Harsh Verma

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AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

This 5-Second Steve Jobs Strategy Is a Master Class in Leadership

One of the simplest and most powerful things you can do as a leader takes almost no time at all.<p>I have a confession. I'm a pain in the ass (arse, for my colleagues speaking proper English) to work with. I thrive on impossible challenges and expect those I work with to do the same. Growing up, my …

Thailand: Home to some of world's biggest crocodile farms

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is home to some of the world’s biggest crocodile farms, where tourists can see the giant reptiles lounging in the hot sun, chomping on chicken, or swarming in emerald green pools.<p>A worker holds young crocodiles at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, …

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

11 grammatical mistakes that instantly reveal people's ignorance

Homophones — words that sound alike but are spelled differently — can be particularly pesky.<p>Regardless, you should never choose incorrectly in these nine situations:<p>1. 'Your' vs. 'You're'<p>"Your" is a possessive pronoun, while "you're" is a contraction of "you are."<p>Example 1: You're pretty.<p>Example 2: …

Linguistics

How To Make Yourself Work When You Don't Want To

Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and toil late into the night, frantically trying to finish what they …

Procrastination

Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence

Is our universe unique? From science fiction to science fact, there is a concept that suggests that there could be other universes besides our own, …

Dark Matter

Why your cat is so weird, explained by an actual scientist

This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

A Short History Of Deep Learning -- Everyone Should Read

Deep learning is a topic that is making big waves at the moment. It is basically a branch of machine learning (another hot topic) that uses algorithms to e.g. recognize objects and understand human speech. Scientists have used deep learning algorithms with multiple processing layers (hence “deep”) …

Machine Learning

33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

Self-improvement

10 years on, a time of reflection for venture capital firms in India

The concerns aren’t being discussed in hushed tones any more. By all accounts, the correction in India’s venture capital (VC) market is real. Large …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

<b>John Locke (Wikimedia)</b><p>There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>George Makari<p>November 26, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind”<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory …

John Locke

7 years after 26/11, face of coastal security: 8 bamboo poles, 2 cops, 1 aluminium roof

The eight bamboo poles that hold the station upright and the aluminium sheets covering it were sourced with help from local fishermen.<p>Written by , …

Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually …

How to activate the hidden display mode on your Samsung Galaxy without root

Samsung is famous for its over-saturated Super AMOLED displays, but for those who prefer a more natural look, there’s a hidden display mode that’s …

Samsung Galaxy

Billionaire David Tepper Makes A Billion Dollar Bet On Stocks

This past Friday was the deadline for the biggest-most influential investors in the world to publicly disclose their first quarter portfolio holdings to the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>At BillionairesPortfolio.com, this quarterly event is our bread and butter. We scour through hosts of …

How New College Grads Can Beat the Tough Job Market

The career expectations of college grads may be overoptimistic. But these strategies can boost their odds of landing a job.<p>As another crop of college …

From a college dropout to a $54 billion fortune — the incredible rags-to-riches story of Oracle founder Larry Ellison

Today, Forbes estimates Ellison's net worth at $54 billion, making him the third-richest person in the US.<p>Before he founded Oracle, the database software firm that made his fortune, Ellison grew up in a working-class Chicago family of Jewish immigrants.<p>"I was raised on the South Side of Chicago," …

Larry Ellison

Bill Nye is testing a spaceship that rides on sunbeams

LightSail project uses solar sails for propulsion<p>Back in 1976, famed physicist and astronomer Carl Sagan appeared on <i>The Tonight Show</i> to explain a new method of space travel. Using a technique called solar sailing, Sagan described a craft that used a large reflective sheet to "work exactly as a …

Something's brewing in Central Asia and the West 'needs to take this seriously'

The Russia-China relationship could lead to some interesting changes on the global stage.<p>And the biggest changes are occurring far away from Washington's orbit.<p>Over the last year, we saw the two countries sign highly publicized energy deals, conduct joint military exercises, and even generally …

China

India’s first smart city takes shape in GIFT

<b>Gandhinagar:</b> India’s push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of “smart” cities like the …

Is Solar Power a Good Option for You?

Solar energy seems to be one of the most popular things out there these days. This is a very good choice for someone that is at once aware of the …

Ukraine has reached a financial breaking point

The country has suffered a series of shocks that has obliterated its fragile economy.<p>Its vital heavy industry, in the east, has been completely hamstrung, with production plunging by a fifth -- not helped by a sharp decline in steel prices.<p>In addition, with foreign investors fleeing the …

Banking Crisis

Live a Healthier Life by Making Consistency Work for You

Routines help stabilize us. Without them, our days would fall to chaos, and we wouldn't be able to manage our time and conduct our business as well.<p>It's no wonder, then, that the same logic applies to your diet and fitness routines. As the old cliché goes, consistency is key.<p>In two studies, …

Diets

The 1-Page Financial Plan: 10 Tips for Getting What You Want From Life

Carl Richards is well-acquainted with money-mistakes — not only because of his work as a certified financial planner, but also because of his personal experience.<p>During the last housing bubble, Richards moved to a new city, was swept up by the frothy housing market and bought a $575,000 house — …

How To Leave Work At 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done

It’s a pattern with which most full-time professionals are familiar–you’re spending increasing amounts of time at your desk, but it feels like you’re getting less done. The hours stretch on, the to-do list grows, and you find yourself facing a future where you might let go of your apartment and …