Top Author Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/author The latest Author IAmA's collected from Reddit AuthorI'm a bestselling horror author who just published a new book-- ZOMBIE-IN-CHIEF: EATER OF THE FREE WORLD portraying Donald Trump as a literal zombie. Reality has outpaced my wildest imaginings. . . http://www.topiama.com/r/6305/im-a-bestselling-horror-author-who-just-published I'm Scott Kenemore, author of 10 horror novels and satires about the undead. (Though I might be best known for disagreeing with Max Brooks about the awesomeness Return of the Living Dead on panels at San Diego Comic-Con.) After the 2016 election, I thought it'd be interesting to write a book where a Trumpian figure runs for president while harboring a secret so dark he must conceal it even from his closest advisors and aides; namely, that he is a member of the walking dead, and seeks the nation's highest office in order to turn America into a wonderland for brain-eating zombies. He wants to build a southern border wall. . . to keep delicious humans IN. He wants to cut govt.-funded access to healthcare. . . because hobbled, sickly humans are so much easier for zombies to catch. And Mar-a-Lago's location near the Caribbean is no coincidence, for it functions as a recruitment center for the rich and powerful who might wish to join the elite ranks of the ravenous unliving.
The late, great George Romeo was the master of using zombies for political criticism. I find them salient to the 2016 presidential election because—just like zombies—the candidate who won did so many things you “can’t” do. Dead bodies “can’t” rise from their graves to feed upon the flesh of the living—and political candidates “can’t” make fun of handicapped reporters, alienate minority groups, and speak enthusiastically of groping women . . . and still expect to get elected president.
Until they do. A chief function of horror is to challenge what we know to be possible and true. Realizing you’ve been dead wrong about something is one of the scariest feelings of all. (Half the horror is being eaten alive by the zombie, but the other half is realizing you were so very wrong about what kind of world you were living in. First of all, ouch, my brains! But second of all, how in the heck is this even happening?!) For these reasons, I think the 2016 election can probably be best understood as a horror story. Ask me anything.

The new book: https://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Chief-Eater-Politics-Undead/dp/1945863218

My website: https://scottkenemore.com/

Proofs, I has them! https://scottkenemore.com/about/

EDIT: Thanks everyone! I'm going to step away for a bit, but if anyone has additional questions I'll try to get to them later this evening!

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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI am INFJoe, an artist, creator of INFJoe Cartoons, and author of Text, Don’t Call. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6303/i-am-infjoe-an-artist-creator-of-infjoe-cartoons My face

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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorWe are the authors of The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6302/we-are-the-authors-of-the-science-of-orphan-black My face

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Sun, 13 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
OtherIAmA young 5th generation farmer in California, AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6298/iama-young-5th-generation-farmer-in-california-ama My face

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Fri, 11 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AthleteWant to get inside the mind of an elite Olympic medalist? I'm Figure Skater Ashley Wagner, and I'm Six Months Out from Going for Gold. Ask Me Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6288/want-to-get-inside-the-mind-of-an-elite-olympic The Exploratorium is a playful learning laboratory in San Francisco with 600+ interactive exhibits. Nicole Minor is the project director and producer for the museum's 2017 live stream of the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st. Rob Rothfarb is the Exploratorium's eclipse live stream technical director. He created the museum's FREE Total Solar Eclipse app for iOS + Android. We’ve live streamed six solar eclipse events.

https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

Thanks everybody! We had fun answering your great questions and hope you enjoy clear skies on eclipse day! Please join us online for our live coverage on our app and website, beginning at 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00PM EDT on August 21. If you're in the Bay Area and would like to come watch with us, we're having an eclipse viewing party at the Exploratorium starting at 9:00 AM. -Rob and Nicole

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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
CrosspostHi, I'm Craig Montgomery, Nirvana's live sound engineer from 89-93. Ask me anything. [xpost] http://www.topiama.com/r/6284/hi-im-craig-montgomery-nirvanas-live-sound That's all the time I have for today. Thanks everyone!

I’m a 5 time Grammy-nominated guitarist with six #1 blues albums to my name along with a string of #1 mainstream rock singles and numerous awards. My new album Lay It On Down just came out last week - buy it at Amazon - and I’ll be on tour throughout the summer/fall.

Proof: https://twitter.com/KWShepherd/status/894283464178106369

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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
We are PhD students from Harvard University here to answer questions about artificial intelligence and cognition. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6253/we-are-phd-students-from-harvard-university-here EDIT 3

Thank you everyone for making this so exciting! I think we are going to call it a day here. Thanks again!!

