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Automation and Artificial Intelligence: An Overview

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

Automation and artificial intelligence may be two of the most intriguing and frightening words in the dictionary. Simply speaking these terms stirs up a lot of varying emotions. To a computer programmer, excitement might ensue, and for a truck driver, pure anger. How could two words create such strong feelings? The simple answer is that with automation and AI comes the controversial concept of change.

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Beto O’Rourke Faces a Possible Campaign Finance Violation

By Trey Johnson | United States

The race for the Senate in Texas is heated, to say the least. The Republican incumbent Ted Cruz is doing everything he can to invalidate his Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke.

O’Rourke is receiving all kinds of support from people who are not Texans. Over a third of the Democratic candidate’s contributions have come from outside of Texas. It is not illegal to receive campaign contributions from outside of the state. The issue at hand is a prohibited campaign contribution from CNN directly to Robert O’Rourke.

CNN offered to host a town hall with both Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke set for October 18th in McAllen Texas. Cruz declined the invitation, but CNN plans to hold the event showcasing the Democratic candidate for an hour of airtime.

Libertarian candidate Neal Dikeman believes this is a clear violation of campaign finance laws and has filed a lawsuit with the Federal Election Commission.

Dikeman’s campaign stated in a press release that “such coverage is not part of a general pattern of campaign-related news account giving reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates in CNN’s national service area.”

“Excluding a Libertarian nominee from the debates, because you think I’ll take more votes from you than the other guy is one thing, politics is politics,” he said. “But violating campaign finance laws, especially on this scale is much bigger than that. The scope of this violation should give every American pause.”

Fellow patriot Neal Dikeman and his campaign valued the production, promotion, and broadcast of the event at $10 million making it the largest campaign finance violation in history.


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Improve Your Life and Conquer Your Monday

By Joshua D. Glawson | United States

Many people fear their Mondays. They suffer the week just to live it up on the weekend, and then dread the return of the workweek once it arrives. Of course, not everyone has the same “Monday,” as it pertains to being the beginning of their working days. In either case, many people still fear the start of the week as reality and duties hit each of us, seemingly all at once, like a slap in the face.

It is time for you to help change that mentality and conquer your Mondays!

 

 

I, too, used to live the life of the humdrum, mundane, workweek with the fears that come with the return of Monday and all the responsibilities it accompanied. Instead of getting through Monday with gloom and depression, by just pounding cups of coffee and surfing the web when I got home, I decided to make some changes to reward myself for successfully making it through the day.

This began a shift in my understanding of Monday, as before I had always complained, both sincerely and half-jokingly, about it being the beginning of the workweek. Once I began rewarding myself on this day, I quickly saw the day as being different, unique, and now special.

By rewarding myself on this day, I don’t mean splurging, or doing anything that would completely harm my Tuesday morning. Rather, I sought enjoyable personal hobbies to partake in on Monday, which is something I thoroughly enjoy doing.

(NERD ALERT!) I first started going to a weekly chess club, playing in official tournaments. I was making friends, winning some tournaments, and improving my chess-playing abilities. After a few months, some friends told me about some free dance lessons that took place every Monday. So, I began oscillating between chess and dance for a few months, and eventually just attended dance so that I could start my own chess club on Thursdays instead. At dance, I made more friends, learned so much about the art and my own body movement, and the amazing people there helped me advance in my skill while we each honed our craft.

Unfortunately, I had to move in pursuit of higher education and accomplishing my other goals in life. Amazingly, once I moved, I found out there was a free comedy show near my new place that happened every Monday and without a drink minimum. I really enjoy watching stand-up comedy and people progress over time. I made several friends at the comedy show, just from attending, and I believe comedy is also great for the brain. Who knows, I may find other great activities on Mondays besides just comedy shows eating pizza and drinking beer, but I can honestly say that I now love Mondays and I look forward to every Monday.

This shift in thinking has led me to now be grateful for every day of the week, even the days that I do nothing but work, study, read, write, etc. It has helped me to realize that if I am willing to put in 8 hours for someone else, I should also put some time in for myself, and helping me to grow and expand my network. As cliché as it is, we do only live once; so, why should I let a day of the week and my responsibilities get in the way of my happiness and growth?!

Take control of your “Monday.” Find things to do in your area that are both fun and helpful in your growth as a person. Don’t let your life pass you by. Don’t let the arbitrary days of the week be the stresses that hurt you and stunt your development.

Some ideas:

  • Search meetup.com for groups to join in dance, chess, comedy, improv, public speaking, martial arts, book clubs, learning a language, cooking classes, etc.
  • Search your social media for events such as SoFar Music, or ask your friends and family if they also feel the same about their Mondays and see if you can do something together.
  • Check to see if ToastMasters is in your area to better public speaking.
  • Have a family day every Monday, playing board games and eating fun foods, or watching movies, etc.
  • Search if there are music or comedy shows every Monday in your area.
  • Try a new restaurant every Monday.
  • Try learning to cook a new dish every Monday.
  • Go on a date on Mondays.
  • Attend your religious institution every Monday.
  • Start your own club or meeting every Monday if you see there is a desire and a need.

