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6 YouTube channels for developing your problem solving skills [Technique Tuesdays]

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How can you improve your problem-solving skills?

There are many steps needed. You need to study the underlying concepts. You need to recognize the various techniques and when they are applied. And you need to do practice problems. When you start practice problems, you need to balance both the quality (difficulty of each problem) and the quantity of problems you solve

Sounds a like a bit much doesn’t it?

Luckily, there is a way to make things much easier. Watch experts solve the problem, and see how they progress between steps. Learning from the best can boost your learning journey. In this email/post, I will be covering some of the YouTube channels that I use regularly to sharpen my problem-solving skills. The most important tip is at the very end of the list, so make you sure you read all the way through

Great Channels you should Subscribe to

Byte by Bte- When it comes to Leetcode-related videos, Sam is one of the best in the game. He’s got a gift for describing complicated topics simply and he posts streams where he solves Leetcode problems live. Watching people problem solve live is great because you can compare their process to yours, and thus identify how you can do much better. Watch his most recent episode here . His switch from top-down to bottom-up DP was spectacular.

Back to Back SWE - A great channel to mix techniques and conceptual computer science. His template to solving backtracking problems was very useful , and I actually based my recursive function template on it.

Abdul Bari - Focuses more on the concepts, but his way of presenting information is great to help you apply the ideas he teaches in your own solutions. A must watch, especially if you are a college student.

Ryan Schachte - The best Computer Science visualizations. His videos are useful, visual, and comprehensible. Would highly recommend that you watch his video on the Sliding Window Algorithm and take a lot of notes. I will be covering it on this channel as well.

MindYourDecisions - Presh Talwalkar studied Math and Economics at Stanford. He posts math problems, brainteasers, interview questions, logic puzzles, viral math problems, and interesting topics suggested by viewers from around the world. Most of his videos don’t require advanced math knowledge but do require very advanced problem-solving skills. You’ll see him use a lot of the techniques I cover here (remember Math and Software Engineering require very similar neural pathways).

TED-Ed - The TED foundation needs no introduction. They have done a great service in educating humanity. Their Educational Channel, TED-Ed, has an exceptional collection of riddles, that you can solve here . These riddles work your problem-solving skills without requiring prior knowledge. Working those riddles is a great way to boost your education.

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31 Best Wordless Videos to Teach Problem Solving

Wordless videos are a fun and entertaining way to get your students learning and talking. Using wordless videos to teach problem-solving is a great way to keep your students stay engaged all while working on their goals.

Who Could Benefit From Wordless Videos?

Students who struggle to solve social problems can benefit from first practicing problem-solving someone else’s problems in a wordless animation, for example, prior to having to solve the social problems in their own lives. It’s easier to identify problems in someone else’s life than it is in your own life.


Ways in Which to Use Voiceless Videos

  • Answering wh-questions: Have your students watch the animated short film and then ask them wh-questions.
  • Retell a story/sequencing: After watching the films have your students retell or sequence the short film.
  • Solving hypothetical problems: Use the following wordless videos to teach problem-solving. Stop the video throughout and have your students identify the problem and a possible solution to the problem. Then you can move on to practice solving problems in real life .
  • Predictions/inferences: Stop the video throughout and have your students make predictions and inferences about what might happen next in the film.

Don’t Forget to Grab your Freebie!

Be sure to grab the freebie that goes along with this bundle of wordless videos. The freebie comes with:

  • Problem-solving
  • A set of wh-questions
  • Story retell with predictions

There are 31 sets of the following worksheets.

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Before you begin…

  • I have watched all of these short animations to make sure they are appropriate. However, please preview the entire video prior to showing your students as you know best what is appropriate for your level of comfort and for your individual students.
  • Almost all of these videos show ads prior to the start of the animation short. I suggest cueing up the video prior to showing the video to your students as some ads may not be appropriate.

31 Wordless Videos to Teach Problem Solving

1. t he small shoemaker: 5:32 minutes.

This short is about Mr. Botte’s shoemaker’s shop, and the passionate and skillful shoemaker’s daily life is about to be disturbed as another shoemaker creates a street vendor stall just in front of Mr. Botte’s store!

2. The Sweet Cocoon: 5:57 minutes

End video by 4:55. Please preview the end of this video prior to showing it to your students. I have decided to end this video by 4:55 minutes to avoid the sad ending for some of my students.

This animation is about two insects that decide to help a struggling caterpillar in her metamorphosis process!

3. The Wishgranter: 4:48 minutes

This short film is about a world where wishes are granted by mythical beings that live under fountains. The wish granter is forced to go above ground in order to grant a wish of love.

4. Dustin: 7:45 minutes

This super cute animation is about a pug learning to have a new roommate of an automatic cleaning robot.

5. Rollin’ Safari: 2:01 minutes

Enjoy this fun short film about what the world would be like if animals were round.

