Creative Business Writer « Diary of an Unborn Writer Creative Business Writer This is where I come to write but often, most days, I am more mercenary. I run a little writing, editing and storytelling business called Words That Change. You can find out all about it here and on the website. “Loving the freedom of your words. Really what I’m looking for. Understand the 4 Components of Influence We’ve all encountered people who say less but what they say matters more; people who know how to use silence to dominate an exchange. So having influence means more than just doing all the talking; it’s about taking charge and understanding the roles that positional power, emotion, expertise, and nonverbal signals play. These four aspects of influence are essential to master if you want to succeed as a leader. Take positional power.
Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man’s Attempt… Can you rewire your brain in two weeks? The answer appears to be — at least partially — yes. The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company and author of the new book SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent experiment, which went viral and racked up 500+ comments.
The Hub Amsterdam The Institute of Fundraising (IOF) aims to be “an influential voice for fundraisers and to be an expert policy lead on fundraising and wider giving”, its website tells us, adding: “Our policy team works to deliver a strong representative voice on behalf of our members that influences and effects change for the fundraising profession wherever it is needed.” I am not a member, so mine is a suitably modest proposal for a policy change that the IOF might advocate: that charities stop exploiting young people by refusing to pay their interns. That scandal will continue as long as funders expect charities to bridge their capacity gaps with eager young graduates whose parents or connections enable them to work for nothing.
Want to Cure Income Inequality? Promote Entrepreneurship. One of the most pressing issues for our society today is income inequality: The rich get richer while the poor struggle to access meaningful opportunities. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich have all cited income inequality as a growing concern for our economic well-being. Related: Bill Gates' Solution to Income Inequality A parallel concern is the sense that the primary path to generational advancement -- access to quality education -- is increasingly a product of privilege given skyrocketing college costs. Meanwhile, those who are fortunate enough to graduate from a top school often don’t pursue activities that benefit society or create additional opportunities for those around them.
Will AI Destroy Humanity? Siri, A Chatbot, And A Roboticist Weigh In In 1906 Samuel Butler pointed out that machines were evolving faster than biology, a popular refrain among Silicon Valley techies today. And ever since Karel Čapek's 1921 play R.U.R. gave us a common sci-fi trope—a race of self-replicating machine slaves revolt against their human masters—the question has been: will artificial intelligence spell the end of humanity? There was HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, then T-800 and T-1000 of the (soon-to-be-revived) Terminator series. These creations have always been, thankfully, relegated to the realm of speculation.
Stephen Hawking's Communications Interface Gets Its First Overhaul In 20 Years For 20 years, Stephen Hawking has used the same system to communicate with the outside world. Now, the 70-year-old physicist, who suffers from an ALS-like motor neuron disease (MND) and is paralyzed, is getting an upgrade from Intel. In the pre-computer days, Hawking communicated through a painstaking process where a caretaker would go through a group of letters on a board, pointing line by line and letter by letter until Hawking signaled which he was looking for. Then, in the 1980s, he was offered a computer interface that had similar functionality. Once he completely lost use of his hands, his caretakers installed a sensor in his cheek that signals an input every time he moves his cheek or blinks. A voice synthesizer takes his selections and translates them into speech.
Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reach From one of our previously published articles: A group of international neuroscientists and robotics engineers have discovered for the first time that human brains can indeed ‘talk’ directly to one another, even from thousands of miles away. A brain-to-brain communication study conducted in coordination with Harvard Medical School has proven that extrasensory mind-to mind interaction can happen over great distances by leveraging different pathways in the mind. (Technological telepathy) How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Power a Career Transition Kenneth Andersson for HBR Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele, type of product, or service?
This Video Game Proves That Telepathy Is Possible A team of computational neuroscientists and psychologists at the University of Washington have managed to create telepathy in their lab, enabling one test subject to use his thoughts to control another test subject's body as he played a video game a mile away. The game was created by a team led by Rajesh P.N. Rao. The test subjects wore sensor- and magnet-filled hats that vaguely resembled Cerebro in the X-Men comics and movies. Technological singularity The technological singularity is the hypothesis that accelerating progress in technologies will cause a runaway effect wherein artificial intelligence will exceed human intellectual capacity and control, thus radically changing civilization in an event called the singularity. Because the capabilities of such an intelligence may be impossible for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is an occurrence beyond which events may become unpredictable, unfavorable, or even unfathomable. The first use of the term "singularity" in this context was by mathematician John von Neumann. Proponents of the singularity typically postulate an "intelligence explosion", where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, that might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human. Basic concepts Superintelligence