Elon Musk’s Fears of AI Aren’t Shared By All AI Experts

Elon Musk’s Fears of AI Aren’t Shared By All AI Experts

Elon Musk’s Fears of AI Aren’t Shared By All AI Experts.
One way to develop a reputation as a visionary is to come up with a well-known, startlingly prescient prediction that proves true.
Even better if you can start a public debate with other famous visionaries, say Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking.
It was this dire tone that caused Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to take issue with Musk’s position when asked about it in a Facebook Live chat.
Mark Zuckerberg (JUSTIN SULLIVAN) As CEO of Facebook, Zuckerberg is as cranium-deep into AI as Musk, but has a totally different take on it.
But people are arguing for slowing down the process of building AI—I just find that really questionable.
Bill Gates has also expressed concerns: “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence,” Gates wrote during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. “First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent.
I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”
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Divorce and Occupation

Divorce and Occupation

Divorce and Occupation.
Rates change a lot by education level.
So, let’s look at divorce rates by occupation.
Using data from the 2015 American Community Survey, for each occupation, I calculated the percentage of people who divorced out of those who married at least once.
Below is a split view for each occupation category, sorted by highest median rate to lowest.
It’s looking downward slopey.
Those with higher salary occupations tend to have lower divorce rates.
That seems pretty clear.
I’m still amused that actuaries ended up with the lowest rate.
The occupations are classified by ACS which doesn’t cover every single job in full detail.

Stephen Colbert’s “Russia Week” Widens Ratings Lead

Stephen Colbert’s “Russia Week” Widens Ratings Lead

Stephen Colbert’s “Russia Week” Widens Ratings Lead.
Stephen Colbert got a lot of love for his “Russia Week.”
The CBS late-night host, who documented his trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow, rolled out the segments for another big ratings win.
For the week of July 17-21, Colbert’s The Late Show averaged nearly 2.9 million viewers before any DVR lifts.
Not only is that a 14 percent jump from the same week during the prior year, but it also marks his widest margin of victory over NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since Colbert’s CBS premiere week nearly two years ago.
The Late Show outperformed Tonight by nearly half a million viewers — 450,000, to be exact — a boon after briefly losing its same-day winning streak to Tonight for one week earlier in the summer.
Tonight again maintained its lead among adults 18-49, though the key demo hauls were modest across the board during the summer months.
Tonight averaged a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49, while The Late Show (and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!)
earned a 0.4 rating.

‘Game of Thrones’: What Is This Prophecy Melisandre Told Daenerys About?

‘Game of Thrones’: What Is This Prophecy Melisandre Told Daenerys About?

Jennifer Vineyard explores those same questions below in regards to a possibly mistranslated prophecy.
Melisandre used to think the prince who was promised was Stannis, then she thought it was Jon Snow and now, perhaps, it’s Daenerys Targaryen.
But what is this prophecy, and why would anyone interpret Jon or Dany to be its fulfillment?
Part of the prophecy is that history will repeat itself, and when it does, a hero will be reborn.
The history that is repeating is that of the Long Night, the winter that lasted a generation and brought the White Walkers for the first time, thousands of years ago.
— Jennifer Vineyard Several commenters were confused or curious about the fact that Arya’s wolf shared the same name as one of the Sand Snakes.
Princess Nymeria took 10,000 ships, crammed with as many women and children as possible, and after much misadventure wandering the southern seas, found them a new home in Dorne.
After emigrating from Valyria, the Targaryens lived in Westeros for about a hundred years, and during Aegon’s time, the Seven Kingdoms were not united in the slightest, but were quarreling with each other.
The Starks, Lannisters and Arryns had been kings of their areas, but House Tyrell rose to prominence with the obliteration of House Gardener.
Though this was the first time Nymeria and her wolf pack have popped up in the show, they’ve been in the background of George R. R. Martin’s novels for a while.

Killer Snake in a Can, Feds Arrest Alleged King Cobra Smuggler

Killer Snake in a Can, Feds Arrest Alleged King Cobra Smuggler

Killer Snake in a Can, Feds Arrest Alleged King Cobra Smuggler.
Sssuspect Busted for Three deadly king cobras were illegally shipped into the country under cover of U.S. postage stamps and potato chips.
Federal agents arrested a California man for smuggling the killer reptiles using the U.S.
Postal Service back in March.
The snakes were discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents who inspected the package and discovered the 2 foot long cobras — each in its own potato chip canister.
The cobras can grow up to 18 feet long.
Feds say the man admitted similarly smuggling TWENTY other king cobras in 2 prior shipments … but they were all DOA.
The sssuspect was charged Tuesday with one count of illegal importing and faces up to 20 years in prison.
As for the 3 cobras — we’re told 2 are in the San Diego Zoo, and the other is getting snake charmed … by God.
It died.