6. Piper: 3:20 minutes

Watch a hungry sandpiper hatchling as she ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. However, the only problem is that the food is buried under the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.

7. Hola Llamingo: 3:52 minutes

Enjoy this film about the beautiful, fleeting friendship between a boy and his pinata which comes to life.

8. Soar: 6:14 minutes

This short film called Soar is about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it’s too late.

9. Brush A Fox Tale: 3:37 minutes

A young fox who enjoys painting has a crush on his neighbor. When he tries to hide it his other paintings come to life to try to convince him otherwise.

10. Fishing with Sam: 5:53 minutes

A pesky little penguin keeps stealing all the fish from a bear, a seal, and two other penguins, but they disguise a plan to take care of that pesky little penguin.

11. The Box: 7:01 minutes

This animation is about an old man who finds a mouse in his house. He ends up taming the mouse he first wanted to get rid of.

12. Coin Operated: 5:14 minutes

Watch this short film about the life of a young man that spans over 70 years in the life of one naive explorer.

13. Partly Cloudy: 5:49 minutes

Enjoy this super cute film. Everyone knows that it is a stork that delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer comes from the clouds, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life.

14. Lifted: 5:03 minutes

A cute animation about a young alien who is in training to capture a human but gets overwhelmed with all the switches.

15. Ormie The Pig: 3:52 minutes

This fun short is about a pig named Ormie. Ormie wants a cookie. But they are out of reach…or are they? See Ormie’s attempts to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession.

16. Embarked: 4:24 minutes

Watch this super cute short about a treehouse who follows his family even after the young boy moves away.

17. SpellBound: 3:06 minutes

A young girl who is jealous of her sister must save her after writing negative thoughts that unexpectedly transform into monsters.

18. The Birds: 3:25 minutes

An animated short about a group of small birds that make fun of a larger funny-looking bird, but when they try and get rid of the larger funny-looking bird their plan backfires and the large bird is soon laughing at his bullies.

19. A Fox and A Mouse: 6:23 minutes

Enjoy this sweet animation as a lonely fox hunts a mouse – and their relationship evolves as two owls begin to get in the middle of the fox’s hunt!

20. Pigeon Impossible: 6:15 minutes

A newbie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.

21. The Children’s Tree: 1:58 minutes

This short film is about an imaginative little girl, a good-hearted old tree, and a helpful butterfly.

22. Hey Deer: 6:15 minutes

This fun short film is about an adorable, cocoa-drinking deer who is eager to tidy and shovel show in front of his house every day. However, there is a suspicious earthquake every night which causes the mess day by day. Between two cups of cocoa, the amazing truth reveals itself which changes the deer’s life forever…

23. Catch It: 5:25 minutes

A group of meerkats takes care of their beloved and unique fruit but a twist happens when a vulture comes and disturbs their peace of mind.

24. Mouse for Sale: 4:16 minutes

This short is about a lonely mouse in a pet shop, craving to be bought by someone. But he’s got one big problem: his huge ears. The kids entering the store keep laughing at him. Will Snickers find the buddy he so desires, someone who will take him for who he is?

25. One Man Band: 4:02 minutes

Watch this super cute short about a young peasant girl with one coin left when she encounters two competing street performers who’d prefer the coin find its way into their tip jars. The little girl is caught in the middle as a musical duel ensues between the one-man-bands.

26. Dust Buddies: 4:05 minutes

A story about the friendship between two dust bunnies who live peacefully under a couch. When an evil maid comes to clean the house and sucks Fuzz into her vacuum, Lint must overcome his fears and set out to rescue his friend.

27. The Stubborn Donkey: 4:25 minutes

The short film is all about a stubborn donkey who is difficult to move but a bit of greek music just could do the trick.

28. The Egyptian Pyramids: 3:36 minutes

This cute animation is about an archaeologist who is about to discover the secret of the Egyptian Pyramids.

29. Minuscule: 5:09 minutes

The short film revolves around the day-to-day existence of slugs and how a caterpillar tries to blend into the family.

30. Jinky Jenkins and Lucky Lou: 3:52 minutes

When the misfortunate Jenkins and the Lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

31. Can I Stay: 3:48 minutes

This sweet short animation is about an apprehensive homeless girl who must traverse a dangerous, wintry city in order to escape her adorable pursuers.

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Problem Solving Restorative Justice Graphic Visual :

Use this Flip Book Graphic Visual to help your students solve their conflicts with others and to make things right.


  • 1. Identify the Problem: Fill out the scenario by writing down what happened and drawing what happened.
  • 2. Have your Student Identify their Feelings: Draw their emotions and write down their thoughts in the thought bubble.
  • 3. Have the other Student Involved Identify their Feelings: Draw the other person’s emotions and write down the other person’s thoughts in the thought bubble.
  • 4. Make Things Right: Identify how to make things better.
  • 5. My Notes: Fill in any additional information you might find helpful to know or remember.

