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  • McCain:Airstrike on Afghan hospital was avoidable(The military hero strikes at our boys again)

    10/05/2015 5:59:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    wash times ^ | 10/4/15 | s miller
    Sen. John McCain on Sunday blamed the airstrike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital run by the medical charity Doctors without Borders on the “fog of war” and the Obama administration’s withdraw of U.S. troops from the war zone. “We call it fog of war, unfortunately. And it’s a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them,” Mr. McCain, a former Navy fighter pilot in the Vietnam War who now chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said that the tragedy likely would have been avoided if U.S. troops...
  • By 2050, human-on-robot sex will be more common than human-on-human sex, says report

    09/29/2015 6:00:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 113 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 29, 2015 | Helena Horton
    Can you imagine having sex with a humanoid robot? Apparently, this will be the norm in a few short decades. Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson has released a report in which he predicts the future of sex. He released the report in partnership with Bondara, one of the UK's leading sex toy shops. Dr. Pearson makes the point that robotic sex toys - vibrators - have been in use for around a century, and that virtual reality porn is about to become mainstream.
  • Campaign launched against 'harmful' sex robots

    09/15/2015 8:42:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2015 | Holly Ellyatt
    They are yet to hit the shelves, but activists are already campaigning against the sale of so-called sex robots, which may be "harmful and contribute to inequalities in society." Several companies are developing robots that can be used as sexual substitutes for humans, leading to the launch of the "Campaign against sex robots" on Tuesday to highlight the potential dangers.
  • AI Development: Bacteria That Can Manipulate Robot Unfurled

    07/19/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Researchers have discovered how to let bacteria control the movement and behavior of a robot, just like what the brain does to the human body. ... Scientists from Virginia tech developed bacteria that can control a robotic car. The robot’s “brain” was replaced with bacterial community, enabling the car to move towards the food sources. The bacteria in the robot’s brain send biochechemical signals to machine’s processor to move its mechanical body. The bacteria were bioengineered to emit green or red signals depending on the condition they found in their environment. Under repeated observations, the scientists noticed that the robot...
  • Why Google’s nightmare AI is putting demon puppies everywhere

    07/11/2015 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 204 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jul 8, 2015 | by Jeff Guo
    A few weeks ago, Google researchers announced that they had peered inside the mind of an artificial intelligence program. What they discovered was a demonic hellscape. You’ve seen the pictures. These are hallucinations produced by a cluster of simulated neurons trained to identify objects in a picture. The researchers wanted to better understand how the neural network operates, so they asked it to use its imagination. To daydream a little. At first, they gave the computer abstract images to interpret — like a field of clouds. It was a Rorschach test. The artificial neurons saw what they wanted to see,...
  • Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

    06/29/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1:56 pm ET Jun 26, 2015 | By Amir Mizroch
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know...
  • Amazon Echo (Loving A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) or Household Imperial Probe Droid?)

    06/23/2015 8:40:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Amazon ^ | 06/23/15
    "The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home." – CNET "Echo could hear my voice even when music was playing loudly…" – USA Today "With Amazon Echo, it was love at first sight." – Re/code What is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service,...
  • Can a computer beat one of the world's best poker players?

    05/10/2015 6:15:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 9, 2015, 1:46 PM | CBS News
    Strategy games such as chess have long been considered important ways to measure artificial intelligence. But A.I. researchers at Carnegie Mellon University chose a different, and in some ways, more challenging game: poker. Susan Koeppen of CBS Pittsburgh station KDKA reports on what happens when the chips are down. Doug Polk, 26, is considered the best heads up, or one on one, no limit Texas hold 'em player in the world. He's defeated countless opponents and won millions of dollars. Polk bet his reputation that he could beat Claudico, Carnegie Mellon's artificial intelligence super computer.
  • Warren Buffett: Artificial Intelligence Will Decide Whether Humans Live or Die

    04/02/2015 6:02:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | 04/02/15
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the decision on whether humans live or die will be left to artificial intelligence when self-driving cars become a reality.
  • Computers with consciousness: Stanley Kubrick

    01/29/2015 11:00:31 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 21 replies
    Jon Rappoport's Blog ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jon Rappoport
    Computers have as much consciousness as cars or concrete. This will not change. They’re machines. They can be programmed to follow directions and calculate certain kinds of solutions within those directed parameters. That’s it. That’s the beginning and end of the story. Why do some technocrats believe computers will gain actual consciousness? They think a) the brain is a machine that expresses consciousness via information processing, and b) information processing is all the consciousness there is. To sum up, technocrats are high-IQ idiots. You can assemble all the information in the world and cross-reference it 100 billion different ways; you...
  • Ninja sushi chef brings a knife to a gun fight — and takes robber down

    01/06/2015 11:32:24 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 1-4-15 | Joe Saunders
    He was trying to take out some cash, armed with a pellet gun – but a blade-flashing sushi chef stood it his way. According to the Champaign News-Gazette, the incident occurred Tuesday at the Kamakura Japanese restaurant in Champaign when 23-year-old Clayton Dial entered the restaurant, pulled what appeared to be a revolver and demanded cash from the teenaged hostess. Sushi chef Tetsuji Miwa overheard the exchange. “He just stood there and started asking for money,” Miwa told the paper. I saw her face. She was very scared.” “I heard him the second time. He said, ‘Give me your money....
  • The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

    12/31/2014 5:52:51 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 6 replies
    io9 ^ | December 29, 2014 | George Dvorsky
    [Most of these, except for a couple, are very positive achievements. Let’s work for more in 2015, Happy New Year!] The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014 By George Dvorsky As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a slew of incredible technological, scientific, and social achievements, from mind-to-mind communication to self-guiding sniper bullets. Here are 15 predictions that came true in 2014. Technologically-assisted telepathy was successfully demonstrated in humans For the first time ever, two humans exchanged thoughts via mind-to-mind...
  • Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

    12/17/2014 6:33:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Stanford University ^ | December 16, 2014 | Chris Cesare
    Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life. By Chris Cesare Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and of computer science at Stanford, will serve as faculty director of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year...
  • What will life be like in 2064?

    11/03/2014 10:12:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell
    That an octopus called Paul had a better success rate than Goldman Sachs when predicting World Cup results (credit to the Wall Street Journal for the headline “Octopus Beats Vampire Squid”) tells you something about the wisdom of guessing the future in public. Guessing what the world will look like in 50 years’ time, however, is pretty safe, as I won’t be here to see myself proved wrong. Or will I? If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely – in the cloud at least. AI (artificial intelligence) guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a...
  • Elon Musk: 'We are summoning the demon' with artificial intelligence

    10/27/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | October 26, 2014 10:09 AM PDT | Eric Mack
    "You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he's like... yeah, he's sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn't work out." This has become a recurring theme in Musk's public comments, and each time he warns of the AI bogeyman it seems even more dire. In June, Musk raised the specter of the "Terminator" franchise, saying that he invests in companies working on artificial intelligence just to be able to keep an eye on the technology. In August, he reiterated his concerns in a tweet, writing that AI is...
  • Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

    09/13/2014 7:36:35 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ben Klayman, Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert
    DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected. An Acura RLX sedan brakes to avoid a mannequin "pedestrian"  
  • Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. ... “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said. ... “Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action,, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • Amnesty International Takes ‘Unprecedented’ Step in Sending Delegation to Ferguson

    08/18/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    KMOX ^ | 8/18/2014
    Human rights group Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with unrest in Ferguson by sending a delegation that has never before been deployed inside the United States.The organization has had members on the ground in Ferguson since Thursday, in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. According to a news release, the 12-person delegation is there to “observe police and protester activity, gather testimony, seek meetings with officials and offer support to the community.”Organizers will also train local activists on methods of non-violent protest.“Law enforcement, from the FBI to state...
  • 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 · 21 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 – 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 · 62 replies
    1395555531 (UTC) | Self->This
  • 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 isn’t necessary for living a moral life. “I can be a good person without God,” 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, it’s 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.” President Obama doesn’t merely claim ignorance of the IRS’ targeting of politically conservative groups or the Department of Justice’s targeting of journalists: according to The New York Times, Obama was also ignorant of the extent of NSA surveillance. According to the Times, “aides 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.” David Plouffe, Obama’s advisor, said, “Things 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 President’s 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 · 8,524 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, it’s 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 that’s currently available. “Our goal is that future machine learning projects won’t 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 — many who were rare or first-time voters — to give him his margin of victory (leveraged even larger by the Electoral College). Years of stealthy multimillion-dollar efforts paid off forAmerica’s 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 changedAmerica’s electorate — those who make the country’s 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. – 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 it’s 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 ‘war on terror’ 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 — Tony Blair was accused yesterday of undermining decades of British campaigning for international human rights by using the war on terror to give a “green light” 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 – 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 Leck’s 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 “artificial intelligence” 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 - “bottom-up” - 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...