Outside the Human Body

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“It’s April 2020, and the world is in the grip of a terrible viral pandemic”

We’ve all been asked to stay at home to flatten the curve and save lives.

The race is on to find a vaccine or a treatment for Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Meanwhile, one of the most pressing problems we’ve seen across the globe is the shortage of ventilators for the most vulnerable and critically ill patients.

I heard some acquaintances from the tech meetup scene in Dublin had founded a group with the intention of building emergency use ventilators using 3D printing and open-source hardware.

I wanted to get involved — and decided to do so at nights and over weekends. …


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Buffett: Net Worth $82 Billion, Image Credit: investbound.com

The strongest force in the universe is Compound Interest. — Albert Einstein

The High Probability Route to Becoming a Millionaire

Warren Buffett, the so-called Oracle of Omaha is a man who needs no introduction.

He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of $82.5 billion, making him the third-wealthiest person in the world.

He amassed this fortune by perfecting the value investment philosophy pioneered by his former teacher Benjamin Graham. At its core this involves studying very deeply the annual reports of companies and picking stocks that appear undervalued but, crucially have real potential and pay dividends.

Buffett would take these yearly dividends — even though they may often be small — and re-invest them back into the same company stocks. This has the effect of compounding the returns he gets. …


(And How You Can Use Them to Your Advantage)

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Image Credit: Syd Mead

“ Myths which are believed in tend to become true.”

— George Orwell

Definition

Neuromyth — A commonly-held false belief about how the mind and brain function.

Introduction

The term “neuromyths” was first coined by an OECD report on understanding the brain. The term refers to the translation of scientific findings into misinformation regarding education.

Once these myths take hold in the public consciousness, it’s often difficult for people to separate brain facts from fiction.

Separating Fact from Fiction

Let’s examine some of these myths more deeply.

The use of neuroscience in education is very young, relatively speaking. …


An Introduction to Faster and More Effective Learning

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Introduction

We are all learning machines. The process of evolution has dictated that we are programmed from the very moment we are born to be curious about the world around us. To learn from our mistakes. To seek pleasure and avoid pain.

It’s Darwinian Theory in it’s most pure form.

When we pursue and attain rewards, special pathways in our brain become activated and this leads us to seek out more rewarding stimuli in a phenomenon which is known as reinforcement.

When we avoid pain — even if that is mental pain such as completing an assignment for work — this can often manifest itself as procrastination, which is the enemy of learning and progress. …


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Photo by shotbycerqueira

Introduction

If you are a software engineer looking to get started with developing on the Ethereum blockchain, it can be overwhelming at the outset to understand all the tools and technologies available to use today.

From decentralized browsers and wallets to terms like Truffle, Ganache, Infura, Parity and Geth this can all be very confusing and act as an impediment to your nascent blockchain learning journey.

So I have decided to compile a guide which lists out the leading software tools and packages and give you a brief overview of the function of each.

Hopefully this will help give you a better picture of the Ethereum ecosystem and how all the pieces fit together while ultimately providing you with a jump start on your accelerated learning journey with this fascinating new technology! …


Understanding the key processes that drive your learning can help turbo-boost your career.

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The School of Athens by Raphael (1509–1510)

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

— Plutarch

Introducing: The Software That Powers Your Brain

In the previous blog post, on the Neuroscience of Learning we explored the hardware infrastructure that runs your most important learning software — ie. the physiology of the Brain.

Now we move on to explore what could be described in some sense as the operating system:

An operating system is computer software that manages hardware and resources. It acts as an intermediary between programs and the computer hardware.

Our brain operates, controls and regulates all conscious and unconscious thoughts and tasks both voluntary such as walking or talking and involuntary like our heartbeat or respiration. …


The Ultimate Guide for Web Developers — Part 2

Read the first part here

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Credit: Jonatan Pie - Unsplash

“When I came up with Ethereum, my first first thought was, ‘Okay, this thing is too good to be true.’ As it turned out, the core Ethereum idea was good — fundamentally, completely sound.”

— Vitalik Buterin

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The Cryto Space — Credit: BTC Inc

In the previous blog post I outlined how the revolutionary features of the Blockchain have the potential to change the world.

We also saw that Blockchain developers are in high demand — with related jobs being the fastest growing in today’s labor market:

“At the moment there are now 14 job openings for every one blockchain developer.”

With money pouring into the space and more than $6 billion being raised through ICOs in the first half of this year alone, blockchain startups, large tech firms, banks, payments and professional services firms are all aggressively hiring.


The Ultimate Guide for Web Developers — Part I.

Read part 2 here.

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Photo Credit: Denys Nevozhai

“The Blockchain cannot be described just as a revolution. It is a tsunami-like phenomenon, slowly advancing and gradually enveloping everything
along its way by the force of its progression.”

— William Mougayar

Origin Story

  • We all know that every superhero has their own fascinating origin story. From how Bruce Wayne saw his parents being murdered before becoming Batman to how Peter Parker got bitten by a radioactive spider and gained the superpowers that helped turn him into your friendly neighbourhood web-slinging Spiderman.
  • The blockchain is no different. It is undoubtably an ingenious invention, first conceptualized in it’s entirety by a mysterious person (or group of people) known as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. …


A brief introduction to the hardware that runs your most important software

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Credit: Zenina Asya

“How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in the palm of your hand imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos?”

-V.S. Ramachandran

Lizard Brain

In his 2015 book “Activate Your Brain”, Scott G. Halford draws on what neuroscientists call the Triune model of evolution by dividing our brains into three main parts, each of which developed with distinctive functions:

  1. The first and oldest part is known as the Reptilian Brain. This section regulates the bodily functions we don’t consciously control, like breathing and sweating.
  2. Second is the Mammalian Brain (think Limbic System) which constantly scans our environment for danger or reward. It’s also the emotional hub of our brain, dealing with feelings and memories. …


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“The future depends on what you do today”

- Mahatma Ghandi

Problem #1: The Robots Are Coming

The future is full of uncertainty.

Recent and well documented advances in Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks have raised fears in many that the world is moving exponentially faster to the so-called ‘Singularity’.

This is what futurist Ray Kerzweil describes as “The runaway technological growth that will trigger an Artificial Intelligence explosion and result in unfathomable changes to human civilization.”

Some experts warn that AI could make humans obsolete or even eliminate the human race.

Such is the scale of this fear that Silicon Valley titans such as Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Sam Altman have come together to create the OpenAI initiative in an effort to steer humanity away from disaster. …

About

Thomas Moran

Full Stack Engineer, Blockchain and AI Enthusiast, Lifelong Learner, Founder at http://optimizme.com & http://immunoblock.com/

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