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What Happens When You Put A Sex Therapist, A Conservationist, And A Millennial Entrepreneur On A Boat? 25 May 2015, 1:00 pm

Summit Series, which today announces Summit at Sea 2015, believes great ideas are born when leaders focus on each other and on nature.

The Time 400 Industry Leaders Talked About Sex On A Mountain

In 2013, Esther Perel, a Belgian psychologist who explores how human sexuality intersects with culture, was invited to a private gathering in Eden, Utah. There, she would have the opportunity to mingle with 850 thought leaders from the worlds of science, art, business, philanthropy, and sport.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Elizabeth Segran

After The Fracas Over Hello Barbie, ToyTalk Responds To Its Critics 23 May 2015, 10:00 am

CEO Oren Jacob has a few things he'd like to clear up.

At New York's Toy Fair, the toy industry's big February trade show, visitors to Mattel's booth were greeted, literally, by Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi–connected doll that uses speech-recognition technology to have real conversations with kids. The prototype was programmed with a few lines of dialogue specific to visiting New York and the Toy Fair, well short of the hours of conversation she'll be prepared to engage in when she's released officially later this year. Still, she performed so well that some visitors asked if there was a woman with a microphone hiding behind a curtain, and an unplanned "interview" with CNBC's Morgan Brennan went off without a hitch. "She went six or seven questions deep," says former Pixar CTO Oren Jacob, now cofounder and CEO of ToyTalk, the company behind the doll's conversation technology. "And she crushed it."

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Evie Nagy

Snapchat Is Hiring Journalists To Cover The 2016 Election 22 May 2015, 6:20 pm

And you thought election coverage was ubiquitous in 2012.

Snapchat in January began hosting video content from CNN, ESPN, the Daily Mail, and other media organizations. Now, the ephemeral photo-messaging app is gearing up to publish its own video news coverage: The company is looking to hire "political junkies and news aficionados" with experience in journalism, according to a hiring post on Greenhouse.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | David Lumb

American Companies Are One Step Closer To Claiming Asteroid Treasure 22 May 2015, 5:35 pm

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorize firms to keep what they mine from asteroids. Welcome to the space rush.

Space may be the final frontier, but according to the pesky 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty, celestial bodies may not be claimed for any particular country. But what about the things on the celestial bodies—specifically, the things that can be sold for lots of money? The SPACE act, which would authorize American companies to keep whatever they mine from asteroids, has just passed in the House of Representatives. If you can mine it, American business will come.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | David Lumb

See What Times Square And Wall Street Looked Like 100 Years Ago 22 May 2015, 5:00 pm

See what places like Times Square or Wall Street looked like 100 years ago.

Software engineer Dan Vanderkam has embedded a collection of historical photos from the New York Public Library into an awesome interactive map of old New York. If you're a history nerd, or you just love New York, prepare to waste your entire afternoon (or weekend) on this site.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Sophie Weiner

Send Friends Drawings Of Their Spirit Animals With These Adorable Postcards 22 May 2015, 1:45 pm

Meow. Woof. Ooh ooh eee eee aah.

Animal fan art goes way back—the world's oldest paintings, some dating from 40,000 years ago, feature seals, miniature buffalo, and fruit-eating pig-deer, among other beasts. Animal Box, a collection of 100 colorful postcards by 10 artists, proves the tradition is still going strong. They're illustrated with animals, from cats and dogs to lemurs and zebras, curated by Brooklyn artist Happy Menocal.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Carey Dunne

Take The Fast Company News Quiz 22 May 2015, 1:45 pm

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for May 22, 2015.

Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. cool-face

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Rose Pastore

5 Free Apps That Feel Like The Future Of Work 22 May 2015, 1:30 pm

Get organized, find an instant office, manhandle your email, and more with these forward-thinking apps.

You don't work like the rest of the world works. You're always one step ahead —sharp, efficient, and never at your desk for more than a few minutes. Or at least you'd like to think so. And these apps—each with with a little bit of the future woven into their DNA—can help you get there.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Doug Aamoth

STEM Curriculum Turned Into An Addictive Game 22 May 2015, 1:00 pm

With Simple Machines, six interactive worlds illustrate the foundational principles of physics.

Levers, pulleys, and wheels—they're tools that outline some of the most foundational principles in physics. But foundational principles are boring. What's fun is using a lever to catapult a boulder at a castle, breaking down the bricks one by one to discover a dragon sleeping inside.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Mark Wilson

Can Netflix Make Your TV Smarter? 22 May 2015, 12:10 pm

With Netflix Recommended TVs, the streaming company is helping manufacturers make their products as easy to use as, well, Netflix.

Brady Gunderson, a director of product development at Netflix, calls 2015 "the year smart TVs got smart."