Get your students talking and problem-solving using these super cute wordless animation videos to teach them problem-solving skills. Also, you can use these short videos to teach story retell, sequencing, answering wh-questions, or inferences/predictions. Are your students ready to start solving real-life problems? Be sure to grab the 71+ problem-solving scenarios freebie to get additional problem-solving practice!

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I have used this resource numerous times. This is amazing! I appreciate you taking the time to create this and for making it free. My students love them. you visuals and graphics are on point. Will you be making more. I would pay for it as I find it worth it and very useful. Some of the other Wordless Video I have seen that I like include: The Present, Snack Attack, Carrot Crazy, and The Bridge. There are others...Please let us know! Thanks again!

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Hi Judith, Thanks so much for reaching out! I'm happy to know you like this resource. I currently don't have another set in the works, but since it is a fan favorite I can definitely add it to my list of ideas for the future. Thanks for the suggestion and additional videos to look into. All my best, Melissa

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This is great for my high-functioning autism students!

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Overview of the Problem-Solving Mental Process

Kendra Cherry, MS, is a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, psychology educator, and author of the "Everything Psychology Book."

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  • Identify the Problem
  • Define the Problem
  • Form a Strategy
  • Organize Information
  • Allocate Resources
  • Monitor Progress
  • Evaluate the Results

Frequently Asked Questions

Problem-solving is a mental process that involves discovering, analyzing, and solving problems. The ultimate goal of problem-solving is to overcome obstacles and find a solution that best resolves the issue.

The best strategy for solving a problem depends largely on the unique situation. In some cases, people are better off learning everything they can about the issue and then using factual knowledge to come up with a solution. In other instances, creativity and insight are the best options.

It is not necessary to follow problem-solving steps sequentially, It is common to skip steps or even go back through steps multiple times until the desired solution is reached.

In order to correctly solve a problem, it is often important to follow a series of steps. Researchers sometimes refer to this as the problem-solving cycle. While this cycle is portrayed sequentially, people rarely follow a rigid series of steps to find a solution.

The following steps include developing strategies and organizing knowledge.

1. Identifying the Problem

While it may seem like an obvious step, identifying the problem is not always as simple as it sounds. In some cases, people might mistakenly identify the wrong source of a problem, which will make attempts to solve it inefficient or even useless.

Some strategies that you might use to figure out the source of a problem include :

  • Asking questions about the problem
  • Breaking the problem down into smaller pieces
  • Looking at the problem from different perspectives
  • Conducting research to figure out what relationships exist between different variables

2. Defining the Problem

After the problem has been identified, it is important to fully define the problem so that it can be solved. You can define a problem by operationally defining each aspect of the problem and setting goals for what aspects of the problem you will address

At this point, you should focus on figuring out which aspects of the problems are facts and which are opinions. State the problem clearly and identify the scope of the solution.

3. Forming a Strategy

After the problem has been identified, it is time to start brainstorming potential solutions. This step usually involves generating as many ideas as possible without judging their quality. Once several possibilities have been generated, they can be evaluated and narrowed down.

The next step is to develop a strategy to solve the problem. The approach used will vary depending upon the situation and the individual's unique preferences. Common problem-solving strategies include heuristics and algorithms.

  • Heuristics are mental shortcuts that are often based on solutions that have worked in the past. They can work well if the problem is similar to something you have encountered before and are often the best choice if you need a fast solution.
  • Algorithms are step-by-step strategies that are guaranteed to produce a correct result. While this approach is great for accuracy, it can also consume time and resources.

Heuristics are often best used when time is of the essence, while algorithms are a better choice when a decision needs to be as accurate as possible.

4. Organizing Information

Before coming up with a solution, you need to first organize the available information. What do you know about the problem? What do you not know? The more information that is available the better prepared you will be to come up with an accurate solution.

When approaching a problem, it is important to make sure that you have all the data you need. Making a decision without adequate information can lead to biased or inaccurate results.

5. Allocating Resources

Of course, we don't always have unlimited money, time, and other resources to solve a problem. Before you begin to solve a problem, you need to determine how high priority it is.

If it is an important problem, it is probably worth allocating more resources to solving it. If, however, it is a fairly unimportant problem, then you do not want to spend too much of your available resources on coming up with a solution.

At this stage, it is important to consider all of the factors that might affect the problem at hand. This includes looking at the available resources, deadlines that need to be met, and any possible risks involved in each solution. After careful evaluation, a decision can be made about which solution to pursue.

6. Monitoring Progress

After selecting a problem-solving strategy, it is time to put the plan into action and see if it works. This step might involve trying out different solutions to see which one is the most effective.

It is also important to monitor the situation after implementing a solution to ensure that the problem has been solved and that no new problems have arisen as a result of the proposed solution.

Effective problem-solvers tend to monitor their progress as they work towards a solution. If they are not making good progress toward reaching their goal, they will reevaluate their approach or look for new strategies .

