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DeepMind Discovers New Correlation Between Neuroscience and AI – Analytics Insight

We usually hear a lot about human-level AI or artificial intelligence but little do we realize that the human mind and AI are actually quite interlinked. The brains neural network and artificial neural network possess some similarities between themselves. Both are trained on data, while the brain learns from real-life data and experiences involuntarily, AI neural networks are trained purposely with gathered data voluntarily. Both respond in accordance with the learnings they have received. Moreover, with the advancement in technology AI has begun to learn and evolve on its own which is quite similar to the regular evolution of the human brain.

However, they do have tons of differentiation as well, but when it comes to neuroscience and AI, they are way more connected than one could ever wonder.

AI is more linked to dopamine-reinforced learning than you may think. DeepMind AI published a blog post on their discovery that the human brain and AI learning methods are closely linked when it comes to learning through reward.

Computer scientists have developed algorithms for reinforcement learning in artificial systems. These algorithms enable AI systems to learn complex strategies without external instruction, guided instead by reward predictions.

As noted by the post, a recent development in computer science which yields significant improvements in performance on reinforcement learning problems may provide a deep, parsimonious explanation for several previously unexplained features of reward learning in the brain, and opens up new avenues of research into the brains dopamine system, with potential implications for learning and motivation disorders.

DeepMind found that dopamine neurons in the brain were each tuned to different levels of pessimism or optimism. If they were a choir, they wouldnt all be singing the same note, but harmonizing each with a consistent vocal register, like bass and soprano singers. In artificial reinforcement learning systems, this diverse tuning creates a richer training signal that greatly speeds learning in neural networks, and researchers speculate that the brain might use it for the same reason.

The existence of distributional reinforcement learning in the brain has interesting implications both for AI and neuroscience. Firstly, this discovery validates distributional reinforcement learning it gives researchers increased confidence that AI research is on the right track since this algorithm is already being used in the most intelligent entity they are aware of: the brain.

Secondly, it raises new questions for neuroscience and new insights for understanding mental health and motivation. What happens if an individuals brain listens selectively to optimistic versus pessimistic dopamine neurons? Does this give rise to impulsivity or depression? A strength of the brain is its powerful representations how are these sculpted by distributional learning? Once an animal learns about the distribution of rewards, how is that representation used downstream? How does the variability of optimism across dopamine cells relate to other known forms of diversity in the brain?

Finally, DeepMind hopes that asking and answering these questions will stimulate progress in neuroscience that will feed back to benefit AI research, completing the virtuous circle.

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Q&A: AI and the Future of Your Mind – UConn Today

Susan Schneider, associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science and director of the AI, Mind and Society (AIMS) Group at UConn, has gained a national and international reputation for her writing on the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence (AI). She writes about the nature of the self and mind, AI, cognitive science, and astrobiology in publications including the New York Times, Scientific American, and The Financial Times and her work has been widely discussed in the media, such as Science, Big Think, Nautilus, Discover, and Smithsonian. She was named NASA-Baruch Blumberg Chair for the Library of Congress and NASA and also holds the Distinguished Scholar Chair at the Library of Congress. In her new book, Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind (Princeton University Press, 2019), she examines the implications of advances in artificial intelligence technology for the future of the human mind.

Q: What is the focus of your newest book?

A: This book is about the future of the mind. It explores the nature of the self and consciousness in a not so distant future, using todays work in artificial intelligence and brain enhancement technologies. Consciousness is the felt quality to experiencewhat it feels like to be you. When you smell the aroma of your morning coffee, hear the sound of a Bach concerto, or feel pain, you are having conscious experience. Indeed, every moment of your waking life, and even when you dream, it feels like something from the inside to be you. This book asks: assuming we build highly sophisticated artificial intelligences at some point in the future, would they be conscious beings? Further, how would we detect consciousness in machines? These questions are addressed in the first half the book. The second half of the book is on the nature of the self. I illustrate that AI isnt just going to change the world around us. Its going to go inside the head, changing the human mind itself, but Im concerned about the potential uses of invasive AI components inside of our heads. I urge that we need to understand deep philosophical questions about the self, consciousness, and the mind before we start playing with fire and start replacing parts of our brains with artificial components. When it comes to the self and mind, we are faced with vexing philosophical questions that have no easy solution.

Q: You report about such experimentation with neural implants for things like Alzheimers disease but return to the question of, if theres an artificial intelligence when does it become aware of itself?

A: There are all kinds of impressive medical technologies underway, and Im very supportive of the use of invasive brain chips to help individuals with radical memory loss or locked in syndrome, in which individuals entirely lose their ability to move. I think innovations to help these people are important and exciting. What I get worried about, though, is the idea that humans should engage in widespread and invasive AI-based enhancement of their brains. For instance, Elon Musk has recently declared that we will eventually need to keep up with super-intelligent AI a hypothetical form of AI that vastly outsmarts us and we need to do that by enhancing our brains. He also thinks doing so will help us keep up with technological unemployment that many economists claim will happen because AI will outmode us in the workforce. Musk and others talk about merging with AI and I through gradually augmenting intelligence with AI technology until, in the end of the day, we are essentially AIs ourselves. Musk has recently founded a company to do this, and Facebook and Kernal are also working on this. But I argue in the book and in op-eds for the New York Times and the Financial Times that the idea we could truly merge with artificial intelligence in the ways that a lot of tech gurus and transhumanists advocate is actually not philosophically well-founded. We have to think things through more carefully

Q: You use examples of AI from science fiction, including one with the Star Trek: Next Generation character Lt. Commander Data, who is under attack on a planet and he uploads his brains memories to a computer on the Enterprise. You ask: Will he still be the same Data that he was before being destroyed? Will he really survive?

