Lindsay Ellis is just about ready to start shooting a video in her personal studio—aka a tiny second-floor room in Ellis’ western Los Angeles home—and the 34-year-old writer and YouTube essayist is making some final preparations. She gently repositions a couple of pet tortoises resting in a tank nearby, so they won’t noisily thunk their heads against the wall mid-shoot. Then she heads to a shelf stocked with Transformers of varying sizes, colors, and allegiances. “Which Starscream should I use?” she asks, scanning her collection. She eventually selects a handful of figures, including miniature-sized versions of Starscream and Windblade that recently appeared on her wedding cake, and carries them back to her desk If you’ve seen any of Ellis’ videos on YouTube, where she has more than half a million subscribers, you’re no doubt aware of her love for all things robots-in-disguise-related. A Transformer sometimes appears in the … [Read more...] about How YouTube Made a Star Out of This Super-Smart Film Critic
How emotions affect learning
Editorial note: If Jim Hopper had been permitted to provide his expert testimony at the September 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, these would have been his remarks. Incomplete memories of sexual assault, including those with huge gaps, are understandable — if we learn the basics of how memory works and we genuinely listen to survivors. Such memories should be expected. They are similar to the memories of soldiers and police officers for things they’ve experienced in the line of fire. And a great deal of scientific research on memory explains why. I’m an expert on psychological trauma, including sexual assault and traumatic memories. I’ve spent more than 25 years studying this. I’ve trained military and civilian police officers, prosecutors and other professionals, including commanders at Fort Leavenworth and the Pentagon. I teach this to psychiatrists in … [Read more...] about How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims?
Intense, stressful, petrifying: those are just some of the words used to describe what it was to be at the centre of some of the biggest and most high profile cyber attacks to take place over the last year.The WannaCry ransomware indiscriminately spread to infect organisations around the world but its impact was felt particularly harshly by the UK's National Health Service, with the attack taking hospitals and local clinics offline and leading to the disruption of patient care.Some parts of the NHS took weeks to return to normal, but in the first hours of the attack, it was up to the organisation's security and technology teams to figure out what was going on and find a way to counter it. Dan Taylor, head of security at NHS Digital, was just returning from lunch when it became apparent the NHS was under attack. "NHS Digital wasn't affected, we were secure, but monitoring across the NHS network we could see organisations falling over," he said, speaking on a panel about reacting to … [Read more...] about This is how it feels to face a major cyber attack
Video: Microsoft offers private audience capability for developers working on Windows 10 apps Whether users perceive an app as bold, quirky, professional, or cute depends primarily on the copy. Different cultures and individuals can have different reactions to similar content posted online, so brands need to make sure that their message is being received as intended. Although users can customize and personalize content in CRM and email systems, there are few tools that enables customization in software interfaces, apps, and products. Now, a company aims to manage all the words in the online user experience. Read also: Are enterprises really ready for AI? San Francisco-based Qordoba has released a product that gives users relevant online content to resonate with users. Its Strings Intelligence Platform enables product teams to manage all words across their products. Its machine learning-based solution extracts text from strings in source code to make words … [Read more...] about Qordoba adds AI emotion scoring to product content to improve user experiences
“Would you rather be smart, or kind?” For most of us, this would be a difficult question to answer. Both characteristics are valued highly in our society. Which do you choose? If you’re leaning toward smart, you’re not alone. It’s easy to associate intelligence with wealth and success. Meanwhile, kindness and its cousin — empathy — is often associated with passivity and weakness, especially by self-proclaimed diehard business people. But are these associations valid? Must we really choose between the two? The answer is no. Emotional intelligence results in higher salary and better job performance, that’s why you need to know what it is and how to improve it. Although intelligence is important, it’s not worth much in the workplace until paired with reliability, honesty, and friendliness. It wasn’t lost on me in a 2007 Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha that the legendary Charlie Munger responded succinctly with: “Be … [Read more...] about Improving your emotional intelligence can earn you a raise — here’s how