7. Evaluating the Results

After a solution has been reached, it is important to evaluate the results to determine if it is the best possible solution to the problem. This evaluation might be immediate, such as checking the results of a math problem to ensure the answer is correct, or it can be delayed, such as evaluating the success of a therapy program after several months of treatment.

Once a problem has been solved, it is important to take some time to reflect on the process that was used and evaluate the results. This will help you to improve your problem-solving skills and become more efficient at solving future problems.

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It is important to remember that there are many different problem-solving processes with different steps, and this is just one example. Problem-solving in real-world situations requires a great deal of resourcefulness, flexibility, resilience, and continuous interaction with the environment.

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You can become a better problem solving by:

  • Practicing brainstorming and coming up with multiple potential solutions to problems
  • Being open-minded and considering all possible options before making a decision
  • Breaking down problems into smaller, more manageable pieces
  • Asking for help when needed
  • Researching different problem-solving techniques and trying out new ones
  • Learning from mistakes and using them as opportunities to grow

It's important to communicate openly and honestly with your partner about what's going on. Try to see things from their perspective as well as your own. Work together to find a resolution that works for both of you. Be willing to compromise and accept that there may not be a perfect solution.

Take breaks if things are getting too heated, and come back to the problem when you feel calm and collected. Don't try to fix every problem on your own—consider asking a therapist or counselor for help and insight.

If you've tried everything and there doesn't seem to be a way to fix the problem, you may have to learn to accept it. This can be difficult, but try to focus on the positive aspects of your life and remember that every situation is temporary. Don't dwell on what's going wrong—instead, think about what's going right. Find support by talking to friends or family. Seek professional help if you're having trouble coping.

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YouTube problems are student-written problems that reverse engineer actions that occur in online videos. Engineering students had written these visual, creative problems for several years before this research project began. This archive of YouTube problems was used to study problem solving in chemical engineering students as part of this research project.

Our project examined several research questions including: 1. Are student-written YouTube problems as difficult as expert-written problems in engineering textbooks? 2. Do student show better problem-solving skills when completing YouTube problems compared to textbook problems? and 3. Over one semester, do problem-solving skills improve more when solving YouTube problems or textbook problems?

Two groups of students taking the same chemical engineering course in material and energy balances solved problems, evaluated problem difficulty, and were surveyed about learning attitudes. Both groups solved a common set of textbook problems as part of weekly homework assignments to serve as a control. Then, one group solved a set of YouTube problems while the other group solved additional textbook problems. The study was repeated two consecutive years.

After the students completed the course, our research team quantified problem-solving ability on different textbook and YouTube problems with an established rubric. The rubric does not focus on the right or wrong numeric answer but rather the steps used to solve engineering problems. The six skills measured were: problem definition, representing the problem, organizing information, calculations, solution completeness, and solution accuracy. After scoring over 2,600 problems from the first year of data collection, higher problem solving skills were measured for YouTube problems than textbook problems within the same group of students.  

Next, problem difficulty for both textbook and YouTube problems used a survey developed by the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) called a task load index (TLX). The NASA TLX quantifies mental demand, physical demand, temporal demand, effort, performance, and frustration. In this project, mental demand and effort scored highest for both YouTube and textbook problems. Also, YouTube and textbook problems received statistically equivalent scores on the NASA TLX, which answered one of the research questions.

Measuring students' learning attitudes used a survey known as Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS). Responses to 42 questions were grouped into eight aspects of learning attitudes. Three subcategories - real world application, personal interest, and problem solving general - showed statistically significant increases while examining all of the questions saw a small positive gain. Thus, YouTube problems showed some positive influence on learning attitudes for engineering students.

Our research findings have been presented at multiple in-person and virtual conferences. Comprehensive findings are published in several conferences proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education and two peer reviewed journal articles to date. Our results are also shared publicly through a series of videos published on a YouTube channel titled Reverse Engineering Engineering Education (thumbnail images from some of the videos are attahed here). Our research team included diverse perspectives from two chemical engineering professors, three educational evaluators, one engineering graduate student, four undergraduate students, and two middle school science teachers.

Overall, student-written problems that reverse engineer actions in YouTube videos can easily be adapted to many types of classes, and these problems can help develop problem solving skills that are coveted in the 21st century.

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Why Isn't YouTube Working? How to Fix YouTube on Desktop and Mobile

Has YouTube stopped working on your device? Follow these troubleshooting steps to get YouTube working again.

Is YouTube not working? Have no fear, we'll get you back to watching those cat videos soon enough. It's possible that YouTube is down for everyone, but the problem is more likely on your end.

Whether videos are endlessly buffering, the YouTube app isn't loading, or something else entirely, our troubleshooting steps for desktop and mobile should help you get YouTube working again.

First, Check If YouTube Is Down

The first thing to check before anything else is whether the problem is with YouTube itself, rather than anything on your side. It's rare for YouTube to have a complete outage, but it does happen.

