Socially Sensitive AI Software Coaches Call-Center Workers

This is pretty amazing really.

Customer-service reps are getting real-time coaching from software that has learned to detect problems in a conversation.

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Don’t Tell Your Friends They’re Lucky

An interesting perspective on the role of luck

They wanted a more visible, dramatic actor. At the studio bosses insistence Gilligan offered the part of Walter White to John Cusack. Cusack turned it down. They offered it to Matthew Broderick. Broderick also turned it down. I don’t remember which one had the first crack at it. Both of them turned it down. Gilligan went back to the bosses and again pleaded his case. Finally they reluctantly allowed him to cast Cranston as Walter White. And, you know, White was the breakout part of that series. He got four Emmys in the show’s five seasons. He is today one of the very most sought after actors in his age group. But I still wouldn’t have heard of him except that Cusack and Broderick turned the role down first.

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One Man’s Quest to Hack His Own Genes

Amazing, I love rogue scientists willing to experiment on themselves –

electroporation. In this procedure, circular rings of DNA, called plasmids, are passed into cells using an electrical current

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Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’ – BBC News

Constant stress could be a key factor in raising the risk of a heart attack, say researchers.

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In the polite society of games addiction is so loaded a term we like to use synonyms such as “sticky”. Semantics aside, I designed Pixel Miner, like any of my games, to be addictive.

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