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  • Man records nightmarish attempt to cancel cable, Comcast apologizes

    07/15/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 56 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 15 2014 | Neal Augenstein
    Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult -- breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible. Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone. Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud. The representative, whose name Block withheld, repeatedly demanded to know why Block would want to cancel the service. Block tells WTOP he and his wife told the representative they wanted to change providers, before...
  • Spain Arrests Freed Gitmo Captive Running Jihadist Recruitment Network

    06/20/2014 12:12:05 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 20, 2014
    In a story unlikely to receive attention from the mainstream media in the United States, a former Guantanamo Bay captive has been arrested in Spain for operating what authorities there say is a sophisticated jihadist recruitment network. Spanish media is reporting that the one-time Gitmo prisoner is a 46-year-old Moroccan named Lahcen Ikassrien, who heads an Islamic cell that recruits fighters for the Syrian and Iraqi-based terror group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Ikassrien and seven others were arrested in Madrid recently as part of a dozen raids on terrorism cells in the Spanish capital,...
  • Chicago Police Caught A Robber With Facial Recognition Technology, Prison For 22 Years

    06/09/2014 1:29:11 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    BI ^ | 6-9-2014 | Rebecca Borison
    Rebecca BorisonJune 9, 2014Pierre D. Martin The first person arrested using Chicago police's new facial recognition technology has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, according to The Chicago Sun Times. Pierre D. Martin, 35, was arrested for two armed robberies on Chicago's public transportation system. He was found with a new facial recognition technology the Chicago Police Department started using last year. One of the robberies took place on Feb. 9, 2013, when Martin robbed a 20-year old man on a Pink Line train. He pulled out a gun and took the victim's cellphone. Martin stole another victim's cellphone...
  • Glenn Greenwald: how the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers

    05/12/2014 3:08:33 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/12/2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas Ė even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a "threat" because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them. Yet what the NSA's documents show is that Americans have been engaged in...
  • Geek Bumper Stickers [Shameless Vanity]

    03/22/2014 11:20:11 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 61 replies
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  • Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots

    03/14/2014 11:30:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2014 | Julie Bort
    Big changes are coming to the labor market that people and governments aren't prepared for, Bill Gates believes.Speaking at Washington, D.C., economic think tank The American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation ("bots" in tech slang, though Gates used the term "software substitution").This is what he said:"Software substitution, whether it's for drivers or waiters or nurses … it's progressing. ...  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. ...  20 years from now, labor demand for lots...
  • Can You Be Good Without God?

    01/29/2014 4:37:11 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | January 28, 2014 | Todd Aglialoro
    Atheists and agnostics like to claim that religion or belief in God isnít necessary for living a moral life. ďI can be a good person without God,Ē they say. Some go a step further and try to build a case for why they can be even better people without God. For example, they might claim that whereas theists are concerned about obeying religious commands that will get them into a heavenly afterlife, unbelievers are able to apply all their energies to making this world a better place.In a certain sense, itís correct to say that one can be a...
  • Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance

    01/17/2014 11:10:29 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 42 replies
    The Truth Revolt ^ | January 17, 2014
    Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance "I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing.Ē President Obama doesnít merely claim ignorance of the IRSí targeting of politically conservative groups or the Department of Justiceís targeting of journalists: according to The New York Times, Obama was also ignorant of the extent of NSA surveillance. According to the Times, ďaides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone.Ē David Plouffe, Obamaís advisor, said, ďThings seem...
  • Podesta, Left-Wing Mastermind, to Lead NSA Review

    01/17/2014 11:52:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 1/17/14 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama announced Friday that John Podesta, his new "counselor" and the political operative responsible for creating the institutional left in Washington, will be the appointed "to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy" in the aftermath of revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic spying programs. When he joined the White House last month, Podesta's focus was said to be "climate change." The president's speech contained little news. It was a classic Obama set-piece, designed to demonstrate that he understands both sides of a complex argument, while delegating
  • Live Thread: Obama to Speak on State of the Sham Wow NSA Surveillance 11 A.M. EST 1/17/14