EDIT 2:

Thanks everyone for the discussion! Keep the discussion going! We will try to respond to some more questions as they trickle in! A few resources for anyone interested.

Coding:

Introduction to Programming with CodeAcademy.

More advanced Python programming language (one of the most popular coding languages).

Intro to Computer Science (CS50)

Machine learning:

Introduction to Probability (Stat110)

Introduction to Machine Learning

Kaggle Competitions - Not sure where to start with data to predict? Would you like to compete with other on your machine learning chops? Kaggle is the place to go!

Machine Learning: A Probabilistic Perspective - One of the best textbooks on machine learning.

Code Libraries:

Sklearn - Really great machine learning algorithms that work right out of the box

Tensorflow (with Tutorials) - Advanced machine learning toolkit so you can build your own algorithms.

Hello Redditors! We are Harvard PhD students studying artificial intelligence (AI) and cognition representing Science in the News (SITN), a Harvard Graduate Student organization committed to scientific outreach. SITN posts articles on their blog, hosts seminars, creates podcasts, and meet and greets with scientists and the public.

Things we are interested in:

AI in general: In what ways does artificial intelligence relate to human cognition? What are the future applications of AI in our daily lives? How will AI change how we do science? What types of things can AI predict? Will AI ever outpace human intelligence?

Graduate school and science communication: As a science outreach organization, how can we effectively engage the public in science? What is graduate school like? What is graduate school culture like and how was the road to getting here?

Participants include:

Rockwell Anyoha is a graduate student in the department of molecular biology with a background in physics and genetics. He has published work on genetic regulation but is currently using machine learning to model animal behavior.

Dana Boebinger is a PhD candidate in the Harvard-MIT program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology. She uses fMRI to understand the neural mechanisms that underlie human perception of complex sounds, like speech and music. She is currently working with both Josh McDermott and Nancy Kanwisher in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.

Adam Riesselman is a PhD candidate in Debora Marks’ lab at Harvard Medical School. He is using machine learning to understand the effects of mutations by modeling genomes from plants, animals, and microbes from the wild.

Kevin Sitek is a PhD candidate in the Harvard Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology working with Satra Ghosh and John Gabrieli. He’s interested in how the brain processes sounds, particularly the sound of our own voices while we're speaking. How do we use expectations about what our voice will sound like, as well as feedback of what our voice actually sounds like, to plan what to say next and how to say it?

William Yuan is a graduate student in Prof. Isaac Kohane's lab in at Harvard Medical School working on developing image recognition models for pathology.

We will be here from 1-3 pm EST to answer questions!

Proof: Website, Twitter, Facebook

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Proof 2: Us by the Harvard Mark I!

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Sat, 29 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI am Carl Zimmer, science writer. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6175/i-am-carl-zimmer-science-writer-ama I am a science columnist for The New York Times and author of 13 books about science, including Parasite Rex, Evolution: Making Sense of Life, and the forthcoming She Has Her Mother’s Laugh. (http://carlzimmer.com ) I’ve written for National Geographic, Wired,and The Atlantic and was a senior editor at Discover. I appear regularly on “Radiolab,” is an adjunct professor in Yale’s Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, and have earned awards from the National Academies of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and the Society for the Study of Evolution. I’m speaking at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival about genomes, Neanderthals, viruses inside of us, and the future of making babies, . Comment your questions below! Proof: https://i.redd.it/dkh0ft6iw16z.jpg

EDIT: Thanks everyone for your questions! I am going to close out this conversation, but look forward to doing another AMA soon. FYI, here's a blog post I just wrote for the Aspen Ideas Festival about the genetics revolution we're living through. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/understanding-genetics-revolution/ Also, I'm giving a few different talks at the Aspen Ideas Festivalm and you will be able to find video and audio for them soon, at this link: https://www.aspenideas.org/speaker/carl-zimmer

EDIT: Whoa--a bunch of new questions showed up. I have some free time again, so I'll try to respond to some of them. Thanks!

EDIT: Got to go!

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Author - LiveMy book was #1 on Jimmy Fallon's Do Not Read List, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6152/my-book-was-1-on-jimmy-fallons-do-not-read-list Hi again Reddit! I’m Chris Voss, the founder and CEO of [The Black Swan Group](blackswanltd.com), a consulting firm that provides training and advises Fortune 500 companies through complex negotiations. You may remember me from last year.

Rooted in hostage negotiation, my methodology centers around “Black Swans” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. I currently teach at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. I’ve also lectured at other schools including Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Harvard Law School the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. I’ve been a guest on CNN and Fox News, and I’ve appeared on The Daily Show, Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR.

