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How to Argue with a Cat: A Human’s Guide to the Art of Persuasion

How to Argue with a Cat: A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion - Kindle edition by Jay Heinrichs, Natalie Palmer-Sutton. Reference Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

How to Argue with a Cat: A Human’s Guide to the Art of Persuasion – Kindle edition by Jay Heinrichs, Natalie Palmer-Sutton. Reference Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BVDDVZ2/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_i_c_M59gBbZSMBKAFLearn how to persuade cats—the world’s most skeptical and cautious negotiators—with this primer on rhetoric and argument from the New York Times bestselling author of Thank You for Arguing!

Happy Towel Day!

Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or share their folded animal towels to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held 25 May 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May.

5 Places Where People Live the Longest and Healthiest Lives

5 Blue Zones Where People Live the Longest, Healthiest Lives | Time

5 Blue Zones Where People Live the Longest, Healthiest Lives | Timehttp://time.com/5160475/blue-zones-healthy-long-lives/Global life expectancy averages out to 71.4 years. That means, of course, that some parts of the world see much shorter life spans, while others enjoy far greater longevity. Five places, in particular, fall into the latter category. They’re known as Blue Zones—named for the blue circles researchers drew to identify the first one on a map—and they’re home to some of the oldest and healthiest people in the world. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution, told TIME why residents of these places live so long—and how you can steal their habits.

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‘Altered Carbon’: Understanding the World of Netflix’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Drama

'Altered Carbon': The New Netflix Series, Explained | Hollywood Reporter

‘Altered Carbon’: The New Netflix Series, Explained | Hollywood Reporterhttps://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/altered-carbon-new-netflix-series-explained-1081140From executive producer and showrunner Laeta Kalogridis, and based on an original 2002 novel written by author Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon takes place in a far future world where mankind has captured immortality like lightning in a bottle — or high-tech devices in the back of the neck, more like it. Through this surreal lens, the Netflix series explores subjects relevant to our own sociopolitical context: class struggles, racial and religious divides, extraordinary abuses of power and power dynamics between men and women evocative of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements washing over our current culture.

The Radical Origins of Christianity

The Radical Origins of Christianity | The New Yorker

The Radical Origins of Christianity | The New Yorkerhttp://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/10/the-radical-origins-of-christianity?mbid=nl_170707_Daily&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=11427205&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1200606514&spReportId=MTIwMDYwNjUxNAS2Emmanuel Carrère’s “The Kingdom” explores how a tiny sect became a global religion. An amazingly various book, it narrates the author’s crises of religious faith in the nineteen-nineties; combines conventional history and speculative reconstruction to describe the rise of early Christianity; deftly animates the first-century lives and journeys of Paul, Luke, and John; and attempts to explain how an unlikely cult, formed around the death and resurrection of an ascetic lyrical revolutionary, grew into the established Church we know today. “Can one believe that such things are still believed?” Nietzsche asked, scornfully. “And yet they are still believed,” Carrère replies.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods comes alive through Dave McKean’s dreamlike illustrations

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods comes alive through Dave McKean’s dreamlike illustrations | DesignFaves

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods comes alive through Dave McKean’s dreamlike illustrations | DesignFaveshttps://www.designfaves.com/2017/07/neil-gaimans-american-gods-comes-alive-through-dave-mckeans-dreamlike-illustrations#refnlNeil Gaiman is no stranger to television – at least his works are. His highly-acclaimed novels have been adapted for the screen once before and illustrated by some of the most talented artists in the world of graphic novels. Dave McKean, however, the artist behind Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series, have once again given life to one of the brilliant author’s works. American Gods, a fictional wonder written about an ex-convict meeting an ancient god who goes by the name of Wednesday, is currently on Starz as a TV series.

Contextual Insights from Wearable Technologies Will Improve People’s Health

by Neura @ medium.com

Most docs [doctors] say health wearables provide little helpful data,” writes Joanne Finnegan in a recent FierceHealthcare article. The author cites studies and expert commentary to argue that the value of raw data from Fitbits and other wearable health devices is negligible.

While the individual data points may not provide health insights independently, together they show how real-world events impact a person’s health. Leveraging AI to gain actionable insights enables wearables to finally drive better health outcomes.

“I Don’t Think We Can Stop It:” The Future of Automation and Job Loss

Last December, Amazon announced its new concept store, Amazon Go. The store is powered by sensors, deep learning artificial intelligence (AI), and computer vision, giving customers the ability to browse through the store, take what they want off shelves, and literally go — no need to queue to pay for the items. The only added step to the shopping experience is swiping the free Amazon Go app from their phones once when they enter the store. Their Amazon account automatically gets charged for their purchases when they leave.

The store concept eliminates labor costs incurred by cashiers and is ideal not only for Amazon, but for customers as well. No lines or checkouts? From a shopper’s point of view, it’s the ideal shopping experience, offering a level of convenience that could be game-changing for the retail industry. However, Amazon Go also raises concerns about potential ramifications on employment and the economy.

“With Amazon, it’s not just about reducing labor costs at all — they’ve come up with something disruptive,” says Martin Ford, author of “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” in an interview at CNBC.

[by June Javelosa @ futurism.com]