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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Elon Musk Compares Rogue Artificial Intelligence to Demons. Yes, Really

Elon Musk Compares Rogue Artificial Intelligence to Demons. Yes, Really



We've highlighted the dire warnings of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk in recent months regarding the perils of artificial intelligence, but this week he actually managed to raise the bar in terms of making A.I. seem scary.
First, according to Musk, A.I. was as dangerous as nuclear war. Now Musk is likening the possible battle between humans and computers in the future, termed by some as "the singularity," as a struggle for the soul of mankind itself.
How so? By invoking the one thing even those with little interest in technology fear the most: demons!
In an hour-long interview for MIT, which held its Centennial Symposium last week, Musk opened himself up to the audience for questions. Most of the questions were about space travel, but one audience member asked Musk for his thoughts on artificial intelligence, and that's when things got a bit spooky.
Elon Musk


"I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence," said Musk, the expression on his face suddenly turning very serious. "If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. There should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish."
Sounds reasonable. Prudent even. A generally conservative approach to a potential technological issue facing our world in the future. Wise words.
But then…
" 
With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon
With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon," said Musk. "In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like, 'Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon.' Doesn't work out."

Forget Tony Stark, the comic book character most oftenassociated with Musk, it may be time to start thinking Doctor Strange. Pentagram? Really, Elon?
And lest you think Musk was just fooling around about his fear of the potential dangers of A.I., when the next questioner asked him about telecommunications, he stumbled for a bit and admitted that he was still pondering the question of A.I. You can watch the entire video below, orclick here to skip to Musk's demonology musings.


Sure, it's just a colorful metaphor, but coming from such an accomplished technologist, those comments are pretty startling. Musk is scared. Really scared.
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Latin American Herald Tribune - Venezuela’s Maduro Announces Review of Ties with Spain

Latin American Herald Tribune - Venezuela’s Maduro Announces Review of Ties with Spain



CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday a comprehensive review of relations with Spain in response to comments by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the case of a jailed politician in Venezuela.

Rajoy met Wednesday in Madrid with Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was arrested Feb. 18 and awaits trial on charges of fomenting violence.




Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete

Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete



Since its creation, the Amazon Appstore stood apart, banned from being offered in the official store for Android apps, Google Play, until now... sort of. When Amazon recently updated itsmain Android app, it got a new "Apps & Games" department that duplicates the content found in the standalone Appstore app -- effectively making it both unnecessary and obsolete. Naturally, because Amazon's still delivering apps outside the confines of Google Play, you need to change your device's security settings to accept downloads from unknown sources to install them. The change is a welcome one -- reducing app clutter's a good thing -- and the convenience factor afforded by this consolidation should have Amazon selling more apps. Still, we're pretty sure that's not enough to make up for the Fire phone's hit to the company's bottom line.




BBC Breaking News on Twitter: "Iran, defying an international campaign, hangs a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her http://t.co/zzrWl5GLrY"

BBC Breaking News on Twitter: "Iran, defying an international campaign, hangs a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her http://t.co/zzrWl5GLrY"



Jim Parsons stars in NBC's 'Elf' special; Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti make 'Billions' for Showtime - Zap2it | News & Features

Jim Parsons stars in NBC's 'Elf' special; Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti make 'Billions' for Showtime - Zap2it | News & Features



- WE tv's supernatural drama "South of Hell," which will star Mena Suvari as a demon hunter, has set the rest of its series regulars: Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Drew Moerlein, Lamman Rucker and Paulina Singer. Lydia Hearst, Slate Holmgren and Lauren Velez will recur in the drama, which is set to premiere in 2015. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Canada Shows How to Eliminate the Tax Bias against Saving | Public Secrets

Canada Shows How to Eliminate the Tax Bias against Saving | Public Secrets



This will drive lefties who like to point to Canada’s health system as a model for the US crazy, but they’re much more free market-oriented than we are these days in other areas, and they treat savings in a more intelligent fashion. There are some very good ideas in here we should emulate, as well as looking at the Australian and Chilean national pension models as a replacement for the failing Social Security.
Originally posted on International Liberty:
Since all economic theories – even Marxism and socialism – recognize that capital formation is a key to long-run growth, higher wages, and improved living standards, it obviously doesn’t make sense to penalize saving and investment.

