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How 'Dad's scar tweet' restored my self-confidence

BBC News

Justin Brower was in the kitchen baking with his daughter Mya when she said something that made his heart sink. "Mya was making cookies at home so had tied her hair up," Justin, 44, from Raleigh, North Carolina told the BBC. "Her twin sister commented that she should wear it up more often because it looked cute, but Mya said her scar was ugly and people think it is weird." Mya, who is 12, had Chiari decompression surgery four years ago, which left her a long scar on the back of her neck. Justin told Mya that he thought her scar was cool and that other people would too, so he asked for her permission to post a photo of it on Twitter.


China Says U.S. Politicizing Confucius Institute Shows 'Lack of Self-Confidence'

U.S. News

A number of U.S. legislators, including Florida Senator Macro Rubio, have been critical of the more than 100 Confucius Institutes hosted at universities across the United States, saying that they are a vehicle of Chinese influence on international higher education.


Greece wildfires: Search continues after at least 74 killed

BBC News

The search for survivors is continuing in Greece, where at least 74 people have died in wildfires near the capital Athens. High winds spread the fire, trapping many in homes and vehicles and forcing others into the sea as they tried to escape the flames. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of mourning. On Tuesday, the bodies of 26 adults and children who apparently died embracing each other were found on a cliff top. "They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn't make it in time.


Messing with robots' self-confidence could prevent the AI apocalypse

#artificialintelligence

In every sci-fi depiction of an eventual robot apocalypse, the mechanical monstrosities move with cold, calculated precision, dispatching or enslaving humanity with a complete lack of sympathy and no second guessing. But what if robots could actually worry? What if mechanical minds didn't know anything with certainty, and lacked the confidence to push forward with risky actions? A team of AI researchers from the University of California at Berkeley think that giving robots built-in anxiety might actually help keep them in line. The scientists built a mathematical model simulating the interaction between a robot and a human being.


Messing with robots' self-confidence could prevent the AI apocalypse

#artificialintelligence

In every sci-fi depiction of an eventual robot apocalypse, the mechanical monstrosities move with cold, calculated precision, dispatching or enslaving humanity with a complete lack of sympathy and no second guessing. But what if robots could actually worry? What if mechanical minds didn't know anything with certainty, and lacked the confidence to push forward with risky actions? A team of AI researchers from the University of California at Berkeley think that giving robots built-in anxiety might actually help keep them in line, according to BGR. The scientists built a mathematical model simulating the interaction between a robot and a human being.