    01/17/2014 7:53:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 80 replies
    Friday, January 17, 2014 | Kristinn
    Obama to speak on the NSA surveillance scandal from the Justice Department around 11 a.m. EST today.C-SPAN's description:The President delivers remarks at the Department of Justice presenting the outcomes of the Administration's review of U.S. signals intelligence programs. He is expected to focus on steps that increase oversight and transparency while leaving the framework of the surveillance programs in place. In addition, according to officials, the President will turn to Congress for guidance regarding the future of NSA data collection. The Presidentís Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies recommended more than 40 suggested changes at the NSA in a...
  • American Idol 2014--Live Thread

    01/14/2014 10:59:55 AM PST · by silent_jonny · 8,506 replies
  • Our Final Invention: How the Human Race Goes and Gets Itself Killed

    12/09/2013 1:02:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    RealClearTechnology ^ | December 6, 2013 | Adam Gaffney
    We worry about robots. Hardly a day goes by where we're not reminded about how robots are taking our jobs and hollowing out the middle class. The worry is so acute that economists are busy devising new social contracts to cope with a potentially enormous class of obsolete humans. Documentarian James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, is worried about robots too. Only he's not worried about them taking our jobs. He's worried about them exterminating the human race. I'll repeat that: In 267 brisk pages, Barrat lays out just how...
  • Inside 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki's $99 DNA Revolution

    11/08/2013 11:46:17 AM PST · by null and void · 46 replies ^ | October 14, 2013 | 6:00 AM | Elizabeth Murphy
    The $126 million genetic-testing company can tell you how to live smarter, better, and longer. It can also tell you what might kill you. You can purchase 14 gallons of organic milk or 396 lollipops. You can give her 33 rides on the Ferris wheel at the state fair, or you can get him a couple of violin lessons. You could put the money in a savings account, you could buy her her very own LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer digital learning tablet, or you could buy enough pizzas to feed all of her friends on the block. So many options, so...
  • Oxford Professors: Robots And Computers Could Take Half Our Jobs Within The Next 20 Years

    09/30/2013 12:37:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/30/2013 | Michael Snyder
    <p>What are human workers going to do when super-intelligent robots and computers are better than us at doing everything? That is one of the questions that a new study by Dr. Carl Frey and Dr. Michael Osborne of Oxford University sought to address, and what they concluded was that 47 percent of all U.S. jobs could be automated within the next 20 years. Considering the fact that the percentage of the U.S. population that is employed is already far lower than it was a decade ago, it is frightening to think that tens of millions more jobs could disappear due to technological advances over the next couple of decades. I have written extensively about how we are already losing millions of jobs to super cheap labor on the other side of the globe. What are middle class families going to do as technology also takes away huge numbers of our jobs at an ever increasing pace? We live during a period of history when knowledge is increasing an an exponential rate. In the past, when human workers were displaced by technology it also created new kinds of jobs that the world had never seen before. But what happens when the day arrives when computers and robots can do almost everything more cheaply and more efficiently than humans can?</p>
  • Study: 47% of US jobs could be automated in the next 20 years (The rise of Artificial Intelligence)

    09/29/2013 7:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/28/2013 | Rick Moran
    The authors of this study - two academics from Oxford - aren't saying that we will definitely lose 47% of current jobs to automation. They are saying its possible as artificial intelligence - AI - becomes reality. From Slate: In "The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?," Frey and Osborne estimate that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are "at risk" of being automated in the next 20 years. This does not mean that they necessarily will be automated (despite the way the study has been portrayed in some media outlets)--rather, the authors argue, it is plausible over...
  • Former American Idol Contestants Seek $25 Million Each in Racial Lawsuit Against Show

