Things we are reading today - April 3rd, 2023

AI is teaching us new and surprising things about the human mind.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant advances in understanding how the human mind functions in recent years. AI researchers are uncovering surprising details about human cognition, perception, and decision-making using sophisticated algorithms and machine learning methods. This Wall Street Journal article looks at how artificial intelligence is changing our knowledge of the human mind, including studies on memory, language, and emotions. It also discusses the implications of these discoveries for disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, and education.

We talk about all sorts of poverty, but never time poverty

This 40-year study explains why we are spending less time with our friends, eating out, going out, exercising, and volunteering. The amount of time we spend exercising, doing recreational activities, or socializing has decreased. Although on the bright side, reading time per day stayed consistent at just over an hour per day. The proportion of individuals who use technology when spending time with friends has also increased from 1% to 13% contaminating free time with everything else.

Vinod Khosla on How AI Will Free Humanity from the Need to Work

Vinod Khosla, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems co-founder, explains how artificial intelligence (AI) will transform the world of work and free humanity from the need to work. According to Khosla, artificial intelligence will automate most repetitive and routine tasks, enabling humans to concentrate on more creative and fulfilling activities. He also expects that artificial intelligence will create new industries and jobs that we cannot even fathom today, and that the transition to a post-work society will require a rethinking of our social, economic, and political systems. Khosla’s ideas challenge us to imagine a world in which work is no longer a necessity, but rather an option motivated by personal passion and curiosity.

Early Intervention for Alzheimer’s Disease

The latest Alzheimer’s and aging study focuses on the potential benefits of early intervention. As the world’s population ages, scientists are looking for new ways to detect and treat Alzheimer’s disease before it progresses to more severe stages. This article examines promising advances in diagnosis and treatment, such as the use of biomarkers and targeted therapies. These advancements offer hope for a future in which Alzheimer’s disease is not an unavoidable component of aging, but rather a disease that can be managed and possibly prevented through early intervention.

The Mystery of Zombie Forests

Do you know what zombie woods are? It’s a phenomenon in which young trees can’t grow, while older ones still stand and don’t decompose. Let’s look at the causes and effects of zombie forests due to climate change, and how we can work toward addressing this problem. Whether you’re a nature lover or just curious about the strange and unusual, this piece will undoubtedly cast some light on the mystery of zombie forests.


Can totally relate :face_with_diagonal_mouth:
I first came around this concept of ‘Time Affluence’ (and the trade off between time and wealth affluence) through this beautiful course The Science of Well-Being. Btw this is a Yale University course, taken by the brilliant professor Laurie Santos (think this is a free course on coursera and would highly recommend to everyone interested in the subject).

And since we are on this topic, just wanted to bump up a 2022 tqna post from @cvs (hope I didn’t go overboard seeing the original post).