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The seeds of our primary interface with machine intelligence rest in the humble origins of the vending machine. Here is the brief story of this evolution of self-service. The Process and Technology of Self-Service Not that long-ago, shop clerks pulled merchandise for us from high shelves behind a counter. Today, we push squeaky, wheeled, metal […]
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In 2017, Jegathesan Thanabal established Maddox, a data management solutions provider specialising in helping businesses experience seamless data management and securing their data. What’s your story? Back in University at Nanyang Business School where I majored in Marketing, I never expected to be a part of the Data Security Industry. I started my career in […]
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How could you go from almost no traction and running out of money, to getting millions of visitors to your website? You could do like Crew accidentally did with Unsplash. Create an open source side project that directs millions of visitors to your paid product. At the beginning, when they were starting a marketplace for […]

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Key Takeaway: Racial and gender bias in artificial intelligence algorithms and language models has been a concern in social robots, which are designed to interact with diverse groups of people. Socially assistive robotics aims to create machines that will help people help themselves, but these robots often do not reflect basic aspects of society’s diversity. […]
Key Takeaway: 13-year-old Willis Gibson became the first human to beat the original Nintendo version of Tetris, dedicating his win to his father. Most gamers are not lazy or mindless, with memorable achievements ranging from heroic to bizarre. Speedrunning, a popular gaming subculture, involves players optimizing routes and exploiting glitches to complete games in minutes. […]
Key Takeaway: Shared attention amplifies experiences and builds relationships, according to studies in various countries. Research shows that synchronous attention with others yields stronger memories, deeper emotions, and firmer motivations. This can be observed in labs across the US, Australia, Hungary, Germany, and Denmark. Shared attention can also build relationships across the political divide and […]
Key Takeaway: Disney has a rich musical legacy, with landmark films featuring musical numbers that remain household favourites today. The studio’s first sound film, Steamboat Willie, (1928), established Disney as the leading animation studio. The silent era of cinema (1923-1928) saw films without soundtracks but often accompanied by local organists or pianists. The Alice Comedies […]

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I highly recommend reading the McKinsey Global Institute’s new report, “Reskilling China: Transforming The World’s Largest Workforce Into Lifelong Learners”, which focuses on the country’s biggest employment challenge, re-training its workforce and the adoption of practices such as lifelong learning to address the growing digital transformation of its productive fabric. How to transform the country […]

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