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The Golden Rule for Artificial Intelligence

If Microsoft’s “Tay-bot” artificial intelligence (AI) experiment can turn an innocent chatbot into a racist in less than 24 hours on Twitter, how long can we expect a soft, illogical humanoid to last? In his article, “Artificial intelligence doesn’t have

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Thanks! Again.

“This is the first time I ever met a real author!” The excitement of the third-graders at Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia, North Carolina was evident as M.C. Tillson handed out 91 copies of her middle-grade chapter book, The

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Need a Unicorn? How About a Good Writer?

Everyone does. At least that’s the word from user experience (UX) design guru, John Madea, who operates in the space where design, technology, and business meet. In his March “2017 Design in Tech Report,” Medea posited that writing is the

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Thanks!

With M.C. Tillson’s May visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she finished the distribution of the more than 960 books generously donated by people who care about reading. “You should see the looks on their faces when the students realize that

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To the Point and Short

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, our average attention span in 2015 was 8.25 seconds—less than that of a goldfish. My advice? Keep it short. Say what you mean and then stop. Make it easy for people to understand your

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Words Matter

Finding—and using—the right words has never been more important. It’s a time of heightened interest in everything political. It’s a time when accusations of false news and suggestions of alternative facts obfuscate an already complicated list of topics. And it’s

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Spread the Magic of Reading!

It’s a new year with new challenges and new possibilities, and one of the opportunities that A&M is excited about is the Muffin Project. Generous gifts made by folks who know the power of a single book have allowed author

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Giving Feels Cozy

Looking for a way to get (and share) that cozy winter feeling? We’d like to suggest that you make your way to the book section of your favorite retail outlet and have at it. By the time you leave, you

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Changing the Model?

Sometimes it seems that we get so wrapped up in the bottom line that we forget about the journey along the way—even though that journey is where we spend most of our lives. Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift—a

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Give a Third Grader a Book

A&M Writing and Publishing, along with M.C. Tillson, is launching a campaign to get books into the hands of third graders—and keep them there. The program, affectionately known by Ms. Tillson as the “Muffin Project” because of its relationship to

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California Lighthouse Adventures

How to Apologize Appropriately:

Step 1: Express Remorse.
Every apology needs to start with two magic words: "I'm sorry," or "I apologize."
Step 2: Admit Responsibility.
Next, admit responsibility for your actions or behavior, and acknowledge what you did.
Step 3: Make Amends.
Step 4: Promise That It Won't Happen Again.

From "How to Apologize," Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com