A: I think people assume that AIs will have the capacity to be immortal because they can just keep uploading and downloading copies of themselves whenever they are in a jam. By this they mean the android be practically immortal, living until the end of the universe. This makes them almost God-like. I am skeptical. In the book I use the Data example to illustrate that if Data found out that he was on a planet that was about to be destroyed, he couldnt upload and genuinely survive. I think the idea that you could transfer your thoughts to a different format and still be you, surviving impending death, is conceptually flawed. It is flawed in both the human case and the case of androids. Believe it or not, there are advocates of uploading the human brain to survive death at places like the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute. I am skeptical.

Q: One of the points that you make in the book is that we have come far technologically but havent heard anything yet from an alien culture. You suggest we should prepare for alien contact by including the involvement of sociologists and anthropologists and philosophers.

As the NASA chair at NASA and the Library of Congress, I love to think about the Fermi paradox, which is the question: Given the vast size of the universe, where is all the intelligent life? Where is everybody? Nowadays, the question can be framed in terms of all of the intriguing exoplanet research that identifies habitable planets throughout the universe, but are these exoplanets actually inhabited (not just inhabitable), and if they are inhabited, does life survive into technological majority? Or are we alone? Why havent we heard anything? To the extent that we even do find life out there, my guess is that we will first find microbial life. Theres dozens of gloriously fun answers to the Fermi paradox.

Q: In the work that youre doing with Congress, what kinds of questions are you being asked and what we should be thinking about going forward with all this technology?

Theres been a lot of concern over the last few years about deep fake videos. Nobody likes it; your career could be ruined by a deep fake video that has you saying something really rotten that you never said. Algorithmic discrimination is a big issue, the fact that algorithms that are based on deep learning technologies will be data-driven, so if the data itself has implicit bias, hidden biases in it, it can actually lead to a bad result which discriminates against certain groups. There are many members of Congress whove been concerned about that. Thats why we really need AI regulations. AI regulation could do tremendous work. And so I do hope we move forward on all of these issues.

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The best advice that no one listens to – Ladders

If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. Confucius

If you are like me (and most people), you probably love helping others. It feels great to lend a hand to a friend or co-worker. And feeling proud they solved their problemsbecauseof our contribution.

We all love giving advice. We have the perfect solution to every problem except our own.

Thats the problem with helping others; it can quickly turn into an ego-booster instead of an altruistic act.

Most advice is useless.It pleases the provider more than the receiver. Its created based on ones expectations, not on understanding others.

The best advice lies in the eye of the beholder, not yours.

Dont ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. Robert Frost

Everyone needs help to solve their problems. But that doesnt mean they are open to listening or, even willing to, follow what you recommend.

I know, its tempting. When someone has a problem, we feel the need to chime in. The other person becomes a victim we want to rescue.You should do XorHave you tried this? We immediately suggest.We all fall into that trap. I have to remind myself continually: unsolicited advice doesnt work.

Dont spam people with your words of wisdom.

Keep this in mind when you are the one looking for advice. Offering something that people did not request is pushy. Your advice will go automatically to the junk box. That your help is free doesnt mean others will pay attention.

Getting into someone elses business is delicate the moment we start assuming, people feel judged.

When people open the door of their confidence, tread carefully. You could jeopardize the trust that person has on you. If you jump too fast into a conclusion, a friend can feel that you dont know her that well. Or that the advice you are providing is neither relevant to her nor genuine.

In most cases, when people say they want to talk to you is becausetheywant to do the talking. Your role is to listen, not to take over.

Your advice only works in one case: when someone asks for it.

Even if one of your friends shares plenty of details about a situation they are facing that doesnt mean they want any advice from you. Dont jump into that conclusion. We are wired to believe that, when people open up their hearts, is because they needourhelp.

Some folks just want to talk.

Sharing helps some people let go of the pain. For others, talking facilitates self-reflection. Conversations help understand whats really going on.

Listening can be more effective than any advice. Having someone you can lean on is comforting. If your partner is going through hard times, lending an ear can mean everything for her/him.

If a colleague just expects you to be a sounding board, be okay with it.

If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. Confucius

People dont care about your advice. Or mine either.

Dont fall into the trap of thinking that your advice is wisdom. You can share your experiences or knowledge, but you cant impart wisdom its an internal experience.

By trying to be smart, we can create more damage.

No one wants to be reminded of our weaknesses especially during harsh times. When you behave like a know-it-all, you make others feel more miserable.