    07/24/2013 6:28:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 61 replies
    TVGuide ^ | July 24, 2013
    Ten black former American Idol contestants from various seasons have filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming that they were eliminated from the competition due to a racist ratings scheme, reports. New York attorney James H. Freeman, representing the plaintiffs, says he began investigating the show after Jermaine Jones was kicked off on March 15, 2012, because he didn't inform producers about multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Freeman then discovered that throughout Idol's then-11-season run, only nine other people had been publically disqualified. And as it turns out, all of them happened to be black.
  • Campaigners Call For Ban on "Killer Robots"

    04/28/2013 4:06:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue, Apr 23, 2013 | Li-mei Hoang
    Campaigners call for ban on "killer robots" LONDON (Reuters) - Machines with the ability to attack targets without any human intervention must be banned before they are developed for use on the battlefield, campaigners against "killer robots" urged on Tuesday. The weapons, which could be ready for use within the next 20 years, would breach a moral and ethical boundary that should never be crossed, said Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, of the "Campaign To Stop Killer Robots". "If war is reduced to weapons attacking without human beings in control, it is going to be civilians who are going to bear...
  • Cracking the Whip On A. I. Research

    03/22/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    discovery ^ | Mar 22, 2013 12:33 PM ET // by | Nic Halverson
    As it stands, building artificially intelligent machines that can teach themselves is not only really difficult, itís a painfully slow process. Looking to accelerate things, next month DARPA will begin to crack the whip with a program called Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML). Besides seeking to dramatically increase the number of people who can successfully build machine-learning applications, the program wants to radically increase the effectiveness of machine learning experts so they can create new applications beyond the limits of technology thatís currently available. ďOur goal is that future machine learning projects wonít require people to know everything...
  • Liberal Stealth Groups Paved Obama Win

    More than 4 million people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 did not vote this year. But by applying new voter science, Obama nudged enough replacements in key states ó many who were rare or first-time voters ó to give him his margin of victory (leveraged even larger by the Electoral College). Years of stealthy multimillion-dollar efforts paid off forAmericaís left in the 2008 and 2012 victories by President Barack Obama. Using new voter science to get rare and first-time voters to go to the polls, the races have changedAmericaís electorate ó those who make the countryís decisions by...
  • Obama blamed for failure of international arms treaty ('stunning cowardice')

    07/28/2012 12:51:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/27/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Obama blamed for failure of international arms treatyBy Julian Pecquet - 07/27/12 08:26 PM ET The United Nations indefinitely suspended action on an international arms trade treaty Friday after the United States and several other countries asked for more time. The decision sparked angry reactions from human rights groups often allied with the Obama administration, who believed a treaty to regulate the export of deadly weapons to rogue regimes was within reach. The UN had spent the entire month of July hammering out a deal, and Friday was the deadline for an agreement on a treaty that has met with...
  • Expert unease over deadly flu virus 'created' in Dutch laboratory(biological WMD?)

    11/26/2011 4:57:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 76 replies · 1+ views
    Dutch News ^ | 11/25/11
    Expert unease over deadly flu virus 'created' in Dutch laboratory Friday 25 November 2011 Dutch scientists have created a flu virus which is so deadly there is doubt about whether the research should be published, the Volkskrant reports on Friday. The paper says American experts are worried detailed information could fall into the wrong hands and that terrorists could recreate the virus as a weapon. The fears are notable because the work was carried out on behalf of the National Institutes of Health in the US. The research team, led by Ron Fouchier, professor of virology at Erasmus teaching hospital,...
  • Automation Nation: Will Artificial Intelligence Take Our Jobs? (Video)

    10/30/2011 10:29:59 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Ideas In Action ^ | October 26, 2011 | Jim Glassman
    A debate on the future of the American economy and the role of intelligent computers and robots. Will rapid technological innovations aid American workers, or will it render large numbers of American workers obsolete?
  • Amnesty International are lying sons-of-bitches

