The Internet makes us think we’re smarter than we really are

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According to a new study, searching the internet for information gives people a ‘widely inaccurate’ view of their own intelligence. A new psychological study from Yale University found that people who have access to an online search engine when researching a topic are overly confident in their knowledge of the world, as compared with people who use other, nondigital tools.

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Space Replay: A Hovering Ball that Records and Replays Public Space Sounds

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Designers at the Royal College of Art have created a floating black sphere that records and replays sounds it picks up after a short delay.

Called “Space Replay” this project was designed by Will Yates-Johnson, Francesco Tacchini and Julinka Ebhardt. The idea was to create a hovering object that explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties. “By constantly recording and replaying these ambient sounds,” the designers write, “the levitating sphere produces a delayed echo of human activity.”

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Physical Contact over the Internet

Scientists at the MIT developed a Dynamic Shape Display. Named inFORM, the technology can allow interaction with the physical world, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

– via tangible.media.mit.edu