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How to Teach Critical Thinking

There’s a reason why the brain uses 25% of the calories you eat: Thinking is hard work. Subjects like math and science — the ones only “smart” kids do well in — demand that you find patterns, unravel clues, connect one dot to another, and scaffold knowledge learned in prior lessons. Worse, you’re either right or wrong with no gray areas. Wait. Where have we heard those characteristics before? In games! Do these descriptions sound familiar (or ask your game-playing…

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IBM launches tool aimed at detecting AI bias

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Algorithms and machine-learning could increasingly be used to calculate things like car insurance IBM is launching a tool which will analyse how and why algorithms make decisions in real time. The Fairness 360 Kit will also scan for signs of bias and recommend adjustments. There is increasing concern that algorithms used by both tech giants and other firms are not always fair in their decision-making. For example, in the past, image recognition systems have…

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That Startup Show: Self-Checkout Tech Firm Wins Grand Final Prize

The Grand Final of That Startup Show is here! After a full season of unearthing startups to watch, all the finalists were assembled for an awards night like no other – and celebration was the order of the evening. Hosts Rae Johnston and Ben Law named self-checkout tech firm Tiliter the overall winner of the Golden Uniroo award, with judges deeming it most likely to make an impact culturally, socially and financially. Brought to you by That Startup Show, Australia’s…

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Robocalls are Interfering with my Business

Robocalls are at a point where they are now interfering with my business largely because my team is on cell phones. Yesterday I received 14 business calls and 32 Robocalls and the volume is only increasing. My blocked number list has now grown to an ungodly size and due to number spoofing, they just spoof a new number. I can now detect a robocall with seconds of answering my phone. The high majority of these calls originate overseas and they always…

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Playing ‘Not Tonight’ – the dystopian Brexit video game

Would you play a video game about Brexit? Not Tonight is a game that imagines a dystopian post-Brexit future where citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. Forced out of your previous life, you find yourself in the midst of a booming gig economy, fighting to scrape by and return to the city you call home. The game’s publisher – No More Robots – says it is very satirical and hope it will be played by both…

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LG’s 2018 TVs Now Have Google Assistant And Alexa

LG Launched it’s range of 2018 smart tvs earlier this year, but now they have received some voice assistant upgrades. From yesterday, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa were added across the entire OLED andf SUper UHD ThinQ suite here in Australia “LG’s vision is to become a major name in all things AI based on our philosophy of open platform, open partnership and open connectivity,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. “Beyond the unrivaled picture quality that…

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How to turn off your Kids Cell Phone

Ever asked the question how do I turn off my kid’s cell phone? Well, there is hope as Google has introduced Google Family Link which gives you parents a lot of power in controlling what your kids are doing on their mobile phones. Family link lets you set screen time limits, approve or block apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play store. Or best yet lock and or locate your kids through the device. Nothing better than the ability…

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Elon Musk sued for libel by British Thai cave rescuer

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Musk (R) alleged that British diver Mr Unsworth (L) had a “child bride” A British cave diver is suing tech billionaire Elon Musk for defamation after his repeated claims the diver is a child abuser. Vernon Unsworth helped with the rescue of 12 Thai teenagers from a flooded cave in July. Mr Musk has made several accusations against Mr Unsworth without evidence, including that he was a “child rapist”. The lawsuit seeks $75,000 (£57,000)…

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