Philosophy is not flourishing, it is letting us down.

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What is the significance of philosophy in the 21st century? In the past, philosophy was regarded as the high art of seeking and finding meaning in life and the world. However, philosophy has lost touch with how we live and approach the world, and as a result, it has lost its impact on society.

In her article Ten great female philosophers: The thinking woman’s women, Camille Paglia, professor of Humanities at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia,) states that:

“In modern times, religion among the educated classes in Europe and North America has lost ground, and intellectuals are neglecting the basic human need to find answers. Philosophers are now at the margin. …


The story of the mysteriously devious Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, also known as “the lama”

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Picture: Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv

This is the story of one of the most despised women in German history, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche. Her crime: forgery. Her victim: the world-famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, her brother. Research on the two siblings today shows a picture of the two, which seems rather creepy.

Although she has idolized her brother all her life, there have always been rifts between the two. Whenever his interest turned to another woman, she tried to stop it by spinning a web of lies and intrigues. She cared for her brother and nursed him. As the administrator of his written estate, she set about using penknife and ink to ensure that her own Nietzsche image was propagated as the only valid one. …


Most people practice it and don’t even realize it

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While researching an article about AI ethics, I noticed that I almost overlooked a word because it kept showing up in my research: futurist. What and who is a futurist? What makes a futurist? And, am I perhaps also one without suspecting it?

According to Melanie Radzicki McManus, a futurist is “an educated individual who, after much research and analysis, makes projections about the future.” Futurists predict everything from new technologies to potential disease outbreaks, social conditions, and shifting demographic patterns. Therefore, a futurist can make specific predictions based on future trends they identify. There are no unique training opportunities to practice this profession. Still, according to Radzicki McManus, “it’s imperative that anyone considering a career as a futurist is inquisitive, creative and a critical thinker who doesn’t mind uncertainty. …


How can we try our best to mitigate bias?

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There is an interminable interest in artificial intelligence (AI). According to the AI Index 2019 Annual Report published by the University of Stanford, the volume of peer-reviewed AI papers has grown by more than 300% between 1998 and 2018. In over 3,600 global news articles on ethics and AI identified by the Human-Centered AI Institute at Stanford between mid-2018 and mid-2019, topics such as possible frameworks and guidelines on the ethical use of AI, use of face recognition applications, data privacy, the role of big tech, and algorithm bias dominated.

This highlights the importance of understanding how bias can slip into data sets and raise awareness when working towards mitigating bias. AI strikes humanity where it hurts most: It uncovers how preconceived notions affect the outcome of well-intentioned applications. While there has never been more data available to make qualified decisions, it is not guaranteed that these decisions can be put to use successfully. There have been multifold fails (this list is not…


An Introduction to machine learning thanks to a tweet

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Call it a lucky find on Twitter. It definitively is. Santiago tweeted 20 questions you need to ace before getting a machine learning job. I figured I’d use these questions to understand developers’ work better and maybe get a glimpse into future applications.

The first questions were about various basic concepts of machine learning. Let’s imagine, for example, that we are given a puzzle as a gift. How do you put it together? Do you need the finished puzzle poster as a basis, or do you put the edge together first? Do you try to sort the colors? …


Unselfies as an antidote to tribal and identity politics

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Americans have never been as polarized as today. Whether it be the stance on issues such as the economy, racial justice, climate change, or law enforcement, among many others: Democrats and Republicans do not see eye-to-eye. Studies conducted a month before the election by the Pew Research Center found that about eight-in-ten registered voters from both political parties said their differences go beyond policies.

According to Devaka Premawardhana, we tend to associate “tribalism” with “everything toxic and ugly about politics in the Trump era. …


How Hadrian made his lover a god

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Emperor Hadrian with the bust of his lover Antinous in the foreground. Photo by Jim Kuhn (CC BY-SA 4.0).

When thinking about love stories in Ancient Rome, the first story that comes to mind is the love story of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. This great love story was repeatedly told throughout history, even Shakespeare wrote a play about it. However, there was another great love story from the Roman Empire’s imperial period which has not been forgotten. It is about an endless love between two men: Hadrian and Antinous.

Hadrian was born on January 24th, 76, either in near present-day Seville or Rome. During his rule, his goal was to further strengthen and unite the Roman Empire by investing a lot into infrastructure and restraining from further military actions, thus promoting prosperity throughout the vast Empire. …


Nobody cared about the painting in 1911, except for Vincenzo Peruggia

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Imagine that you have an entry on Wikipedia for one infamous reason only: you stole a Louvre painting! Not just one of the more than 35,000 works of art in the Louvre… The Mona Lisa!

I doubt that anyone would like to see the notoriety of art theft under their name, but this is precisely what Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian museum worker and artist, is known for.


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Picture of PLCs from Canva.

As the need for quicker development cycles while minimizing risks continuously grows, many companies rely on digital twins to accelerate industrial automation applications. Gartner predicts that by 2021 50% of large industrial companies will use digital twins to drive new business models and further evolve industrial automation processes. The market volume of digital twins was at $3.8 billion in 2019 and is estimated to grow to $35.8 billion by 2025.

The need for more flexible, cost-effective, and reliable plants has also given rise to model-based testing of these plants. To use these models extensively and thoroughly to validate industrial equipment through all development stages, digital twins are indispensable from design to pre-commissioning. Digital twins are a digital copy of a physical system, for example, a factory floor. To test new control algorithms, engineers can use the digital twin instead of shutting down the factory floor to test the physical system’s algorithms. With this use of a digital twin, a company can move faster from testing and validating to implementing new control algorithms all-the-while not losing money since there are no production stops. …


Channeling your obsession into tangible results is difficult but not impossible

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Let’s be honest. Once you’ve hit publish, I am sure you start to check your stats. I’ve read a lot of blog posts about why you shouldn’t do it. I say you should check out your stats frequently and set targets you want to achieve. Why? Because frankly, every marketer does it. Understanding statistics is vital when trying to figure out what your target audience wants.

In my opinion, a healthy obsession with statistics regarding published blog posts is the only way to determine how to turn good content into great content. When you don’t know how people react to your work, how do you know you are improving? …

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