Knowledge blindness makes us feel overconfident until others prove us wrong.

It happens to me. Most consultants and motivational writers suffer from illusory superiority too. This belief that we are smarter than we actually are is a common cognitive bias called the DunningKruger effect.

I see this a lot when coaching teams managers want to be the hero. They act like if they have all the answers. Even if they have good intentions, they hurt rather than help their teams. Great managerslead with questions, not perfect answers.

J.R.R. Tolkien said, Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

People dont need a superhero when they are suffering. Vulnerability always pays off empathy is your best superpower. Theres a thin line between trying to help and having all the answers. We should purposefully avoid crossing it especially when writing about giving advice

Never miss a good chance to shut up. Will Rogers

Sometimes, the best advice you can give is NOT providing any at all.

Staying silent is more effective than providing unsolicited advice. Be a helper, not a hero. Focus on listening and understanding whats going through the other persons mind.

Its better to be a good listener than giving advice no one will follow.

The best advice is being empathetic to the person that needs help. Practice walking in the other persons shoes, rather than expecting others to walk in yours.

Advice giving is like walking on eggshells. Regardless if your coworker is unhappy with her job or your best friend is going through a breakup you take sides when you give advice. People can think you arejudgmental.

Empathy is critical when people get defensive, they stop listening.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, Advice is like snow the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

Avoid theIf I were you, I wouldYou arenotthem. Empathy doesnt mean you know how people would behave, but understanding their emotions. One situation can trigger multiple reactions dont assume others see life through your same lens.

Your role is not to imposeyourperspective, but to help people find a solution that worksfor them. Questions provoke reflection and understanding learn to askbeautiful questions,as I wrote here.

Listening requires an open mind. Even if you are staying silent, you cant help someone if, deep inside your mind, you are judging their emotions or behaviors.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix

1. Clarify expectations:

When someone asks for your help or says that want to talk to you, clarify what they expect from you. You dont need to be overly explicit but asking sure, what do YOU need? will help you realize clear expectations.

2. Listen first:

Silence your advice. Dont ask questions yet. Even if you dont understand some details of the story. Let the other person unload their emotions and issues first. You can take notes or write down questions, so you dont get distracted.

3. Help with questions:

Providing clarity is the best advice. Whats going on? or How do you feel? are great ways to start. Open questions invite participation theres no right or wrong answer.

4. Reframe the problem:

Before discussing a course of action, the person must understand what he/she is going through. Most people cant find a solution because they cant separate details from therealproblem.What would you like to happen? This question drives focus. Any advice should enable the transformation the other person expects.

5. Brainstorm together:

Have a conversation rather than a monologue. I tend to brainstorm too fast so; when Im talking too much, I call myself out. Its a great reminder to the other person that you want to have a dialogue. Let the other person build on your ideas and provide new ones. Invite them to challenge your solutions.

6. Provide options, not one solution:

This is what you need to do is how conversations get stuck. Acting from an Illusory Superiority disengages other people. Find several options rather than pushing for the one you like the most. Then, encourage the other person to evaluate the pros and cons. Remember, solutions should be evaluated through the eyes of the other person, not yours.

7. Avoid the trap of If I were you.

Problems are personal; the same applies to find the right solution. Its not you who are facing the problem. Even if they ask you what you would do, push back. Help your colleague keep in mind that shes the one with the problem, not you. She needs to own her decisions.

People want to talk to you, not to listen to your advice. Dont assume they are looking for you to say something. Bite your tongue. Unsolicited advice doesnt work.

The best advice comes in the form of questions and listening to pay attention is your best help. Listen to others. Ask questions. Help people find a solution that will work for them.

No one pays attention to your advice, but everyone will appreciate your full attention.

Gustavo Razzettiis a change instigator thathelps organizationslead positive change. Author, Consultant, and Speaker on team building and cultural transformation.

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Replenish the Mind – The Catalyst

By Sam Lovett

One of Colorado Colleges biggest appeals is the location of the school itself. Whether or not you are outdoorsy, CC students are blessed with the stunning beauty of Colorado and its purple majesties every day, no matter the weather. However, despite our easy access to the mountains and natures most profound beauty, it is rather difficult for students to cut out time in their day to get outside for that hike, ski, bike ride, or walk because of our schools academic rigor. Because of this intensity, students are offered a four-day break after every three and a half weeks to finally enjoy the outside. While most students love the block break there is still a need to replenish during the block, and not just save up for the break.

Therefore, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of why replenishing the mind and taking breaks between working and studying is vital for keeping a steady pace on the block plan rather than just crashing at the end of the four weeks each month. Without breaks, students cannot refuel their energy as fourth week approaches, and then the predicted domino effect happens. It is, of course, difficult to allocate free time during the hustle and bustle of CC life: otherwise, there would be no need for this article. But there is hope.

Take advantage of the sun, even if its cold grab a coat and go outside for three to five minutes at least. The cool, fresh air and the beating sun replenishes your mind and your physical body or rather, serves as a temporary reset. And make sure to plan designated times to take this break. It does not matter how much you have or have not done. Stick with the plan.