AI expert: Worry more about jobs than killer robots

AI expert: Worry more about jobs than killer robots

Image Credit: Laurent T / Shutterstock While there has been a lot of talk about super-smart artificial intelligence lately, one of the leaders in the field thinks there are more pressing problems for humanity to solve.
“As an AI insider, having built and shipped a lot of AI products, I don’t see a clear path for AI to surpass human-level intelligence,” he said.
“I think that job displacement is a huge problem, and the one that I wish we could focus on, rather than be distracted by these science fiction-ish, dystopian elements.” Ng has been involved with several leading AI projects, including the Google Brain team.
“And the interesting thing is that a lot of people whose jobs are squarely in the crosshairs of the technologies, a lot of people doing the jobs that are about to go away, they don’t understand AI, they don’t have the training to understand AI.
And so a lot of people whose jobs are going to go away don’t know that they’re in the crosshairs.” Ng said that while technology and artificial intelligence has been great for creating wealth, we still have a lot of work to do if we want to build a fair society on top of these advancements.
He told VentureBeat that he would like to see a future in which mom-and-pop stores can do the coding necessary to customize the technology that they’re using for their business.
In his view, one of the options is to help people who have been forced out of their jobs by automation to tackle other work they’d be well-suited to.
He would prefer that a basic income program would support people learning more, and helping them get to work that they find meaningful.
“I think one challenge that’s harder to get around is that if I am a master welder, and a lot of my identity is bound up in the respect I command as a master welder, needing to take on a new role where I’m now a novice, I think that’s emotionally challenging,” he told VentureBeat.
For what it’s worth, once I was a master Basic programmer, and then I had to learn Python.” In addition, there’s also the issue of gaps in opportunity.

How to get paid for studying photos of Mark Zuckerberg

How to get paid for studying photos of Mark Zuckerberg

How to get paid for studying photos of Mark Zuckerberg.
He’s also one of the richest and arguably most recognizable people alive.
He regularly sits with heads of state and operates a company with a budget that exceeds many nations.
Unlike the handful of other people living such high-profile lives who have tightly controlled public personas, Zuckerberg has more than 90 million followers.
That’s why The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg, a new publication dedicated to examining visual depictions of the Zuck, makes a lot of sense.
The publication’s submissions editor is Tim Hwang, a lawyer who leads Google’s public policy as it relates to AI and machine learning.
Hwang has a history of publishing humorous or insightful examinations of tech and culture.
Hwang has also worked with civic tech groups like The Berkman Center at Harvard University and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and shared thoughts on the future of AI and automation in Quartz and other publications.
A symposium to discuss the work will be held in late 2017, Hwang said.
There’s fresh-faced twentysomething CEO in sandals Zuckerberg: The depiction of Zuckerberg in the movie The Social Network: There’s Zuckerberg on TV: Hacker-punk Zuckerberg: The years where Zuckerberg wore a gray shirt every day (we’re still in those years): VR visionary and futurist Zuckerberg: Image Credit: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook And present-day depictions of Zuckerberg as father, husband, and family man: Image Credit: Mark Zuckerberg Photos of Zuckerberg traveling to all 50 U.S. states this year also provide a lot of fodder for what those photos may say about income inequality, jobs and automation, or speculation that he wants to run for president.

Automattic continues its commitment to transparency by publishing National Security Letters

Automattic continues its commitment to transparency by publishing National Security Letters

Automattic continues its commitment to transparency by publishing National Security Letters.
Automattic, the company behind WordPress, Akismet, and Gravatar, today unveiled the National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI, in an attempt to cast light on what these secretive letters are and what kind of information they request.
Paul Sieminski, general counsel for Automattic, explained that NSLs are hard to talk about, due to the fact they often come with non-disclosure clauses.
Regardless, he says Automattic has concerns about the NSLs and what they contain: …we take our commitment to transparency very seriously, and believe that our users and the public have a right to be informed about the nature of the tools that the government uses to conduct investigations and the scope of their use.
… We also continue to believe that NSLs pose serious constitutional concerns, particularly because they indefinitely prevent companies like us from speaking about them, and informing our users or the public about the NSLs that we receive.
All of the NSLs appear to be the same, barring the specific URLs and emails they request.
In it, the agent in charge asks: …the names, addresses, and length of service and electronic communications transactional records, to include existing transaction/activity logs and all electronic mail (e-mail) header information for the below-listed… Automattic says it followed certain legal procedures to make sure it was allowed to post the letters.
The letters themselves stipulate how the recipient can ask to disclose the NSL — you can read the redacted FBI response letters which lift each individual non-disclosure clause.
Sieminski admits part of the motivation was to give instructions to “other companies who may wish to take advantage of the legal options that are currently available to challenge NSL nondisclosure orders.”

