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CNBC article – Ex FBI Negotiator Chris Voss How to Get What You Want

The number one thing to keep in mind in any negotiation is there’s power in patience, former FBI negotiator Chris Voss tells CNBC Make It: “You’ve got to let the other side talk first, and you’ve got to make them feel in control.”

Voss is the founder and CEO of strategy consultancy Black Swan Group, and prior to working in the private sector, he was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the lead crisis negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI and a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years.

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Pablos Holman’s brain is an incredible place to visit. Boost your curiosity by adopting an inventor’s mindset everyday. On K5NEWS NBC SEATTLE

By combining new technologies and his skill for designing and inventing, Pablos Holman has helped pave the way for smartphones and tablets, 3D printers, and possibly the eradication of malaria by crafting a laser that can shoot mosquitos. One of his latest projects includes partnering with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for his spaceship project, Blue Origin.

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Pablos Holman Sees a Future Where We Print French Bread & Strawberries — The Spoon

While 3D food printing is still in its early stages, inventor/hacker Pablos Holman believes we’ll eventually live in a world where printers in our homes spit out complicated foods like French bread and even something resembling strawberries.

“This isn’t as weird as it sounds,” said Holman, who spends his days working in the lab at Intellectual Ventures, Nathan Myhrvold’s invention and research organization that has become one of the most prolific invention centers – as measured by patents filed and issued – in the world.

According to Holman, wheat and other materials within bread could be stored in “printer” cartridges and turned into bread at the push of a button.

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Use Your Lawn to Fight Climate Change by Josh Tickell in Spirituality & Health Magazine

THERE’S SOMETHING SEDUCTIVE about manicured green grass. Collectively, however, the chemicals sprayed on lawns, parks, and golf courses represent an urgent threat to human health, pet health, and the health of our ecosystem. Lawns also use a lot of water, and storm water runs off typical lawns almost as fast as from concrete—in part because lawns usually grow on ground as dead as dirt.

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“This Is The Man Who Created Chuck E. Cheese” (Nolan Bushnell) — GeekTyrant

In a world where most arcades in America are currently also trendy bars, there was one man who saw the need to do that long ago. That man, however, took things one step further and added a fun zone for children, a somewhat addictive pizza, and beer for parents. It was ahead of its time, and while I don’t think most people would make the connection between modern barcades and Chuck E. Cheese, I’d make the argument this place is the OG barcade, just for people who have kids. Learn more about the business, and its creator Nolan Bushnell in the video below:

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WMD Podcast: Discussing the future of AI with Tom Edwards

This is episode 119 and today I sit down with Tom Edwards, the Chief Digital Officer Agency @ Epsilon, and the creator of Blackfin360 who was recently recognized by AdAge as a Marketing Technology Trailblazer, and we talk all things Artificial Intelligence or as many call it… AI.

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Rodney Mullen And Daewon Song Made A Video That Changed Skateboarding Forever

The opening title credits for “Rodney Mullen Vs. Daewon Song” fly onto the screen like text in a remedial PowerPoint presentation. The picture is grainy, as almost all VHS tapes were, and cuts bounce into each other instead of sliding with contemporary digital smoothness. The black background and white lettering is clean and simple; everything is raw, seemingly as much by necessity as by choice. No one involved was trying to win an Oscar.

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Virtual Reality is Healing Health Care in America — by Jay Samit for Forbes

Healthcare in the U.S. is facing a lot of uncertainty due to changing policies and an aging demographic. People over the age of 65 will soon make up 55% of the nation’s population, causing a shortage of 40,800 to 100,000 physicians. Luckily, advances in technologies such as virtual reality, wearable devices, and 5G may provide both an affordable alternative and improved quality of life including better personal care monitoring, more effective treatment, and a helping hand in the operating room.

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National Award-Winning Palo Alto Teacher, Esther “Woj” Wojcicki, Takes Unusual Approach – In Mercury News

Respect and kindness can do wonders.

Just ask journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki.

Now in her 34th year at Palo Alto High School, she has used an approach she calls TRICK — trust, respect, independence, collaboration and kindness — to build what might be the biggest and best high school journalism program in the nation. Along the way, she has impacted the lives of students and been beloved by many.