    10/18/2011 3:38:10 PM PDT · by tedbel · 5 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Oct 18/11 | Ted Belman
    Amnesty International issued a press release today. Israel-Hamas prisoner swap casts harsh light on detention practices of all sidesGilad Shalit was held captive for five years by Palestinian armed groups The prisoner exchange involving Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and 477 Palestinian prisoners highlights the need for the humane treatment of all detainees in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today. Obviously it wants to show equivalence. God forbid it should criticize only Hamas. It was not a "prisoner exchange". It was an outrageous ransom paid for a hostage. It only mentions the 477 terrorists that were...
  • Football analysis leads to advance in artificial intelligence

    08/25/2011 9:09:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Oregon State University ^ | August 18, 2011
    The study this story is based on is available online:, Ore. Ė Computer scientists in the field of artificial intelligence have made an important advance that blends computer vision, machine learning and automated planning, and created a new system that may improve everything from factory efficiency to airport operation or nursing care.And itís based on watching the Oregon State University Beavers play football.The idea is for a computer to observe a complex operation, learn how to do it, and then optimize those operations or accomplish other related tasks. In this project, the goal is for the computer to watch...
  • Blair used Ďwar on terrorí to okay torture: Amnesty

    11/25/2005 8:10:24 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 3 replies · 145+ views
    The Independent ^ | 26 November 2005 | Ben Russell and Colin Brown
    LONDON ó Tony Blair was accused yesterday of undermining decades of British campaigning for international human rights by using the war on terror to give a ďgreen lightĒ to torture. Amnesty International will today launch an unprecedented global campaign against the British government after ministers admitted that they would use information gained by torture to prevent attacks on the United Kingdom. Mike Gapes, Labour chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, reacted with anger after Ian Pearson, the Foreign Office minister responsible for human rights, said the government could not ignore evidence obtained under torture if it could prevent a...
  • Mark Steyn: Racism is bad - so is self-delusion

    12/19/2005 3:57:45 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 60 replies · 2,649+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12/20/05 | Mark Steyn
    What's the deal with these riots in Sydney? You switch on the television and there's scenes of urban conflagration and you think, "Hang on, I saw this story last month." But no. They were French riots. These are Australian riots. Entirely different. The French riots were perpetrated by - what's the word? - "youths". The Australian riots were perpetrated by "white youths". Same age cohort, but adjectivally enhanced. And, being "white youths", they thus offered "a chilling glimpse into the darker corners of Australian society", as Nick Squires put it last week, "with thousands of white youths rampaging through a...
  • When Will We Have Artificial Intelligence?

    11/13/2010 5:28:58 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 53 replies · 1+ views
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | November 13, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    From the High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project blog. When are we going to have AI, one survey asks? It's a question relevant to HLL because so much of the thought behind the HLL design comes from the history of AI research and current technology that has come from AI research. The answer to the question when, with reference to HLL, is now. (Or at least as soon as version 1.0 is ready.) And that's no reason to get worried. As the description of HLL claims, you don't even need a high-powered computer science background to build applications...
  • The Ghosts in My Machine, Chapter 3

    11/07/2010 9:25:31 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 11 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | November 7, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    Chapter 1Chapter 2Prepare yourself for a surprise ending. Do that now to avoid confusion later. Around 1990, I met with an industrial engineering professor who had been working for years with artificial intelligence technology. We had a long chat about the possibility of completely automated factories. This was still a decade before frequent online purchasing and customer management systems. But it seemed reasonable to contemplate a future in which everything from initial customer contact, sales, accounting, instructions to the factory floor, robotic manufacturing on demand, packaging, right out to the shipping dock would be fully automated. Even if you've never...
  • High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project: XML Configuration Processing Ė Progress Report

    11/04/2010 8:11:38 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 1 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | November 4, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    The importance of issue #1. Configuration Files and Processing should not be underestimated. The configuration system is used to attach application components to the generic HLL processing system. It makes sense to create a powerful configuration system that is easy for application developers to use and quite flexible so that it does not impede creative development. And when the project begins building tools to further simplify the development process, they will (in part) simplify the construction of configuration files that, in effect, define HLL applications. A powerful configuration processing system will facilitate powerful but easy to use tools. (For...
  • Chatbot auto-tweets replies to climate change arguments (Barph)

