Because we all feel better when we can drop the façade for a bit.

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Most of us believe that the harder we work the more we receive. What do we receive? More money, security, social status. What about happiness?

In my life, I spent a lot of time achieving more by doing even more. One university degree was not enough, I got several of them and later a Ph.D. Speaking one language was not enough, I learned many additional ones. Working full-time was not enough, I founded my own startup.

Doing more became a never-ending story. Several years ago I decided to take a new job…


How people are already “cyborgs” feeding AI.

AI as Augmentative Intelligence utilizing machine learning, algorithms, and rich data to augment the capabilities of humans and businesses could be soon an illusion.

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The accelerating rate of technological change makes it likely that people will have both the technological resources and scientific knowledge to create Artificial General Intelligence.

“Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don’t know. So, we cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it.” …


… open my doors to self-compassion.

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A 70-year-old woman told me how she dreamed about traveling the world. She imagined learning about thousands of cultures, food, and people when she was an adolescent. She has been staying home for 70 years instead. There was a tiny yet powerful negative self-chatter that refrained her from making any tiny step towards her dream.

After follow-up conversations with the elderly, I learned how the inner voice has the ultimate power to inhibit dreams; yet positively transforms anyone who listens to the voice with self-compassion.

Onboard on a time travel with your inner critic.

The inner critic is nothing new, and a lot has been written about its origin…


It consumes everything it sees, but not everything is useful.

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One day, my close colleague really upset me. When browsing posts on social media, I found a thank-you note from a client, after my colleague presented our product without inviting me. I was sad and angry. But it turns out I was completely wrong. A few days later, I was actually laughing about it. My colleague actually invited me before the presentation, but his email landed in my spam folder. She only forgot to put me on her calendar. She actually texted me and asked that day if I was OK and wondered why I didn't show up.

My feeling…


Augmented cognitive perception is the skill to see that these are just passing experiences.

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When was the last time you could truly let go and relax? When your mind wasn't galloping through your ToDo list or ruminating on some events from a challenging encounter. We live in a world that never lets us take a break. We are under constant pressure and cannot reconnect to what truly matters in our life.

I used to experience cognitive deficit without knowing it. This caused me not to see what was right in front of me.

Human civilization has made remarkable progress over the last few centuries. We live longer; we grow more educated. The technology we…


Stuck in living the life of others? Write your own story.

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Can we safely reset to a younger age? Recent research at Harvard Medical School found that mouse embryos have some mechanism that resets their biological age back to zero. This suggested human embryos might reset their clocks as well.

The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, could aid the treatment of age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

What if, instead of a reset, we have the option of a rewrite available all the time?

Have you ever been surprised about some habits or traits you have? Wondering about the origin of your values and beliefs. …


Ensemble methods for dummies. A step-by-step tutorial with hands-on Python code.

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Boosting is a meta-algorithm from the ensemble learning paradigm where multiple models (often termed “weak learners”) are trained to solve the same problem and combined to get better results. This article introduces everything you need in order to take off with Boosting. Leslie Valiant, an extraordinarily brilliant computational theorist, promoted this paradigm.

I recently wrote about bagging, which builds the same model on multiple bootstraps from the data and combines each model’s prediction to get an overall classification or prediction.

One of the enormous advantages of bagging is that we can parallelize it. On the other side, boosting works sequentially…


A wake-up call for parents and leaders.

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Are you susceptible to a negative self-chatter that refrains you from showing up? Do you care too much or want too much? Are you often focusing on failures, inadequacy, and worthlessness? Do you fight the temptation to dream bigger? Do you flee from the option of greatness?

If you answer with yes, you might have been busy with something else: your inner critic.

I recently had the chance to discuss with a few fellow writers who are used to over-polish their drafts. …


Imagine a world where computers use language to create or re-shape reality.

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. King James Version of the Bible.

When looking at the belief in divine creation, something shared by billions of people, we can think of languages to be the ultimate super-power for creation out of nothing.

Quantum theory states that, by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality. When we describe what we watch by using words, we might indeed create the reality we experience.

What if there was a first human who created a version of our…


A true war story from a man who lives one day at a time

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Have you ever witnessed wars? Most of us have not. Recently I talked to a man who, as a kid, witnessed the fight for independence in a Central African nation.

My first near escape from death turned up when, at six, while there was a war between our village and the neighboring one, I escaped, during moonlight, from death. In fact, the enemies were putting everything upside down, namely breaking down any breakable things, killing fouls, sheep, pigs, dogs, and goats.

I silently left my mother hidden under a coffee tree in the farm and headed towards our compound, then…

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Top Medium Writer. Fellow of Harvard University. AI Expert. Certified Learner. I help curious minds become life practitioners.

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