I’m going to be honest, I’m a doubter of the automation apocalypse theories. For one thing we don’t see it in the data, we actually have quite good productivity data, we know if we’re making more things with fewer or the same number of people and while it is true… Continue Reading Automation apocalypse: Too many robots? More like not enough. | Ezra Klein | Big Think

My name is Karen Palmer and I’m the storyteller from the future. And I’ve come back to enable people to survive what is to come through the power of storytelling. So I create films that watch you back using artificial intelligence and facial recognition. As they watch my films the… Continue Reading How will AI shape the future of storytelling? | Karen Palmer | Big Think

There’s no way a fidgety and skeptical news anchor would ever have started meditating were it not for the science. The science is really compelling. It shows that meditation can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, help you deal with problems ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to psoriasis.… Continue Reading Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation | Big Think

Well, by 2020 we’ll have computers that are powerful enough to simulate the human brain, but we won’t be finish yet with reverse engineering the human brain and understanding its methods. One of my main themes, and I’ve developed this thesis over 30 years, is that information technology grows exponentially;… Continue Reading Ray Kurzweil: The Coming Singularity

(music – Keymonkey) – Hi, welcome back to the science of flow. OK, we’re onto new neuroscience of the flow state, and if you remember in the previous video, I was explaining about Chris Berka, and she was doing a study on the snipers and the archers. And I was… Continue Reading Flow State Neuroscience (The Science of Flow Part 2/7)

MICHAEL POLLAN: So how do these psychedelics work? Well, the honest answer is: We don’t entirely know. But we know a few things. One is, they fit a certain receptor site — the serotonin 52A receptor — and they look a lot like serotonin, if you look at the molecular… Continue Reading How psychedelics work: Fire the conductor, let the orchestra play | #6 of Top 10 2019

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  And today I’m going to speak to you about language.  I’m actually not a linguist, but a cognitive scientist.  I’m not so much interested as language as an object in its own right, but as a window… Continue Reading Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

If we become capable of developing artificial general intelligence at such a high level that we’re convinced we have actually created a conscious being, a being who can not only sort of express desires or wants but actually feels something inside, has experiences, is capable of feeling joy or sorrow… Continue Reading Will robots have rights in the future? | Peter Singer

Altered states refers to a mode of consciousness or awareness that takes us out of our ordinary everyday sense of the world, sense of ourselves. We can enter altered states when we get intensely focused on something—deep concentration will bring you into an altered state, sometimes people like to talk… Continue Reading Mind Fitness: How Meditation Boosts Your Focus, Resilience, and Brain | Daniel Goleman

I’m going to ask you to imagine your future. So imagine yourself five years from now, ten years from now, 15 years from now. Think about your family, think about your relationships, think about your career. Really try to get vivid images in your mind. So my first question is:… Continue Reading How Cognitive Biases Bend Reality: Private Optimism vs. Public Despair | Neuroscientist Tali Sharot