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7 Proven Techniques To Improve Your Memory

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Of course the memory can be improved, it can be improved vastly. It can be improved by anyone with normal intelligence. Moreover, the methods by which it can be cultivated are all founded on practical common sense. Every experience in life makes an impression through one or more of the senses on some of the cells of the brain, or other nerve centres. The problem of memory improvement is to emphasize these impressions and to file them away in such an orderly manner that many will remain intact. The clearer the impressions, and the neater your mental storehouse, the easier it will be to remember.

Repetition is the most elemental – and least interesting – method of memorizing. You can learn and remember almost anything if you have the patience to repeat it often enough.

Bring as many of your senses as possible to bear on what you want to remember. Suppose you were exhibiting an apple to a person who had never seen one before. If he looked at the apple he would carry away a certain impression of it. But if he lifted it, smelled it, tasted it, he would carry away a clearer and more lasting memory. The scientific reason for this is that the impression you receive through the sense of sight is recorded on an entirely different cell from that transmitted through touch or any other sense. All cells of the nervous system are connected, however, so that the more impressions you get of a thing, the more strings you have with which to pull it out of the subconscious mind at will.

This principle is very important in remembering names and faces. People who do not remember names are usually those who do not hear the name distinctly in the first place or who pay little attention to it. Perhaps they are more concerned with the stranger’s appearance, or with what kind of impression they are going to make on him. Or with what they will say to him. An employment manager with a poor memory set out to improve this faculty. When any person came to him, he made sure at the start that he knew the name exactly. If necessary, he would ask for the spelling of it. Then he would write the name down and look carefully at it. Thus a definite impression was made on his visual and muscular senses. In his conversation he would repeat the name again and again. Meanwhile he was studying the man’s face and expression and mannerisms. Today that manger can meet and call by name ten thousand persons.

Cultivate the power of attention. People do not focus sharply and clearly on one thing at a time. In conversation they do not think so much of what the other person is saying as of what they are going to say next. They look at scenery but do not drink in the details.

Men of fruitful intellects and first-rate memories invariably have excellent powers of observation, concentration and attention. Attention means sidetracking everything except the thought or experience you want to remember. Beware of mental hazes as a mariner avoids a treacherous shoal. Note the details of what you want to remember. A bank cashier who had difficulty in remembering people started to study the details of each face. He found that pictures built up thus, with attention to detail, did not fade from his memory.

Association, when not fantastically overdone, is one of the shortest and surest ways of remembering. Not long ago I met a Mr. White who told me that he lived at 25 St. Nicholas Avenue. An obvious association struck me: “White – Christmas; Christmas – the twenty-fifth of December – St. Nicholas.” Everyone has in his mind many facts to which he can anchor new facts by associations. But remember, the simpler our associations, the less they will burden the memory.

If you are deeply and genuinely interested, your attention focuses more or less as a matter of course. Some men are so interested in baseball that they know the names of all the big-league players, their batting averages and so on. Many extraordinary memories can be explained by the element of intense interest. The moral is: try to develop a genuine, vital interest in the subject you want to remember.

Gain understanding. If you do not understand a subject to situation, you cannot be expected to remember it. You must know the logical relations between all the given facts.

Make a careful and thoughtful selection of the things that it is necessary for you to remember, and turn your mental searchlights on these alone. No one can remember everything. Many people use a thousand-dollar tool for ten-cent jobs. They try to remember telephone numbers, when it would be much wiser to save their precious mental machinery for more important work. Many things belong in your notebook rather than in your mind. Focus your memory and attention wisely. Do not attempt the impossible at the start. If you can’t remember names and faces, select two or three persons whom you wish to remember, make a deliberate, determined effort to fix them firmly in your memory. Make a note of their names and characteristics. Look these notes over later and re-create in your memory an exact impression of your new acquaintances. Keep up this practice, and you will soon be astonished at the results.

4 Reasons Why Robots Won’t Be Replacing Human Security Guards Anytime Soon

Monday, September 25th, 2017

You’ve got a busy day planned. You jump in your car, tell it to take you to your office, open your email from the car’s iPad and tell the car to call your first client. After your car pulls into your parking space, you walk to your building door and it automatically opens after recognizing your face. You get to your office, sit down at your desk and your personal assistant rolls in and hands you a cup of coffee with two creams and one sugar just the way you like it. Your assistant then retreats to the back of the office with all the other personal assistants and connects to its charging station.