But if going outside is inaccessible, way too cold, or impossible for any other reason, I offer a couple of other options. Still sticking to your schedule of planned breaks, make sure to stand up and walk around. When your body is in one position for too long, your muscles tend to weaken, causing you to slump over. Even consider doing some stretches. Lowering your head below your heart is wonderful for getting new oxygen and blood flow in the brain. I wrote about the following stretches in a previous article but wanted to bring them back to reiterate some ideas for stretching.

I love to do whats called a good morning stretch. Bring your arms over your head and point your toes. Squeeze every part of your body for three seconds and then let go. This stretch is simple, but it brings new oxygen in the blood, giving your body a chance to become more alert.

Bring your feet hip width distance apart and bend your knees a lot. Tuck your chin and slowly reach your fingertips to the ground. The goal is not for you to touch your hands to the ground with your legs straight, but instead to lengthen the spine and bring the chest to the thighs. Once you feel your hamstrings relax, release your head (shake yes and no), and grab both elbows. This time, you can straighten the legs if that feels good to you. Sway your arms back and forth to lubricate the spine. When ready to come back up, bring your hands to your thighs, tuck your chin, and slowly rise up. Give yourself a moment to become stable. Take a deep breath in and out.

Now that you are standing, reach both arms up to the ceiling, and take a micro backbend by arching your back. Your spine should be warmed up enough from the forward fold, but still, be mindful. If you feel lightheaded, know that it completely normal and should feel refreshing once the feeling has settled.

Do what works best for you and keep to your schedule to fully replenish the mind dont save it all for your block break!

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The Wood Brothers Release New Album, ‘Kingdom In My Mind’ [Listen] – Live for Live Music

Kingdom in My Mind, the new album from Grammy-nominated Americana trioThe Wood Brothers, arrives today viaHoney Jar/ThirtyTigers. The band will support the new release with an extensive world tour.

Recorded over a series of freewheeling, improvised sessions, Kingdom in My Mind is the bands most spontaneous and experimental work yet. The 11-track effort is a reckoning with circumstance, mortality, and human nature. The material finds strength in accepting what lies beyond our control as it hones in on the bittersweet beauty that underlies doubt and pain and sadness with vivid character studies and unflinching self-examination. While the lyrics dig deep, the arrangements are buoyant and transportive, drawing from a broad sonic and stylistic spectrum.

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We all have these little kingdoms inside of our minds, says Chris Wood. And without really planning it out, the songs on this album all ended up exploring that idea in some way or another. They look at the ways we deal with our dreams and our regrets and our fears and our loves.

On past albums, the bandwhich features brothers Chris and Oliver Wood along with Jano Rixwould write a batch of songs and then deliberately set out to record them. When it came to making Kingdom in My Mind, however, they began the process without even realizing it. At the time, the trio thought they were simply breaking in their new Nashville recording studio/rehearsal space, tracking a series of extended instrumental jam sessions as a way to test drive the facility.

We werent performing songs, continues Oliver. We were just improvising and letting the music dictate everything. Somebody would start playing, and then wed all jump into the groove with them and see where it went. Normally when recording, youre thinking about your parts and your performances, but with these sessions, we were just reacting to each other and having fun in the moment.

After listening back, the trio realized there was something undeniably alive and uninhibited in what they captured. So, like a sculptor chipping away at a block of marble, Chris took the sprawling improvisations and carefully chiseled out verses and choruses and bridges and solos until distinctive songs began to take shape. From there, the brothers divvied up the material that spoke to them most, penning lyrics both separately and together as they pondered what it takes to know contentment in our chaotic and confusing world.

You can listen toKingdom in My Mind byThe Wood Brothers in its entirety below or stream it on the platform of your choice here:

The Wood Brothers Kingdom in My Mind Full Album

The Wood Brothers are preparing to head out on the road in support of the new LP. Their tour will begin on January 29th atRams Head Livein Baltimore, MD ahead of a two-night run at New YorksWebster Hall on January 30th and 31st.

See below for a full list of upcoming dates. For more information and ticketing details, head to the bands website.

The Wood Brothers 2020 Tour Dates

1/29 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live ^1/30 New York, NY Webster Hall ^1/31 New York, NY Webster Hall ^2/1 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore ^2/3 Toronto, Canada Mod Club Theatre ^ (Sold Out)2/5 Rochester, NY Kodak Center ^2/6 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts ^2/7 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall ^2/8 Albany, NY Palace Theatre ^2/9 State College, PA The State Theatre ^2/11 McKees Rocks, PA Roxian Theatre ^2/12 Richmond, VA The National ^2/13 Chattanooga, TN Walker Theatre ^2/14 Nashville, TN The Ryman ^2/27 3/1 Punta Cana, DR Avett Brothers at the Beach (Sold Out)3/4 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom *3/5 Los Angeles, CA The Regent *3/6 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall *3/7 Oakland, CA Fox Theater *3/8 Eureka, CA Arkley Center for the Performing Arts *3/10 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater *3/11 Kirkland, WA Kirkland Performance Center *3/12 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *3/13 Vancouver, BC Imperial *4/2 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre4/3 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre4/4 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre4/5 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre4/7 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre4/8 Columbus, OH Southern Theatre4/9 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel4/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel4/11 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel5/22 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival5/29 Charleston, SC Spoleto Festival6/4-6 Oak Hill, WV Mountain Music Festival6/27 Laytonville, CA Black Oak Ranch

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Gilpin To Play Ann Coulter In "Impeachment" – Dark Horizons

GLOW breakout and Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin has signed on to play conservative media specialist Ann Coulter in Ryan Murphys upcoming Impeachment: American Crime Story event series for FX.

