Of bits and bytes is my weekly round up of interesting links and ideas I discovered on the internet. It is published on Mondays for the previous week
It’s Christmas break!
It’s time to rest and recharge, so no commentary on the links this week or any other new articles. Take a moment, take a breath, and enjoy the moment. I’ll be back with a new Of Bits and Bytes on January 8th, 2024.
- Favorite Children’s Books of 2023 – The Marginalian
- The human brain’s energy puzzle: Unveiling the high costs of thinking
- Daydreaming Could Serve a Vital Purpose We Never Knew About : ScienceAlert
- Why Do We Dream? Maybe to Ensure We Can Literally ‘See’ the World upon Awakening | Scientific American
- Daydream believer: why your brain is wired to wander
- The Secret Lives of Numbers — a book to make you love maths
- Extinguishing students’ curiosity in learning
- New Studies Suggest That Cellphones Make Students Learn Less & Make Them Feel Worse Mentally. Is That True &, If So, What Do We Do?
- OpenAI Releases Useful Six-Step Prompt Engineering Guide
- The Secret Father of Modern Computing
- Reading print improves comprehension far more than looking at digital text, say researchers | Books | The Guardian
- Email Is Decreasing in Importance in the Workplace, Study Says
- Pew: Many teens use social media “almost constantly”
- Channel 1 AI – Personalized Global News Network
- Google starts to add Tracking Protection to Chrome, turning off third-party cookies | ZDNET
- Opinion | American Students Outperformed Much of the World During the Pandemic – The New York Times h/t – https://archive.is/XYLN2
- Subtract – “We pile on “to-dos” but don’t consider “stop-doings.” We create incentives for good behavior, but don’t get rid of obstacles to it. We collect new-and-improved ideas, but don’t prune the outdated ones.”
- The Number Five Is Nothing Like the Number Four h/t – https://archive.is/MEBNY – Research: Distinct neuronal representation of small and large numbers in the human medial temporal lobe | Nature Human Behaviour
- Mathematicians Crack a Century-Old Problem That’s Perfect For Your Next Party : ScienceAlert
- Goodreads has too much power for its moderation to be this bad – Polygon
- ‘It’s totally unhinged’: is the book world turning against Goodreads? | Books | The Guardian
- Update Your Browser | Facebook
- New ideas are out there—we just need to look for them
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