Before all of these fun things, I was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, where I tried out all kinds of new approaches in negotiation. I was involved in more than 150 international kidnapping cases in my over two decades with the FBI, and I learned that hostage negotiation is more or less a business transaction.

On May 17th of 2016, my first book “Never Split The Difference” was published, distilling the skills I've gathered over my career into usable tips that will give the reader the competitive edge in any discussion—whether in the boardroom, at the dinner table, or at the car dealership. It’s now being published in 14 languages by 15 international publishers for 20 countries around the world.

Seriously, I was blown away and really grateful for all the attention the book received. It’s become a national bestseller, was listed as one of the best business books of 2016, and has been called one of the seven best negotiation books ever written on Inc. I hit the front page of Reddit, chatted at Google, spoke on some great podcasts, had more than 1.5 million page views on Quora, and was featured in some great press.

The book's readers used its lessons not just to make more money, but to improve their relationships with others and their lives as a whole.

But my core message from the book still stands… everything we’ve previously been taught about negotiation is wrong: you are not rational; there is no such thing as ‘fair’; compromise is the worst thing you can do; the real art of negotiation lies in mastering the intricacies of No, not Yes. These surprising ideas—which radically diverge from conventional negotiating strategy—weren’t cooked up in a classroom, but are the field-tested rules FBI agents use to talk criminals and hostage-takers around the world into (or out of) just about any imaginable scenario.

Ask me about how men and women negotiate differently, how to navigate sticky family situations, negotiating as a parent, advice for recent graduates, stories from my time in the FBI, or even how to get past a bouncer into a busy club. AMA!

You can also learn more about me at www.blackswanltd.com

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
We're the developers of Colony Survival, a newly released top seller on Steam! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6150/were-the-developers-of-colony-survival-a-newly https://www.reddit.com/r/OSHA/comments/6htqnp/how_to_open_a_blast_door_at_the_bottom_of_a_pit/?ref=share&ref_source=link

My name is GT Hill and I own a Titan II Nuclear Missile Silo. We have a YouTube channel that documents the project. A short video clip was featured on r/osha and thought it would be a good opportunity to do another AMA.

See channel description on YouTube channel www.dwbs.video

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorAMA with The Expanse Writers -- Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck http://www.topiama.com/r/6144/ama-with-the-expanse-writers-daniel-abraham-and Hi again Reddit! I’m Chris Voss, the founder and CEO of [The Black Swan Group](blackswanltd.com), a consulting firm that provides training and advises Fortune 500 companies through complex negotiations. You may remember me from last year.

Rooted in hostage negotiation, my methodology centers around “Black Swans” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. I currently teach at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. I’ve also lectured at other schools including Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Harvard Law School the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. I’ve been a guest on CNN and Fox News, and I’ve appeared on The Daily Show, Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR.

Before all of these fun things, I was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, where I tried out all kinds of new approaches in negotiation. I was involved in more than 150 international kidnapping cases in my over two decades with the FBI, and I learned that hostage negotiation is more or less a business transaction.

On May 17th of 2016, my first book “Never Split The Difference” was published, distilling the skills I've gathered over my career into usable tips that will give the reader the competitive edge in any discussion—whether in the boardroom, at the dinner table, or at the car dealership. It’s now being published in 14 languages by 15 international publishers for 20 countries around the world.

Seriously, I was blown away and really grateful for all the attention the book received. It’s become a national bestseller, was listed as one of the best business books of 2016, and has been called one of the seven best negotiation books ever written on Inc. I hit the front page of Reddit, chatted at Google, spoke on some great podcasts, had more than 1.5 million page views on Quora, and was featured in some great press.

The book's readers used its lessons not just to make more money, but to improve their relationships with others and their lives as a whole.

But my core message from the book still stands… everything we’ve previously been taught about negotiation is wrong: you are not rational; there is no such thing as ‘fair’; compromise is the worst thing you can do; the real art of negotiation lies in mastering the intricacies of No, not Yes. These surprising ideas—which radically diverge from conventional negotiating strategy—weren’t cooked up in a classroom, but are the field-tested rules FBI agents use to talk criminals and hostage-takers around the world into (or out of) just about any imaginable scenario.

Ask me about how men and women negotiate differently, how to navigate sticky family situations, negotiating as a parent, advice for recent graduates, stories from my time in the FBI, or even how to get past a bouncer into a busy club. AMA!

