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October 2016
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  • The unexpected challenges of a country's first election | Philippa Neave
    How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It's a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world -- and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can't describe something, you probably can't understand it. In this eye-opening talk, election expert […]
  • Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist | Manwar Ali
    "For a long time, I lived for death," says Manwar Ali, a former radical jihadist who participated in violent, armed campaigns in the Middle East and Asia in the 1980s. In this moving talk, he reflects on his experience with radicalization and makes a powerful, direct appeal to anyone drawn to Islamist groups that claim violence and brutality are no […]
  • Machine intelligence makes human morals more important | Zeynep Tufekci
    Machine intelligence is here, and we're already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don't fit human error patterns -- and in ways we w […]
  • A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home | Todd Coleman
    What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. […]
  • We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers | Rachel Botsman
    Something profound is changing our concept of trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly rely on others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive an […]
  • Ballroom dance that breaks gender roles | Trevor Copp / Jeff Fox
    Tango, waltz, foxtrot ... these classic ballroom dances quietly perpetuate an outdated idea: that the man always leads and the woman always follows. That's an idea worth changing, say Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox, as they demonstrate their "Liquid Lead" dance technique along with fellow dancer Alida Esmail. Watch as Copp and Fox captivate and comm […]
  • 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change | Jim Hemerling
    Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all. […]
  • Art can heal PTSD's invisible wounds | Melissa Walker
    Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts them -- and, finally, start to let it go. […]
  • The beauty of what we'll never know | Pico Iyer
    Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer professes that he now feels he knows far less about Japan -- or, indeed, about anything -- than he thought he knew three decades ago. In this lyrical meditation on wisdom, Iyer expands on this curious insight about kno […]
  • How we talk about sexual assault online | Ione Wells
    We need a more considered approach to using social media for social justice, says writer and activist Ione Wells. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes h […]
  • Hackers Used Your Vulnerable Tech To Throttle The Internet October 22, 2016
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  • A Social Media Starter's Guide For Job Seekers October 22, 2016
    Looking for a job for the first time in over a decade can be a lot like trying to date again after getting divorced from a long marriage. You can try to do it the same way you did when you were much younger, but you would have much more success using social media to find the right match. If you aren't sure where to start, this list will introduce you to […]
  • Airbnb Just Suffered A Major Loss In New York October 21, 2016
    (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that would place new regulations on online home rental companies like Airbnb. Existing New York state law bars most urban apartment-dwellers from renting out their units for less than 30 days if they are not present. The law recently passed by the state legislature would bar even adver […]
  • Hacker Activist Continues 18-Day Hunger Strike, Despite New Felony Charges October 21, 2016
    Martin Gottesfeld was rounding out the 16th day of his hunger strike in a Rhode Island prison Wednesday when he learned he had been indicted on three counts of felony charges by a federal prosecutor. Gottesfeld is an activist who was jailed on charges stemming from his politically motivated cyber attack on Boston Children’s Hospital. The 32-year-old systems […]
  • Weekend Roundup: Gene-Altered GloFish Light the Path to a Bright Human Future. Or Not. October 21, 2016
    In this age of science nonfiction, the newfound fusion of big data and biological discovery enables the redesign of species, including our own, accelerating evolutionary processes that once took millennia into the span of a few years. As we explore in a WorldPost video this week, genetic modification promises to feed a planet where thirsting crops are plague […]
  • The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week October 21, 2016
    The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.       I wake up every morning planning when I […]
  • Kim Kardashian Says She 'Can Handle' Lack Of Privacy In Chilling Interview Taped Before Robbery October 21, 2016
    In a “60 Minutes” interview taped before Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery, the reality star gets candid about her “lack of privacy” and involvement on social media that in retrospect makes everything that’s happened to her since even more chilling.  Kardashian has been on a total social media blackout since she was robbed on Oct. 3. In the video, Bill Whitaker […]
  • Machine Learning, Simply Explained October 21, 2016
    How do you explain machine learning to a child? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Daniel Tunkelang, data scientist, search/discovery expert, led teams at LinkedIn and Google, on Quora. I'd pick a universally accessible binary classification probl […]
  • Dating App Donated $1 To Planned Parenthood For Every Instagram Like On This Photo October 21, 2016
    This isn't a political post. Our team is a mixing pot, some of us are republicans, some are democrats, some are independents, and some aren't even from America, but every single one knows how important it is for women to have safe and affordable healthcare. At the end of the day, women's rights are fundamental human rights. This campaign ends […]
  • How Much do Musicians Earn Per Play on Spotify? October 21, 2016
    How much does the average artist earn per play on Spotify? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Glen Sears, music industry digital strategist and web developer, on Quora: Publications and pundits love to throw around dollar amounts, but these are false f […]