstein meant by this, but I like it.
some blame the management, some the employees;
and everybody knows it’s the Industrial Disease. —
Dire Straits(via Industrial disease | Harold Jarche)
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions. — Claude Lévi-Strauss