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Last year an autonomous car defeated a human race-car driver on a closed track while traveling at speeds of more than 120 mph. Source

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Arthur C. Clarke's Three Laws for predicting the future:

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


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"You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you're forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality."

Computer scientist Fred Brooks
Wired,
August 2010

 

"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race... It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate... Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded."

Stephen Hawking
physicist

 

“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.”

Albert Einstein


All About Thinking

Advice for procrastinators

If you are having trouble motivating yourself to work toward a goal, here's a "mind hack" that might help. Researchers have found that breaking down time into smaller units promotes attention to the task at hand. For example, if you have a project due in three months, think of it as 90 days. Or if you have a paper to complete in three days, think of your deadline as 72 hours away. This approach appears to work well for both short-term and long-term goals.
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The 7 Habits of Incredibly Smart People:

1. Focus less on yourself and more on the people around you.

2. Consider yourself the least informed in the room.

3. Always be questioning.

4. Look for something new every day.

5. Concentrate on the knowledge you lack instead of the knowledge you have.

6. Explore the origin of everything.

7. Hang out with the smartest people you can comprehend.
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