Interesting Things to Read, Watch and Interact With
Here at Kyria, we like to promote learning and knowledge sharing, so for this month’s blog we’ve put together a collection of websites and content providers who help broaden the mind with interesting and informative things to read, watch and interact with while you’re on your lunch break.
Things to Read:
Harvard Business Review publishes online articles primarily focused on business and science. HBR hire experts in their respective fields to write articles that inform, engage and challenge people on subjects such as analytics, leadership and disruptive technologies. Harvard Business Review is a subscription based website that allows you to access 3 free articles per month (per browser) without signing up, 6 free articles per month when you register, and unlimited access for paid subscribers.
Science X is a science, research and technology news website that comprises three separate websites: Phys.org (science news), Medical Xpress (Medical research and health news) and Tech Xplore (technology and engineering news). Perhaps the main selling point of Science X is the sheer number of articles there are across the three websites. You’ll need a very long lunch break to read them all!
Wired is a well-established science and technology website with both UK and US sites available, each offering different content. Their articles are perfect for when you’re at your desk and you’re looking for something interesting to read while you eat your sandwich.
Things to Watch
Vox is a news website that covers politics, culture, science and technology. While their website contains many interesting articles, it’s their video content that’s fascinating, covering a wide variety of topics in an interesting and informative manner. All their videos can be accessed from their YouTube channel and since they have videos on so many topics, you are bound to find something of interest.
VSauce is a YouTube channel focused on educating viewers on topics such as science, mathematics, anthropology, and philosophy. VSauce, created and presented by Michael Stevens, has become hugely popular, gaining over 12 million subscribers, and, alongside their sister channels VSauce2 and VSauce3, have accumulated more than 1 billion views on their videos. VSauce videos tend to be quite long and go into quite a lot of detail, but are well worth your time.
TED-Ed produces original, animated short videos on a wide range of topics. Their aim is to educate and engage with people all around the world, but particularly young people. These short videos are informative, fun to look at and easy to absorb, making them perfect for lunch time viewing.
Things to Interact With
Ncase is a website ran by Nicky Case and is home to a variety of different games you can play for free on your browser. These games are designed to educate and are great ways to spend a lunch break. Our MD, Howard Perkins, came across The Evolution of Trust, an interactive guide to the game theory of trust, via Twitter and shared it with the office, with much success.
If you only check out one game by Nicky Case, make it The Evolution of Trust.
Quick, Draw is a game designed with help from Google where you’re asked to draw a specific thing (a door, an oven, a house etc) and see how quickly the game’s Artificial Intelligence can guess what you have drawn. The game is designed to help the neural network recognise doodles, and can be very addictive to play, with the aim of the game being to score 6 out of 6 in doodles recognised by the neural network. Regardless of your artistic skills, this game is well worth checking out.
For a study by the University of Warwick, 659 people were asked to view a set of images and asked if they could tell if the image had been digitally altered and if they could identify where the image had been altered. This study was then released online to the public and is now available for you to try yourself. After answering a few basic questions, you’ll be shown 10 photos, and asked if you think the image has been altered or not, how confident you are in your answer and where you think the image was altered.