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Can a celebrity save a sea?

The killer question - April 26, 2017

Only time will tell. Wishing to “put back ecology at the center of the pleasure of life“, it is exactly what electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre is trying to do. He intends to let the world know that it is necessity for us to save the Dead Sea. Each day it dries a little more and sees its level decreasing by more than one meter per year. This is due, in particular, to the considerable exploitation by the neighboring countries of the waters of the River Jordan, which flows into it.

The location for his latest big show, which took place April 6th 2017, was chosen carefully: under the famous fortress of Massada and a few hundred meters away from the dry shores of the Dead Sea. The stage was erected at the lowest point of the earth’s surface. This made the artist and UNESCO ambassador of goodwill say: “I want to raise the lowest desert on the planet to a new dimension“.

With 10 000 people in the attendance, you could say the concert was a success. As for the environmental dimension, we’d say it was a fantastic way of bringing attention to the issue.

His first demand? Have the sea and its region registered as World Heritage sites.

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Google's AI Fun Fact

Fun Fact - April 19, 2017

Every day, AI seems to be making giant leaps. For example, the intelligence of Google Deep Dream is able today to reproduce in its own way the masterpiece “La Nuit Étoilée” by Van Gogh. An auction for the 29 AI-generated paintings was organized in February 2016 in San Francisco by the charity Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. The most expensive works were sold a staggering $ 8,000.
Sounds like Google Deep Dream will be able to open a new bank account for all that money real soon.

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Can you have a conversation with a piece of art?

Fact or fiction - April 19, 2017

Like many, you may have been confused in front of a work of art? Well, the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires seems to have found the perfect solution to avoid people passing by a sculpture or a painting and not really understanding it. Through its “Dialogue with the artwork” program, the Argentinean Museum has designed a chatbot that allows you to discuss with the sculpture Bio Cosmos by artist Emilio Renart. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the project has its own personality and instantly responds to all the of the visitors’ questions: “Where do you come from?”, “Who is your creator?”, “How old are you?”, “How tall are you?”, etc…

After a little chit chat with it, you’ll never ever see art the same way.

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How to put together the Superbowl’s winning team?

The killer question - April 19, 2017

As we know, for the past few years the use of data has been gaining a lot of steam in sports, but lately it seems to have reached fever pitch.
With the ability to analyze players’ data and statistics in real time, it is now possible to make a highly specific follow-up of each team member and to draw up a detailed profile. Logically, artificial intelligence plays an essential role in recruiting players and recently, NFL’s Baltimore Ravens even recruited player Ronnie Stanley based on the AI’s recommendations.

Coming soon: computer-driven coaching? Only time will tell

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How to become the king of the world with 6 quotes by Richard Branson?

The killer question - April 12, 2017

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Big Boss Branson (Photo for The Washington Post by Carlo Allegri)

Founder and CEO of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Cola, Virgin Trains, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Direct, Virgin Money, Virgin Galactic… among others, Richard Branson is one of the most celebrated entrepreneurs on the planet. But most of all, he is a self-made man who always reminds people that nothing’s impossible, not even getting to the moon.

Still you have to go by these 6 rules:

 . The first one is a nod to his free spirit : « Screw it, just do it” (Source : Enigma Magazine, 2012)

. The second one is a basic principle that still needs to be repeated over and over again : Keep going until you succeed and don’t give it up (Source : Virgin StartUp, 2015)

. The third one deals with the need of observing what’s going on and what hasn’t been done ever before: Shake up with things and do better than it’s been done before” (Source : Forbes, 2013)

. The forth one is a lesson on humbleness and flair: Not try to do everything yourself. Try to find people who are better than you” (Source : Genius Network, 2011)

. The fifth one seems inspired by a famous line from a very famous movie (“With great power comes great responsability” as said by Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s uncle, Benjamin Parker): “As a leader of people, you have to be a great listener, a great motivator and looking at the best in people” (Source : Big Think, 2011)

. The sixth one, possibly the most important, is the key to respect: “Treat people well, and people will come back for more”) (Source : Ted Conference, 2007)

You know what to do 😉

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How did Hermione Granger make it to the UN?

The killer question - April 05, 2017

Among the great speeches that have recently stuck with the masses, there is no doubt that everyone remembers that of a beautiful and intelligent 24 year-old at the United Nations: Emma Watson, whom have become a household name for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. If her 2014 conference about women’s rights might have surprised many, it is important to stress that Emma has always supported female education- charities and visited countries such as Bangladesh or Zambia for various humanitarian projects. Before ending up at the UN on that day, the actress has been an ambassador for Camfed International, an organization that focuses on female education in rural Africa. And its through her dedication and commitment that Emma has been chosen by UN Women to become the ambassador for their equal rights campaign, HeForShe.

And just like that, she has managed to put a spell on all of us, once again.

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Fun Fact: 1 million dollars

Fun Fact - April 05, 2017

Since its creation in 1984, the acronym TED has become the symbol of a more didactic approach to conferences; overtime it has become the leader of the pack when it comes to that field. Each year, it rewards “an inspiring, high-impact idea that needs the support of a global community”. The first to ever receive this award is U2’s front man Bono, for his “ONE” campaign, which focuses on Africa. You can check out all the winners here and if you think you’ve got the next million-dollar idea, check this out… Good luck!

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What does every designer have in their pocket?

The killer question - March 29, 2017

 

Answer : a “Pantone Condome”.

Quite early on, designers are faced with the idea of “Form and Substance”.
The creative minds over at Russian agency Dark Design Group wanted to explore that whole concept by applying to condoms the visual codes and some of the colors of the mythical Pantone color chart.

Each pack of condom represents one of the famous Pantone cards, put together they form of color chart. Each color is related to a fruit and therefore to its scent. Very clever!

Although the idea is still at a development stage, it sure has made an impression on the creative community and could quite possibly lead to a commercial application. Until then, keep that in mind: “No Glove, No Love”

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What a colorful and cheeky packaging © Dark Design Group

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Tennis woman Maria Sharapova has launched a candy business

Shine at parties! - March 22, 2017

 

In the latest edition of celebrities branching out, Maria Sharapova has surprised everyone by launching a candy business – although her love for sweets has never been a secret to her biggest fans. Tastefully named « Sugarpova », her delicacies come in mouths or tennis balls shapes and can be found in different flavors with fun titles like “flirty”, “sporty”, “quirky” or “Cheeky”.

“I wanted to create something totally unexpected. I really wanted to launch my own company” she explained some time ago to the newspaper L’Express.

Well-played Maria. Game, set and match!

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Next step: the candy world championships © Sugarpova

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How to go incognito at your own in-store event?

The killer question - March 22, 2017

Through the years, Daft Punk has remained the best! Even when it comes to making an appearance at an event devoted to them, the dynamic duo found a way to do it differently. Last month, the prestigious Maxfield store in Los Angeles opened a pop-up store specially dedicated to the French musicians. At its launch, instead of showing up in their robot suit, Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo and Thomas Bangalter decided to come to Maxfield in their everyday uniform, without a warning.

As a result, no one noticed them and the two were able to enjoy the event in complete peace. These guys are definitely out of this world.

In The Weeknd’s latest video, the guys haven’t forgotten to wear their helmets.

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