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The Voynich Manuscript: What you need to know about the world's most mysterious book

The Voynich Manuscript: What you need to know about the world's most mysterious book | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Deciphering it with artificial intelligence
Greg Kondrak, an expert in natural language processing at the University of Alberta, used artificial intelligence to try to crack the code in 2018. With the help of his grad student, Bradley Hauer, Kondrak used samples from “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” which was written in nearly 400 languages, running algorithms to identify the language of the text. Although they hypothesized it was written in Arabic, it turned out the most likely language was Hebrew.

The researchers hypothesized the manuscript was created using alphagrams, where the letters of a word are replaced in alphabetical order. With that assumption, they tried to create an algorithm to read the text.

“It turned out that over 80 percent of the words were in a Hebrew dictionary, but we didn’t know if they made sense together,” said Kondrak, in a statement.
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A Manuscript That Has Defied Interpretation for Centuries...

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Death wellness is changing how we spend our last chapter

Death wellness is changing how we spend our last chapter | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
A BREAK WITH HISTORY
In the 19th century, Americans died in their own homes, which also hosted their wakes and funerals. The Victorian era was obsessed with dying and mourning; numerous rituals memorialized the deceased and absorbed the grieving period. In fact, it was customary to observe the body for up to three days to ensure the dead didn’t wake from a “deep sleep” prior to burial.
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TERMS OF DEATH should be rather personal - your thoughts?

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Why marketing to seniors is so terrible

Why marketing to seniors is so terrible | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
And yet by 2020, the world will have more 55-year-olds than 5-year-olds, and older people are expected to generate half of all urban consumption growth between 2015 and 2030. The U.S. Census Bureau has pegged 2035 as the year older adults will outnumber chil­dren for the first time in U.S. history. By 2060 in China, one in three people–or 487 million–will be over 60. As far as brands are concerned, that’s a lot of potential sales.
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Demographics changing?  Or, are yesterday’s youth that were the target of marketeers simply fast becoming the largest marketing opportunity in history? It will be interesting to step back and watch millions targeted for billions!

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Chip Conley on power in the workplace: 30 is the new 50

Chip Conley on power in the workplace: 30 is the new 50 | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The average employee age at giants like Facebook, Apple, and Google isn’t quite 30. And we’re seeing startup entrepreneurs in their early 20s become global disruption billionaires before they turn 30. Sixty may be the new 40 physically, but when it comes to power in the modern workplace, 30 is the new 50.
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new demographics - wealth and leadership change...

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Monument Of Native American Hero ‘Crazy Horse’ Slowly Takes Shape In South Dakota

Monument Of Native American Hero ‘Crazy Horse’ Slowly Takes Shape In South Dakota | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
A monument honoring native American legend Crazy Horse is slowly taking shape high above the Black Hills of South Dakota.  For nearly 7
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1948 was a good year! Imagine working on a project for 70 years, 3 generations – reminds me of what we have read about construction of great monuments built in the past…  Crazy Horse will be remembered in history and his image an honor to Native Americans.

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All About Whole-Body Donations

All About Whole-Body Donations | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
On the March afternoon when her wife Sandy Swanson died of cancer, Liz Mattern knew who to call. A few hours later, two technicians arrived to remove About 20,000 Americans choose to donate their bodies to science after they die to help advance science and medical students.
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It is your body - and you can give it to....    What do you think of the idea?

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The Do Black card has a carbon emissions limit

The Do Black card has a carbon emissions limit | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The Do Black card is a radical solution to expanding carbon footprints.
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maybe weight watchers should come up with something - x calories per day, no more charging!

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When you buy a dead person's domain name

When you buy a dead person's domain name | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
I’m sure we’ve all done it…we just don’t know it. A Domain Name Wire reader sent a story about a gambling addiction group that had to change its domain name. Its founder passed away and the group’s original domain name expired. No one in the organization caught this until it was too late to renew …
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Hmm – “Expired Domain” – I suppose if you are the dead person, it does not terribly matter.

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But, for the survivors..  beware there are folks that buy up expired domains – no matter how they “expired”.

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Anyone interested in buying/selling domains – welcome to join our group (I have 70+ domains listed for sale there)

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https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6797391/

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Why the giant heads of 43 presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia

Why the giant heads of 43 presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Dozens of massive president heads sit in a field in Virginia, waiting for a new home in a museum.
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I hope the crowd funding to move and repair is successful - this does not bode well....

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Amazon to make one-day delivery the new standard for Prime –

Amazon to make one-day delivery the new standard for Prime – | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Amazon, which built its Prime subscription program on the promise of free two-day shipping, said it plans to shift that core benefit into free one-day shipping. The news came during an earnings call with Amazon chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky on Thursday, shortly after the tech giant…
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BOLD MOVE - buy it today, you got it tomorrow!

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Carl's Jr Is Releasing A CBD-Infused Burger For 4/20

Carl's Jr Is Releasing A CBD-Infused Burger For 4/20 | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
This Saturday is 4/20, the annual celebration of stoners everywhere.
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getting high - on a new burger...

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Chobani's Hamdi Ulukaya wants an "anti-CEO" revolution

Chobani's Hamdi Ulukaya wants an "anti-CEO" revolution | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The anti-CEO is about community, responsibility, and accountability–not maximizing value for shareholders.
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will an anti-CEO revolution succeed?