Written and executive produced by Sarah Burgess, the limited series centers on former US president Bill Clintons infamous scandal and impeachment that happened during the 1990s. Clive Owen plays Clinton, Beanie Feldstein is Monica Lewinski, Sarah Paulson is Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford co-stars.

Coulter was the legal adviser for Paula Jones attorneys as they represented Jones in her sexual harassment suit against Clinton. This series will be based on Jeffrey Toobins bestselling book A Vast Conspiracy.

Gilpin, who follows on from the recent addition of Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, will next be seen in the fourth and final season of GLOW later this year and also has roles in the Chris Pratt-led sci-fi thriller The Tomorrow War and the previously pulled controversial comedy The Hunt.

Impeachment: American Crime Story will premiere on September 27th on FX.

Source: Deadline

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‘Punk’d’ to be revived with Chance the Rapper as new host – Home – WSFX

Celebrities, beware: Punkd is being revived. And this time Chance the Rapper is the one doing the punking.

MTV Studios and Quibi said Friday they are teaming up to revive the show with Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper pranking unsuspecting A-listers.

ANN COULTER TO BE PLAYED BY BETTY GILPIN IN IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

No date was announced but the show will be available only on Quibis mobile video platform. Quibi is an upcoming short-video streaming service thats backed by Hollywood studios.

Punkd had an eight-season run on MTV, ending in 2007. The host back then was Ashton Kutcher and he got the better of such celebs as Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and Frankie Muniz.

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Chance the Rapper, whose name is Chancelor Bennett, saw his album Coloring Book become the first streaming-only album to be named best rap album at the Grammy Awards.

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Meghan McCain On The View Is The Epitome Of White Women Tears – BuzzFeed News

Im not proud the words Meghan McCain getting owned auto-complete on my YouTube search bar, but I think the first step in remedying a problem is acknowledging you have one. I also know Im not alone in enjoying watching The View cohosts public humiliation, demonstrated by the countless truly, countless videos that come up as results, each with hundreds of thousands of views. Not since the last time The View had an overprivileged, rich, conservative, cute white lady have I enjoyed this stupid, stupid show so much.

The Views hosts can claim that the point of their program is to foster a robust, fascinating cultural and political debate between women from diverse perspectives and different backgrounds; its been their party line for all the shows history. But that, my friends, is television nonsense. The View actually excels in showing a bunch of people fighting on air with little to no resolution, which inevitably results in endless scandals and public tiffs. Delightful!

While all of this has been largely satisfying over the course of the shows 23-year run, there is a kind of sadistic glee in watching McCain in particular get dunked on day after day on The View and then eventually on Twitter. Jezebel does a weekly roundup of McCains voice getting more and more strained as she argues with the other women on the show. There are long YouTube video compilations of her meltdowns, sometimes with added filters that make her look deranged and desperate. More often than not, her name trends on Twitter after she appears on television, accompanied by commentary about her latest controversy. (The most recent reason for McCains Twitter virality was her Jan. 7 conversation with Elizabeth Warren, characterized largely by the senator refusing to give her the time of day. Anyone who doesnt think Senator Elizabeth Warren could handle trump in the primary, said one tweet, missed out on her vaporizing Meghan McCains rude interruptions by ignoring her.)

Since McCains debut on the show in 2017, there has been a constant flow of reports that her cohosts hate her, or are icing her out, despite everyone insisting theyre one big family. On Jan. 13, CNN reported that the only other conservative cohost at the time, Abby Huntsman daughter of former US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. was leaving thanks to recent tensions between her and McCain; in part, Huntsman was sick of being berated by Meghan for perceived slights. Even among other conservatives, McCain appears to have no real allies.

Its worth pointing out that during her time on The View, Huntsman got a similar YouTube compilation treatment, but its not nearly to the same degree that McCain receives. Perhaps because if you wanted to design someone who Republicans think is too accommodating, and who Democrats think is too mealymouthed, you couldnt do better than Meghan McCain herself.

McCain is a rare example of a Republican who seems to desperately want Democrats, in particular, to like her. Its not enough for her to merely be a conservative whom other conservatives like which, considering her lukewarm stance on Trump, doesnt appear to be the case anyway. She wants Democrats, liberals, progressives, and anyone to the left of her to respect her, even if they disagree with her. She appears to yearn for an idealized version of the world that right-of-center politicos like to pretend was once real: Remember when everyone on either side of the aisle could get along despite their disagreements over little things like access to safe abortions and whether we should be in a war?

From left: Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain on The View.