Downdetector crowdsources user reports showing you what issues are being reported and from where in the world. It's a handy way to see if YouTube is down for everyone or just you.

When YouTube has major downtime, news outlets will report on it. The quickest way to check is by going to Google News and searching for "YouTube down" or "YouTube outage".

Additionally, browse YouTube's social media channels, like @TeamYouTube on Twitter, for first-hand updates from the company.

If YouTube is down, all you can do is wait it out. Otherwise, have you established that YouTube is working for others? If so, crack on with these troubleshooting steps.

How to Fix YouTube on Desktop

If you're using YouTube on a desktop browser, follow these steps to try to fix YouTube.

1. Update Your Browser

You should always use the most up-to-date version of your browser. Most popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox should automatically update, but it's always best to double-check this.

For Chrome, paste chrome://settings/help into the URL bar and press Enter . You should see "Chrome is up to date." If you don't, the latest build will automatically download. Once it's finished, click Relaunch .

For other browsers, see our guide on how to update your web browser .

2. Clear Your Cookies and Cache

Try clearing your cookies and cache to clean out the browser.

  • Paste chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into the URL bar and press Enter .
  • On the Time range dropdown, select All time .
  • Check Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files .
  • Click Clear data .

For other browsers, read our guide on how to delete internet cookies .

3. Disable Your Extensions

Browser extensions can cause compatibility problems with YouTube.

To view your extensions in Chrome, paste chrome://extensions/ in the URL bar and press Enter .

For each extension in turn, toggle the slider left to disable it. After each, try YouTube again and see if the issue is resolved. If it is, keep the extension disabled and contact the developer to see if they can patch the issue.

For other browsers, check out our guide on how to clean up your browser extensions .

4. Update Your Video Drivers

If your video drivers are outdated, it can cause issues playing videos. Try updating them to see it resolves the issue.

If you're using Windows 10 or 11, first grab the latest drivers from your graphic card manufacturer's website (likely AMD , NVIDIA , or Intel .)

Then do the following:

  • Press Windows key + X and click Device Manager .
  • Double click Display adapters .
  • Right-click your graphics card and click Update driver .
  • Click Search automatically for drivers and follow the wizard through.

For more support, refer to our guide on how to update your Windows graphics drivers .

On macOS, you just need to ensure you're using the latest operating system version. Do this via Apple logo > System Preferences > Software Update .

5. Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection

Even if you can access other websites, it doesn't mean your internet connection isn't at fault. It might not be stable enough to stream YouTube.

Windows has a native troubleshooter to detect and resolve problems. To find it, press Windows key + I to open Settings, then:

  • On Windows 10, go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters > Internet Connections > Run the troubleshooter .
  • On Windows 11, go to System > Troubleshoot > Other trouble-shooters > Internet Connections > Run .

If this doesn't work, see our article on diagnosing a network problem for more advice.

If you're using a Mac, follow the steps in our macOS internet connection troubleshooting guide .

How to Fix YouTube on Android and iOS

If you're using YouTube on an Android or iOS device (like an iPhone or iPad), try these troubleshooting steps.

There are many versions of Android. When following the instructions below, you may find that some menu items have slightly different labels. If you struggle to get to the right screen, use your device's search function.

1. Update the Operating System

Your operating system may be outdated and thus YouTube is unable to run correctly.

On Android, open Settings and look for Software update (or System update .) It might be within an About phone section. If there's a new version available, download and install it.

On iOS, go to Settings > General > Software update and download and install an update if there's one available.

2. Update the YouTube App

You should always use the latest version of the YouTube app so that you benefit from new features and bug fixes.

On Android, open the Play Store , tap your profile icon , and select Manage apps and device . Next, tap Updates pending and, if YouTube is here, tap Update .

On iOS, open the App Store , tap your profile icon , and scroll down to Available Updates . If you see YouTube on this list, tap Update .

3. Clear the YouTube App Cache and Data

If you've used the YouTube app for a while, a large amount of cache and data may have accumulated and be causing issues.

On Android, go to Settings > Apps > YouTube > Storage . Tap Clear cache and see if it fixes the problem. If not, return to the same screen and tap Clear data .

On iOS, the best way to do this is to uninstall and reinstall YouTube. Press and hold the app on your home screen and tap Remove App > Delete App . Then head to the App Store and download YouTube again.

4. Sync the Date and Time

The YouTube app can be glitchy if your device's date and time is out of alignment with that of the YouTube server. The best way to resolve this is to allow your network to automatically handle the date and time.

On Android, go to Settings > General management > Date and time and slide Automatic date and time to On .

On iOS, go to Settings > General > Date & Time and slide Set Automatically to On .

5. Reset Your Internet Connection

YouTube might not work if your internet is struggling to connect properly. On Android, go to Settings > Connections . On iOS, open Control Center .

