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Why you haven’t achieved your goals this year – and how you will in 2019 1

The year 2018 has come to an end. Looking back, how do you feel? Have you achieved your goals? What goals? Let me help you remember. Have you lost those 5 kilograms you promised yourself you would? Have you quit smoking? Have you gone out more often and made new friends? […]


What does AI have to do with creativity and compassion?

The TED2018 conference “The Age of Amazement” in Vancouver left me amazed indeed. I was sitting with my jaw dropped in Gartenbaukino on the broadcast event organized by TEDxVienna. But there was one particular talk that kept my brain busy for months after the live stream in April. It was […]


Breaking out of jungle
or
the human need for organizing

It’s all relative. (Albert Einstein) What if the world were a huge jungle with no structure whatsoever? And the whole universe made up of individual elements with no connection to one another? What if we could never know what happens around us and had no access to the knowledge of […]


guts over fear

Why bother helping others?
How altruism works.

After being saved by a stranger one fateful night when she was just 19 years old, Abigail Marsh started wondering what it was that motivated another person to risk his life to save hers. Marsh became a psychology researcher and dedicated her life to understanding the human capacity to care […]


What if God was one of us

God, Donald Trump, C.S. Lewis, Santa Claus and Sigmund Freud walk into a chatroom. If this were a joke, another statement would follow leading to the punch line. But this is not a joke, since these artificial intelligence egos are actually waiting to have a chat on the Internet. With you. So what […]


There is an animal in you, too

Have you ever heard about the Actor-Network Theory? Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is an approach to social theory. It was originally created by French scholars Bruno Latour and Michel Callon, and is an attempt to understand processes of technological innovation and scientific knowledge-creation. ANT is distinguished by its consideration of nonhuman actors […]