Intelligence tools

Forget Brain Age: Researchers Develop Software That Makes You Smarter
“The most important point of our work is that we can show that it is possible to improve fluid intelligence,” said Martin Buschkuehl, a psychology researcher based at the University of Bern, Switzerland. “It was assumed that fluid intelligence was immutable.” Fluid intelligence measures how people adapt to new situations and solve problems they’ve never seen before. Fluid intelligence differs from crystallized intelligence, which takes into account skills and knowledge that have been acquired — like vocabulary, grammar and math.”
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Wired

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News visualization

Overnewsed but uninformed
“Stefan Brautigam is critical of the current news landscape, where according to him, it’s getting harder and harder for an audience to determine the authenticity of the news. With this project, Stefan wants to help users search for sources they can trust. The collection of diagrams describes processes, discloses ownership structures and dependencies within the companies involved in the processing, preparation and delivery of messages. It also allows for easy analysis of user data. The audience can now evaluate and categorize news based on real-life examples, such as the collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis, in addition to having background information and analyses at their fingertips.”
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visualcomplexity.com

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News visualization

One week of The Guardian
“This visual was pretty much focused on the relationships created between headlines, authors, pages, and categories. I wanted to see how much of a mess the relationships could make if they were all surrounding one container (like the square graphs we drew as children, linking adjoining sides by straight lines to create beautiful symmetrical perspectives)”.”
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visualcomplexity.com

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Home information displays

Gadgets: Manodo Display Makes You OCD About Your Home Energy Usage
“If you enjoy observing and controlling the minutiae of your daily life, down to how much CO2 your last shower emitted, consider moving to Sweden and taking part in the Manodo project. Nordic start-up Manodo has created the ultimate smart home gadget, which tells you everything you’ll ever want to know (and maybe some things you don’t) about the resources you’re consuming. In addition to utility usage, the device also gives you information ranging from when the next tram will pass by your stop to weather forecasts into the week to who’s milling outside your door.”
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Gizmodo

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RFID mapping

RFID-based robots come to the rescue
“rescue workers and robots can jointly apply RFID tags to buildings that have already been checked following a disaster, and write key information to the tags so other teams need only read them with PDAs to discern a particular building’s status, or to obtain a recommendation of where to proceed next. What’s more, as various teams and robots approach via differing paths and read the tags, data can be associated to calculate the tags’ location, and to generate a consistent map for use by the central command post. This is particularly useful, for example, if nearby building structures made of reinforced concrete obstruct GPS satellite signals from being read.”
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RFID Journal

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