First, turn Flight mode on and off. This can often refresh your network settings and solve the problem. Next, switch your connection method to Wi-Fi or your cellular network (whichever one you aren't currently using.) If this doesn't work, disable Bluetooth.

Still no luck? You can reset your network connection entirely. On Android, go to Settings > General management > Reset > Reset network settings .

On iOS, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset > Reset > Reset Network Settings .

If All Else Fails, Contact Google

Now you've followed these instructions, hopefully YouTube or the YouTube app is working again. If it isn't, contact Google for further support.

If this experience has soured your view of YouTube, there are plenty of alternative video sites ready to drain your time.

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Can AI Outperform Human Creativity? Research Suggests Machines Are More Capable Than We Thought. Could a machine be more effective at guiding this brainstorming session than your human team? It may sound counterintuitive, but AI is not only catching up to human creativity — it's excelling in ways that could redefine how we approach innovation. Is Your Next Creative Director a Machine? The Surprising Role of AI in Innovation

By Gleb Tsipursky • Nov 21, 2023

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Picture this: You're in a conference room, surrounded by a mix of designers, engineers and strategists, all eager to brainstorm your company's next big innovation. Could a machine be more effective at guiding this brainstorming session than your human team? It may sound counterintuitive, but AI is not only catching up to human creativity — it's excelling in ways that could redefine how we approach innovation .

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A working paper from the Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Management Unit recently thrust this question into the limelight. The researchers initiated a crowdsourcing challenge focused on sustainable, circular economy business opportunities. While humans exhibited semantic diversity, AI solutions delivered better environmental and financial value. This means the very idea of creative innovation is undergoing a tectonic shift. The question we ought to be asking ourselves isn't whether AI can be creative but how quickly we can adapt to this emerging reality.

Dismantling the conventional wisdom that machines can't be creative is essential. A study from Humboldt-University Berlin went straight for the jugular, comparing the quality and quantity of ideas generated by humans and AI. The result? No qualitative difference in creativity. Moreover, while 9.4% of humans were more creative than the most creative GAI, GPT-4, it's a negligible margin given the rapid pace of AI evolution .

A study conducted by the University of Montana demonstrated something extraordinary: artificial intelligence can rival the top 1% of human thinkers in creativity . Using the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, the results placed ChatGPT, powered by GPT-4, in elite company for fluency and originality. Although it fell slightly to the 97th percentile for flexibility, this demonstrates that AI isn't merely mimicking patterns — it's generating them. This seismic shift has serious implications for how we approach innovation, particularly in a corporate setting.

Recent research from Wharton Business School adds a new layer to this complex picture. The study compared the ideation capabilities of ChatGPT-4 with those of students at an elite university. Not only did ChatGPT-4 generate ideas faster and cheaper, but those ideas also ranked higher in quality when evaluated using purchase-intent surveys. Even more compellingly, the lion's share of the best ideas in the study was generated by ChatGPT, not by the students. And get this: ChatGPT's performance soared further when it was provided with a few examples of highly-rated ideas. This study has profound implications for the management of innovation and points to a future where AI could be the backbone of a company's innovation strategy.

If AI performs on par with or even outstrips human creativity in specific contexts, the logical next step is an integrative approach. Imagine a future where a generative AI takes the first stab at problem-solving, followed by human evaluation to add that touch of semantic diversity and nuance. What we're talking about isn't competition but collaboration . It's the blend of AI's computational prowess with the human capacity for intuitive understanding that will pioneer uncharted territories in innovation. And that's what I've seen when helping my clients adopt AI as a creative tool of innovation.

In the fashion industry, I worked with a globally recognized apparel brand with thousands of employees to leverage AI in their design process. Facing market saturation and diminishing returns from conventional design methods, the brand sought a novel approach. They trained an AI model that analyzed a confluence of variables — global fashion trends, social media sentiments and even the prevailing political climate. This wasn't rudimentary data analysis; it was a comprehensive, multi-dimensional evaluation aimed at predicting what would resonate with consumers at a deeper level.

The AI-generated initial design sketches serve as data-driven inspiration for the human designers. These were not mere templates but creative catalysts, reflecting emerging trends and consumer inclinations. Human designers took these drafts, tweaking and enhancing them to add the intuitive touch that only human creativity can provide. The resulting clothing line was both a commercial and critical success, hailed for its innovation and ingenuity.

In terms of quantifiable metrics, the collaboration led to an 18% uptick in sales compared to the previous year's collection. Moreover, the AI-enabled process cut design costs by over 20%, speeding up the initial design phase and enabling quicker market entry. This wasn't a marginal improvement but a paradigm shift in fashion design at scale. The brand successfully broke through market saturation, achieving both financial growth and artistic acclaim through the judicious use of AI.

In another example, in a competitive landscape, a gourmet food chain sought to invigorate its brand and attract new customers . Facing stagnant sales and an increasingly undifferentiated market position, the leadership decided to innovate their menu but was concerned about the risks tied to cost and brand perception. To navigate this, they asked my help to employ an AI-driven approach in collaboration with data scientists. The machine learning algorithm analyzed customer reviews, social media sentiment, regional taste preferences and ingredient seasonality to predict future consumer preferences.

