5 really obvious reasons why we shouldn’t fear AI

One of the classic thinking problems we encounter in contemporary pop science is the age old problem of intelligent machines, or AI (artificial intelligence). It makes people nervous. Even smart, successful boffins like Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking. The idea of intelligent, sentient computers conjures images of robots taking over the world and enslaving mankind, probably because we’ve grown up …

Advertising and marketing: Here to stay or things of the past? Both AND neither…

  Next month I’m speaking at this Meetup event titled “The way we think about technology and experience design”. To preview some of the ideas I’ll be exploring, here’s a few thoughts about the role confirmation bias (a.k.a “myside bias”) plays in our workplace decision making. Is it time to rethink our basic assumptions about the necessity of advertising and …

It’s Crap Hammer time: See it working for yourself…

A couple of weeks ago I published a prototype thinking tool called “The Reverse Formulation Bullsh*t Detector” or “Crap Hammer”. This week, I’ve taken it out there into the world of LinkedIn Job listings to demonstrate its effectiveness. Take a look at the results… like all thinking tools (and tools in general) it’s not designed to be a stand alone …

Metacognition: Is how you decide more valuable than what you decide?

Metacognition is the process of thinking about thinking. It’s what ManvsBrain.com is all about. And you can’t think about the way we think without turning your attention to practical, applied thinking sooner or later, which (of course) means thinking about decision making. Making better decisions dominates much of the writing about the topic, but actually, it’s a bit of a …

Islamic School Plots to UFOs? The cognition of conspiracy theories

Humans love conspiracy theories. We can’t help it. Creating plots, schemes, unseen forces and secret organisations to explain the world around us is actually wired into our brains. It stems from a thinking process we all develop as babies and forms completely between the ages of 3 and 4, called the Theory of Mind. It’s extremely powerful and evolutionarily was …