You can also learn more about me at www.blackswanltd.com

Proof here

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorI am Jon Allen, co-author of "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign." http://www.topiama.com/r/6146/i-am-jon-allen-coauthor-of-shattered-inside We are the co-creators and executive producers of the original Disney presents Bill Nye the Science Guy. We poured our heart into the show and never imagined the impact it would make.

We are still producing television from Seattle! The sixth season of our BizKid$ is premiering now on Public Television. Instead of teaching science to kids, we try to get kids interested in their financial futures.

We also now have a book out called "How to turn $100 into $1,000,000.

Ask Away!

EDIT 1: (12:42 PST) We are going to step off for a quick lunch break, but we will be back soon! Feel free to keep asking questions and we will get to as many of them as we can!

EDIT 2: We are back!!!

FINAL EDIT: Hey everyone, it's been a really fun 5 hours, but we are going to go ahead and officially sign off. Don't forget to check out the BizKid$ series on Public Television and our book on Amazon. We had a lot of fun, looking forward to the next time! Science Rules! http://imgur.com/Qygrl12

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyIAmA self taught programmer developed my very own Jarvis, called Stephanie, an open source virtual assistant built to control and automate any task AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6140/iama-self-taught-programmer-developed-my-very-own Hi Reddit, I’m excited to be hosting my first AMA live from E3 2017.

I’ve been working in video games for the last 31 years, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. Not only are video games the fastest growing form of entertainment, they’re beloved by communities of players around the world and we believe that they can enrich peoples’ lives.

Beyond games I’m passionate about new technology, new methods of managing creative talent and new types of transportation… and chocolate!

Yesterday we held our annual E3 conference where we announced what I think is one of our strongest lineups of games in recent years. If you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you, watch it here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q1s3lOzQ1A

Edit 1 - I'll start answering questions at 10:30am PT keep them coming!

Edit 2 - Thanks so much for your questions, I really enjoyed hearing from you all, unfortunately that is all the time I have for today. I hope we can do this again soon!

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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
IAmA Supervisor at Spencer Gifts. http://www.topiama.com/r/6000/iama-supervisor-at-spencer-gifts Quantum computing is a completely different paradigm from classical computing, where weird quantum properties are combined with traditional boolean logic to create something entirely new. There has long been much doubt about whether it was even possible to build one large enough to solve practical problems. But when something is labeled "impossible", of course many physicists, engineers, and mathematicians eagerly respond with "Hold my beer!". QCs have an immense potential to make a global impact (for the better!) by solving some of the world's most difficult computational problems, but they would also crush the math problems underpinning much of today's internet security, presenting an unprecedented challenge to cryptography researchers to develop and standardize new quantum-resistant primitives for post-quantum internet.

We are mathematicians trained in crypto at NSA, and we worked there for over 10 years. For the past year or so we've been at a small crypto sw/hw company specializing in working on a post-quantum research effort, and we've been reading a broad spectrum of the current research. We have a few other co-workers that will likely also chime in at some point.

Our backgrounds: Rino (/u/rabinabo) is originally from Miami, FL, and of Cuban descent. He went to MIT for a Bachelor's in math, then UCSD for his PhD in math. He started at NSA with little programming experience, but he quickly learned over his 11 years there, obtaining a Master's in Computer Science at the Hopkins night school. Now he works at a small company on this post-quantum research.

John (/u/john31415926) graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Mathematics. After graduation, he went to work for the NSA as an applied research mathematician. He spent 10 years doing cryptanalysis of things. He currently works as a consultant doing crypto development in the cable industry. His favorite editor is Emacs and favorite language is Python.

Disclaimer: We are bound by lifetime obligations, so expect very limited responses about our time at NSA unless you're willing to wait a few weeks for a response from pre-pub review (seriously, I'm joking, we don't want to go through that hassle).

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Edit to add: Thanks for all the great questions, everyone! We're both pretty beat, and besides, our boss told us to get some work done! :-) If I have a little time later, I'll try to post a few more answers.

I'm sorry we missed some of the higher ranked questions, but I'll try to post answers to most of the questions. Just know that it may take me a while to get to them. Seriously, you guys are taking a toll on my daily dosage of cat gifs.

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Sat, 29 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorIamA comic book writer/creator AMY CHU AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5898/iama-comic-book-writercreator-amy-chu-ama I am a federal budget analyst. My focus is macro fiscal policy, including the main drivers of spending and revenue, deficits, and debt. I am happy to talk about the Trump skinny budget, and I am happy to talk about the American Health Care Act, though I'm not a health policy expert. The opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect those of my place of employment.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT