How Is Machine Learning Changing Education?

By Megan R. Nichols

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer science fiction, and it may be more abundant than you realize. AI already powers things from Netflix recommendations to smart speakers to autopilot in airplanes, and it’s only going to grow from here.

More companies are beginning to take advantage of this technology, as AI adoption rose 270% in just four years. Soon we’ll see this technology used across all industries.

One promising area for machine learning is in human education. Teaching is a vital yet complex profession. Discerning each student’s educational needs can be a complex challenge, and schools may not always have the ability to meet it. AI can help.

Machine learning has a knack for solving complicated problems that have proved too difficult for humans. This problem-solving ability can find ways to improve education for students of all ages and skill levels.

Personalized Learning

One of the most substantial challenges facing educators is that different students require different teaching strategies. Some may grasp certain subjects at a different rate than others or respond better to another learning style. Teachers may not be able to determine the specific needs of each student — much less have the time to address them all.

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The Science Behind Making Us Live Healthier, Happier Lives

By Jackie Edwards

When it comes to health and happiness, science has one clear conclusion to be drawn: these qualities are intricately linked to the extent that it is difficult for one to exist without the other. A review by researchers at the University of Illinois found “clear and compelling evidence” that happy people tend to have longer lifespans and enjoy better health, than their unhappy counterparts.  The steps to physical health are not always the same ones leading to mental health. However, often, the two roads overlap and science has many fascinating findings on the matter.

How can Good Health be Defined?

Bloomberg’s Healthiest Country Index (which places Spain, Italy, Iceland, Japan, and Switzerland in the top five) equates good health with having a long lifespan and good access to general and specialist health care. While each country differs with respect to health care, one aspect all can work to improve is diet. Although there are many diets associated with good health, recent scientific studies have focused on one in particular: the Mediterranean Diet.

What Stops Us from Living Longer?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans; it causes one out of every four deaths in the United States, according to the CDC. Cancer is the second leading cause of death, and both can be prevented to a large extent by making the right lifestyle choices. Diet and remaining physically active are two of the biggest lifestyle choices that promote health and happiness.

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The science behind lucid dreaming

By Jackie Edwards

The scientific and medical community have become more interested in lucid dreaming since the discovery that it is possible to improve motor learning through lucid dreaming. As a result, there is a possibility it could have some practical use for people in rehabilitation from a sport injury. This article will look at the results of some of these studies and find out how and why it is possible to improve motor skills while lucid dreaming.

What is lucid dreaming?

During a lucid dream you are consciously aware that you are dreaming, yet you remain in the dream state rather than waking up, as such, it is possible to manipulate your dreams as you see fit. It is thought of as a a safe testing ground for trying things out without coming to harm, for example, practicing a difficult and potentially dangerous sports manoeuvre.

Discerning between reality and a dream state

Research shows that achieving a lucid dream state in the first place is no easy task, as it involves being able to discern between reality and a very convincing dream state, which seems completely real to us at the time, even despite the bizarre nature of many of the occurrence in our dreams. Research shows that discerning between the two is a cognitively complex task, and as such, the ability to do this is evidence of problem-solving skills and cognitive intelligence.

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