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In the 2008 Pixar film Wall-E, a robot that’s operated alone for centuries meets and falls in love with another bot, starting a relationship with serious implications for mankind.

Are we ready for bots with feelings? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 02:19 PM IST
Our smart devices already have a kind of consciousness. Before they evolve further, we need to formulate codes of conduct to regulate how they will interact with us, and each other.
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Every step is part of the plan: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:30 AM IST
On the running track, as in life, it’s vital to fix on a strategy and be prepared. But to really succeed at the things that matter, to stay the course, you must pay the price it commands.
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Is there a good way to handle a toxic argument? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 07:14 PM IST
I plan to start laying down some ground rules — no personal attacks, zombie statistics or fake news. If these aren’t acceptable to all parties, I step away.
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Our days, nights and weeks fuse. Our markers of time have begun to erode.(Unsplash)
Our days, nights and weeks fuse. Our markers of time have begun to erode.(Unsplash)

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: The sublime value of the daily ritual

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 01:36 PM IST
To ease the stress of lockdown, it will be vital to replace the bridge of little habits that marked the start and end of a day.
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When I embraced working from home a few years ago, after the initial euphoria, I hit roadblocks too, says Charles Assisi. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
When I embraced working from home a few years ago, after the initial euphoria, I hit roadblocks too, says Charles Assisi. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: Winning the work-from-home war

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Find ways to ease into your day, ask co-workers for space when you need it, delegate all you can to tech.
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Children use the Holmes Method to observe things around them. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Children use the Holmes Method to observe things around them. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Life Hacks: Be like Holmes, and Watson

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 08:59 AM IST
As kids, we are a lot like the detective’s assistant - emotional and instinctive. As adults, we mustn’t lose all that to cold logic.
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One of the many pieces of advice Peter Drucker offers deals with how to think about a plan to move ahead. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
One of the many pieces of advice Peter Drucker offers deals with how to think about a plan to move ahead. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Life Hacks: How to work through failure

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Covid-19 has given us an undeniable glimpse of the future. We must assume we will all fail at some point, and plan accordingly.
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What happens when our two worlds — home and office — collide?(Unsplash)
What happens when our two worlds — home and office — collide?(Unsplash)

Life Hacks: All you who sleep tonight…

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 08:29 AM IST
What happens when our two worlds — home and office — collide?
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Seeking beauty in the monotony of the lockdown effect. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)
Seeking beauty in the monotony of the lockdown effect. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)

Life Hacks: Seeking beauty in the monotony of the lockdown effect

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 09:08 AM IST
Because we’re fed on clichés such as ‘Strive to make every day a masterpiece’, it is inevitable that most of us feel despondent at times like these. Despite starting out with the best intentions, our days become monotonous because we’re locked down.
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Should you quit social media? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2020 07:46 PM IST
‘I've gone back and forth on this. Use it wisely, I’ve discovered, and you can use it well.’
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How will you measure your life? Charles Assisi pays tribute to a mentor

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2020 10:04 PM IST
Business thinker Clayton Christensen would say, ‘Create a strategy’; it sounds simple, but is so vital. Keep the purpose of your life front and centre - so many completely lose sight of this.
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What superpower might you like to acquire? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2020 07:11 PM IST
My pick would be the superpower of being comfortable with being alone.
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Try a different ‘fresh start’: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2019 04:48 PM IST
Don’t resolve to live better in 2020; keep your eye on 2050 instead.
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Done right, reading should help you see patterns in the world around you that you would otherwise have missed.(iStock)
Done right, reading should help you see patterns in the world around you that you would otherwise have missed.(iStock)

How to read a book: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Bill Gates reads 150 pages every day and retains most of it. We can, too.
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How much money does it take to be happy? Aim for the Enough Point, says Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2019 08:46 PM IST
It’s true what they say... too much of anything can be a curse. Studies have found that happiness levels actually dip as earning rise above a certain point.
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Some people believe progress can be measured in units.(Shutterstock Image)
Some people believe progress can be measured in units.(Shutterstock Image)

To measure, or not to measure: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 08:13 PM IST
Whether you live by the meter or not, routine is a must
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What does it mean to ‘be a man’, and why are strangers suddenly so full of advice on the issue?(Shutterstock)
What does it mean to ‘be a man’, and why are strangers suddenly so full of advice on the issue?(Shutterstock)

Fools and their money...: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2019 04:13 PM IST
How are there still takers online for tripe such as ‘masculinity lessons’?
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What are the goal to which you aspire? Is who you are dictated by what others think, or what you do?(Pexels)
What are the goal to which you aspire? Is who you are dictated by what others think, or what you do?(Pexels)

What does your inner scorecard say: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 03:03 PM IST
Do you worry more about good reputation, or greater self-worth?
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The image of hundreds of humans jammed in a queue, waiting to summit Mount Everest, is to me an image of heartbreak.
The image of hundreds of humans jammed in a queue, waiting to summit Mount Everest, is to me an image of heartbreak.

The futility of targets: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2019 05:47 PM IST
Our identity and self-worth are linked to the goals we achieve. Ironically, that is what binds us down as well.
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This image was posted on Twitter by @poisonaavi recently, tagged: ‘The “I don’t have time to read” starter pack.
This image was posted on Twitter by @poisonaavi recently, tagged: ‘The “I don’t have time to read” starter pack.

The new, new drug peddlers: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2019 06:47 PM IST
It’s no accident that you can’t set your phone aside for more than a few minutes. Companies are investing millions of dollars to make sure you stay hooked.
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A statue by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943).
A statue by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943).

The anatomy of a lover’s sulk: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2019 06:21 PM IST
Sulking is thought of as a silly but the truth is, it should be celebrated. We only sulk with those that we trust will neither abandon nor stop loving us.
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The default voice on Amazon’s Alexa (above) and Apple’s Siri, which are powered by algorithms, is set to be that of a woman who can be “commanded”. But they’re not programmed to be total pushovers, as I recently discovered.
The default voice on Amazon’s Alexa (above) and Apple’s Siri, which are powered by algorithms, is set to be that of a woman who can be “commanded”. But they’re not programmed to be total pushovers, as I recently discovered.

Life Hacks: The intimate lives of algorithms, by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2019 03:04 PM IST
They can guess what we’re thinking, feel pain, and show signs of empathy. Where does that leave us?
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(HT Illustration: Sudhir Shetty)

Life Hacks: Where is your personal moral hazard, asks Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 06:22 PM IST
Everyone borrows to fund the present. But how much do you prudently borrow from the future? That is a troubling question.
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(HT Illustration: Sudhir Shetty)

Life Hacks: The economic case for leisure, by Charles Assisi

By Charles Assisi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2019 02:52 PM IST
That we must compete and compete hard to get ahead and stay ahead is what we are told. It is a toxic narrative.
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