The Curious Case of Shizo Kanakuri’s 1912 Olympic Marathon Run

The Curious Case of Shizo Kanakuri’s 1912 Olympic Marathon Run

Shizo Kanakuri is an apparent exception to that rule because he’s fondly remembered for having the worst official time of any Olympic marathon runner in history, taking over 54 years to finish a race he started in 1912.
Although mainly known in the west for his aforementioned Olympic record, in his native Japan, Kanakuri is regarded as one of the country’s finest athletes, often being referred to as “the father of the Japanese marathon”.
In fact, Kanakuri was such an exceptional athlete that he entered the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm as a firm favourite to win the marathon after it emerged he’d set a possible world record in a qualifying round in Japan the previous year, achieving a time of 2:32:45.
One of only two athletes Japan sent to compete in the Olympics that year (the other being a sprinter, Yahiko Mishima, a lot of pressure was placed on Kanakuri to perform well as he, along with his teammate, represented the first Japanese athletes to ever compete in the Olympics.
Now Kanakuri’s choice to drop out of the race, in of itself, wasn’t unusual because over half of the 69 runners competing in the marathon that day ended up not finishing it because of the heat, with many similarly passing out like Kanakuri did.
Thus, aware that many of the racers had passed out and one ultimately died, they worried that Kanakuri could be in danger and so reported that he was missing to the Swedish police who fruitlessly searched for him.
In his native Japan, Kanakuri’s failure in 1912 was roundly criticised by the media and Kanakuri himself wrote of how ashamed he was of himself in his diary.
(He was only 20 when he ran the marathon and had trained for less than a year).
Upon Swedish Olympic Committee representatives reading out his official finish time to the gathered press- 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds- Kanakuri was asked if he’d like to say a few words about breaking a world record for slowest marathon ever run.
In honor of his contribution to the sport of long distance running in Japan, the grand prize for the aforementioned relay he started was named after him.

Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game

In 2010, Aapo Bovellan spent his days working in the London offices of Nokia, and his evenings and weekends offering branding expertise to a video game startup that gave him an opportunity to become an early shareholder.
As venture capitalists continue to throw startling amounts of money at nascent businesses, more design firms are offering work in exchange for equity, and when they hit the jackpot, the world hears all about it.
But for Osborne, it was never about the money.
So, if you’re considering adapting an equity model, what are the most important to ask of potential clients?
“I ask a lot of entrepreneurs to talk about analogues,” says Alain Sylvain, founder and CEO of New York-based Sylvain Labs.
“The only projects I’ve done in exchange for equity are projects where I brought it up.
“By series A, companies probably have revenues of $500,000 a month, so they’ve already found out who’s buying their product and why,” says Bovellan.
“The whole thing completely fizzled overnight,” says Sylvain, “It was really painful, not only because we had spent money on it, but because we’d invested in the idea emotionally, and it was now irrelevant.
Our entrepreneurs are always asking us to help them accelerate their brand to make a real impact, and when they say, ‘Push us,’ they really let us go for it.” “When you and the client ultimately want the same outcome, that can shift the tone of the conversation,” says Osborne.
Even with our clients who pay for the work directly, there’s always risk: Will our work be successful?

8-Year-old Helps Buy New Wheelchair For His Best Buddy When Insurance Fails

8-Year-old Helps Buy New Wheelchair For His Best Buddy When Insurance Fails

If there was any doubt that Kamden Houshan and Paul Burnett would be friends forever, there certainly is not anymore.
The soon-to-be 3rd graders do everything together: from munching on McDonald’s happy meals, to playing at the park.
Mountain Guides NZ Climbs Climbing Mt Cook, Aspiring, Tasman ski tour, ice climb Climbing School adventureconsultants.com So when Paul noticed that Kamden was struggling with his wheelchair, he didn’t hesitate to help.
Kamden became a paraplegic when he was born with a massive tumor embedded in his spine.
Though doctors were able to remove the tumor in surgery, the 8-year-old boy was left paralyzed.
Kamden’s last wheelchair was so heavy and bulky, it prevented the youth from being able to freely maneuver household doorways.
Since it could not fit into the bathroom, Kamden’s mother always had to carry him, which put excessive stress on her body.
Then in August, Kamden was able to test drive a lighter wheelchair model – and he was astounded by how much of a positive difference it made in his life.
Unfortunately, insurance could not cover the cost of another wheelchair for another few years.
Meanwhile, Paul had learned about GoFundMe from watching YouTube videos.

4-Year-old Can’t Contain Emotions When He Hears Stepmom Give Special Message During Wedding Vows

4-Year-old Can’t Contain Emotions When He Hears Stepmom Give Special Message During Wedding Vows

4-Year-old Can’t Contain Emotions When He Hears Stepmom Give Special Message During Wedding Vows.
Plenty of people are susceptible to tears during wedding ceremonies – but this 4-year-old boy couldn’t contain his emotions when his stepmom gave him a special message during the vows.
Senior Air Force airwoman Emily Leehan and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua Newville got married in New Jersey earlier this week in front of 130 guests.
However, there was one person in particular who Leehan and Newville wanted to include in the ceremony: Newville’s adorable son Gage.
When Leehan was giving her wedding vows, she gave a special little speech to her stepson.
“I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person,” Leehan tells a tearful Gage.
“I know that you and I will butt heads, except for right now.
But I hope, with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I’ve only done what is best for you and that I love you.” “The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy,” she says.
“You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others.
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How to Control Your Smarthome Products with the Amazon Echo