Look, Ann Coulter or Tomi Lahren or Bill OReilly are all utterly craven. Jeanine Pirro is not your friend. I dont think Donald Trump Jr. particularly cares if you like him (so long as you agree he is very rich and successful and that his head doesnt look like a turtle who found a set of dentures). Listening to their pablum or their political rhetoric is discomfiting and infuriating theres nothing to salvage there, and theres nothing interesting about their characters or demeanors to examine and pick apart. Coulter is a vehement Islamophobe. Lahren is, at the very least, anti-immigrant and often outright hateful of people of color. OReilly settled countless sexual harassment claims and took great efforts to silence any women who attempted to speak out against him, and after all that it was only recently he lost his cushy job within the right-wing mothership at Fox News.

But give them this much credit (loath as I am to do it): None of these conservative figures are dying to get along with anyone who disagrees with them. One benefit of the Trump era is theres less doublespeak than before its clearer than ever when someone is malicious and pleased with it. Theyre happy to go on shows like The View or The Daily Show (truly another era, those were the days, we were once so innocent) and get in an argument, go on with their lives, and not take anything too personally. That version of the national debate, frankly, was far less honest than the truly soul-crushing ones were having now. But McCain so clearly takes all of her political dustups personally, sometimes to the point of tears, and the whole routine is woefully ineffective. Her behavior doesnt endear her to either side; in fact, it makes her a target of tragic sexism (unfair but inevitable) and valid criticism over her white lady weeping willow routine (extremely fair).

I like compromise, McCain said in one The View segment in 2019. I yearn for the era of Tip ONeill and Ronald Reagan. I yearn for a time when we can talk to one another and it doesnt turn into divisive tribalism. I like the idea that we can actually sit down and compromise, but, again, I dont know if the tribal left is going to go for it. Claiming that civility no longer exists in politics thanks to the rage and frustration of the traditionally disenfranchised isnt a new belief, but regardless, its not going to get you many friends on either side right now. The mistake she makes which ultimately makes her so vulnerable is that McCain wants to be viewed as a reasonable, defensible, and respectable conservative woman who sometimes disagrees with her friends. In a way, shes become the physical embodiment of the civility argument. And who wants to have that argument anymore?

Maybe its because the internet has changed, or maybe its because the president has changed the rules of engagement, or maybe its because our attitudes around white women acting like attention-seeking crybabies have changed, but when McCain and Whoopi Goldberg argue, its very clear who comes out on top. In December, during a conversation about Trumps impeachment trial, McCain got annoyed when her copanelists wouldnt listen to her every word. Do you want to hear a conservative perspective on this show ever? she asked. Girl, please stop talking. Please stop talking right now, Goldberg told her. McCain responded she wouldnt talk for the rest of the show an obviously petulant and childish response to grown women having a disagreement. Im okay with that if youre going to behave like this, Goldberg said, scolding McCain. The comments on the viral video are pretty brutal toward McCain, though a select few people, including Ben Shapiro, supported her. Still, Shapiro isnt exactly a paragon of civility in our time of endless partisan conflict.

Conflict appears to be unsavory to McCain, despite her willingness to court it. And while she might claim she wants everyone to listen to each other, it seems she mostly wants everyone to listen to her. I implore everyone to stop being as partisan, she said earlier in that same episode, arguing that the impeachment process has been unfairly biased on both sides. (Does she know how impeachment works?)

So perhaps no one is a better example of how centrism has failed than McCain, whos constantly criticized on both sides of the aisle and doesnt seem comfortable hearing or learning from any of it. In 2019, conservative writer Denise McAllister a former writer for the Federalist, a website run by Ben Domenech, McCains husband, mocked The View and its cohosts. In response, McCain wrote simply, you were at my wedding Denise... This is objectively hilarious but also a reminder that Republicans will only defend McCain if they absolutely have to. Generally speaking, she isnt of their ilk.

In a way, shes become the physical embodiment of the civility argument. And who wants to have that argument anymore?

When the audience booed the suggestion of a Trump reelection in an April 2019 episode, McCain (who says she doesnt even like Trump!) tried to scold them, saying Oh, Im used to the audience booing me in a tone that suggests that she is just, wow, super-not used to it. In 2018, during a conversation about John Kelly (who, by the way, loves Robert E. Lee), McCain snapped at the View audience for applauding his firing. I just think its weird to be clapping. Whatever you think about his politics, he lost his son in combat for freedom, she said, a continuation of her constant need to bring up her familys service, as if being in the military precludes you from ever being wrong.

McCain is always desperate to play the victim, but her martyrdom as a conservative white woman is exhausting. Why should we feel sorry for her? Sure, she doesnt support Trump, which somewhat sets her aside from the rest of her party, but thats not enough anymore. When she has a chance to speak out about the administration, she rarely takes it.