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They braved a war-torn region to rescue 47 animals from the 'Zoo of Sorrow'

They braved a war-torn region to rescue 47 animals from the 'Zoo of Sorrow' | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
"It is a tough decision, I feel like I am losing my family," Jomaa told Reuters. "I lived with some of those animals for 20 years."

But blockades by Israeli and Egyptian forces had starved the zoo of vital resources, he explained. It was time to let them go.
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Sometimes I wonder why I post things in this group. “Intelligent World” does not seem to apply. Animals suffer because Israel and Egypt have political issues?

All men may be created equal, but equality is quickly lost in how they lead their lives.

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8 ways to fix the U.S. retirement crisis

8 ways to fix the U.S. retirement crisis | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THESE SOLUTIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED?
There’s some evidence that some of these changes could begin to happen. “I do see a growing recognition from policymakers that we have this big demographic shift happening in our country, and that one of the key challenges is ensuring economic security for older people,” says Prindiville. The bill introduced by Klobuchar and Coons is one example; there’s also movement in states like California, where the governor recently committed to developing a new masterplan for aging for the state. “People are really starting to see it. And so that gives me hope that we can do something about it.”
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CAN it be fixed?

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Don Norman on how design fails older consumers

Don Norman on how design fails older consumers | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
WHAT OLDER CONSUMERS WANT AND NEED
As we age, we have more experience with life, which can make us better decision-makers and managers. Crystalized intelligence, it is called, and it gets better with experience. A caveat is that we often face physical changes that designers fail to account for into their work.
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we are NOT as capable as our younger selves - on the physical side...   so what now?

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To Cut Taxes, Big-Box Stores Use 'Dark Store Theory'

Texas stands to lose $2.6 billion per year if successful appeals become widespread, according to the Republican state comptroller Glenn Hegar. “No one likes paying taxes, including me,” Hegar wrote in the Austin American-Statesman in 2017. “But I have a significant problem when large corporations and their lobbyists try to manipulate the tax system to lower their property taxes … Dark store theory is corporate welfare of a particularly ugly kind.”
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Dark Store Theory has the potential to impact – everyone - in the USA.

 

Since I am a property tax arbitrator in Texas, I will not express an opinion, yours is welcome.

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It took 265,000 galaxies and one starry-eyed telescope to create this image

It took 265,000 galaxies and one starry-eyed telescope to create this image | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The Hubble Legacy Field is the most comprehensive "history book" of galaxies ever. ​No image will surpass it until future telescopes are launched.
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Growing up, I was always told we are the only life in the universe. I guess the “universe” was limited to our solar system and that was difficult for them to absorb. Sadly, I know folks alive today that think we are the only life in the universe. They cannot seem to comprehend the reality. I cannot comprehend them.

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Denver just decriminalized magic mushrooms, unofficial results show

Denver just decriminalized magic mushrooms, unofficial results show | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Denver vote decriminalizes magic mushrooms in preliminary results, showing support for psychedelic drug psilocybin.
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isn't Denver the highest major city in the USA - already?

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“We make $325,000 a year and feel like we live paycheck to paycheck”

“We make $325,000 a year and feel like we live paycheck to paycheck” | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Three couples tell us how much they earn, spend, and save.
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reinforces a need to increase minimum wage doesn't it?

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The Truth About DNA Kits: Why Researchers & Hackers Want Your Genes

The Truth About DNA Kits: Why Researchers & Hackers Want Your Genes | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The results of the test are a hot commodity, desired by researchers and hackers alike. Here's what you should know before you send in your spit.
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highly recommended reading - your DNA matters - and what can happen with it may shock you...

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What will happen when 20 percent of the population is over 65?

What will happen when 20 percent of the population is over 65? | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
In Japan, they call it "rougai." In North America, the rage against older generations is about to get much, much worse.
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this is going to be one really BIG challenge!

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New TSA Screening Equipment "Sees" Too Much

New TSA Screening Equipment "Sees" Too Much | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
The TSA is obtaining a software fix from the manufacturer that is supposed to make the image less invasive.
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when are we going to get past this problem - usually, a human has one of the other, larger or smaller - but essentially the same - so why the big deal if it improves flying for everyone....  

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A brief history of gender-bending fashion

A brief history of gender-bending fashion | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
What will it take for more men to wear skirts?
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NO comment - just - no comment!

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Brendan Eich's privacy-first Brave browser takes on Chrome

Brendan Eich's privacy-first Brave browser takes on Chrome | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
Brendan Eich’s Brave browser is designed to make browsing faster and more private—and though it blocks ads, it has a plan for paying publishers.
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anyone BRAVE enough?  (already on my machine)...

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A future brain/cloud interface could give us all a collective super-consciousness

A future brain/cloud interface could give us all a collective super-consciousness | INTELLIGENT WORLD TODAY | Scoop.it
We can only hope that when the technology is eventually developed, that we'll have the choice to opt-in or opt-out, without zombie-like cybernetic peers chasing us down attempting to assimilate us into the Collective. Then again, if the number of hours we each spend staring at our phones is any indication, maybe we'll all go willingly.
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This may top any other post I have ever shared!

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Are WE to be the Borg?

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Is a Singularity so farfetched for humanity?

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In the future of World Order - Resistance is Futile!

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