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10 free online writing courses for getting real good at words

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Writing is a much-prized skill and a difficult one to master and, while some are naturally gifted in stringing sentences together, we all need to take the time to learn the craft. Whether you want to write your first novel, pen a poignant poem, pull together a screenplay, or create better business content, there is a free, online course out there to help. We've rounded up a list of free, online writing courses so you can find the perfect program of study to help you write gooderer. This eight-week online writing course is an introduction to the theory and practice of rhetoric, the art of persuasive writing and speech. Using selected speeches from prominent 20th-century Americans -- including Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Margaret Chase Smith, and Ronald Reagan -- to explore and analyze rhetorical structure and style, this course will teach you when and how to employ a variety of rhetorical devices in writing and speaking.


9 ways to live your life multiple times

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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," wrote Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in A Dance With Dragons. "The man who never reads lives only one." As someone who has lived and ended more than a thousand lives in his story so far, Martin knows what he's talking about. But something interesting has happened in the decade since Martin wrote those words. There has been a sudden surge of what we might call multiple lives fiction: novels where the main character experiences a good chunk of her existence on repeat.


AI is a hot topic for food and drink industry - Linzi Penman

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Most of us now encounter AI on a daily basis without noticing it. Social media feeds which show you the posts you are likely to engage with, music streaming platforms which suggest new music you may enjoy listening to, or chatbots which help renew insurance policies are all using a form of AI. We are now seeing what is commonly defined as "weak AI"; systems programmed with algorithms to reach conclusions and predict future behaviour by learning from data patterns. The more data fed to the system, the more accurate the system becomes in predicting future behaviours. The Scottish Government has flagged the food and drink industry, worth around £14 billion each year, as a key growth sector in its economic strategy.


Rise of Artificial intelligence Tools for the Automated Journalism

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a long time. AI is gradually becoming a part of our daily lives, from fast recommendations on search engines and auto-focus in smartphones to robot waiters at coffee shops and the list goes on. AI has a lot of room for creativity and growth, and it will continue to change the world in a variety of ways in the future. The news media industry has changed dramatically as a result of technological advances. Furthermore, the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning has reshaped the ramifications of technology across a wide range of journalism fields.


Makeup artist transforms herself into A-list celebs, claims she's even fooled her boyfriend

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Bésame Cosmetics founder and makeup historian Gabriela Hernandez delivers insights into the billion-dollar cosmetic industry. Learn how makeup was deeply impacted by society's perception of women. A make-up artist has become an internet sensation after transforming herself into popular celebrities -- even fooling her friends and phone. Liss Lacao, 29, has recreated the recognizable features of celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, Dolly Parton, the Queen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She's so good, she's even fooled her iPhone -- which has facial recognition -- and her friends into thinking she was one of the A-listers.


Senior Data Engineer, Telemetry

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Mapbox is building a live location platform. Our maps represent the ever-evolving world, accessing, aggregating, and adapting anonymous data from millions of sensors and phones in real-time. Mapbox has the exciting opportunity to power devices and products across the next frontier in location-based data. Whether you're watching the delivery of your grocery order on Instacart, tracking your personal best mile on Strava, sending snaps on Snapchat, monitoring your gas budget on Metromile, or checking today's forecast on The Weather Channel, Mapbox is the location and maps within those apps. We're changing how people move by live-mapping the world.



Did Charlie and the Chocolate Factory predict the arrival of AI?

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Now that the world is gradually slipping under the wings of AI, it can be asserted that the sci-fi movies were not wrong. There are abundance of literature on examining the best sci-fi movies ever made and speculating their conversion into reality in times to come. However, though not a sci-fi movie in its truest sense, this genre of children literature provides a vision on artificial intelligence under the garb of a fairy-tale. It would not be wrong to say that this movie is the love child of fairy tale and technology which is typically Tim Burtonesque. The initial scene in the movie was a tragic one which showed how the boy's father lost his job because machines have replaced the human workforce to screw toothpaste caps. While this scene was a gentle reminder of the fact that machines, robots and humanoids will soon be substituting humans.


Spotify launches voice-controlled 'Car Thing'

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Whether your road trip soundtracks consist of music, news, entertainment, or talk, Spotify's Car Thing has you covered. The new smart player, currently available to select users in the U.S., puts your audio library just a voice command, tap, turn, or swipe away. "Car Thing enables you to play your favorite audio faster, so you're already listening to that hit song or the latest podcast episode before you've even pulled out of the driveway," according to a Spotify blog announcement. "Switching between your favorite audio is effortless, allowing you to shift gears to something else as soon as the mood strikes." You will need a Spotify Premium account to use Car Thing, but setup is simple: plug the device into a 12-volt power outlet, sync it with your smartphone (iOS 14 and Android 8 or above), and connect your phone to the vehicle's stereo.


TetraScience scores $80M series B investment, rolls out open R&D data cloud

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"Today, many R&D organizations are unable to fully utilize artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques to accelerate discovery, because their …