I consider myself a progressive Republican, McCain wrote in 2017 in an op-ed for the Daily Beast about her issues with Ann Coulter. But what does that actually mean in practice? McCains policies are largely those of traditional Republicans anti-abortion, pro-gun, pro-military, pro-Israel but she behaves in a manner that suggests shes trying to set herself apart from the party itself. Im often criticized for not being a real Republican, and I have been called a RINO Republican In Name Only in the past, McCain wrote. Many say I am not conservative enough, which is something that I am proud of. She wrote that just a few years ago, and its a real shift from where she is now: proudly and loudly touting her conservatism. I try to just remind myself that Im representing 50% of the country, she told Entertainment Tonight last September. I know theres people in the middle of the country that feel like theyre really happy that someone is representing them. McCains shtick is part self-martyring and part self-pitying.

Whenever she gets the chance to have Republicans feel bad for her, she milks it. Last week, the New York Times published an op-ed about The Views Meghan McCain Problem, which McCain criticized on Twitter right after it was published. Everyone already knows how much you despise red state, pro life, pro #2A conservative women, and wish we would all just go away, she tweeted. If the @nytimes wants to understand the country, maybe they should try having one woman in the room who doesnt accept their groupthink on guns, abortion, and religion. Apparently thats too much for them. She spent most of the day retweeting defenses of her from people like Megyn Kelly (The hatred for conservative women by the woke is ever apparent) and Joe Scarborough (The existence of one moderately conservative woman poses a threat to civil discourse. Good lord. What a joke).

McCain is begging for political civility in a world that no longer has the temperament for it, and shes operating in a society that isnt just catering to her anymore. And that is clearly making her upset. But its less and less interesting to hear the opinion of a wealthy white woman who comes from a political dynasty, whos married to the publisher of a conservative news site that encouraged people to vote for Roy Moore after he was accused of assaulting minors, and who doesnt seem to realize that her opinions arent interesting enough to merit a robust debate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hostin, and McCain on The View.

The Views last big conservative talking head before the time of Huntsman and McCain was Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a blonde, straight, white woman with real Fox News looks (shed end up there by 2013) who was previously best known for losing a season of Survivor. To her credit, Hasselbeck survived for 10 years on The View despite seemingly always being in conflict with one of the liberal heavy hitters on the show. In a decades worth of episodes, Hasselbecks contributions can be summed up in her two big fights: a dustup with Barbara Walters over the morning-after pill being available over the counter in 2006, and an infamous split-screen scrap with Rosie ODonnell over the Iraq War in 2003.

But the response to Hasselbecks conservative views were markedly different than how McCain is received today. Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd, who were also on the show during the Iraq War showdown, barely got involved. The audience clapped a few times for Hasselbeck, and, though the fight may have aged incredibly poorly for Hasselbeck, its not like ODonnell got a clear win. Its much easier to fight someone like Donald Trump, isnt it? Because hes obnoxious, Hasselbeck told ODonnell a sentence that, Christ, really puts the last three years into perspective. In this 2003 fight, the audience is placated in a hushed awe, unsure which of them to side with. Today, its pretty clear that the audience doesnt side with McCain, most of the time, regardless of her opponent.

McCains shtick is part self-martyring and part self-pitying.

Shes bad at effectively articulating the perspectives she does have. When they fall flat, she tries her hardest to present a compelling narrative about her own victimization. That never works either. In a January 2019 segment on The View, in a conversation about Rep. Steve Kings racism and whether Republicans are generally racist McCain used it as an opportunity to derail the conversation to remind everyone exactly who she is: I am John McCains daughter! I am not someone who sits there and is okay with racism in any way whatsoever! Last December, after her fight with Goldberg during which she was sharply told to be quiet, McCain tweeted, Good morning to all the fellow conservative girls who wont be quiet, along with a GIF of (Jesus Christ) the Mother of Dragons.

Who are the people trying to silence the host of a popular talk show with millions of viewers, or generally stomping on her ability to say and do whatever she wants? Her victim response is strong, even if her convictions are not: In our current political moment, vaguely disagreeing with the executive branch will never be enough when that administration is putting children in cages and trying to ban people of certain religions from entering the country.

McCains television shtick is prototypical entitled white woman behavior. Shes happy to start an argument but cries if she doesnt get what she wants. (Remember in 2016 when McCain said Obamas tears over the 27 people killed in the Newtown shooting looked like bad political theater? A bunch of YouTube commenters sure do!) No wonder its so fun to watch four other women, often black women, like Goldberg and Sunny Hostin, destroy her using basic logic. McCain is routinely trying to weaponize her white tears, her fathers legacy, her plea for civility and it never works. No one buys that shes utterly devastated by Rep. Ilhan Omars comments on Israel because McCain has Jewish friends. She has become the worst kind of television pundit: a person who cries on television when the argument doesnt go her way and then suggests her critics are being sexist if they cross her.

And while its been fun to watch McCain get shot down on live television, making fun of her increasingly seems like punching down. Mostly because its just so easy. But the glee and the discomfort with the glee (at least for me, personally) is linked to her seeming lack of self-awareness, her refusal to listen to anything other than her own anxiety-filled voice as she yells at everyone to stop talking and just listen to her. She just makes it so hard to feel sorry for Meghan McCain.