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Nicole LaPorte

Smart Bras Aren't As Stupid As They Sound 22 May 2015, 12:00 pm

Created by an alum of Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, Sensilk is biometric clothing that takes a decidedly female-centric approach to wearables.

For Ashley Tyler, a designer and former director at Ralph Lauren, Nautica, and Levi's, the premise seems so obvious. "When you think about it, it's hard to believe it isn't already out there," she says of Sensilk's Fight Tech bra, which measures metrics such as heart rate, respiratory rate, and calories burned, and then offers actionable points on all. "Well, the technology is out there," she corrects herself, handing me the Flight Tech prototype, which is as silky and as light as a camisole. "But it comes in a form that is thick, plastic, and clunky. This isn't."

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Julie Taraska

Why Designers Must Put Invention First 22 May 2015, 12:00 pm

To fulfill their potential, designers should create conditions for proactive, not reactive, thinking, argues Paddy Harrington.

The business of design tends to be project focused. A task is established, and a designer is hired to complete it. Usually a company or organization, with a distinct need, commissions those projects. Ultimately, the world's great designers and architects are known for the work they have completed for others. It's the business-as-usual of design. It's an incredibly rare thing to find designers who instigated their own project.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Paddy Harrington

Is There A Difference Between Liberal And Conservative Typography? 22 May 2015, 11:30 am

Are liberals sans-serifs and conservatives serifs? It's not quite that simple anymore.

The fonts are called Bulo and Trola. Both mean "hoax" in Spanish. And they were created by the type foundry Tipografies back in 2013 as one core typeface split into serif (ornamental) and sans serif (streamlined) versions. (Read more on serif vs. sans serif fonts here.)

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Mark Wilson

Has Lunch Ruined Your Productivity? 22 May 2015, 11:00 am

Watch this before you eat that burrito.

As anyone who has ever overeaten can tell you, what you eat for lunch greatly affects your productivity for the rest of the day. Did you know that it's better to step away from your desk and go for a quick walk after eating? It's also better to eat lunch with other people than to eat alone. Watch the video to find out facts like these and more.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | FastCo Studios

The Office Is Watching You 22 May 2015, 11:00 am

A new generation of "people analytics" tools promises to make offices more self-aware and efficient. Could they also help get you fired?

Does your boss even appreciate how much time you're spending in meetings every week? Probably not.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Steven Melendez

Leave Your Smartphone Addiction At Home With This Screenless Device That Only Does Phone Calls 22 May 2015, 10:15 am

The dumb phone is back. But it's a genius solution for escaping the oppression of our always-on economy and just living in the moment for a change.

You probably spend more time with a smartphone than anything (or anyone) else: It goes to work with you, waits in line with you at the grocery store, joins you for dinner, and maybe ends up in your bed. And inevitably—as much as you might be addicted to glancing down every few minutes—you're probably a little sick of it.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

How Minecraft Inspired Jewelbots, The Programmable Bracelets For Tween Girls 22 May 2015, 10:06 am

A wearable that looks like a fashion accessory, but functions like a gaming platform.

"When people find something they really enjoy, they teach themselves," says Sara Chipps, a serial entrepreneur and former CTO of coding bootcamp the Flatiron School.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Ainsley O'Connell

Who The Most Creative People In Business Follow On Twitter And Instagram 22 May 2015, 10:06 am

We asked this year's honorees to share their favorite Twitter and Instagram accounts—and the results will make you smile.

The Internet—time suck that it is—also serves as an important source of creative inspiration. We asked Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business of 2015 to point us to the Twitter and Instagram accounts they turn to the most when seeking insight, inspiration—or just a fun break in the middle of the day. Here's what they said:

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Erin Schulte

KFC Makes A Keyboard, A Cancer Charity Makes A Porn PSA: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week 22 May 2015, 10:00 am

Plus, ZocDoc gets awkward, Cadbury hits the road, and the meme-iest Delta safety video.

Brands all across this great green earth are constantly trying to create something that will become an instant viral sensation, but it's not as easy as it looks. Marketers look at self-made YouTube sensations with jealousy at their ability to attract the attention and love of millions. Delta Airlines is no stranger to viral success, thanks to using its safety video as a content platform for both important messages about inflight safety and making consumers laugh. Now, instead of drooling over YouTube stars the brand recruited them to take part in the meme-iest safety video ever recorded.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Jeff Beer

These Bleakly Beautiful Photos Tell The Story Of A Remote Coal Mining Town Near The North Pole 22 May 2015, 10:00 am

This Soviet-era relic company town still lives and breathes in the Arctic. Climate change could ultimately sink it—or make it fortunes.

Located halfway between Norway and the North Pole on a barren island in the Arctic Ocean, the coal mining village of Barentsburg is one of the northernmost towns in the world. In a new photo series, French photographer Léo Delafontaine traveled to the unlikely settlement to document its lonely existence and to contemplate its future as Arctic ice melts.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

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