I know what you’re thinking: “I want to live out my talk show host roleplaying fantasies in the privacy of my own home. And I also want to support good causes like helping military veterans and public schools.” But who has time for both? Well, this may be your big chance. On last night’s episode of his soon-to-be-finished show, Stephen Colbert announced that he’s auctioning off iconic pieces of the set for charity. Specifically, the giant C-shaped desk from which he’s delivered his satirical takes on the news for years, as well as his famous fireplace, complete with mantle, a Colbert portrait, and a TV monitor with a fake fire on loop. Colbert, who is moving over CBS to take over David Letterman’s job next year, is donating the proceeds from the raffle to two charities: the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps military veterans with health care, and Donors Choose, which has raised more than $225 million for public school classes on a … [Read more...] about You Can Now Own Stephen Colbert’s Desk
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In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?
I’d been working from home last week when I found myself furiously scrubbing the grout between the kitchen tiles in the middle of the day. advertisement advertisement I had a deadline and didn’t feel up for tackling the task. Somewhere along the line, I must have figured scrubbing grout would be a noble substitute. After all, I wasn’t mindlessly clicking around the Internet or watching cat videos. Surely cleaning was a productive use of my time. Right? That’s a way to rationalize it, but current research in psychology says we’re only fooling ourselves when we do. Avoiding the assignment you’re supposed to be doing by taking up a task that feels more responsible than puttering on social media is a complex way we trick ourselves into believing we’re not time wasters. Tim Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, calls these behaviors “morally substitutable acts.” Pychyl, professor of psychology at Canada’s … [Read more...] about How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive
There are few debates in the startup world more polarizing than whether aspiring entrepreneurs should pursue higher education like a college degree or MBA. advertisement advertisement Peter Thiel, the first investor in Facebook, offers $100,000 each to 20 students every year to drop out of college, or skip it all together. On the other hand Paul Graham, cofounder of Y Combinator, believes trying to start a company before graduating college is generally an awful idea with lifelong ramifications. And while Elon Musk has famously expressed his disdain for MBAs, stating, “As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies,” plenty of business leaders in the startup world tout their MBAs as instrumental to their success. Representing both ends of the higher-ed spectrum are two cofounders of TheTake app–CTO Jared Browarnik left Columbia University before completing his undergraduate studies to cofound TheTake, … [Read more...] about The Case For And Against College According To Two Cofounders
As SyFy’s executives have watched shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Arrow–shows that should be natural fits for a network built around genre programming–grow into ratings juggernauts on other channels, they’ve been working to refine their core mission and focus in on shows that embody it. If a SyFy network is going to remain relevant, then it needs to be a network that doesn’t just give you the same sort of genre fare you can get anywhere–it has to do it bigger, better, and further out there. advertisement advertisement As the channel’s execs have told us, if the mainstreamification of genre programming has raised the bar of success, it’s also created big opportunities and one of the ways they’re determined to exploit those opportunities is by focusing on the genres that other networks still don’t get right. And one of those genres is the one that helped put the network on the “prestigious, … [Read more...] about “Mad Men” Meets “Battlestar Galactica” In SyFy’s Ambitious New “Ascension”