    11/04/2010 7:24:46 AM PDT · by epithermal · 16 replies
    Physorg ^ | November 4, 2010 | Lin Edwards
    ( -- A software developer has created a "chatbot" program for Twitter to automatically detect set phrases associated with arguments put forward by those skeptical of anthropogenic global warming, and to send automated replies of set phrases debunking their arguments. Nigel Leckís creation is @AI_AGW (also known as Turing Test), and the script searches the Twitter site for hundreds of phrases he believes tend to be used by those who think global warming is not occurring, or who think it is occurring but is not anthropogenic or entirely anthropogenic. When the script finds one of the phrases it then "tweets"...
  • High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project: The Ghosts in My Machine: Chapter 2

    11/01/2010 10:26:17 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 1 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | November 1, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    Link to Chapter 1I understood the differences between what application developers wanted to do and what the ďartificial intelligenceĒ technology of the late 1980s supported. They were not the sort of differences that one might use to contract to update a software application. What had been, in effect, a broad survey of application needs resulted in a snap-shot of a more basic set of technical requirements. This snap-shot taught me much about the path of development of software technology generally, decades into the future. Much of that future would evolve with or without me, as developers pushed to realize their...
  • The Ghosts in My Machine: Chapter 1

    10/29/2010 5:40:15 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 6 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | October 29, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    As a young man, when I enjoyed idle time and my daydreams tended to wander in strange directions, I found myself considering a rather unimaginative question. As computer languages and tools have evolved to higher and higher levels - ďbottom-upĒ - where will they eventually reach? Where's the top? To put this contemplation in perspective, the year was 1985. The computer under my desk was a first generation Texas Instruments PC with two floppy disk drives. Ethernet cables were being strung through our offices to network our computers for the first time, allowing messages to stream around the building...
  • The Reincarnation of SOA - Sort of!

    09/26/2010 5:19:53 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 10 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | September 26, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    Wouldn't it be nice if a comment on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) would attract a lot of attention (for my blog, I'm thinking)? Thousands of people googling 'SOA' come right to my site and find out more about HLL. I can't expect that, because I'm provoked on this occasion to comment in response to a discussion that started in January of last year. VP and Research Director of The Burton Group, Anne Thomas Manes wrote an article entitled, SOA is Dead; Long Live Services. Burton Group surveys IT R&D and provides business consulting services. They have a particular interest...
  • SETI switching search to galactic Artificial Intelligence arrays could bring about end of humanity

    09/21/2010 6:09:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Texarrakis ^ | 9/20/10
    Seth Shostak, a top astronomer at SETI has recently suggested that instead of trying to listen for standard transmissions from advanced alien biological lifeforms like ourselves, we should probably be listening for AI transmissions. This is based on our own experience, we as humans developed radio transmissions only a short while ago, considering the length of time our civilization has been advancing. And if we're any indication of the general route technologically capable life evolves, the galaxy is probably full of sentient AI collectives, not biological lifeforms. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Shostak said:"If you look at the...
  • High Level Logic: Rethinking Software Reuse in the 21st Century

    09/20/2010 8:52:32 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 110 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | September 20, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    IntroductionAn application programmer spends six months perfecting a set of components commonly needed in the large company that employs him. Some of the components were particularly tricky and key pieces required very high quality, reliable and complex exception handling. It has all been tuned to run quickly and efficiently. Thorough testing has demonstrated his success. Part of his idea of ¬ďperfection¬Ē was to build in a way that the software, even many of the individual components, could easily be reused. But it is surprisingly likely that no one outside of a small group within the project will ever hear of...
  • Amnesty International Official Calls Israel a ĎScum Stateí

