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March 17, 2023

Weekend reads: The surprising way your heart can control your sense of time

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    Vivian Le's reads

    AI continues to leap forward. First released in November, ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot developed by OpenAI, has since taken the world by story. In its first month of release, 100 million people used the AI to write essays, make travel plans, and more. Now, the creators have revealed the latest version of the technology, GPT-4, which they call "our most capable and aligned model yet." Writing for Vox, Shirin Ghaffray explains GPT-4's new functions, including building entire websites from scratch, passing the bar exam, and easily conversing with people in different languages, as well as why its impressive capabilities should not overshadow the serious flaws that remain with the new technology.

    How your heart can control your sense of time. Although researchers have long believed the perception of time to be controlled by the brain, a new study published in Psychophysiology suggests that distortions in time — or a perceived slowdown or speedup — may actually be influenced by heartbeats instead. Writing in the New York Times, Ellen Barry explains the study's findings and how our experience of time can impact our health and well-being.

    Lex Ashcroft's reads

    Focusing on things you hate can be helpful. If you're like most people, odds are your New Year resolutions have been abandoned by now. Rather than repeat the cycle, consider making anti-resolutions instead. Based on the ancient concept known as via negativa, this approach involves making a list of things you do not want to do this year (like those done out of habit or obligation). Writing for The Atlantic, Arthur Brooks explains how, despite sounding negative, via negativa can improve your life: by focusing on what you know to be wrong for you (and eliminating it) what's right becomes clearer.

    The retention problem: women are going into tech but also being driven out. Despite the government spending millions to improve gender representation and retainment in tech, the initiatives are largely failing. Due to issues such as "toxic tech bro" culture and the gender pay gap, researchers have found women in tech experience 'multiple levels of harm' at their jobs. Writing for The Conversation, Vandana Singh details why women who work in tech are quitting in such high volumes, what factors contribute to this low retention, and the differing kinds of support women need to not only stay, but also succeed.


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