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Breaking Bad became one of the best TV shows ever by borrowing a trick from Shakespeare

The show balanced improvisation and careful planning thanks to its overarching structure.<p>Much has been made of the way the writers of <i>Breaking Bad</i> <i>—</i> which debuted to modest ratings on January 20, 2008, before growing into one of the defining shows of its era — wrote themselves into corners, before …

TV

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Here Are The 20 Netflix Documentaries That Are Definitely Worth Your Time To Watch<p>Guillermo del Palacio<p>Say goodbye to aimless browsing this …

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation<p>Los Angeles, California, 5 December<p>“You got a choice to make, man. You could go …

The Goals of Extraterrestrial AI May "Conflict With Those of Biological Life"

Postbiological Life<p>Susan Schneider is a fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET). She is also an associate professor of …

False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes

In February 2016, Julia Shaw received a call from a lawyer regarding a criminal case. It involved two sisters who, in 2015, had given the police …

The Science of Science Communication with Jim Hoggan of DeSmogBlog

Jim Hoggan has 30 years of PR experience and a passionate interest in global warming. Founder of DeSmogBlog, he’s been working for years to make the …

Self-help

I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist

ExxonMobil's deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false …

10 Lessons from a Mini-Retirement

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal. The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport …

Mindfulness

This is the Jeff Bezos playbook for preventing Amazon’s demise

It’s Day 1 forever because Day 2 is death.<p>Once a year, in his letter to Amazon shareholders, Jeff Bezos gives us all a glimpse into his business world view and management philosophy. This year’s version did not disappoint.<p>In it, Bezos explains how he thinks about preventing Amazon from slipping …

Product Management

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Tagged animals at risk from hunters and nature-lovers

<b>At-risk species, including wolves and sharks, are being targeted by hunters using signals sent by radio tags to home in on the animals.</b><p>The behaviour of non-endangered species is also being skewed as nature fans use the signals to get close to wild animals, say biologists.<p>A group of scientists has …

Cognitive Science

Domesticated Cyborgs – Kevin Kelly

<i>This piece is a guest post by Kevin Kelly, who amongst many other things was the first Executive Editor of Wired magazine. It is adapted from his</i> …

Talking to the Gatekeepers of TV Comedy

Ever since the days of <i>I Love Lucy</i>, the production of most TV comedy has been driven by one guiding principle: Create shows that can appeal to the …

TV

The Mysterious Origins of Civilization

Filmed in New York, December 2016, a month before John was diagnosed with cancer. Please show your support for this great man and for his work by …

Paranormal

Trial Balloon for a Coup?

Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours<p>The theme of this morning’s news updates from Washington is additional clarity emerging, rather than …

Donald Trump

32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday

You don't need to be a talented artist to pick up a creative habit.<p>For a lot of people, creativity is a talent that few people have.<p>For me, creativity is a skill we all have and can improve with regular exercise.<p>"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to …

Creativity

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …

Literature

How to Hide $400 Million

A few weeks after she realized her husband was finally leaving her, Sarah Pursglove flew down to the Bahamas to figure out how much money he really had. Like many women married to very wealthy men, she didn’t know much about the family accounts. Her husband, a Finnish entrepreneur named Robert …

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Berlin

Donald Trump Personally Blasts the Press

The fantasy of the normalization of Donald Trump—the idea that a demagogic candidate would somehow be transformed into a statesman of poise and deliberation after his Election Day victory—should now be a distant memory, an illusion shattered.<p>First came the obsessive Twitter rants directed at …

Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future.<p>The morning after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Barack Obama summoned staff members to the Oval Office. Some were fairly junior and had never been in the room before. They were sombre, …

American Philosophy

Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Trump Makes Reagan ‘Look Like a Liberal on Race Relations’

The Harvard professor and PBS host talks about Barack Obama’s legacy, giving Donald Trump a chance, and the passing of his friend and colleague Gwen …

Barack Obama

Robert Reich: The Democratic Party Needs to Clean House

<i>This article</i> <i>first appeared on RobertReich.org.</i><p>As a first step, I believe it necessary for the members and leadership of the Democratic National …

Neural Networks "Alice," "Bob," and "Eve" Have Secrets

Google’s Deep Brain team has been working on artificial intelligence from a variety of angles. Last May, for example, their Magenta project attempted …

The world's biggest meat producer is planning to test out robot butchers

The New Zealand-based robotics company is developing fully-automated meat processing bots, which can extract different cuts from lamb, pig, and beef carcasses. Many meatpacking companies believe using this type of technology (rather than human workers) will make processing more efficient.<p>The …

Robotics

Google taught artificial intelligence to encrypt messages on its own

A team at Google has built a system to show that artificial intelligence can build its own form of encryption. While not very complex currently, this research could set the table for encryption that gets stronger as hackers attempt to crack it.<p>To see if the artificial intelligence could learn to …

Artificial Intelligence

Stephen Hawking is wrong. Humans won't compete with AI – we will merge with it

Stephen Hawking summed up the thinking of many of the researchers and funders behind artificial intelligence this week when he launched the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge by claiming that AI is "either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity."<p>His statement …

Singularity