Philip Machoka

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What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it’s poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the …

Machine Learning

10 Simple Phrases Emotionally Intelligent People Know How to Use

Each of these phrases will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>As humans, we're emotional creatures. We may use logic and intelligence to help us figure out what to do, but if our feelings and emotions aren't engaged, we won't be motivated to do it. In contrast, those same …

Emotional Intelligence

Seven movies all parents should watch with their teens

My wife went on a four-day out-of-state retreat recently, leaving me at home with our 15-year-old son. We had lots of free time, because it was summer break, so I decided we should binge on a little movie tutorial. I wanted to expose my son to the movies I regard as essential viewing because of …

Harrison Ford

Be a Better Programmer with these 40 Mathematics Courses

The Ultimate Course and Book list to be an expert in Mathematics and Programming<p>We’re so scared of Mathematics. <b>Why?</b><p>because,<p><b>We Fear What We Don’t</b> …

Mathematics

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Critical Thinking

This Is the Floor Plan We Used for Our Lowcountry Idea House

The house plan (SL-1986) we used for this year’s Idea House in Habersham, South Carolina, can be purchased here. Keep scrolling to see the plans …

17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

Creative Writing

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE FOR UPGRADING YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS – Page 15

Probe Different Points of View<p>Once you have identified and broken down the possible assumptions that you or others might be making, you are now ready …

Critical Thinking

A beginner's guide to AI: Algorithms

<i>Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This (currently) four part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, and</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

If you were fired, don’t lie about it in a job interview. Do this instead

Being fired is awkward. Sometimes you deserve it, and sometimes you don’t. Either way, it can be a difficult thing to explain at a future job interview. In fact it’s hard to think of a less tasteful way of selling yourself for gainful employment than admitting that you were forcibly removed from a …

Employment

How to set your kids up for success -- make sure they are really good at these four things

I never gave much thought to being a father. I was finishing up grad school when my wife first talked to me about starting a family. First I had to decide if I was going to continue on to an advanced degree or get a job.<p>The decision about continuing in school was a big one because it would mean …

5 things positive people never do

I make an effort to surround myself with positive people. Positive thinking is a cornerstone of mental toughness because positivity creates a mindset …

Happiness

The ultimate guide to defining, writing, and implementing OKRs

How to Use Objectives & Key Results for Planning (and Achieving) Your Company Goals<p>How did Google grow from 40 to 88,000 employees and $100+ billion …

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

These Brain Foods Have Been Found to Increase Your Focus, Help You Think More Clearly, and Give You a Longer Life

Eat walnuts, sardines, and salmon, and you're off to a fast start.<p>While drinking coffee is a necessary cultural norm that keeps us alert and productive throughout the day, a daily caffeinated fix can have spiraling effects that wreak havoc on the body.<p>Before lighting your torches and starting …

Online Shoppers Say They Rarely Return Purchases. Why?

When you follow retail, there are a few things you hear about a lot, and one of them is returns, because processing them costs stores a lot of money.<p>"Well over 10 to 11 percent of goods get returned," says Larisa Summers. "In some categories 20 to 30 percent of goods get returned."<p>Summers knows …

Grand Rapids

How A Cleaning Lady Inspired Awesome Leadership

In an interview with Adam Bryant of the <i>New York Times</i>, Charles Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger shared a lesson he learned in college during a business strategy final exam. Bettinger needed to ace the test so he could graduate with a 4.0. He spent hours reviewing formulas and case studies. On the day of …

Leadership

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

We all want to be fearless public speakers. We dream of confidently striding onto the stage to give a speech or presentation, breaking the ice with the perfect joke, captivating the audience with compelling stories, handling the most difficult questions with ease, and exiting to cheers and applause.<p>…

Browsing porn in incognito mode isn't nearly as private as you think | Dylan Curran

When you use incognito mode, it doesn’t mean that your activity disappears forever – it’s just hidden on the incriminating device<p>Ctrl-shift-N: the wondrous keyboard shortcut to start an incognito tab in Google Chrome. You hesitantly type in your odious search, and find the porn site which in that …

Google

Want to Become Successful at Anything? Start With These 6 Words

There are many tips and strategies to help you become world class. But none of that matters without understanding these six words.<p>Much has changed between 1956 and 2018. However, while everything has changed on the surface, at the core, we're still very much like the people who lived in 1956.<p>One …

How much is too much?

One of the much touted 21st century skills is critical thinking. It finds mention wherever education reform is talked about, or when we are assessing …

Raspberry Pi Weather Station With Internet Of Things Connectivity

Makers, hobbyists and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts that are interested in building their very own Raspberry Pi weather station complete with Internet of …

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is. In other words, as Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb have written, decision making requires both prediction and …

Data May Be the New Oil, but Having Lots of It May Not Make You Rich

AI is coming. That is what we heard throughout 2017 and will likely continue to hear throughout this year. For established businesses that are not Google or Facebook, a natural question to ask is: What have we got that is going to allow us to survive this transition?<p>In our experience, when business …

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Public Speaking

Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

It happens all the time: A group of managers get together at a resort for two days to hammer out a “strategic plan.” Done and dusted, they all head home. But <i>have</i> they produced a plan with a strategy?<p>At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board …

You’re extremely gullible and there’s probably not much you can do about it

Why humans stink at finding falsehoods.<p>Here’s a quick quiz for you:<p>In the biblical story, what was Jonah swallowed by?<br>• How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark?<p>Did you answer “whale” to the first question and “two” to the second? Most people do … even though they’re well aware that it …

Psychology

If Your Data Is Bad, Your Machine Learning Tools Are Useless

Poor data quality is enemy number one to the widespread, profitable use of machine learning. While the caustic observation, “garbage-in, garbage-out” has plagued analytics and decision-making for generations, it carries a special warning for machine learning. The quality demands of machine learning …

Minimalist bedrooms you won't be able to resist

How does the saying go? That less is more? Well, in terms of stylish bedroom design, that can definitely be the case, as we're about to prove! …

Interior Design

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …