January 19, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Hope you had a great week! In today’s roundup, we’re taking a journey through time—from thousands of years ago, when language spread around the world, to a piece of old-school tech that’s still hanging on today, and, finally, to a look ahead to a time when our brains may interface directly with computers.

Tea If By Sea, Cha If By Land: Why The World Only Has Two Words For Tea
Udemy has international instructors, students, and employees and lots of tea/chai-drinkers, so maybe some of you have wondered: why does the world seem to be divided between tea and chai? It’s not actually much of a mystery.

How It Became Normal to Ignore Texts and Emails
Despite the fact that digital communications enable immediate contact, they also enable the opposite, which can lead to “the sense that everyone could get back to you immediately, if they wanted to—and the anxiety that follows when they don’t.” According to this article, anxiety is the price we pay for convenience.

TED’s New Video Series Explores Genius Design We Take For Granted In Daily Life
We’re always curious to see what new goodies the folks at TED are rolling out. They’ve just introduced a series on design: “From buttons, subway maps to staircases, the three- to four- minute vignettes feature the backstory of humble masterpieces.” 

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories
Yes, this would be the old-school tech alluded to at the top. Check out the gorgeous photos of pencil-making people and machines in action. Very cool!

Using Thought To Control Machines
Subhead: “Brain-computer interfaces may change what it means to be human.” Less concerned with evil-minded (pun intended) purposes, this article looks at what this kind of technology could mean for improving health and quality of life. Imagine a paralyzed patient able to move a limb via an implanted electrode or forging new neural networks in stroke victims.

Finally, a quick plug for the Udemy for Business blog, where you’ll find a great post contributed by our customer Getty Images on “Creating an Organic Thirst for Learning in an Organization.” Drink it up!