How to Control Your Smarthome Products with the Amazon Echo

How to Add Smarthome Devices to Alexa Adding smarthomes devices to Alexa is easy (assuming you’re using a compatible device, of course).
For example, let’s say you have a group in your existing smarthome hub called “Bedroom”, and that group contains two light bulbs, a smart outlet, and a space heater.
You can still use all those items with Alexa, but you’ll need to re-create your group within the Alexa app and call it “Bedroom” so that the “Bedroom On” command works with Alexa.
Before we can actually add smarthome devices to Alexa, we need to enable the respective smarthome Alexa skills first.
So tap on “Smart Home Skill”.
Group Your Devices Together You can now organize your smarthome devices into groups to make them easier to control and manage.
Keep in mind that Alexa will import room settings from Philips Hue, so you won’t have to group together lights into rooms within the Alexa app, but other smarthome devices may need to be grouped together.
Plus, you might want to group together a set of lights and a smart outlet, that way all of these thing will turn on and off together with one command.
Create as many other groups as you’d like by tapping “Create Group”.
Although we’re using Philips Hue, these commands work well with any lighting devices hooked up to your Echo.

Is There a Link between Creativity and Mental Illness?

Is There a Link between Creativity and Mental Illness?

Is There a Link between Creativity and Mental Illness?.
This is to look at creativity among those with mental illness.
Bipolar has been particularly associated with creativity.
Researchers here also found a strong correlation between writers and schizophrenia.
A 2013 study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, found that people who made their living through either a scientific or creative occupation, were more likely to have bipolar, or a relative with the condition.
Critics point out that the link in Icelandic study is a weak one.
In his 2014 book, Flight from Wonder: An Investigation of Scientific Creativity, he interviewed 45 Nobel laureates.
Rothenberg found no association between creativity and psychiatric disorders.
Belonging to an artistic society, or working in art or literature, does not prove a person is creative.
And if a creative genius who midwifed such works for the benefit of humanity was not cured, on purpose, and in the aftermath committed suicide, would the doctors who reserved treatment be complicit?

Does The West’s Way of Life Face One “Last Chance”?

Does The West’s Way of Life Face One “Last Chance”?

The West’s way of life has one “last chance,” notes Edward Luce in his insightful new book The Retreat of Western Liberalism.
The logic of its two great allied engines—democracy and market economics—is cracking apart.
The West’s “left-behinds” can see their material (+moral) interests ebbing (see Peter Turchin on macro-history of immiseration, not inequality, causing political instability, + “counter dominant coalitions“).
Meanwhile, many free-marketeers brandish Branko Milanović’s “Elephant Chart,” trumpeting that globalization has “lifted” billions out of poverty.
Historically, “democracies” resisted the “will of the people.” Votes for all took decades-long fights (the idea of insta-democracy transitions would be laughable if they weren’t deadly).
Meanwhile, China’s authoritarian growth offers a “Beijing Consensus” template to other nations.
It was once self-evident that “we the people” had civic duties to our nation and to each other.
The “divine right of kings”—>the “will of the people”—>a divine right of markets (and their profit kings).
But Luce notes, what’s good for market kings like Apple isn’t always good for America.
Are democracy and markets ends in themselves?

A Calorie is Not a Calorie and Its Source Can Significantly Affect Body Weight

A Calorie is Not a Calorie and Its Source Can Significantly Affect Body Weight

A Calorie is Not a Calorie and Its Source Can Significantly Affect Body Weight.
And when it comes to energy intake, the most simplistic view is – a calorie is a calorie, regardless of where it comes from (protein, fat or carbohydrates).
Changes in macronutrient intake (the ratio of carbohydrates, fat and protein in a diet) may significantly affect a person’s total energy intake.
Between the 1970s and 2014 the percentage of energy intake from carbohydrates has increased from 44% to 49%, while that of protein and fat has decreased – from 17% to 16% and from 37% to 33% respectively.
This change in macronutrient composition is correlated with an increase in total energy intake by approximately 235 kcal per day and an increase in the prevalence of obesity from 11.9% to 33.4% in men and from 16.6% to 36.5% in women (Source1, Source2).
It turns out that protein intake can potentially increase fat oxidation by up to 50%, while added sugar (in the form of a sugary drink) decreases it (Source).
These positive effects were negated, however, when a sugary drink was added to the high-protein meal.
The added sugar actually increased the appetite for savory and salty foods and, surprisingly, the additional calories from the drink did not result in an increased feeling of satiety.
In addition, drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage with a meal high in protein decreased fat oxidation after the meal by 8%.
Over time, this effect of sugary drinks, especially when paired with high protein meals, may lead to a greater tendency to store fat and increased body weight.

