Geocaching, the game hidden around us

Do you love treasure hunting? Then you’re going to love this.
Geocaching is a phenomenon/game that is played by millions of people all over the world and yet, it is not widely known. It is literally everywhere. No matter where you are reading this from, chances are there is a geocache within a few kilometers from you and if you are in a big city, there are several.

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A computer passes the Turing intelligence test for the first time

In 1950 Alan Turing proposed what would later be known as the Turing test in a paper he published. This paper proposed that a computer must display enough intelligence to convince a jury that it is, in fact, human. This can be tested by having a conversation through the computer with the judges at the competition. At this point, minimum 30% of the judges have to be convinced that behind the computer there might actually be a real person.

Who was Alan Turing?

Alan Turing was a British mathematician that is considered one of the fathers of modern computing and informatics. During World War II, he created at Bletchley Park the first computer that could decipher the German codes. This helped to win the war in the end.

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Intuition and the dual process theory

What is intuition, or rapid thinking? It’s something that each of us has/does natively and we don’t even realize it.

Intuition, rapid thinking, or System 1, as psychologists call it is the process through which we make a lot of decisions. It is something that has been with us since the times humans evolved and we also still share it with many animals. It involves non-logical, fast, automatic, low effort and contextualized decisions like:

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How fast can you type?

Today, I did one of those tests I found on 10fastfingers.com, as I saw that a friend did it and got 99 words per minute.
I was wondering how fast I can type so, I cracked my fingers, fired up the web page and then messed up straight away. I needed a couple of practice runs to get in “shape” but then, I was good to go. I was typing so fast that I felt like my hands are on fire, and then saw I only got 100 WPM, but at least I got more than my friend :-).

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