The Common Craft Blog

This blog is where we announce new videos & talk about the power of explanation & the change it can create. 

From what you see in movies and on TV, it's easy to think that true artificial intelligence has arrived. But in reality, it's still mostly a dream. 

Our latest video (our 80th!) explains the basics of artificial intelligence, where we are today and what we can expect in the future. 

What it Teaches:

The goal of artificial intelligence is to create computers that are as intelligent as humans. Achieving this goal is a huge, huge challenge. Today, researchers are making progress and forms of artificial intelligence are starting to appear in everyday life. This video teaches:

  • Why artificial intelligence is so challenging to create
  • How we use forms of artificial intelligence today
  • What is required for computers to teach themselves
  • Why empathy and emotional intelligence are very difficult for computers
  • What we may see in the distant future

Watch the full video now

We'd like to thank Tim Urban at What But Why for inspiring some of the ideas in this video. His article on The Artificial Intelligence Revolution is a classic. 

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The Explainer Academy is one the biggest projects we've ever taken-on. Over months, we've developed completely new and original approaches to teaching the skill of explanation.

The "Explanation Master Course" is a multimedia experience with dozens of short, animated videos, visuals, quizzes, exercises and downloadable templates and guides. 

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More Cut-outs!

Our library of downloadable Cut-outs continues to grow. We now have over 2,350 handcrafted visuals for presentations, videos and more.  

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Have you ever heard the term "Death by PowerPoint"? It's a reference to presentations that are disorganized and go on forever. It's a plague and we want to help.

Our latest video was suggested by members and is designed to teach students an essential 21st century skill: how to plan a presentation so that it's organized and easy to follow. 

What it Teaches:

All great presentations have one thing in common: they are well organized. This video illustrates how to plan your next presentation so that your audience easily understands what you have to say. It teaches:

  • Why effective presentations matter
  • How to organize and group ideas using sticky notes
  • How to use an outline to develop specific points
  • How to move your points into PowerPoint or Keynote slides
  • Why visuals are important and how to use them

Watch the full video now

The Common Craft libraries continue to grow.

Today we're publishing a new video (our 78th!) and have recently added a lot of new Cut-outs (now over 2,200!)

The new video explains algorithms - what they are and why they matter.

What it Teaches:

This video is an introduction to the basic ideas of algorithms. It explains how computers, websites and digital products need instructions that answer the question “what should I do next?” in order to complete tasks, serve customers and gather information. It teaches:

  • Why algorithms are similar to offline customer service
  • How to think about and visualize an algorithm
  • Why algorithms run our favorite websites
  • How a popular music website might use algorithms

Watch the full video now

2,200 Cut-outs!

Our library of Common Craft Cut-outs is always growing and expanding. Here's a small sample of new ones.

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We're in the process of developing self-paced, online courses that will teach explanation and media creation skills (pretty much everything we've learned).

If you're a subscriber to the Academy Newsletter (view a recent example), you'll save 15% when the Academy launches.

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Recently Published Videos:

New Video: Privacy Online

Posted by: leelefever on November 5, 2015- 6:07am

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Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: business, Explanation, internet, policy, privacy, web

We just published a new video and thought you'd like to know. This one explains a subject that touches us all: privacy online.

What it teaches:

This video helps students understand the reality of using today's Internet in terms of privacy. It explains how our actions online are tracked and used. It teaches:

  • Why privacy online is different than it is in the real world
  • How nearly everything we do online is documented and analyzed by companies
  • Why our data is important to the success of online companies
  • How our data enables websites to be free
  • What we can do to understand how our data is being used and make choices to protect it.

Watch the full video now

Save 15% on Explainer Academy Courses

We're in the process of developing self-paced, online courses that will teach explanation and media creation skills (pretty much everything we've learned).

If you're a subscriber to the Academy Newsletter (view a recent example), you'll get 15% when the Academy launches.

Sign-up for the newsletter at explaineracademy.com.