Ankit Sharma

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A Recommended Reading List for Trump’s America

Copies of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> sold out during the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency. Demand for the book has been so overwhelming that the …

Steve Bannon’s Shout-Out to a Left-Wing Terror Group

In a rip-roaring speech at a rally in New York, Trump’s top adviser channeled one of the 20th century’s most controversial leftist groups.<p>Last August …

Within You Without You

I have been drawn to the practice of <i>shamatha</i> from the time I was first introduced to it, in Dharamsala, India, in the early 1970s. I was immediately …

Meditation

The GOP is using an obscure law to quietly repeal 5 major Obama-era regulations

President Donald Trump made a splash on Monday with an executive order requiring that for every new regulation in the Federal Register, two get rolled back. The idea has a certain rhythm to it, but its exact impact is still unclear.<p>It's not easy for a president to simply roll back a regulation once …

Why the Netflix Model is the Future for Enterprise Blockchain

<i>Matthew Spoke is CEO and founder of enterprise blockchain startup Nuco, and a former team lead for Deloitte's Rubix platform.</i><p><i>In this opinion piece,</i> …

Europe is trolling the hell out of Trump one hilarious video at a time

It all started when a Dutch satirical show produced a cheeky tourism ad introducing the U.S. President to the "tiny country" and asking Trump (in his …

Europe

What Steve Bannon really wants

What does Donald Trump want for America? His supporters don’t know. His party doesn’t know. Even he doesn’t know.<p>If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, however, the person to ask is not Trump. It’s his éminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump …

Political Science

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

The ascent of Donald Trump has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. Here’s what we can do about it<p>Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references …

Literature

The 10 Best Web Development YouTube Channels

Updated April 29, 2018<p>YouTube makes it pretty easy to waste time. Hours can slip by as you watch skits or snicker at cat videos.<p>But if you’re ever on …

AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros - MIT Technology Review

The ability to predict the stock market is, as any Wall Street quantitative trader (or quant) will tell you, a license to print money. So it should …

A Morning Routine to Set You Up for a Kick-Ass, Super-Productive Day

What’s the first thing you reach for the instant your eyes open in the morning? I bet it’s your smartphone. And within 105 seconds, you’ve check your …

The Best Habit Tracking App for iPhone

Tracking your habits is a great way to keep an eye on your progress for a variety of self-improvement goals, and you have an insane number of apps …

Machine Learning Top 10 Articles for the Past Year (v.2017)

<b>For the past year</b>, we’ve ranked nearly 14,500 Machine Learning articles to pick the Top 10 stories (0.069% chance) that can help you advance your …

UW spinout KenSci raises $8.5M for machine learning platform that predicts which patients will get sick

Healthcare is an expensive industry. Every year, the United States spends about $9,000 per capita on healthcare, higher than in many other industrial …

Machine Learning

4 rituals from the philosophy of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius that will make you mentally stronger

Because there have been good solutions to the underlying problem for about, oh, 2,000 years. The ancient Stoic philosophers really knew what they were doing when it came to building mental toughness.<p>In fact…<p>What's the most effective psychological tool we have today? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. …

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education chief, is living proof white people haven’t gotten over Brown v. Board of Education

Betsy DeVos’ schemes for vouchers and charter schools are a veiled attempt to make education separate and unequal<p>Brown v Board of Education, the legendary Supreme Court case that ended segregation in public schools, was decided nearly 63 years ago. Donald Trump hadn't yet turned 8 years old. And …

XNOR.ai frees AI from the prison of the supercomputer

When someone talks about AI, or machine learning, or deep convolutional networks, what they’re really talking about is — as is the case for so many computing concepts — a lot of carefully manicured math. At the heart of these versatile and powerful networks is a volume of calculation only …

Machine Learning

Try This 8-Week Plank Challenge To Get Stronger From Head To Toe

Planks challenge your arms, legs, chest, shoulders, and butt, not to mention make your abs quiver like an earthquake when done properly. Best of all, you can do them anywhere and tweak them to suit your ability. The more you plank, the stronger and more stable you get, and the longer your muscles …

Religious freedom: It’s a core American principle, and it doesn’t mean what right-wingers want it to mean

Although the latter-day GOP has tried to pervert this critical idea, it’s not about selling cakes to gay couples<p>Forget the “War on Christmas.” Religious Freedom Day, which fell on Jan. 16 this year and coincided with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, has become one of America’s …

Don’t think of a rampaging elephant: Linguist George Lakoff explains how the Democrats helped elect Trump

<b>George Lakoff (Simon & Schuster/Bart Nagel)</b><p>Democrats played into Trump’s hands, Lakoff says — and they won’t win until they learn how to frame the debate<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 15, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>George Lakoff didn't start off in the world of politics. He was a founding father of cognitive …

How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics

With her nomination as education secretary, a powerful political clan will bring its overtly Christian agenda to Washington.<p>On election night 2006, Dick DeVos, the bronzed, starched 51-year-old scion of Michigan’s wealthiest family, paced to a lectern in the dim ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in …

Education

The Mother of All Muckrakers Knew How to Take On Men Like Trump

Ida Tarbell brought down, single-handedly, the first mega-corporation. Now that corporate morality has captured the White House we need her skills as …

10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today

The machines haven’t taken over. Not yet at least. However, they are seeping their way into our lives, affecting how we live, work and entertain ourselves. From voice-powered personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, to more underlying and fundamental technologies such as behavioral algorithms, …

Artificial Intelligence

A Mindfulness Expert Reveals How to Calm Your Mind in Just 10 Minutes a Day

We live in a busy world, filled with constant distractions. Our minds are always “on” and we’re always doing something.<p>But when was the last time you …

The science of white working class pain: Trump’s appeal is rooted in the body as well as the mind | Salon.com

So it was always a little strange to visit family in Scranton for Easter as a child, peer out the backseat window and think: Grandpop’s city looks cloudy. Even when it was sunny, Scranton had a gloomy feel. It didn’t back when my dad was growing up nearby in Pittston, Pennsylvania. The area was …

Brookings Institution

8 Vegan Protein Sources That You Need in Your Diet!

Proteins are the building blocks of life, they break down in the body into amino acids that promote cell repair and growth.<p>Protein takes much longer …

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’

The influential tech thinker has charted the history of the attention industry: enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers. The internet, he argues, is the latest communications tool to have fallen under its spell<p>Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities …

Subculture