How to Use Your Extra Time at Home to Finally Learn Photoshop

A mastery of Adobe Photoshop can help streamline your workflow in all kinds of fields, from web design and online publishing to digital art and photography. The software dominates the image-editing space (though alternatives are available), and no matter what your level – from beginner to expert – there’s always more to learn about using the program on Windows or macOS. Read More >>

Why Are Some People Better at Learning Multiple Languages Than Others?

Some people pick up languages like colds, or sunburns – without effort, through simple immersion in the atmosphere. Others can’t hear the word ‘conjugate’ without flashing back, in shame, to the classrooms where they failed, so long ago, to shake the curse of monolingualism. What exactly is it that allows the first group to stride around making small talk in Spanish and reading Kafka in the German while the rest of us struggle with just one language? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of language experts to find out. Read More >>

Drinking After Learning Helps Remember Stuff

A study into the effects of drinking has found something good again. This time, researchers had the amazing idea of giving people alcohol after they'd been taught something and found that, amazingly, getting mildly drunk afterwards seemed to make the lesson stick in their memories better. Read More >>

This AI Will Watch You Study And Can Tell If You’re Not Listening

A school in Paris will be the first to implement a system that studies the faces of students who study remotely using their webcam. The goal is to use artificial intelligence to determine how engaged students are - basically if they are listening or not. Read More >>

iPads in Schools are not the Nightmare Dad Imagines

iPads in primary schools are not the learning-ending, gateway into adult iTunes dependency, Apple brand loyalty and sedentary health crisis trigger that dad thinks they are, with a survey of young kids in Northern Ireland finding that the key skills of children rose across the board after the tablets were introduced. Read More >>

What Happens When a Person Has an Epiphany?

The entire industry of puzzle gaming is held up on the joy of problem-solving and the endorphin rush that is felt when a player suddenly figures it out. Science knows very little about that brief moment when we all just get it and in a new study, researchers have attempted to gain some insight by watching people have epiphanies. Read More >>

Universities to Offer Two-Year Degrees That Still Cost the Same

The government's educational people have had an idea about how to make the prospect of university more appealing to some -- getting it all over and done quicker. Universities will soon be allowed to offer full degree courses that can be completed in just two years instead of the usual three, letting the youth get out of education and into low-paid service jobs for overseas tech unicorns that use nothing they've just learned even quicker. Read More >>

Shoes Make Kids Stupid

A school in Derbyshire has been testing a new learning system on its kids, but it's not iPads, drugs, whiteboards or the reintroduction of corporal punishment -- it's slippers. Read More >>

Nightmare Machine Builds Scary Pics to Assist Clown Horror Epidemic

Scientists teaching computers pointless party tricks have struck again, this time using the infinite power of deep-learning computers to... make funny pictures for the internet. Brain the size of a planet and it's lumbered with making viral content for idiots. Read More >>

New Study Could Be the Death Knell of Brain-Training Games

Brain-training programs like the ones offered by Luminosity and LearningRx claim to boost intelligence and even offset the effects of ageing. A re-evaluation of the existing scientific literature on the matter shows these claims are complete bullshit. Read More >>

10-Year-Old Wins PhD Fellowship to Help Make Friendly Robot

A 10-year-old French girl called Eva has melted the hearts of the tech establishment, after asking a learning scheme for assistance in making a robot that could walk the streets of Paris and make people happy. Read More >>

No, Scientists Have Not Created a Matrix-Like Interface That Instantly Uploads Data to Your Brain

Remember that mind-blowing scene in The Matrix when Neo had jiu-jitsu and kung fu uploaded directly into his brain? Researchers from HRL Laboratories are now saying they’ve developed a similar device that “teaches” pilots new skills. Too bad it’s bullshit. Read More >>

Here Are Eric Schmidt’s Three Laws of AI

Google (or probably we should start saying Alphabet by now) boss Eric Schmidt has written an opinion column for Time magazine giving us his thoughts on AI, including some wider, sci-fi-like concepts on what he thinks the overall ambition of computer intelligence should be. Read More >>

Have You Got the Five Basic Digital Skills?

A digital skills charity has warned that more than 12 million people in the UK and 1 million business have fallen down the learning gap, missing out on the potential benefits of doing nothing on the internet all day. Read More >>

Google Buys the Brains of Top Oxford University AI Boffins

Google's recently acquired DeepMind artificial learning project has expanded, with the search giant bringing seven Oxford Uni academics and AI startup managers into the team. Read More >>