One generation reads the paper, another reads tablets. Credit: Matthew G / Flickr Creative Commons
Innovation doesn’t always mean something new. This week, we’re looking at how old systems can surprise us in new ways.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not changing. As more and more programs become available online, the industry is starting to adapt.
Eugene Polley believed that his invention was “the greatest thing since the wheel.” His device? The Flash-Matic, the ancestor of what we now think of as the remote control.
Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, has discovered that children use the same kinds of problem-solving techniques as our most powerful machines: “There’s no program in the world that’s even in the same ballpark as every two-year-old, in terms of being able to learn.”
Well, put away that keyboard. (But keep that laptop out and linked to Soundcloud.) Pam Mueller, a psychology graduate student at Princeton University, has found that longhand is the key to academic success.
Cyber criminals have created systems that look a little familiar: they form companies with infrastructure - including tech support, HR, and CFOs who specialize in laundering money. We speak with Marc Goodman, FBI’s former Futurist-in–Residence, about the evolving world of organized crime.