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Off-campus wireless internet security on par with University – Kent Wired

If not in class or on campus, Kent State students spend their free time surfing the web, browsing social media, streaming TV shows and movies, all while running the risk of their security being breached on the internet provided by their living complexes.

One would assume that off-campus internet might be more prone to being compromised, but it is actually secure enough to the point where the normal user should not have any issues.

Kate Page, a community assistant and resident at Campus Pointe, has not seen any issues involving wireless security.

Most residents register their devices with the Wi-Fi that needs a username and password, but some use the guest one thats open, Page said.

Campus Pointe, who has wireless internet provided by Pavlov Media, has users register their devices with the apartments locked wireless network.

Students feel their online safety using a wireless connection varies from user to user.

Trey Schleifstein, a sophomore business major and current Campus Pointe resident, has yet to see any real threats to his security.

My devices are all logged in to Pavlov Media, so I would say that probably has something to do with it, Schleifstein said.

Schleifstein also acknowledged that everyone has a different experience when it boils down to their safety online, with students more likely to stream content on a Smart TV or computer.

I think it would mostly depend on what people are doing on the internet that would then have the potential to cause harm, Schleifstein said.

Other off-campus housing, like Eagles Landing Apartments, have similar standards and experiences when it comes to dealing with security on their Wi-Fi.

Chris Miller, a property manager at Eagles Landing Apartments, has also not seen any issues regarding the security of the wireless internet his complex provides.

As of right now, we know there havent been any security issues, at least brought to our attention, but I know that Spectrum is the provider from a standpoint of security and preventative security as well, Miller said.

Miller echoed the notion that security is in the hands of those behind the keyboard.

I think a lot of times were not aware of it; its just something weve clicked on and thats opened up another realm allowing us to be attacked from a security standpoint, Miller said.

John Brucker, a sophomore business major and current resident of Eagles Landing, has dealt with suspicious activity that resembled a security breach in the past, with slower speeds and pop-ups.

Resetting my apartments router usually will resolve the issue, Brucker said.

Wi-Fi security, like many other things, can vary from apartment to apartment. With potential liability issues at hand, off-campus housing properties take preventative measures on their end to ensure that Kent State students safety on their wireless internet is not compromised.

Dylan Bowers covers Tech. Contact him at dbowers9@kent.edu.

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Protecting Websites from Magecart and Other In-Browser Threats – Security Boulevard

The Rise of Third-Party Scripts

Modern web applications have become increasingly reliant on external code, services and vendors that execute JavaScript code in the browser often referred to as third-party scripts. As a close-to-home example shown below, Akamai executes dozens of scripts to populate our home page. Nearly 70% of these scripts come from outside sources.

Partial Request Map View of http://www.Akamai.com

Source: https://requestmap.herokuapp.com/render/200107_S4_75af286693538a095b33ac5e4740b0b8/

We, like almost all other internet-based businesses, use third-party scripts because they enhance the web experience, are easy to add and modify, promote a consistent web experience and are pre-integrated and maintained by the third parties. In fact, web sites today average 56% third-party scripts (Akamai has 68% third-party).

Source: Security and Frontend Performance, Challenge of Today: Rise of Third Parties, Akamai Technologies and OReilly Media, 2017

Magecart a class of credit card hacker groups using new & more sophisticated attack methods has become the poster child of third-party scripts attacks.

Because third-party scripts come from a myriad of trusted and untrusted sources in a businesss supply chain, the attack surface for web-facing applications has become significantly larger and harder to protect. Sites that use credit card processing are at constant risk in fact out of the tens of thousands of sites hit with Magecart in the last few years, 1 in 5 victims are re-infected, often within months of the last attack.

Source: Sangine Security, 2018. https://sansec.io/labs/2018/11/12/merchants-struggle-with-magecart-reinfections/

Unfortunately, most application protection solutions today have tried to retrofit existing techniques to prevent third-party script threats using firewall and policy controls. When rigorously applied, this approach can restrict open business practices and the advantage of third-party scripts. And, when applied to loosely, can miss a lot of attacks.

The primary way, security teams keep their scripts clean, is via constant script review and testing which is really hard.

Because of this constant, time consuming, invisible challenge for security teams to be able to detect and mitigate third-party script attacks, it often isnt done making injecting malicious code into web pages via third-party Javascripts one of the most popular attack methods for credit card and credential skimming today. In 2019, an average of 4800 websites were compromised from third-party injected code every month, a 78% increase over 2018.

Source: Symantec 2019 Internet Security Threat Report

Page Integrity Manager is designed to discover and assess the risk of new or modified JavaScript, control third-party access to sensitive forms, and enable automated mitigation. The solution fully monitoring the behavior of each JavaScript workload in the session, through a series of detection layer, using machine learning model, heuristics, signatures and risk score model. This advanced approach identifies suspicious and malicious behavior, enable automated mitigation using policy-based controls, and block bad actors using Akamai threat intelligence to improve accuracy.

Akamai will be launching Page Integrity Manager in 2020.

We are inviting customers to participate in a valuable beta project with a working product to help you be protected from malicious scripts.

To learn more, download our Beta Product Brief.

Join our beta program today by contacting your Akamai sales team.

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