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Amazon's VP of Alexa explains what's next for the company's smart personal assistant

In the <i>Game of Thrones</i>-like artificial intelligence competition between Houses Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, the company most reticent to speak about its technology has usually been the one that ships planeloads full of stuff to consumers, hosts thousands of companies in its data …

Automation

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Self-improvement

$6 billion Atlassian just hired this former Apple exec to grow its next big business

Over the short history of the app store model, the lion's share of that revenue has gone towards consumer apps, as companies like Uber and Snap have become tech titans in their own right. But over the last year or so, we've seen business-focused companies try to stake their claims — Slack, for …

Project Management

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

The Most Promising New Shows Of The Fall TV Season, Ranked

One of the nice things about the current television landscape is that there really aren’t many rules anymore. Wanna cast a couple movie stars in a show that lasts a total of 10 episodes? Cool. Wanna release all the episodes of your next season at once in the middle of the night and just let people …

TV

Christopher Guest's latest film explores the lives of 'Mascots'

"Mascotting is not unlike a marriage. It's about cooperation, it's about listening. Even if people are screaming at you, you're not allowed to talk. …

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff relies on the same Zen Buddhist concept that propelled Steve Jobs to success

Benioff calls this approach to business "beginner's mind." It's a concept from Zen Buddhism, and it describes constantly seeing the world anew, as if you didn't know anything about it.<p>The Forbes profile is hardly the first time Benioff has spoken about his beginner's mind. Earlier in 2016, for …

Marc Benioff

Science Says These 3 Mindsets Can Bring You Massive Success

Does it feel like, no matter how hard you work or how much you accomplish, you never feel truly satisfied? You can fix that.<p>Sometimes, does it feel like, no matter how hard you work or how much you accomplish, you never feel truly satisfied? Do you feel like you experience mental blocks that …

Self-improvement

Science: Having the Wrong Job Can (Literally) Make You Sick

Taking on job tasks that don't align with your personal needs can be a recipe for burnout, according to a new study. In fact, it can make you physically sick.<p>When employees suffer from burnout, it doesn't necessarily mean that they're unhappy with factors like dealing with a difficult boss, heavy …

Here's everything scientists know about how to avoid aging

A team of researchers published a thorough review of the science of why we age this week in the journal Cell. It ties together that still-young field's confusing, sometimes contradictory findings into a single coherent whole and offers the most complete explanation I've seen anywhere as to why …

Nutrition

The Best Animated Movies for Adults

Some are ridiculous, some are sad. Some pair well with drugs. But none of these are for kids.<p>Ever since Pixar released the masterful <i>Toy Story</i> on an unsuspecting public, animated films have taken on a new kind of life in the American cinematic landscape. No longer content to be opiates for masses of …

Animation

Researchers Debut Programmable Quantum Computer

In an August 4th paper in <i>Nature</i>, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland say they have developed a software-programmable quantum …

Automated Hacking Dangerous, Warns Electronic Frontier Foundation

On Thursday, a program called Mayhem, created by a Carnegie Mellon team, won the $2 million first prize in the Cyber Grand Challenge, the latest in a …

Onboard diagnostics will connect cars to the Internet of Things

For as long as I’ve owned a car, I’ve always been interested in extracting data from it.<p>One of my earliest experiments involved using a paperclip to complete a connection between a red wire and a green wire beneath my dashboard so that diagnostic error codes would flash on the dashboard of my ‘91 …

Internet of Things

The Double-Slit Experiment That Blew Open Quantum Mechanics

Is light a wave or a particle? Yes.<p>The physics equations you learned in school don't work on the atomic scale. We have Newtonian physics to explain the world we can see and feel, and we have Einsteinian physics to explain the behavior of matter and light in the universe, but we observe a bunch of …

Quantum Mechanics

8 Personality Traits of Highly Intelligent People (Backed by Science)

The scientific reasoning behind some of the personality traits that smart people share.<p>Over on Quora, more than 100 people have answered the question "What are the common traits of highly intelligent people?"<p>Some users claim to know from personal experience; others are just taking an educated guess.<p>…

Psychology

Emotional Intelligence 101: These 3 Words Can Turn Anxiety Into Advantage, According to Science

It's not about staying calm. In fact, it's the complete opposite.<p>When was the last time you were anxious?<p>Maybe you got worked up over a big presentation. Or preparing for that meeting to ask for a pay raise. Or getting ready to text that guy or girl you especially clicked with recently.<p>When …

World's Cheapest Travel Destinations

Traveling the world can be expensive, but don’t worry, Nothing Familiar has you covered! If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that even in the …

Asia Travel

Work Remotely? Travel the World While Keeping Your Day Job

With gold and rat heart cells, scientists make a robot stingray

Here's a critter that would be a showstopper in your aquarium: By layering rat heart cells over a gold skeleton, scientists have built tiny swimming artificial stingrays that can be driven and guided by light.<p>These little ray-bots, described in the journal Science, may offer insight into building …

Robotics

Five everyday items that make great travel gadgets

These five everyday items can be turned into clever travel gadgets with just a little bit of creativity.<p><b>Shower cap</b> <br>Turn your shower cap inside out …

Dental Care

5 Emerging Apps That Are Making Travel Easier (and Cheaper)

If you're planning to travel this summer, there are a host of smartphone applications that can make your trip less stressful.<p>While you're probably …

Advertising Industry