27 January 2015

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

You know those annoying boxes at the bottom of web forms that are filled with garbled text that is hard to read but you have to type in the words in a box in order to submit the form? von Ahn dispels the mystery of those words and explains how those text boxes are helping to digitize human knowledge.

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

14 January 2015

"Happiness" by Richard Layard

There is a lot of effort that goes into researching happiness. Layard has gathered much of that research and presents it in an engaging narrative.

Interesting tidbit: It is easier to be happy when you surround yourself with people who are poorer than yourself.