Yet that’s exactly what happens because of double taxation in the United States, as can be seen by thisrather sobering flowchart.

So how can we fix the problem? The best answer, particularly in the long run, is to shrink the burden of government spending so that there’s no pressure for punitive tax policies.

Good reform is also possible in the medium run. Policy makers could implement a big bang version of tax reform, replacing the corrupt internal revenue code with a simple and fair flat tax. That automatically would eliminate the tax bias against saving and investment since one of the key principles of the flat tax is that income…
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Raquel E Saraswati on Twitter: "#RayhanehJabbari, 26, to be murdered by the Iranian regime in just a few hours, because she killed a would-be rapist. http://t.co/xGeI9qNCp6"

Raquel E Saraswati on Twitter: "#RayhanehJabbari, 26, to be murdered by the Iranian regime in just a few hours, because she killed a would-be rapist. http://t.co/xGeI9qNCp6"

Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea

The Remarkable Harrowing Speech By Yeonmi Park

Refugee: North Korea is 'the Same Thing as the Holocaust... and We are Ignoring It'

Refugee: North Korea is 'the Same Thing as the Holocaust... and We are Ignoring It'



Twenty-one-year-old Yeonmi Park escaped the prison nation of North Korea by sneaking into China and walking with her mother across the Gobi Desert into South Korea. Her journey is laden with the bodies of old friends, relatives, and the thousands of victims of public executions she was forced to witness.

Park has now become a human rights activist, traveling the world to tell her story and demand that international attention go to the millions of victims of the North Korean communist dictatorship. In an extensive interview with the Irish Independent, she tells her story and expresses outrage at the global fascination with Kim Jong Un's appearance, an attention denied to those he has killed.
In the interview, Park highlights a number of details in North Korean law previously unknown. The extreme secretive country kills three generations of family members in retaliation for any comment perceived as insubordinate to the communist regime, for example. Public executions, she explains, are "celebrations" of the defeat of enemies, and both not attending and expressing grief at the death of the person being killed are crimes.
"It's unimaginable how difficult it is, really undescribable. They are not living there, they are surviving there," she explains, noting that one of her friends' mothers was publicly executed when she was 9 for "watching a James Bond movie." When both her parents were sent to prison, she and her older, 11-year-old sister had to fend for themselves.
She understood why no one in her community tried to help the two girls. "People were dying there, they don't care... I saw the bodies on the street and I didn't care because I was going to die." She noted that, with the exception of a few high-ranking communist officials, "Everyone is starving, most of the people are just hungry." 
Her trip out of North Korea led to even more misery. In China, a man who caught them threatened to report them to police-- resulting in a return to North Korea-- if he could not have sex with Park. Her mother refused to let this happen to her 13-year-old daughter, offering herself instead. "I saw my mother raped before my eyes," she laments.
They finally decided to leave China as well, walking across the Gobi Desert to South Korea with no food or water and very little money. They survived, and Park has vowed to be a voice for her people while they remain imprisoned. "Every journey, every interview I do is risky, but it doesn't matter how risky it is, or how dangerous it is," she says. "It's not about me."
Park finds the outside world's fascination with Kim Jong Un a particularly problematic hurdle to overcome as an activist. "He killed 80 people in one day for watching a South Korean movie or [sic] with the Bible," she notes, "Crazily, we are talking about Kim Jong Un's disappearance-- nobody asks, where are the North Korean people who died? Millions of people died for ridiculous reasons."
"It's the same thing as the Holocaust," she notes, a crime against humanity widely ignored while it went on. "We ignored it, and we said 'never again,' but now it's happening again, and we are ignoring it."
Park is in Ireland to speak at the nation's One Young World summit at the National Convention Centre in Dublin. She told most of her story before a large audience in traditional North Korean garb. 