These memes are far tougher on Jared Kushner than any GOP Senator

These memes are far tougher on Jared Kushner than any GOP Senator

These memes are far tougher on Jared Kushner than any GOP Senator.
Jared Kushner put on his big boy pants yesterday and headed to the Senate to courageously testify in front of the public — sorry, I meant: speak not under oath behind closed doors.
Monday was one of the first times anyone in America has heard Kushner speak, and boy were they treated to a show.
Kushner began his brief public statement with the opening sentence: “My name is Jared Kushner,” which is how I often began my penpal letters as a second grader.
The internet couldn’t restrain the urge to meme.
Here’s Twitter’s analysis of Lil’ Kushner first major public statement. “let me be very clear: spaghetti is too long.
i will not eat spaghetti unless someone cuts it up for me beforehand.”
pic.twitter.com/JgPIa1bNLf — Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) July 24, 2017 Kushner looks like the president of the preppy villain frat in a movie they’re playing on abc family pic.twitter.com/ZXlZLMJkt0 — Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 24, 2017 If Congress won’t hold Kushner accountable, at least these dorks on the internet will.

How to Find or Create an RSS Feed for Any Website

How to Find or Create an RSS Feed for Any Website

Here’s how to find, or even create, an RSS feed for any site, even when one isn’t prominently offered.
Finding Hidden RSS Feeds on Most Sites Most sites are built using a Content Management System, or CMS.
Here’s how to find RSS feeds for all of those.
If a site is built using WordPress, simply add /feed to the end of the URL, for example https://example.wordpress.com/feed.
If a site is hosted on Blogger, simply add feeds/posts/default to the end of the URL, for example http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default.
We’ve outlined a few more tips in the past, including adding a Twitter feed to your RSS reader and finding an RSS feed for any YouTube page.
Between all of these, you can find an RSS feed for the vast majority of sites and pages out there, but if that’s not enough you’ve got another option.
The first field, “Enter Page URL,” is the simplest: copy the URL for the site you wish had an RSS feed and paste it here.
Head back to the site you’d like to create an RSS feed, then right-click an example of the sort of link you’d like to see in that RSS feed.
If you notice that only particular links to a particular page interest you, add some wording from that URL.

Real Leaders Hate Managing People

Real Leaders Hate Managing People

Real leadership isn’t about managing people actually, it’s about influencing people.
Leaders are here for change No true leader accepts the status quo.
Many people aspire to make a change too.
And this is how leaders can help make the whole thing possible.
Such vision helps make sure the direction is right and no efforts of team members would be wasted.
This is a significant time investment, but it pays off in terms of personal growth and business productivity.
Leaders love to empower others The best way to motivate someone is to provide them with real control and power over their work and lives.
Leaders are talent magnets Very few people aspire to work with a narrow-minded, bad-tempered leader.
They know that time management skills, together with the ability to identify and prioritize important tasks, are vital to success.
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How Clutter Drains Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

How Clutter Drains Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

A person comes and sits down next to you.
Ignoring clutter around you (noise, distractions) often takes the same amount of energy as focusing.
Asking you to finish reading that book will take you a lot of mental energy to ignore all other stuff first.
“I know I should read the book, but maybe I should clean the TV set first.“, or “I know I’d better start to read this book, but the computer should be placed on my desk instead.” To think about ignoring those thoughts, again, burns up your brain energy.
Take Back Your Brain Energy When you know your priority on what is important, you know what to remove from life and free up brain energy.
In a work context, two-third of managers cannot name the priorities of their organization.3 This often filters down throughout the organization, confusing workflows and burning people out on supposedly important projects that, in reality, aren’t tied to actual priorities at all.
This happens in personal and relationship contexts as well.
But because of how our brains work, and the energy we need to spend on ignoring the clutter and noise around us, we often spend a lot of time and energy on the low-priority tasks and events.
Only when you remove the unnecessary distractions and mental energy-zappers can you truly begin to re-focus your life.
Every time when you see clutter around you, think about how much mental energy you have to spend on ignoring them.

Growing Old Is Easy, Growing up Is Painful

Growing Old Is Easy, Growing up Is Painful

From a young age we hear time and time again, “you can do anything that you set your mind to.” Untainted by the harshness of the world, we believe it.
The idea of growing older whispers promises of freedom.
But we thought freedom came with adulthood; when we make the choices for our future.
Advantages come with age, but so do responsibility.
Growing up should be defined by experience, not age Let’s face it.
In the working world, you are not judged by who you are as an adult.
The older you get, the more you start to respect your parents and realize that they are just people doing the best that they can do.
Don’t keep telling yourself, “when you get older.” Cause eventually you will realize that time has escaped you, and all you have left are your dreams.
Most people share the same opinions and interests as us, so we tend to lose interest in those people and their lives.
Adulthood is a grey area, there is no right and wrong Life is very straightforward as a child.