What are some ideas you have for conquering your Mondays and looking forward to them every week? Leave your comments in the comment section below.


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Trade School: Why You Don’t Need to Go to a University

By Adam Burdzy | United States

“Trade school? Is that, like, a place where you learn how to trade things?”

Every parent thinks that his or her child is smart in their own special way. This leads to Mom and Dad pushing Johnny to go to a nice university, where he will learn how to think, how to be a productive citizen, and most importantly, how to be a lawyer, doctor or even a professor.

Johnny decides to apply for a school that he seems to like, and is lucky enough to get accepted. Little does his parents know, Johnny doesn’t have what it takes to become a doctor, he can’t argue his way to become a lawyer, and he has no people skills, so there is no way that he will become a professor. But he tries anyway, and in his third year, he drops out. Not only did he waste three years of his life, but now he is in massive debt. After realizing he isn’t good enough for these kinds of careers, Johnny becomes depressed and has to work two jobs, the McDonald’s morning shift and the Taco Bell night shift, just to make enough money to get by.

This is something that occurs too often. About half of the people who enlist in a college or university will graduate. Johnny should have gone to trade school. Trade school is the university for people who aren’t good at the career choices offered by colleges. With the rise of labor jobs in the United States, we need more people to fill these shoes. These people are the backbone of society. Sure, some of the jobs offered may not seem that pleasant. In the end, however, the positives of attending a trade school are higher than attending a college.

To graduate from a trade school, you need about two years of schooling. To receive a bachelors degree, you need to have four years of schooling. And to make matters worse, most students will then apply to another school to get their masters degree, which takes another two years. Most people with a bachelors degree won’t be able to find a job as easily as a person with a masters degree. So you just wasted six years of your life, compared to two.

Not only do you save time in a trade school, but you also save money. Lots of money. To graduate with a bachelors degree, you will spend anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 in those four years. Most of this money will come from student loans, or from outside scholarships. Trade school, on the other hand, costs about $33,000 to attend for 2 years. This is the average amount that students pay for one year at a university.

At a trade school, you get more opportunities to become whatever you want, and you focus in on one specific career. These career options are vast and can vary from construction work to being a commercial pilot. The wide array and the fact that you focus on one certain skill allows for you to dedicate your time to become what you want, and you don’t need to take all those classes that universities require you to take, even if they don’t relate to your major or minor. If you are going for a biology major, there should be no reason as to why you should be required to take an intro the 1700’s literature, unless you really want to.

Before you go to college or send your kids to college, take into account the benefits of attending a trade school. I am not against universities, and if the job you want requires a masters degree, then, by all means, go to college. However, if you are undecided like many college students are, then visit a trade school, find out about their work programs, and inform yourself before you make a decision that could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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How To Find The Best Career For Your Major

By Joshua D. Glawson | United States

Too many people pick college majors that they hope will give them the most out of their investment, while neither being good at nor enjoying their future career of choice.

There are many websites that can help you find careers relating to your major. Here are two:

1) Careers in Your Major

2) List of Careers and Jobs

However, many employers do not concern themselves with your particular major if that career does not require a specified area of study.

The best way to determine which career path you should take starts with self-assessment. Get out a piece of paper, or multiple pieces if necessary, and on one side or one sheet, write out a list of things you enjoy doing and could do on a daily basis. On the next list, write out a list of things you are good at doing. On each of these, do not concern yourself with career tasks you enjoy doing or are good at. Try to write as broad of a list as possible. It will also help you speak to your relatives and friends and ask them to give you a few things they believe you are good at.

Once you have a completed both lists, begin giving a hierarchical scale to each side. So, if you enjoy speaking the most, on your list, write a ‘1’ beside it. If, under the list of things you are good at, you see yourself as being the best at fixing things, write a ‘1’ beside that. Continue through the entire list, and if you have a few that share the same number, that is okay.

Next, take these now numbered lists and begin searching for careers that may or may not include your major. Once you begin finding career paths that encompass the things you love doing and what you are good at, find people in that field to speak to and pick their brain. They will most likely be happy to speak with you and tell you the pros and cons of their field while providing advice for a successful career. This may even spark a good relationship with someone who can act as your mentor to success. This could prompt you to make a change in your major, as it did for me.

If you are willing to go to college, as it is a great idea to help better your chances of landing your dream career, at least take the time to write out this list and find what best fits you as an individual rather than what your parents or others tell you to choose. You should be good at your work and also enjoy it. The most successful people are those that took their own path, not the path forced upon them.


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