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Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf Shares Most Terrifying And Hilarious Moment Of His Career

Navy SEALs love telling war stories, and to be fair, they’re pretty great at it. The latest comes from Andy Stumpf, a 17-year Navy SEAL veteran and jumpmaster who is the world record holder for longest distance traversed in a wingsuit (18 miles?!).

This past week, Stumpf joined comedian Bryan Callen and UFC Heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub on their podcast, “The Fighter and the Kid,” to talk about being in the military and jumping out of planes.

And he graced us with an amazing story of secret SEAL operations in an unnamed foreign land that Stumpf calls “a galaxy far, far away.” (It sounds an awful lot like Af-Pak, but what do I know?)

Let’s set the scene: Stumpf and his team of Navy SEALs have to insert themselves … somewhere … undetected. So they decide to jump at high altitude and glide to their target under open canopies under the cover of night.

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The Untold Story of Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell’s Visionary 1980s Tech Incubator

In the annals of Silicon Valley history, Nolan Bushnell’s name conjures up both brilliant success and spectacular failure. His two landmark achievements were founding Atari in 1972–laying the groundwork for the entire video game industry–and starting Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in 1977. But there’s another highlight of Bushnell’s bio that has long gone undocumented: pioneer of the high-tech incubator.

In 1981, Bushnell created Catalyst Technologies, a venture-capital partnership designed to bring the future to life by turning his ideas into companies. In the era of the TRS-80, Betamax, and CB radio, startups funded by Catalyst pursued an array of visionary concepts–from interactive TV to online shopping to door-to-door navigation–that created entire industries decades later. “I read science fiction, and I wanted to live there,” Bushnell explains.

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To Thrive in Corporate Chaos, Don’t Forget to KISS

All businesses exist for the same purpose — to gain and retain customers profitably in order to create shareholder value. It is, and needs to be, that simple! Strong companies always ‘KISS’ to thrive. Companies experiencing chaos need to start KISSing again.

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Dr. Deborah Berebichez On Overcoming Barriers To Achievement For Women In STEM in Forbes

An academic trailblazer, Dr. Debbie Berebichez made history in 2004 when she became the first Mexican-born woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford. Today she is the Chief Data Scientist at Metis, a data science bootcamp with multiple locations across the US as well as online resources. She is also the co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show and a regular guest expert on CNN, Nova, and other shows.

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In Fast Company: The Top 4 Mistakes That Make Business Leaders Awful Storytellers, by Paul Smith

If “storytelling” is a common buzzword in the business world, it’s for good reason—narratives make for effective communication. But the practice has become a victim of its own success. Suddenly, it’s as though everyone fancies themselves “storytellers” but without really knowing what a story is or how to tell one.

I’ve trained thousands of executives on storytelling, so I’ve seen pretty much every storytelling mistake someone can possibly make. Here are the four most common slip-ups that turn otherwise capable speakers into ineffective storytellers.

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Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Way. Can Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen Help It?

IN A STORAGE room on the top floor of one of the Smithsonian’s fortresslike buildings, a legendary athlete is playing with artificial hearts. Forty-eight-year-old Rodney “Mutt” Mullen, who revolutionized skateboarding as a teen, first twists apart the plastic ventricles of a Jarvik-7 that once beat inside the chest of an Arizona man. He then moves on to inspect a 64-year-old heart pump composed of Erector Set parts, a gadget that a Yale medical student cobbled together for less than 25 bucks.

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BrainRush: It Doesn’t Rush Your Brain At All

BrainRush is out to turn you into IBM’s Watson. Like other companies grabbing for the big brass ring that is tech-based education tools, BrainRush wants to “revolutionize learning.” But unlike many of its competitors, Brainrush is determined to make it fun. They’ll tuck the knowledge you need inside a thousand interactive playthings like so many Greeks inside a wooden horse.

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Nolan Bushnell is making video games again!

Atari the company might be a shadow of its former self, but Nolan Bushnell isn’t out of the games game quite yet.

The 73-year-old Atari co-founder never left games completely — but thanks to a new collaboration with mobile publisher Spil Games, he’ll get to bring ideas he’s been sitting on to smartphones and tablets.

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