The kids are all right (and these surprising statistics prove it)

The kids are all right (and these surprising statistics prove it)

Leaders and experts don’t comprehend how seismic youth improvements have been or what’s driving them.
Since 1995, the FBI’s 40 reporting states saw juvenile violent and property crime declines of at least 55 per cent; 23 had declines of over 70 per cent.
Maladaptation to racial and social change appears to underlie real pathologies, particularly among aging whites.
After the 1980s and 90s anti-immigrant/drug-war/crime-crackdown/school-defunding/prison-building panics, California’s new era of liberal reforms emerged – and Californian whites (a 70 per cent majority in 1980; a 40 per cent minority today) are doing splendidly, richer than ever, safer than whites elsewhere from deadly drugs and guns – and voting against Trump.
White youth living in and around immigrant-friendly Los Angeles and New York City are considerably safer from drug, suicide, and firearms death than white youth elsewhere in the country.
Younger whites, particularly young white women, increasingly resemble non-whites in social attitudes, while older white people remain far more reactionary.
In California, a triangulation of exit polls shows, young white men voted against Trump by 20 points, young white women by 40 points, older white women by 10 points, and all ages of colour by 40-80 points; only white men 40 and older supported Trump.
California maps the future of the US electorate.
Hard-nosed facts and trends show future-oriented Americans should look to young people as validating progressives’ faith in diversity and globalism.
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Scotland Blows World Away With Wind Power Equal to 118% of Nation’s Electricity Needs

Scotland Blows World Away With Wind Power Equal to 118% of Nation’s Electricity Needs

Scotland Blows World Away With Wind Power Equal to 118% of Nation’s Electricity Needs.
According to analysis provided by WWF Scotland, this year’s wind power output jumped by 25% compared to the same period in 2015.
This means that in June alone, over 1 million megawatts of electricity were generated by wind power.
Since January, turbines have generated over 6.6 million megawatts – the equivalent of powering all 3 million of Scotland’s homes for six days.
“The first six months of 2017 have certainly been incredible for renewables, with wind turbines alone helping to ensure millions of tonnes of climate-damaging carbon emissions were avoided,” Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland’s acting director, said in a statement.
“Scotland is continuing to break records on renewable electricity, attracting investment, creating jobs and tackling climate change.
If we want to reap the same rewards in the transport and heating sectors we need the Scottish Government to put in place strong policies on energy efficiency and transport in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill.” Blow Your Friends Away: Click To Share – OR, (Photo by Vince O’Sullivan)

Domino’s Pizza Sucks, So Why Can’t Anyone Else Top Their Tech?

Domino’s Pizza Sucks, So Why Can’t Anyone Else Top Their Tech?

For years, I’ve dreamed of having an Emergency Pizza Button that will automatically order a pizza for me with a single tap.
To keep up with today’s fast-paced hungry people, pizza chains like Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut have added convenient features like online ordering and progress tracking so you can order your pizza quickly and know exactly when it’s going to get to your house.
The latter two chains, unfortunately, have stopped there.
Domino’s Alexa and Google Home Voice Apps: If you have one of these voice assistants in your home, you can order a pizza just by talking to yourself in the living room!
It’s like an emergency pizza button, but for your phone.
Domino’s has cornered the market on modern, innovative ways to order pizza.
Of course, the pitch here is that they’re changing their recipe (and to be fair, they did make some dramatic changes since then), but even the company itself knows that people just didn’t like their pizza.
The cheese blend tasted more of ricotta than any other cheese, which leaves your mouth tasting like creamy glue.
Sure, you don’t need to build an ordering system for every smart watch in existence, but a functional Alexa bot or even a Dash button-like gadget would make it slightly easier to order a Pizza Hut or Papa John’s pizza.
So please, other pizza chains, make your way into the future.

Elon Musk Warns U.S. Governors That AI Poses An “Existential Risk” to Humanity

Elon Musk Warns U.S. Governors That AI Poses An “Existential Risk” to Humanity

Elon Musk Warns U.S. Governors That AI Poses An “Existential Risk” to Humanity.
And in a July 15th meeting of the bipartisan National Governor’s Association in Rhode Island, he tried to educate the nation’s governors on what he sees as a looming “existential risk” to humanity.
But Musk is not just worried about job loss for a large part of the population.
He sees a bigger issue, saying that he has “exposure to the most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it.” It will hit us one day that AI has a much darker potential presence in our lives, but “until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react because it seems so ethereal,” suggests Musk.
As it was the governor’s conference, Musk proposes thinking about regulations.
“AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive.
Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it is too late,” says Musk.
Car accidents, faulty drugs, airplane crashes, bad food may all harm humans to varying degrees, but they do not present a danger to all of us as a whole.
In perhaps an unlikely defense of government institutions, Musk sees agencies like EPA and FAA as having necessary regulatory functions.
Along with Stephen Hawking, he seems genuinely worried about the future where artificial intelligence is rampant.