The AI generated a wide array of potential recipes, even suggesting innovative combinations of ingredients that human chefs had not considered. However, the AI's computational ability was complemented by the chefs' nuanced understanding of taste and texture. They fine-tuned the AI's suggestions, leading to a new menu line that balanced the brand's heritage with culinary innovation.

The pilot launch of this new menu in select locations led to an 18% sales increase, a 10% boost in new customer footfall, and a 5-point uplift in Net Promoter Score. Based on this success, the chain planned a full-scale roll-out and used the real-time feedback loop enabled by AI for quick iterations. This case study underscores the power of human-AI collaboration for risk-mitigated, creative problem-solving in a competitive sector. It demonstrates that AI can significantly accelerate the creative process, providing pioneering and profitable outcomes. Companies in various industries can learn from this example, recognizing that the synergy between AI and human expertise is a potent formula for innovation.

Related: Is AI A Risk To Creativity? The Answer Is Not So Simple

The risk landscape

While the transformative potential of AI in driving innovation is compelling, a sobering lens must also be cast on the risk landscape that businesses must grapple with as they increasingly rely on artificial intelligence . Failing to anticipate and mitigate these could lead not only to business disruptions but also ethical, legal and societal calamities.

One core risk is that of automated decision-making running amok, particularly when based on biased or flawed data sets. This isn't merely a question of producing sub-optimal creative solutions; the implications could be grave, leading to loss of consumer trust or lawsuits. For instance, if an AI-driven fashion design model were trained on data that implicitly favors a particular ethnic group, the resulting designs could be perceived as discriminatory, causing reputational damage that is hard to quantify but impactful nonetheless.

Then there is the issue of security, which is often underestimated in the AI conversation. Machine learning models can be targeted and manipulated by malicious actors to produce erroneous outcomes — or worse, to act in ways that are explicitly harmful. Imagine a competitor managing to compromise the AI system you rely on for innovation. They could feed it data that leads to unviable or even damaging business strategies, all without immediate detection. As AI systems become more complex, their susceptibility to "adversarial attacks" that exploit the model's weaknesses to produce incorrect outputs also rises.

There's also the question of AI interpretability, often known as the "black box" issue. When an AI system makes a decision, understanding how it arrived at that conclusion is often elusive. This lack of transparency can be a significant concern when justifying creative or strategic choices to stakeholders. If an undesirable outcome were to occur, it would be challenging to dissect the AI's decision-making process for accountability.

Lastly, there's a speculative yet essential issue — AI alignment and control. As AI systems grow more powerful, ensuring that their goals align with human values becomes exponentially difficult. A misaligned superintelligent AI could pursue objectives detrimental to human interests or ethical norms, including seizing control of the future and making humanity obsolete, even nonexistent. While this is often viewed as a futuristic concern, it warrants consideration, given the rapid advancements in AI capabilities.

To mitigate these risks, organizations should adopt a layered strategy. First, diversify the data sets that train AI models to minimize biases. Second, integrate robust cybersecurity measures specifically tailored for AI systems, and third, develop a transparent audit trail for AI decision-making, making it easier to ascertain responsibility. Additionally, a dual oversight mechanism, where both humans and independent AI systems review the outputs for anomalies, can offer an added layer of safety. Investment in AI ethics and governance will not be a choice but a necessity, requiring ongoing monitoring and adjustments to adapt to the evolving AI risk landscape.

As we hurdle into this counterintuitive future, those poised to lead will be the organizations that adopt an AI-centric approach to innovation. It's not merely about utilizing AI as a tool but integrating it into the very fabric of the decision-making process. Those clinging to the traditional, human-centric model of innovation will find themselves increasingly isolated, unable to compete with the agility and efficiency that AI brings to the table.

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YouTube to Require Creators to Flag AI-Generated Content, Will Add New Ways to Request Removal of Deepfakes Including Music Videos That Mimic an Artist’s Voice

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YouTube wants to let creators tap into the power of artificial intelligence . But it’s also putting in place new policies requiring creators to indicate when they’ve uploaded AI-generated content — and the video giant also will adopt new ways to request that content that “simulates an identifiable individual” or “mimics an artist’s unique singing or rapping voice” get pulled down.

YouTubers who flout the new rules will face repercussions: “Creators who consistently choose not to disclose this information may be subject to content removal, suspension from the YouTube Partner Program [for ad-revenue sharing], or other penalties,” Jennifer Flannery O’Connor and Emily Moxley, VPs of product management at YouTube, wrote in the blog post Tuesday.

