Be honest: How is your progress so far on those New Year’s resolutions you lined up just a few weeks ago? As January wears on and the cold, dreary weather continues for many of us, sticking with your resolutions can quickly start to seem more challenging than you’d expected–and sometimes completely impossible. advertisement advertisement If you’ve made and broken countless resolutions in the past and are already struggling this year, don’t give up hope just yet. It simply might be time to take a different approach to your resolutions. Understanding a little bit more about how the brain reacts to rewards and motivations could make the difference between forming a new habit for life and giving into temptation or laziness after a few weeks. Related: Your Brain’s Personal Trainer Would Give You This Advice 1. Visualize Your Goals Your brain is programmed to regard any change in your usual habits as a threat and will resort to … [Read more...] about 4 Ways To Trick Your Brain Into Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
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For years, artists and researchers have been experimenting with training neural networks to generate images that look real. But most of them look like strangely distorted, grotesque caricatures of how a computer thinks the world looks. advertisement advertisement No longer. Over the weekend, a Google intern and two researchers from Google’s DeepMind division released a paper, currently under review for a 2019 conference, featuring AI-generated images that blow everything else out of the water. Based on the small thumbnails, it’s almost impossible to tell that they’re not real images: There’s a chestnut-colored dog with his tongue hanging out, a beautiful ocean vista, a monarch butterfly, and a juicy hamburger complete with melted cheese and a bun that looks like it was brushed with butter. The textures of the images, from the dog’s fur to the hamburger’s juices, are incredibly realistic, with careful study revealing only tiniest … [Read more...] about A Google intern built the AI behind these shockingly good fake images
In the social media space, drawing inspiration from other apps is par for the course. Twitter, which boasted a real-time feed for years, recently took a page from the Facebook playbook and introduced an algorithmic feed. Instagram and Facebook both use hashtags, which were first used by Twitter. Two years ago, Facebook tried to capitalize on the popularity of Snapchat by launching the Slingshot app—which was actually Facebook’s second attempt to shamelessly copy Snapchat. advertisement advertisement With the debut of Instagram Stories, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app may have perfected cloning: This is an impressive re-creation of Snapchat Stories, albeit against the sparse, white backdrop of Instagram’s app. (As it turns out, Facebook itself came up with yet another Snapchat knockoff, a feature called Quick Updates—but the company won’t be releasing it.) And barring the fun Lenses that are specific to Snapchat, Instagram may have done it … [Read more...] about Clone Wars: Why Instagram Will Legally Get Away With Copying Snapchat Stories
North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations said on December 7 that denuclearisation is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.Ambassador Kim Song's comment appeared to go further than North Korea's earlier warning that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the central focus of U.S. engagement with North Korea in the past two years, might have to be taken off the table given Washington's refusal to offer concessions.Kim said in a statement that the "sustained and substantial dialogue" sought by the United States was a "time-saving trick" to suit its domestic political agenda, a reference to US President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election bid.Close "We do not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now and denuclearisation is already gone out of the negotiating table," he said in the statement made available to Reuters. related news Wall Street Week Ahead: Tariff deadline keeps focus on trade as 2019 … [Read more...] about North Korea’s UN envoy says denuclearisation off negotiating table with US
You’re in the home stretch. You have an offer on the table from a potential employer (or even your current employer) and you are at a three-way crossroads between accepting an offer, declining, or submitting a counteroffer. Anxiety builds, doubt may creep in, and palms get sweaty. “Just don’t blow it” comes to mind flashing like a giant neon sign. advertisement advertisement Breathe. Keep calm. Don’t panic. Negotiating a salary or compensation package is a stress you can manage. It’s like an intricate dance learned over time: take one step forward, two steps to the side, spin, then come together. Keep in mind, however, negotiations are no spin on the Dancing With the Stars ballroom floor—no extravagant or wild displays, no improv. Simply stick to the steps. To teach us the negotiation dance, we turned to Deepak Malhotra, the Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the author of Negotiating the … [Read more...] about You received a salary counteroffer. Now what?