    08/26/2010 1:49:37 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 17 replies
    National Review Onlin ^ | 08/26/2010 | Benjamin Weinthal
    On Monday the head of Finlandís branch of Amnesty International, Frank Johansson, termed Israel a ďscum state.Ē Writing in his blog, which appears on the Web site of Iltalehti, one of Finlandís largest newspapers, he based his characterization of Israel on his ďown visit[s], which occurred during the 1970s and for the last time in the 1990s.Ē Johansson further justified his rhetoric toward Israel because he has previously invoked strong language against former Pres. George Bush on Finnish TV. He called Mr. Bush ďthe biggest executioner in the Western Hemisphere.Ē Turning Israel and the United States into whipping boys is...
  • Can't find old science fiction story

    08/25/2010 10:46:45 PM PDT · by dr_lew · 47 replies
    Google ^ | 8/26/2010 | self
    Is Science Fiction About to Go Blind? - Aug 2004 - Google Books ResultPopular Science - Vol. 265, No. 2 - 112 pages - Magazine Perhaps he/it is refusing interviews for fear of failing the Turing test. ... SF story is like running a simulation with certain types of driving ground ...
  • AmnestyInternational: In the U.S., Too Many Women Dying While Having Babies

    03/12/2010 4:47:31 AM PST · by Cardhu · 113 replies · 3,351+ views
    Time ^ | Friday March 12th 2010 | JENNIFER BLOCK
    Amnesty International may be best known to American audiences for bringing to light horror stories overseas such as the disappearance of political activists in Argentina or the abysmal conditions inside South African prisons under apartheid. But in a new report on pregnancy and childbirth care in the U.S., Amnesty details the maternal health care crisis in this country as part of a systemic violation of women's rights. The report, titled "Deadly Delivery," notes that the likelihood of a woman dying in childbirth in the U.S. is Ô¨Āve times greater than in Greece, four times greater than in Germany, and three...
  • Media Tell Big Lies About Robots. Why??

    03/11/2010 6:31:14 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies · 433+ views ^ | June, 2008 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Hereís another beef I have against my local paper: they glorify robots. Havenít you seen articles in your paper, usually from AP, that talk about robots as the next big thing? Or theyíre already here--wow!! Here is a headline that actually appeared in the Norfolk paper: ROBOTMAKER BUILDS AN ARTIFICIAL BOY. This is complete nonsense. The fact is, we have wonderful industrial robots assembling cars, etc. We also have a lot of ingenious remote-controlled devices such as drone aircraft. Conceptually, however, these are much like radio-controlled toys. If by robots you mean something more or less like a human, they...
  • Zibits: Robotics Achieves Cheap Toy Status

    02/25/2010 12:04:38 PM PST · by RogerFGay · 24 replies · 573+ views ^ | November 25, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    I'm not kidding. I think that's a very positive title. Senario, known to enthusiasts as the distributor of Pleo the baby dinosaur, is rolling out a new remote controlled robot with a price tag of about $10. This is interesting. Think about DARPA's strategy for ubiquitous robotics. It needs a broad range of developments in the consumer market to drive further development and bring prices down. We now see a full spectrum of prices and capabilities emerging. If you want the most advanced humanoid robot on the planet, you could go for a REEM-B with Brainstorm software. I expect...
  • Suspension of Conscience

    02/17/2010 6:37:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 303+ views
    Slate ^ | February 15, 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    Amnesty International has just suspended one of its senior officers, a woman named Gita Sahgal who until recently headed the organization's "gender unit." It's fairly easy to summarize her concern in her own words. "To be appearing on platforms with Britain's most famous supporter of the Taliban, whom we treat as a human rights defender," she wrote, "is a gross error of judgment." One might think that to be an uncontroversial statement, but it led to her immediate suspension. The background is also distressingly easy to summarize. Moazzem Begg, a British citizen, was arrested in Pakistan after fleeing Afghanistan in...
  • Amnesty International Suspends Employee Who Blew Whistle on Their Embrace of Terrorism

