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The good immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

"We should recognise both the courage that has been shown in producing these essays and the contradictions that necessarily exist across them … The Good Immigrant helps to open up a much-needed space of unflinching dialogue about race and racism in the UK" ( Guardian

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"To say the publication of The Good Immigrant has come at a good time would be an understatement … If 2016 has left you feeling helpless, desperately wondering what you can do to repair the damage of anti-immigration rhetoric, then reading it would be a good place to start: it leaves you feeling armed with empathy." (Vice)

  

The same can be said about living in the United States. We hope this will available in the United States very soon. For now you can find it at amazon.co.uk

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When Algorithms Work Against Us

 

 

"In a recent book that was longlisted for the National Book Award, Cathy O’Neil, a data scientist, blogger and former hedge-fund math geek, details a number of flawed algorithms to which we have given incredible power — she calls them “Weapons of Math Destruction.”

We have entrusted these algorithms  to make important, potentially life-altering decisions, yet in many cases, they embed human race and

class biases; in other cases, they don’t function at all.

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Among other examples, O’Neil examines a “value-added” model New York City used to decide which teachers to fire, even though, she writes, the algorithm was useless, functioning essentially as a random number generator, arbitrarily ending careers. She looks at models put to use by judges to assign recidivism scores to inmates that ended up having a racist inclination. And she looks at how algorithms are contributing to American partisanship, allowing political operatives to target voters with information that plays to their existing biases and fears. "

 

See the full article here :

http://billmoyers.com/story/cathy-oneil-weapons-of-math-destruction/

 

    

  

 IBM first outed Watson Beat earlier this summer. For Da Kid, the algorithms collected music cultural trends and over the last five years.

 

 < from Engadget     https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/24/ibm-watson-collaborates-on-four-track-ep-with-alex-da-kid/  >

 This only proves that a computer can be a mediocre song writer. What we need are TALENTED HUMAN song writers that can describe the spirit of the times.  

 

 

 

 

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Arnold Caplan receives Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

 

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Arnold I. Caplan, PhD, professor of Biology and director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University, received the MSC Lifetime Achievement Award last month at the National Center for Regenerative Medicine’s Mesenchymal Stem Cell conference, MSC 2015.
MSC refers to Mesenchymal Stem Cells, which have the same basic features of all stem cells but are “unspecified” cells and possess the ability to self-renew and differentiate into specialized cells with specific functions. Since most MSCs are derived from cells that sit outside every blood vessel in the body, it is understood that these cells serve as sentinels to help guard tissues from intruders and function to assist the tissue to regenerate itself following injury. On the website clinicaltrials.gov, there are over 530 trials testing MSCs for their medicinal and regenerative capabilities.

 

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

 

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1. Biological and Physiological needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc.
2. Safety needs - protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, etc.
3. Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, affection and love, - from work group, family, friends, romantic relationships.
4. Esteem needs - self-esteem, achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, managerial responsibility, etc.
5. Cognitive needs - knowledge and understanding, curiosity, exploration, need for meaning and predictability.
6. Aesthetic needs - appreciation and search for beauty, balance, form, etc.
7. Self-Actualization needs - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.
8. Transcendence needs - helping others to achieve self actualization.
 

 

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A Lesson to the World by Woody Harrelson

This is great stuff about our choices  toward  attaining a  healthy life. 

 

 

 

 

 

It's about protecting  the planet and how we can successfully  change the attitudes of corporations that make destructive products ...

 

It also  points at the advertising industry for selling whatever sells, without thought as to how some successful "SALE" campaigns are litterally "FAILS" for the agency and the world...

 

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