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‘Learning to live’: why sophrology is the new mindfulness

Feeling stressed, anxious, burnt out? Time to pause Headspace and allow us to introduce a technique from the 1960s instead<p>We have welcomed mindfulness so wholeheartedly into our collective wellbeing consciousness that there are now more than 1,300 mindful apps to choose from. In busy cities, you’re …

Mindfulness

These are Uber’s new ‘cultural norms’

At Uber’s all-hands meeting today, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the transportation company’s new “cultural norms,” which includes values like “We build globally, we live locally” and “We do the right thing. Period.”<p>In a LinkedIn post this morning, Khosrowshahi noted that Uber’s old value of …

Mirrorless Camera vs. Point and Shoot

The advancements in digital cameras over the past few years is staggering. Until recently, if you wanted to upgrade from a top point and shoot …

Cameras

Farmers urged to bury their underpants to improve quality of their beef

Burying a pair of underpants in a field may not seem the obvious starting point for the perfect roast, but farmers are being urged to dig deep for tastier meat.<p>The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) claim interring a pair of cotton smalls in a …

Farming

A flawed argument used by Warren Buffett could be setting stocks up for 'one of the worst disasters in history'

Speaking in an interview with CNBC on October 3, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said, "Valuations make sense with interest rates where they are."<p>The investment community breathed a sigh of relief. After all, Buffett is arguably the most successful stock investor in world history. An …

Stock Markets

Opinion: The Lamborghini lesson that Harvard’s endowment fund can teach you

Individual investors can learn from a subtle but significant change the new investment chief at Harvard University’s $37 billion endowment is …

How the higher-education system is holding Latino workers back

The fastest-growing group of workers is being held back by our higher education system.<p>Between 1992 and 2016, the share of the population made up by …

Newest Navy attack sub uses an Xbox controller to operate its periscope

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, the USS Colorado (SSN-788), was just commissioned in Providence, Rhode Island. The 15th Virginia-class …

5 gorgeous 'no-fuss' plants that thrive on next to no water

Not all California native plants are equal.<p>Some seem to thrive on neglect.<p>Call these the 'no-fuss' natives.<p>While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left …

Los Angeles

Moneytis is like a travel fare aggregator, but for sending money abroad

If you don’t care too much about loyalty programs, chances are that you’ve been relying on platforms like Booking.com and Expedia to find the cheapest flights and hotel rooms. Moneytis wants to do the exact same thing, but for foreign exchange services.<p>TransferWise is arguably the biggest consumer …

Elon Musk's $1 billion AI startup made a surprise appearance at a $24 million video game tournament — and crushed a pro gamer

Now one has beaten one of the world's best players of the smash-hit video game "Dota 2."<p>Live on stage at The International, developer Valve's flagship $24 million tournament, a bot from Open AI defeated professional gamer Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin in a surprise, previously unannounced one-on-one …

Artificial Intelligence Develops Its Own Language

"I know now why you cry."<p>We haven't quite reached the terrifying sci-fi hellscape described by the Terminator franchise, but researchers at Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

Critical Thinking

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

Big auto lender only checked 8% of applicants' incomes

Nearly 107 million Americans have an auto loan.<p>It's a record high, and there are growing concerns that many people who obtained their car loans really can't afford them.<p>Alarm bells are ringing because one of the largest subprime auto lenders in the nation -- Santander Consumer USA -- only checked …

Finance

There's a Penny in Circulation Worth $85,000

And it might just be in your pocket.<p>Before you bring that spare change into the bank for a cash exchange, you might want to give your pennies a cursory glance. According to Little Things, there's one circulating—a relic of America's World War II era—worth a whopping $85,000.<p>A penny saved could …

World War II

Sorry humans, it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene era

Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware—you’re using it now. Science and technology seem to be converging, from several directions, on the possibility of similar intelligence in non-biological systems. It is difficult to predict when this might happen, but most artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Ancient programming language COBOL can make you bank, literally

You’d think a computer programming language created in 1959 would be outdated — but you’d be incredibly wrong.<p>Most people know Java and C++, but good ol’ COBOL is still alive and kicking. In the US, around 80 percent of in-person transactions and 95 percent of ATM swipes are based on programs …

What You Need to Know About Elon Musk’s Plan to Fly People to the Moon

On February 27, Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced plans to fly two non-astronauts, or “private citizens,” on a loop around the moon.<p>Who<p>No one except Elon …

Google's DeepMind AI learns like a human to overcome 'catastrophic forgetting'

Forgetfulness is a major flaw in artificial intelligence, but researchers have just had a breakthrough in getting 'thinking' computer systems to remember.<p>Taking inspiration from neuroscience-based theories, Google’s DeepMind researchers have developed an AI that learns like a human.<p>Deep neural …

Artificial Intelligence

French hoverboard inventor banned from flying in France

Investigation into Franky Zapata’s Flyboard Air hovercraft stirs debate over innovation and regulation in France<p>The man who invented the Flyboard Air has been barred from flying his jet-powered hoverboard in France, sparking a debate over the country’s policies on innovation. In a Facebook post on …

Hoverboards

Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

12 years.<p>That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of intelligence.<p><b>Singularity Is Coming</b><p>“By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy …

Singularity

Galvanize will teach students how to use IBM Watson APIs with new machine learning course

As part of IBM’s annual InterConnect conference in Las Vegas, the company is announcing a new machine learning course in partnership with workspace and education provider Galvanize to familiarize students with IBM’s suite of Watson APIs. These APIs simplify the process of building tools that rely …

Sony wants phones of the future to 'share' battery power wirelessly

Wireless charging in mobile phones isn't a new phenomenon. In 2012, Nokia Lumia phones shipped with Qi wireless charging and manufacturers such as …

Wireless Charging

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both<p>In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but …

AXEL SPRINGER CEO: Facebook should not fact check 'fake news' — it is not a news organization

<i>Döpfner believes Facebook should not have to sort out hoaxes from real news because it is a distributor of news — not a publisher.</i><p><i>Here's the Q&A, which originally appeared on Blick and Le Temps.</i><p><b>Blick:</b> Mr Döpfner, Facebook is under fire throughout the world: so-called fake news has been disseminated …

Social Media

12 keyword research tools and creative ways to use them

For over seven years, I’ve used keyword research to consistently bring myself and clients valuable, targeted long lasting traffic. It can be one of the biggest land grab opportunities in SEO – if you know the <i>tools to use</i> and <i>how to use the tools</i>.<p>For this piece I’m going to not only share 12 of the …

3 tips from a Google pioneer

Chade-Meng “Meng” Tan is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, and best-selling author. Meng was Google employee number 107 and led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course for employees called Search Inside Yourself, which regularly had a waitlist of six …