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You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do?

I sat in a San Francisco conference room a few months ago as 14 staffers at the charity recommendation group Give Well discussed the ways in which artificial intelligence — extreme, world-transforming, human-level artificial intelligence — could destroy the world. Not just as idle chatter, mind you. They were trying to work out whether it’s worthwhile to direct money — lots of it — toward preventing AI from destroying us all, money that otherwise could go to fighting poverty in sub-Saharan

Africa.

“Say you tell the AI to make as many paper clips as it can possibly make,” Howie Lempel, a program officer at GiveWell, proposed, borrowing a thought experiment from Oxford professor Nick Bostrom.

The super AI isn’t necessarily going to be moral. Even with positive goals, it could backfire. It could see the whole world as a resource to be exploited for making paper clips, for example.

“Just because it’s very intelligent doesn’t mean it has reasonable values,” Lempel said. “Maybe it starts turning puppies into paper clips.”

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7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

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The science of home party plans

The science of party planning

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“I think it’s all about who comes,” said Bri Tate, senior in management and international business. “People who aren’t too ‘cool’ and you know they’re just down to have fun. If the people suck, I won’t stay.” The typical party mix always includes …

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Natasha Naughty Presents – The Adult Sex Toy Party

www.IntimateTickles.com | Natasha Naughty, Hottie and Mascot for My Pure Pleasure by Intimate Tickles, introduces a few of her friends to explain why they had an adult sex toy party, and/or…

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Party Plan Business

When I got to college and started to go to parties in the Fort, I expected Hollywood to come to life. Somewhere between “Clueless” and “Project X” there was the perfect straight-out-of-a-movie party, and I hoped to find it. Some were wild, some were lame, and ultimately I realized that no movies quite got all of it right.

“The Fort — it’s a better area to have a party than other places in Knoxville,” said Elliott Feith, a freshman in accounting. “Everything is within walking distance.”

Parties make even the trashiest of Fort houses look like Gatsby’s mansion, and the Fort is Mecca for parties. The ideal layout has to have perfect keg placement, which means fewer bottlenecks to the booze and more time to party. Most houses have ample outdoor space, where a large majority of partygoers congregate like in “Dazed and Confused.” Find a place that can handle a little wear-and-tear, a large crowd, boozey floors and loud music — with neighbors that won’t call the cops.

Themes can be fun, and the costumes ensure tons of Instagram likes the next day. Who wouldn’t want to go to an“Animal House” historic toga party? But picking the right theme is crucial. Common mistakes including choosing something too specific or offensive stereotypes, exhibited in the Sundance Film Festival award winner “Dear White People.”

Some, however, like senior in public relations Kevin Brown, say themes are a lost cause. “I hate themes. They never work well in the Fort,” Brown said. “People care more about getting drunk than they do dressing up.”

If you want a theme anyway, pick one with plenty of costume potential, like togas, decades or characters from pop culture. The more people can get from Goodwill, the better.

Recently, live music has been a trend at Fort parties. Bands in people’s living rooms or backyards make a typical kegger feel like a private concert with your closest friends — with cheaper beer. Think Matt Damon’s rendition of “Scotty Doesn’t Know” in “Eurotrip,” or even Craig Ferguson and Rihanna’s duet in “This is the End.” Knoxville has a lot of great local musical talent to take advantage of, and live music brings people together. Cicily Hummer, a senior in kinesiology, prefers live music at parties, although she says, “Eight out of 10 times the band sucks.” So maybe a back-up Spotify playlist is a good idea.

15 Email Marketing Myths Debunked!

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How well do you understand email marketing? Even if you think you’re in the know, you might be believing outdated or unsubstantiated “facts.”.

Here’s a look at common misconceptions regarding email, according to the following Email Monks infographic.

All email recipients who opted in are loyal readers. False. “Some of them opted-in through proxy forms for incentives to surpass premium content gateways,” suggests Email Monks.

Moreover, the length of time on a list can increase the possibility of spam complaints. “At 31 months, 43% of a list were more likely to complain,” states Email Monks.

The higher the email frequency, the higher the unsubscribe every time. Not true! “HubSpot conducted a study and found that if you’re emailing your list four or five times a month, it will actually decrease your unsubscribes,” Email Monks states.

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Email Marketing: How To Make Money With Email Without Spamming Your Customers

Email Marketing: How To Make Money With Email Without Spamming Your Customers Fiona Lewis interviews Kurt Johansen the email marketing king. He shares his secretes on how to get started with.

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Get Repeat Orders Online For Your Home Party Plan

By Deb Bixler.

Every home party plan consultant should make a plan to generate repeat business.

Whether you offer a consumable product or not, one of your focuses should be on repeat orders.

Any good consultant knows that one-time orders are good way to get customer revenue started, but repeat customers are what makes your business successful.

As a modern party consultant, you have a website where your customers can go to place orders. Some of your customers may think it is easier to call you or to just wait until the next event to place a new order. But if they do that, then they are sure to forget about their order and you lose your revenue.

There are some steps you can take to push customers towards your website for repeat orders.

Chances are your website domain where guests must go is long and hard to say as well as remember.

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Direct Sales Party Plan Tools : Lapboards

All About Lapboards – a Party Plan Consultant must have Save money by using lapboards for your direct sales business. Lapboards help you organize and maintain a professional performance…

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