Sound like the typical start to your day? Not in 2017. Wishful thinking but artificial intelligence and machine learning certainly haven’t evolved to that point. Your personal assistant may not be replaced by a robot anytime soon and neither will security guards at your office building. We often think of robots as characters from movies like Star Wars or humanoids designed to take over the world. Though we can’t hide our heads in the sand and pretend that technology isn’t advancing in almost every area of our lives, here are four reasons why robots will not be replacing human security guards anytime soon:

  1. Humans Still Write Software and Program Robots

People do the programming and develop the algorithms for robots no matter how sophisticated and advanced we believe robots to be. They only solve problems and perform actions that their software and algorithms allow them to do. Contrary to popular belief with all the buzz about advancements in artificial intelligence and deep learning, robots don’t think for themselves. They’re built to solve a specific problem and aren’t equipped with generalized intelligence.

For example, programmed robots use their sensors to receive information about a situation, process that information by searching through their pre-programmed databases, select the best action based on the data, and carry out the selected action. Robots on a car assembly line in an auto manufacturing plant come to mind or the robotic arm on the space shuttle that’s controlled by human input. However, other robots perform differently than pre-programmed ones. Robots that run artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms can learn to recognize and repeat a certain action that was successfully executed the first time by storing that information and searching for it to produce the same output again. Ultimately, the task of writing software and algorithms is performed by humans.

  1. Security Guards Do More Than Patrol Offices and Malls

Have you ever been in a situation where you know deep down that something just doesn’t feel right? Some people would call that intuition or “trusting your gut instinct.” Machines have not been able to replicate such a complex emotion. Security guards are faced with situations where they need to trust that feeling and may have to make a quick decision. That decision could make the difference between life or death.

Security guards are often first responders to emergencies. Guards are trained to keep order, help people stay calm, reassure them, and take charge in difficult situations. It’s tough to imagine a robot making people feel safe and secure in the evacuation of an office building or terrorist attack. Cobalt Robotics has developed an indoor security robot that patrols office space, but in emergency situations trained employees at Cobalt Robotics take control of the situation, not the robot.

Human intelligence and emotions are so complicated. Robots don’t have rationale, can’t be made accountable for their actions, and can’t relay the finite details of a story or something they’ve seen that could be crucial to an investigation.

Many guards are employed to provide personal protection services to executives and VIPs. These guards know how to think fast on their feet and change the game plan at a moment’s notice to keep the person safe they’ve been hired to protect. They pre-plan escape routes within buildings and participate in overall security planning for their client. Would you trust a robot to protect your life no matter how many sophisticated algorithms it had in its CPU? Not at this point in time. And when it comes to offering that “warm and fuzzy” feeling, robots just don’t make the grade.

  1. Robots Have Limited Capabilities

When it comes to running after perpetrators, squeezing into small spaces, making judgment calls, and arresting people, robots have a long way to go. Their capabilities are limited. Take for example Knightscope’s security robots. They report suspicious activity in a similar way as Cobalt Robots, and again, humans respond at the control centre and do the investigating. In fact, in July of this year, one of Knightscope’s robots took a little dip in a fountain outside of a D.C. office building according to The Washington Post. While it was patrolling it fell down some stairs and right into a fountain. Humans had to rescue it from the water. We can only speculate that perhaps its sensors couldn’t identify stairs. The poor robot couldn’t explain why it fell into the fountain. On the other hand, if human security guards make mistakes, they’re required to explain why and what happened and are held accountable for not performing their duties.

  1. Robots Could Assist NOT Replace Human Security Guards

Robotic technology is here to stay and continuing to advance into many areas of our lives. Fearing technology could pose a serious problem in the future. We can choose to work together with the advances in technology or fight them. Working together would seem like a better option. The security industry itself could be presented with some new and challenging tasks for security personnel to learn. Security guards could be trained to maintain their robot counterparts, learn how to operate them and earn better wages. Employee turnover could decrease because of potentially higher wages and an increase in technical responsibility. An increased skill set for guards could translate to more people pursuing a career in security services.

Security guards shouldn’t fear that they’ll lose their jobs to robots anytime soon. Robots may be able to enhance not replace the tasks performed by security guards who do a lot more than just patrol office buildings, malls and parking lots. Robots and machines have their place in society – to work alongside human beings to make our lives easier.