Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 13, 2023

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 – How to Fall Asleep When Your Mind Won’t Rest
#2 – The Ultimate Learning Machines
#3 – How to Kill Creativity


How to Fall Asleep When Your Mind Won’t Rest

Source: Consumer Reports
Author: Joanne Chen

Summary: In order to fall asleep when your mind won’t rest, it is important to settle in mentally, in addition to winding down. This can be done by focusing on the body and slowing and lengthening the breath, as well as engaging the brain with mental exercises, such as counting backward from 1000, listening to bedtime stories, or using mindfulness techniques.

3 Highlights:

“… The truth is, it’s not enough to get yourself physically ready for sleep—you need to settle in mentally, too…“

“… When we’re anxious, our sympathetic nervous system activates the fight or flight response, says Maren Hyde-Nolan, PhD, a sleep psychologist at Henry Ford Health in Detroit. Our blood pressure rises; our heart rate quickens. Stress hormones course through our veins. How can anyone sleep with all this going on? In fact, it’s impossible. “You can’t simultaneously be anxious and calm your body down—and you can’t sleep when your body’s fight or flight response is activated,” says Hyde-Nolan…“

“… As you take slow, long breaths, count backward from 1,000. This requires just enough engagement to do, so you’re not easily pulled away by racing thoughts. If you lose track, don’t reprimand yourself. Simply go back to where you think you left off and continue the countdown….” 

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The Ultimate Learning Machines

Source: Wall Street Journal
Author: Alison Gopnik 

Summary: The future of artificial intelligence depends on designing computers that can think and explore as resourcefully as babies do. Designing a truly intelligent AI, like raising a child, means instilling those ungeeky virtues.

3 Highlights:

“… In fact, AIs that are motivated by curiosity are more robust and resilient learners than those that are just motivated by immediate rewards. This kind of active learning is another cutting-edge frontier in AI…

“… The babies were surprised, like those in earlier studies. But this time the researchers let the babies play with the cars. The babies displayed curiosity, playing more with the toys that did weird things than with those that behaved more predictably. But they also played differently—dropping the gravity-defying car and banging the wall-dissolving one against the table. It’s as if they were trying to figure out just why these objects were so weird…

“… But we are still very far from approaching that level of intelligence in machines. That’s OK, because we don’t really want AIs to replicate human intelligence; what we want is an AI that can help make us even smarter. To create more helpful machines, like curious AIs or imitative robots, the best way forward is to take our cues from babies...”

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How to Kill Creativity

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Teresa M. Amabile

Summary: We tend to associate creativity with the arts and think of it as the expression of highly original ideas. In business, originality isn’t enough. To be creative, an idea must also be appropriate—useful, and actionable. The associations made between creativity and artistic originality often lead to confusion about the appropriate place of creativity in business organizations.

3 Highlights:

“… Money doesn’t necessarily stop people from being creative, but in many situations, it doesn’t help…“ 

“… Managers at one company undermined employees’ creativity by continually changing goals and interfering with processes…“ 

“… Fostering creativity often requires that managers radically change how they build and interact with work groups...”

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