Pay with Your Microchipped Hand? You Can at This Wisconsin Company.

Pay with Your Microchipped Hand? You Can at This Wisconsin Company.

Pay with Your Microchipped Hand?
The microchip will allow implanted employees to login to their computer, open doors, store medical information, and pay for purchases.
According to the company, this is the first time a United States company is providing implanted technology to its employees.
Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.” -32M CEO Todd Westby, company press release The big question, of course, is whether employees actually want an embedded chip inside of their hand.
The promise of convenience and efficiency through technology does not always ensure its widespread cultural acceptance and adoption.
If that were the case, the workplace would be filled with Google Glass-wearing employees made more efficient by not always having to whip out their smartphone.
While the microchipping at Three Square Market is not required by employees and is completely optional, the process of implanted tech seems to raise our Orwellian trigger response.
What about the social pressure at work to participate?
In an earlier piece for Big Think regarding a Swedish company offering the same microchip technology for its workers, humanist-futurist Gerd Leonhard posited that in the future the dilemma for an employee may be, “Would you rather be wired or fired?”
32M will host a “chip party” on August 1st to implant the RFID tech in its future-forward employees (that volunteered).

Conflict Is Unexpectedly Good for You

Conflict Is Unexpectedly Good for You

Conflict is necessary for creativity and development; however, it has to be constructive.
The idea isn’t to compromise, but to take the different perspectives and create hybrids.
It is imperative that all parties are willing to work together towards a common purpose: Use respectful language (no shouting or personal attacks) Ensure information is readily available to all parties and verifiably accurate Answer questions honestly Develop a new solution Respect basic human rights Test and evaluate solutions by putting it into practice Constructive conflict can be an engine for genius Look closely and you will find constructive conflict in the very places that creative genius flourishes.
Imaginative new theories are created and debated.
Each participant should answer the following questions in turn: What results do you want to achieve?
After listening to everyone’s answers, each participant should do the following: Suggest a potential solution in detail Evaluate the upside and downside of their potential solutions Then focus on potential improvement points to each solution.
The objective is to find a different approach: a third way, a new solution.
Diversity of thought is an essential characteristic of innovation, whether in pairs or communities, because it produces novel combinations and connections.
Constructive conflict has driven some of our most important progress The world is moved by the creative power of constructive conflict.
It’s the opposite of “normal.” If you seek new ideas, you must first encounter and engage people who are “different.” Of course, not all conflict can be made constructive, but with each attempt to create new and imaginative hybrid solutions, we move forward together.

Wild wolves roam Denmark for the first time in 200 years

Wild wolves roam Denmark for the first time in 200 years

Wild wolves roam Denmark for the first time in 200 years.
A pack of wolves has become established in the Danish wilderness; one of several recent ‘rewilding’ successes across Europe A pack of wolves has been sighted in Denmark for the first time since the early 1800s after a female gave birth to cubs this spring.
Male wolves have been spotted in Denmark since 2012, but earlier this year a young female wolf made the 310-mile journey from Germany and joined a male.
Video footage captured on farmland in the West Jutland region at the beginning of July shows the family, including up to eight cubs.
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Until the recent revival wolves were last seen in Denmark in 1813, when the last one was killed.
Wolves faced centuries of persecution and their reappearance remains a divisive issue.
Farmers have expressed concerns over livestock and during the winter months there were reports of wolves killing sheep.
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How to Properly Test 911 Services on Your Cell Phone

How to Properly Test 911 Services on Your Cell Phone

So if you’re a OnePlus 5 owner, make sure you always have the latest software.
So, the first thing you’ll need to do is call your local police department.
Tell them you want to test 911 emergency services on your mobile phone—if you have more than one phone to test on (if you’re testing for the entire family, for example), let them know that too.
In my test case (where i tested seven phones), they asked the address from where I’d be placing these test calls, then directed me to the correct call center.
I just gave them the same information I gave the police dispatcher: that I would be making several test calls to 911 emergency services from my mobile phones.
Step Two: Call 911 I told the 911 call center that I would be making seven test calls, and I would be starting immediately.
Once everything is squared away, make your test call(s).
As soon as the dispatcher answers and asks what your emergency is, let them know there is no emergency and this is just a test call.
Also, let them know if you have more calls to make.
Step Three: Rest Easy (or Contact Your Phone’s Manufacturer) If your call goes through properly, you’re golden.