5 Common Phone Charging Myths | Mashable

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BBC News - UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU

BBC News - UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU



The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union's budget because of the country's relative economic health.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PanAm Post on Twitter: "#Cuba: Escapees Reach Bahamas Shore after Abandoning Ship http://t.co/xzKj53uL2u"

PanAm Post on Twitter: "#Cuba: Escapees Reach Bahamas Shore after Abandoning Ship http://t.co/xzKj53uL2u"





PHP: exec - Manual

PHP: exec - Manual



If you're trying to run something in the background on a system that uses systemd for its init, use the systemd-run utility to start your program in the background. systemd-run will run the command in a transient unit file so that you can query its status with systemctl and view its log with journalctl.




Upstart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Upstart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Upstart is an event-based replacement for the traditional init daemon – the method by which several Unix-like computer operating systemsperform tasks when the computer is started. It was written by Scott James Remnant, a former employee of Canonical Ltd.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Less Gov. More Fun. on Twitter: ". From one horrible decision to another... exhibit 187: http://t.co/pyhv009mzA"

Less Gov. More Fun. on Twitter: ". From one horrible decision to another... exhibit 187: http://t.co/pyhv009mzA"

'Ebola Czar' Absent from White House Ebola Strategy Meeting

'Ebola Czar' Absent from White House Ebola Strategy Meeting



Ron Klain, the newly-appointed "Ebola Czar" for Barack Obama



Reviews for Renegade Cause | FanFiction

Reviews for Renegade Cause | FanFiction

Does GOP really have 96% chance of taking Senate?

Does GOP really have 96% chance of taking Senate?



The president himself boldly proclaimed voters should consider the midterm election a referendum on his policies, telling students at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, “I am not on the ballot this fall. … But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot … Every single one of them.”
For the GOP, that may be a gift, and for Obama it may be a case of “be careful what you wish for,” because an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday showed his job approval rating hit a new low of 40 percent.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/does-gop-really-have-96-chance-of-taking-senate/#3VPlxh1CfMhobYVL.99





Does GOP really have 96% chance of taking Senate?

Does GOP really have 96% chance of taking Senate?



But the publication that nearly deified the president was singing a much different tune last week: “What is certain is that the president remains a drag for his party. He’s barely been invited to campaign with members. His role in the race is as a punching bag for Republicans and as an off-camera fund-raiser for Democrats.”


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/does-gop-really-have-96-chance-of-taking-senate/#3VPlxh1CfMhobYVL.99




Deval Patrick transfers 500 managers to public union rolls, will issue pardons « Hot Air

Deval Patrick transfers 500 managers to public union rolls, will issue pardons « Hot Air



This is the season when elected officials, nearing the end of their terms, conduct all sorts of interesting housecleaning business before they pack their things and go. Most famously, presidents will issue rafts of pardons just before leaving office, but Governors have the same options – and others – available to them. It turns out that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has some housekeeping of his own to take care of, and a big chunk of it has to do withkeeping in good graces with the unions.




Education reform: A good choice? | The Economist

Education reform: A good choice? | The Economist



But there are good reasons to believe the problem is not school choice. This is because Sweden's voucher scheme coincided with a host of other reforms, most significantly a change in the national curriculum in 1994, which emphasised individualised learning over teacher instruction. A comprehensive study (in Swedish) published in 2010 found that this was among the most plausible explanations for the drop in student performance. (Sweden duly changed its national curriculum again in 2011.) Norwegian schools implemented similar curriculum changes in the 1990s and saw similar unfortunate results, whereas Finland concentrated on teacher-led pedagogy and saw improvements in student performance.








Catalonia Protesters Demand De Facto Independence Vote - Bloomberg

Catalonia Protesters Demand De Facto Independence Vote - Bloomberg



“President, call elections,” Carme Forcadell, chairman of the National Catalan Assembly, told thousands of demonstrators who gathered in Barcelona’s Catalonia Square today. “President, we should start spring with a new parliament.”




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