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How To Think

I love this piece about Elizabeth Spiegel, chess coach of IS 318 in Brooklyn, and her approach to teaching kids how to think without coddling or sugarcoating. Having seen Brooklyn Castle and reading more of her story, it’s clear that she was a special and driving force for that team’s success.  

A few of her quotes that stood out:

“Teaching chess is really about teaching the habits that go along with thinking.  Like how to understand your mistakes and how to be more aware of your thought processes.”

Her writing on the 2010 girls’ national tournament:

“…most people won’t tell teenage girls (especially the together, articulate ones) that they are lazy and the quality of their work is unacceptable.  And sometimes kids need to hear that, or they have no reason to step up.”

How To Think

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We Are All Intelligence Officers Now

Thoughtful and thought-provoking speech from Dan Geer at RSA this year. Speaks to the cyber challenges arising from our rapidly growing complexities and dependencies.  Long and well worth the read.  A few choice quotes:

But from the point of view of prediction, what matters is the ratio of skill to challenge; as far as I can estimate, we are expanding the society-wide attack surface faster than we are expanding our collection of tools, practices and colleagues…..So it is with cyber risk management: Whether in detection, control, or prevention, we are notching personal bests, but all the while the opposition is setting world records.”

Above some threshold of system complexity, it is no longer possible to test, it is only possible to react to emergent behavior.

We Are All Intelligence Officers Now

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Google’s Nest Egg: Attainable Data From The Internet Of Things

By combining the IP address of an always-on Google device with information from devices within the home that may or may not be signed into the user’s own Google account, the company finally has a solid method to associate devices that belong to a household — smart TVs, over-the-top devices, tablets, Withings scales or network-attached printers, to name a few — with Google accounts and households.

More evidence that the holy grail of the internet of things lies in the physical graph.  Companies that can create the best visibility into that graph stand to win. 

Google’s Nest Egg: Attainable Data From The Internet Of Things