Dr. Vivienne Ming on Hyperintelligence, the Future of Education, & How We’ll Optimize Human Potential
Greetings, superfriends, and welcome to today’s show!
My guest today is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur who was named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 10 women to watch in tech in 2013. She co-founded Socos, a cutting-edge startup which applies cognitive modeling to create adaptive, personalized educational technology. She is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience pursuing her research in neuroprosthetics.
Previously, she was a junior fellow at Standford’s Mind, Brain & Computation Center and earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon. Her work and research has received a ton of media attention including the New York Times, NPR, Nature, O Magazine, Forbes, and The Atlantic.
In this interview, we discuss her INCREDIBLE STORY, how technology will be used to predict our learning and performance, how we can change life outcomes, how prosthetic devices will be used to alter and repair or brains and bodies, and the very realistic possibility of a hyper-intelligent superhuman race… and that’s just in the first 30 minutes.
In this episode with Dr. Vivienne Ming, we discuss:
- Dr. Ming’s journey from a rough childhood and young adulthood to the success she is today
- What is the guiding principle of Dr. Vivienne Ming’s life (hint: it deals with optimizing human potential!)
- How does Dr. Vivienne Ming to “maximize human potential,” and where are the low-hanging fruits?
- How is Dr. Ming working to redefine what education looks like?
- The AI models built by Dr. Ming and her wife to predict people’s grades, performance, and success
- What actually predicts success and life outcomes in children and in adults based on 122 million profiles?
- How is this ability to predict people’s future outcomes actually a curse?
- What is Socos, Dr. Ming’s startup, and what are they doing?
- What factors are MOST likely to make a child successful?
- What is “meta learning” and how does it factor in to life outcomes?
- What is fixed and what is changeable in people’s lives?
- What are “neuroprosthetics,” and why are they so exciting right now?
- What is the coolest research going on right now in neuroscience?
- What is “neural dust” and why is it a REALLY BIG deal?
- What is the biggest risk with cognitive prosthetics, and why are they scary or not scary?
- What is the likelihood that we will be able to “encode” knowledge into our brains, versus decoding it?
- How can we learn more effectively?
- What are endogenous vs. exogenous motivation, and how do they affect us?
- What is “sleazing” in educational technology?
- An example of how Dr. Ming’s thoughts on learning more effectively are 100% in line with those I teach!
- How feedback relates to success in education and learning
- What should you hire based on, if you’re hiring employees?
- What $100 has Dr. Vivienne Ming spent recently that most impacted her life
- What book has Dr. Ming given most as a gift and how has it inspired her work?
- What 2 pieces of homework would Dr. Vivienne Ming assign to our audience for this week?
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Socos, Dr. Vivienne Ming’s startup
- This podcast episode with Dr. Peter Attia
- Season 2, Episode 1 of Black Mirror
- The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, an important sociological study
- Article/Video: Mind-controlled exoskeleton kicks off World Cup
- Video: Paralyzed woman controls robotic arm with thoughts
- The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two a famous article we talk about in my SuperLearning course
- Neural dust and neural nets
- Dr. Rajesh Rao and a Duke University experiment that linked rats’ brains over the internet
- The Pomodoro Technique
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek and his legendary TED Talk
- Malcolm Knowles, a researcher on adult andragogy
- The Nexus 9 tablet and the wireless keyboard that goes with it
- The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
- Dr. Vivienne Ming’s personal website (check it out, you’ll be blown away by her CV)