Expert Systems

Russia calls poisoning accusations by Britain 'nonsense'

Los Angeles Times

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia's involvement is "highly likely," and she gave the country a deadline of midnight Tuesday to explain its actions in the case. She is reviewing a range of economic and diplomatic measures in retaliation for the assault with what she identified as the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

UK Considers Options in Showdown With Russia Over Ex-Spy

U.S. News

The prime minister says Russia has until the end of Tuesday to explain its actions in the case, which focuses on a former Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted of spying for Britain and then released in a spy swap.

Judge throws out Massachusetts lawsuit over Trump birth control rules

FOX News

The Trump administration issued a ruling that expands the entities which can exempt themselves from the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. A federal judge in Boston Monday threw out a lawsuit by Massachusetts' attorney general that attempted to block the Trump administration's rules expanding exemptions from ObamaCare's birth control mandate. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said Massachusetts lacked standing to sue and noted that "the record is uniquely obscure" regarding whether employers in the state would take advantage of the exemptions. In a statement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said that she was disappointed in the decision but remained committed to ensuring "affordable and reliable reproductive health care for women." ObamaCare originally required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations.

Judge Tosses Massachusetts Lawsuit Over Birth Control Rules

U.S. News

A federal judge has tossed the Massachusetts attorney general's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration over rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

Judge Rejects Massachusetts Challenge to Trump Birth Control Rules

U.S. News

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit by Massachusetts' attorney general challenging new rules by President Donald Trump's administration that make it easier for employers to avoid providing insurance that covers women's birth control.

A new AI system can explain itself--twice


Neural networks can answer a question about a photo and point to the evidence for their answer by annotating the image. How it works: To test the Pointing and Justification Explanation (PJ-X) model, researchers gathered data sets made up of pairs of photographs showing similar scenes, like different types of lunches. Then they came up with a question that has distinct answers for each photo ("Is this a healthy meal?"). What it does: After being trained on enough data, PJ-X could both answer the question using text ("No, it's a hot dog with lots of toppings"') and put a heat map over the photo to highlight the reasons behind the answer (the hot dog and its many toppings). Why it matters: Typical AIs are black boxes--good at identifying things, but with algorithmic logic that is opaque to humans.

Newt Gingrich: Congress must fix Obama's joint employer mess

FOX News

The recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that effectively reinstated the Obama era's over-reaching joint employer regulation is a perfect example of how the left plays by its own set of rules.