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Episode 30: In the Zone

Completely immersing yourself in a task or activity can be difficult - but satisfying, and a little unnerving. What goes on in your brain when you concentrate and how can you train yourself to concentrate better? The answer will surprise you!

Some resources used for this episode:

The neuroscience of concentrationHow focus worksScientific benefits of playing computer games
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Episode 29: Inventions to Drive You Crazy

From the buggy whip to interstellar travel, we are always thinking of new, different, and faster ways to get places. So here are four transportation-related inventions that didn’t quite make it into mainstream life.

Some resources used for this episode:
A list of weird inventions.
The Goodyear glowing tire.
The Highway HiFi
Early 20th Century road accident statistics
The Pedestrian Safety Net (article)
The Pedestrian Safety Net (YouTube video)
WIPO Invention Statistics (PDF)

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Episode 28: Soft Skills Aren't Hard

If some of the most important skills you need to be a professional are not your core technical skills, what are they?

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Episode 27: Show Me the Money!

Money makes the world go 'round. The cashless society is upon us, but what's in it for you?

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Episode 26: Cue the Qubits

Computers have come a long way since the Z1 - the first programmable computer built in the 1930s. We are now at the edge of a new computer revolution. So what is quantum computing and why do we need it?

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Some resources about quantum computing used in this episode Bernard Marr in an article on Forbes in 2017:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/07/04/what-is-quantum-computing-a-super-easy-explanation-for-anyone/#56290c841d3b

Marianne Freiberger in Plus Magazine in 2015:
https://plus.maths.org/content/how-does-quantum-commuting-work

Phillip Ball in QuantaMagazine January 2018:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-era-of-quantum-computing-is-here-outlook-cloudy-20180124/

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Episode 25: Mars: A Review

"Mars" is the title of a TV series that dramatizes the challenges of colonizing the Red Planet, mixed with true-to-life interviews with experts in the field. This is my review of National Geographic's "Mars".

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Episode 24: I Unplugged Myself

We live in a face-down generation where everyone seems to be addicted to their phones. I tested myself to see how I would manage without my smartphone on a three-day vacation. How did I fare?

Click here to read my blog post from March 2012 "Meet Tim", mentioned in this week's podcast episode.

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Episode 23: Is Seven Really the Lucky Number?

"The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two" is a psychology paper by George Miller published in 1956. It contends that the human brain can only store up to seven chunks of information at a time. Therefore, says the theory, all information design must be based on this rule. Fact or fiction?

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Episode 22: Bio Hacking

There are times that you really want technology to step in and improve your life. Bio-Hacking isn’t something new. In fact, augmenting the body with technology has been around for centuries: Captain Hook’s hook, for example, or prosthetic limbs, eyeglasses, and pacemakers. But would I implant a chip into my body for something other than medical reasons?

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Episode 21: Look Who's Talking

What's next in text-to-speech?

In December 2017, Google presented a paper that showed a new technological advance in text-to-speech. Until now, Google says, pre-recorded words stitched together doesn’t do the trick. The computerized voice comes off sounding fake. No kidding. The new approach that Google took resulted in Tacotron 2 - a new method of parsing text to speech that can replicate many of the nuances of human speech.

Samples of Google's Tacitron 2: https://google.github.io/tacotron/publications/tacotron2/index.html

Online text-to-speech resources used in this episode:
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Episode 20: The Family Business

The problem with money is that it affects everything in our lives - from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the places we visit, and to the education we get. So I think that the truth is: Without a plan, you’re sunk. Here's a plan that just might help.

To learn about the economics of Star Trek, see Rick Web's article on Medium here.

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Episode 19: The Super-villain of Hacks

Months ago, researchers discovered two exploits that affect billions of computers, tablets, and mobile phones. These vulnerabilities were only recently announced. Find out about the two supervillains of hacks: Meltdown and Spectre.

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Episode 18: It' a Kodak Moment

Kodak announced at the recent CES exhibition that they are getting into the cryptocurrency game. It’s hard to know if this initiative by Kodak to ride the wave of cryptocurrency frenzy will drag the company back into the modern era, but they just might be getting some of their once-enviable mojo back. Here's the story of George Eastman, inventor, innovator, and founder of Kodak.

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Hey, everyone!

Just to let you know that I'm working on this week's podcast, which will be coming out on Monday night (IST), instead of Sunday.

Hang in there!

Yossi
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Episode 17: Goodnight, Sweetheart

Do you stay up late? There’s always something interesting to do or important to take care of that you convince yourself has to be done right now. There’s that tweet that you have to read before it gets washed away. Facebook calls you to react to a post, and there are those videos of stupid people falling over that you need to watch so that you can be grateful that you aren’t one of them. All of these fascinating reasons for staying up far too late are seriously damaging to you and your brain.

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