23 Apr

How this AI platform is taking over the business world

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Despite the pop culture fiction that artificial intelligence is a far-away puzzle just waiting to be unlocked, the truth is that AI is already a tool that most use often, some of us even every day. 

Just think about it: every time you stop to ask Siri or Google Home or any of our friendly neighborhood pocket assistants for directions or help finding the nearest coffee spot, you’re interfacing with an elegant example of easy-to-use AI. 

For businesses, using chatbots as the first line of defence against customer complaints is now common, providing a handy way to triage queries and customer needs. Again, AI is already an efficient solution to an everyday problem. And while it’s easy to imagine moments where the lives of everyday people intersect with artificial intelligence, and even find examples of our interactions with AI within smaller businesses, for global enterprises the reality of large-scale AI has yet to unfold.  Read more…

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23 Apr

JK Rowling reveals new 'Fantastic Beasts' character

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J.K. Rowling and Jessica Williams hung out at the opening of a rather large Broadway show on Sunday, where they decided to drop some rather big news.

The former Daily Show correspondent, who was announced as part of the Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast last year, will be playing the role of Professor Eulalie a.k.a. Lally Hicks in the forthcoming film.

The pair made the announcement at the during the intermission of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, posting the news on Williams’ Instagram.

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23 Apr

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on Broadway sparkles with real theater magic

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If you could change the past, would you?

It’s a provocative question, and one you’ll be ruminating on long after viewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which officially opened Sunday night on Broadway following an Olivier Award-winning run on London’s West End since 2016.

The script was released in conjunction with the original West End production, so Harry Potter fans the world over could read the new installment if they so chose. It was a new tale springing from the minds of J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, which was turned into a script by Thorne. 

The story is fairly complex — probably a bit too dark and complicated for the very youngest Potter fans among us — and wrestles with themes of paying for our father’s sins, living in the shadow of our parents, and the fact that history is cyclical and tends to repeat itself. Oh yeah, and time travel. Lots and lots of time travel.  Read more…

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23 Apr

Of course Harley-Davidson's summer internship comes with a free motorcycle

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If you love motorcycles and social media, then Harley-Davidson’s newest internship is pretty much a dream come true.

This week, the company announced a new summer internship program that pays recruits to — what else — ride motorcycles. Oh, and they get to keep it at the end of the job.

They’re calling it the ”Find Your Freedom” internship and it pretty much sounds like the raddest summer internship you could possibly hope for.

During the 12-week internship, full-time interns are expected to ride around on a Harley and ”chronicle your summer on social media” representing the company as a ”brand enthusiast.” Oh, you also get paid. Read more…

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23 Apr

Good guy with no gun James Shaw Jr. disarmed Waffle House shooter

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Tragedy struck the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville early Sunday morning when an armed man shot two individuals outside of a Waffle House before proceeding inside and killing two more. 

In the face of that horror, reports the Tennessean, one Waffle House customer, 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., managed to wrestle an AR-15 rifle free from the shooter and likely saved lives in the process. 

Now, although Shaw is quick to brush the claim aside, he is being hailed as a hero. 

James Shaw Jr. was identified as the hero who helped stop the Waffle House shooter this morning. He says he doesn’t feel like a hero, which is exactly what you’d expect a real hero to sayhttps://t.co/0N08omw80u

— Jon Henshaw (@henshaw) April 22, 2018 Read more…

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22 Apr

Dwayne Johnson, classy dude, responds to a promposal with the kindest gesture

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Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson is better at saying ”no” than any of you.

On April 15, a Minnesota high school studio named Katie Kelzenberg shot her shot: She posted a video of herself on Twitter asking Johnson to be her date to the senior prom. A ”promposal,” if you will.

It’s very sweet. See for yourself.

@TheRock PROM?! pic.twitter.com/VyHhrpVQYe

— katie k (@katiekelzenberg) April 15, 2018

Unfortunately for Kelzenberg, Johnson is going to be in Hawaii that day, shooting Disney’s Jungle Cruise. But he was so impressed with the gutsy teen’s invite that he recorded a video reply for her on Friday. Read more…

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22 Apr

Hackers want your data. Meet the ones who are trying to protect it.

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The last two years have seen the Equifax breach, the WannaCry cyberattack, a nefarious DDoS attack that destroyed the internet for a full day, and a laundry list of other security breaches of the stores, restaurants, and retailers we know and love. A skilled hacker has a dangerous amount of power in their hands — power with the potential to destroy lives. 

But take heart: Scattered across the internet are hundreds of thousands of equally skilled hackers who are fighting to protect you. 

If your personal information wasn’t compromised this year, you have that army of nerds to thank. 

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22 Apr

On Earth Day, here are the best tools for keeping tabs on our home planet

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We have more information about the health of planet Earth than ever before, and lots of exciting new initiatives that will put data tools at your fingertips. Whether you’re looking for global trends in wind power generation or solar installations, detailed monitoring about deforestation, or real-time weather and climate science variables, there’s a way to find out what human activities are doing to our home planet.

It’s all plainly evident on your computer screen, if not in your backyard. 

In writing about climate change and other environmental challenges for the better part of two decades, I’ve relied on many databases — from governments, nonprofits, and private sector sources — to inform and illustrate stories. You should feel empowered to use these tools, too. The more information we have, the better decisions we can make.  Read more…

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22 Apr

Hate public speaking? This $23 course can help change that.

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If you clicked on this story, you probably have a paralyzing fear of public speaking. It’s okay; you’re not alone. 

Forbes once reported that 10 percent of people absolutely love public speaking, while another 10 percent avoid it at all costs. So even if you’re cool as a cucumber during first dates and important job interviews, your palms may start to sweat, and your speech may slur the moment you’re thrust into the spotlight.

But whether you’re giving a speech at your best friend’s wedding or spearheading a big project at work, you’ll be required to speak in front of a crowd. Ugh.  Read more…

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22 Apr

Weed makes some people clean like crazy, but scientists don't really know why

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This post is part of Mashable’s Spring Cleaning Week. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those fingerprints off your screen. 

”Stock up on Cheetos and Mt. Dew BEFORE you spark,” a local police department in Kansas recently tweeted, warning ”potheads” not to drive on 4/20.

While stoners may roll their eyes at the stereotyping, science, it seems, is on the police department’s sideWeed impairs our ability to think, organize, and pay attention, studies have shown. And it’s not usually associated with productivity and motivation.

Yet, some users feel more focused, even productive, after consuming or smoking weed — even though there’s no scientific evidence cannabis acts upon the motivational circuits in our brains.  Read more…

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