Scientists Discover The “Angel Particle” That Is Both Matter and Anti-Matter

Scientists Discover The “Angel Particle” That Is Both Matter and Anti-Matter

Scientists Discover The “Angel Particle” That Is Both Matter and Anti-Matter.
But in 1937, physicist Ettore Majorana added the prediction that a class of particles exists known as fermions, which would include particles that are their own antiparticles.
Professor Zhang, one of the senior authors of the paper, put their finding in perspective: “Our team predicted exactly where to find the Majorana fermion and what to look for as its ‘smoking gun’ experimental signature,” said Zhang.
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The fermion observed by the team is known as a “chiral” fermion as it moves in just one direction along a one-dimensional path.
The experiment that resulted in the find involved looking for a special half-speed signature of Majorana quasiparticles, which are “excitations” that come from how electrons behave in superconducting materials.
A topological insulator conducts current along its surface or edges only, not through the middle.
This cycle continued until the scientists identified the Majorana quasiparticles that emerged by by their unique speeds.
You can watch Professor Zhang discuss the search and discovery of the Majorana Fermion here:

4 Powerful Ways To Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals Through Tough Times

4 Powerful Ways To Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals Through Tough Times

Why do I seem to have a two-speed motivation?
These daily and weekly habits help me reach my long-term objective.
These habits must be aligned with the vision we have.
If we only have a vision or a long-term goal, we will feel overwhelmed by the mission and we won’t know where to start from.
The alignment between habits and a long-term vision works both ways.
Having habits that are aligned to a long-term objective gives us the motivation to reach the end goal and sustain good habits.
If it’s a habit, make sure that you have a corresponding vision.
If it’s a long-term goal that you struggle with, try and set up a daily or weekly habit that will help you get there.
Ideally, the reward and the effort should be somehow aligned.
Reassess your goals over time We can also keep motivated to reach our goals by changing goals!

A Young Boy Was Screaming With 7 Hours Left To Fly. Then She Held Out Her Hand

A Young Boy Was Screaming With 7 Hours Left To Fly. Then She Held Out Her Hand

A Young Boy Was Screaming With 7 Hours Left To Fly.
Then She Held Out Her Hand. “I recognized it right away as a child with special needs.”
She asked for a pen from a flight attendant, grabbed a nausea bag and threaded her way down the aisle.
Groner put her hand out. “I put him in my lap and gave him a firm hug and I just started to rock him,” she says.
Groner doodled on the nausea bag, tracing the outline of her hand as the boy watched, absorbed.
Groner talked and smiled at him, and grabbed more nausea bags.
Another attendant thanked her after the flight, and so did several passengers. “Everybody’s been on a flight with a screaming child, and this is another way to defuse the situation,” she says.

How to See Which MySQL Tables are Taking the Most Space

How to See Which MySQL Tables are Taking the Most Space

Unlike reality TV, you can easily delete stuff in a database to make your backups smaller.
MySQL stores meta information about databases and tables in the information_schema database, and information specifically about tables is stored in the TABLES table.
Hmm.
So the data_length column gives us how much data is actually in the tables, so maybe if we just include that and sort, we’ll get something better… hmm… now this is in bytes.
Alright, enough messing around.
MySQL has two places where huge sets of data are stored: tables, and indexes.
You might have a table that stores a million records, but if you also have a bunch of indexes across many of those columns, that data has to be duplicated and sorted a different way and stored in the index for each one.
So here’s a better query that’ll give you the top 20 tables for all databases on your server.
But… do not delete indexes just because they are big — they are incredibly important for speeding up queries, especially against large databases.
And indexes don’t get included in the database backups anyway.

How to Properly Thread Tweets for Your Tweetstorms

How to Properly Thread Tweets for Your Tweetstorms

How to Properly Thread Tweets for Your Tweetstorms.
If you just tweet lots of things in quick succession, people won’t be able to easily see the statements that came before or after a given tweet.
— Lord Harry Guinness (@HarryGuinness) July 14, 2017 Click on the Tweet above and you’ll see a thread done properly.
How to Create a Threaded Tweetstorm If you’re going to do a Tweetstorm, here’s how to use threaded replies so things don’t get messy.
All you have to do is reply to your previous Tweet for each subsequent tweet you write.
If you want to do the same, click reply.
And then enter what you want your new Tweet to say.
Post it, and it will appear at the end of the thread.
Job done!
There’s a lot more that goes into creating a non-annoying Tweetstorm but threading your Tweets is a good start.

How to Live the “Location Independent” Lifestyle

How to Live the “Location Independent” Lifestyle

How to Live the “Location Independent” Lifestyle.
Lately, this lifestyle has been called “location independent,” because you can live and work from anywhere.
I have been living this life for over five years now and, while I haven’t used my freedom to travel the world, I wouldn’t trade my current life for anything.
(See also: 7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads) Determine what your goals are Before you make any solid plans to quit your job, decide what you want from a location independent lifestyle.
Make a plan If you like the work you’re doing now, would your company let you work remotely?
Things like writing, editing, proofreading, business coaching and consulting, and more, are easily done with just a computer and an internet connection.
(See also: 22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them) Sell the stuff you won’t need If you’re going to travel, you will also want to think about what to do with all of your possessions.
Sometimes people also find out that they aren’t cut out for working independently.
(See also: 8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs) Be flexible Living a location independent lifestyle has it’s own set of problems, separate from those that people face when they live more traditional lives.
You will become more savvy at figuring out which clients to take, where to stay, and more.

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