YouTube will label AI-generated content in two areas: in the description panel, indicating that some of the content is “altered or synthetic”; and more prominently in the video player for certain types of content about “sensitive topics.” The YouTube execs noted that warnings labels for AI-generated content are “especially important in cases where the content discusses sensitive topics, such as elections, ongoing conflicts and public health crises, or public officials.”

In addition, YouTube said, it will make it possible for users to request the removal of AI-generated or other synthetic or altered content that simulates an identifiable individual — including their face or voice — using YouTube’s privacy request process . “Not all content will be removed from YouTube, and we’ll consider a variety of factors when evaluating these requests,” O’Connor and Moxley noted. Such factors may include whether the content is parody or satire; whether the person making the request can be uniquely identified; or whether it features a public official or celebrity, “in which case there may be a higher bar.”

“We’re in the early stages of our work, and will continue to evolve our approach as we learn more,” O’Connor and Moxley wrote.

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The 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix Was All the Spectacle We Expected, and Then Some

Posted: November 21, 2023 | Last updated: November 21, 2023

As the sage Taylor Swift reminds us, "haters gonna hate." It's an admonishment that puts any criticism of the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix into perspective. After all, if much of mainstream media, as well as certain regional outlets and influencers, were to be believed, an errant manhole cover would have rendered Formula 1's most ambitious production a failure before it even really began.

The highly anticipated race promised to be not only one of the biggest events to hit the city since Elvis, but a pivotal moment in the history of Formula 1 , the world's premier motorsport series. And on both fronts, it didn't disappoint-even if the end result was easily predicted.

In case you recorded it and plan to watch later, spoiler alert: Max Verstappen won. But then, based on how the season has gone, that was probably the safest bet in town. The 26-year-old Belgian driver has delivered a benchmark performance this year, winning 18 of the 23 races so far this season, including a record-setting 10 consecutive victories. Yet the preliminary days of this past race week were anything but business as usual.

Thursday marked the initial practice session, giving drivers the chance to familiarize themselves with the actual circuit rather than just what they have encountered on a simulator. Initially though, the real-life experience ended up being a real drag, unfortunately.

"Last night, approximately nine minutes into the first Free Practice session, a water valve cover broke on the straight on Las Vegas Boulevard," said Renee Wilm, CEO of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, in an official statement. "At that time, the FIA, which is responsible for the safe running of the activities on the circuit, stopped the session so that we could look at the broken water valve cover and inspect the track." During the truncated stint, Charles Leclerc had captured the fastest lap time of 1:40.909, while Hass teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnusson were in second and third, respectively.

Racing resumed for the second practice session on Friday morning at 2:30 a.m. PT, and resulted in Ferrari's Leclerc maintaining his stop spot with a lap time of 1:35:265, while teammate Carlos Sainz and Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso were right behind him with times of 1:35:782 and 1:35:793, respectively. Then, later that evening, the last practice saw a complete upheaval as George Russell of the Mercedes team clocked a 1:34:093, while McLaren's Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant of Williams rounded out the winning trifecta.

Regarding one of the main challenges the circuit presented, Russell explained that "these tires are running so, so cold on the surface, compounded with these big long straights-the tires get even colder, and then suddenly you brake really hard and put it under loads of stress and the tire can't handle the cold and stress at the same time. The tire will look like grated cheese. Once that happens, it's unrecoverable."

What truly proved unrecoverable, though, was Russell's position at the front when qualifying commenced at midnight. After the three qualifying sessions were done, Ferrari initially owned the top two spots on the grid, with Charles Leclerc earning pole position, followed by teammate Carlos Sainz, and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Saturday night brought the main event, with celebs like Brad Pitt and Shaquille O'Neal walking pit lane prior to the start. By the time the actual race commenced at 10 p.m. PT, the starting grid had Leclerc, Verstappen, and Russell in the top three spots, respectively, as Sainz slipped to 12th place due to a penalty for adjustments made to his car after the incident on Thursday. Talk about adding insult to injury.

Shortly after the start, Verstappen overtook Leclerc, and the duel was on. This street course seemed more conducive to passing than others, as evidenced by the greater number of lead changes than most of the contests this season. But if this year has taught Formula 1 fans anything, it's that, at least currently, Max Verstappen is practically unbeatable. Regardless of where he starts on the grid or how many setbacks are thrown his way (he served a five-second penalty this race), the odds are that he takes the checkered flag, which he did at the end of the 50 laps. It's a level of consistency that enabled him to wrap up his third consecutive Drivers' Championship title well before the season ends in Abu Dhabi next week.

Sure, the end result was what almost everyone has come to expect after such a one-sided season, but what should have been equally expected is that Las Vegas would show a winning hand when it came to presenting arguably the greatest spectacle motorsport has ever seen.

There's definitely room for improvement, such as adding a giant display screen for the paddock area to better follow the action and standings, but fine-tuning is sure to be already in progress for 2024. As for any naysayers and critics still harping about manhole covers and temporary traffic disruptions, Formula 1 should just take a page from the Swiftie playbook and shake it off.

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