    02/09/2010 9:12:01 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 329+ views
    The LID/UK Daily MAIL ^ | 2/10/10 | The Lid
    On Sunday, Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnestyís international secretariat, shared with the Times of London that Moazzam Begg, a former terrorist, inmate at Guantanamo Bay, and Britain's leading supporter of terrorism has strong ties with Amnesty International. In an email sent to Amnestyís top bosses, she suggests the charity has mistakenly allied itself with Begg and his ďjihadiĒ group, Cageprisoners, out of fear of being branded racist and Islamophobic. Sahgal describes Begg as ďBritainís most famous supporter of the TalibanĒ. He has championed the rights of jailed Al-Qaeda members and hate preachers, including Anwar al-Awlaki, the...
  • Amnesty chief suspended after attacking group's links to 'Britain's most famous Taliban supporter'

    02/09/2010 12:20:44 PM PST · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 456+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 9, 2010
    A senior Amnesty International official has been suspended after attacking the human rights charity for allying itself with 'Britain's most famous supporter of the Taliban'. Gita Sahgal, head of the organisation's gender unit, branded Amnesty's links to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg a 'gross error of judgment'. She was removed from her post within a few hours of her criticism...and now a bitter war of words is raging between the activist and her employer. Both have angrily defended their position over Mr Begg, 42, a Briton held at Guantanamo for three years until 2005 because of suspected links to...
  • American Idol 2010--Live Thread

    01/11/2010 5:59:29 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 10,755 replies · 114,808+ views ^ | January 11, 2010
  • Insemination fight ends in wife's arrest

    12/28/2009 11:45:21 AM PST · by 12GA · 54 replies · 2,444+ views
    Thursday, March 12 PITTSFIELD ó A woman who allegedly intended to artificially inseminate her wife with her brother's semen has been charged with domestic assault and battery. Pittsfield police responded to a call shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city's Morningside neighborhood, where the assault allegedly occurred. Stephanie K. Lighten, 26, was released on personal recognizance after denying the allegations in Central Berkshire District Court Wednesday morning. Jennifer A. Lighten, 33, told police that Stephanie Lighten, her wife, was "all liquored up" when she returned to their Lincoln Street apartment, where the defendant then allegedly tried to use a...
  • EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for 'abnormal behaviour'

    09/22/2009 7:13:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1,368+ views ^ | Published: 9:08PM BST 19 Sep 2009 | Ian Johnston
    "EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour" The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing "Orwellian" technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for "abnormal behaviour"." SNIPPET: "A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence"." SNIPPET: "Project Indect, which received nearly £10 million in funding from the European Union, involves the Police...
  • Artificial brain '10 years away'

    07/22/2009 10:46:23 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies · 539+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 22, 2009 | Jonathan Fildes
    A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed. Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already simulated elements of a rat brain. He told the TED Global conference in Oxford that a synthetic human brain would be of particular use finding treatments for mental illnesses. Around two billion people are thought to suffer some kind of brain impairment, he said. "It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years," he said. "And if we do succeed, we will send...
  • Amnesty International attacks Poland abortion policy

    06/28/2009 2:42:19 PM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 775+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 27 June 2009
    Amnesty International attacks Poland abortion policy New York City, N.Y., Jun 27, 2009 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- Amnesty International has continued its promotion of abortion with a report on the state of human rights which criticizes Poland for denying Polish women ¬ďaccess to abortion.¬Ē The organization¬ís actions could reflect its partnership with a pro-abortion group to redefine abortion as a ¬ďhuman right.¬Ē The Amnesty International (AI) 2009 report¬ís entry on Poland cites May 2008 criticism of its abortion policy by the Human Rights Council, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) reports. Amnesty also criticized the Polish government for...
  • American Idol 2009--Live Thread II

    03/17/2009 5:57:44 AM PDT · by silent_jonny · 14,029 replies · 212,838+ views
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  • American Idol contestant disqualified

    02/12/2009 9:12:07 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 40 replies · 2,282+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/12/2009
    American Idol contestant disqualified LOS ANGELES Ė One of the contestants on "American Idol" who made the top 36 has been disqualified. "American Idol" has issued a statement saying Joanna Pacitti of Philadelphia is ineligible to continue, but without saying why. Felicia Barton of Virginia Beach, Va., has replaced Pacitti in the top 36.