Madrid leader Cifuentes resigns over supermarket 'theft video'

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The head of Spain's Madrid region has stepped down amid shoplifting allegations, weeks after being accused of faking a master's degree. Cristina Cifuentes condemned as a personal attack the publication of a video from 2011 showing her handing items to a supermarket security guard. It is claimed she had taken two pots of anti-ageing cream worth €40 (£35; $50). Ms Cifuentes, 53, gave up her master's last week when it emerged that two signatures on the document were forged. A prominent figure in Spain's ruling centre-right PP (Partido Popular), Ms Cifuentes had already come under pressure from political opponents to resign because of the degree affair.


Lawmakers: deepfakes could "undermine public trust" in "objective depictions of reality"

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In the early, optimistic days of the internet, we thought it would be a repository of high-quality information. Instead, it's starting to feel like a bottomless ocean of lies that rewards attention-grabbing disinformation and pollutes the political process. That's the note of alarm that three members of Congress sounded in a letter this week to Daniel Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence. In it, the lawmakers warned specifically about the technology called deepfake, which lets computer users with little tech savvy create convincing footage of people doing and saying things that they never actually did. "Hyper-realistic digital forgeries -- popularly referred to as'deep fakes' [sic] -- use sophisticated machine learning techniques to produce convincing depictions of individuals doing or saying things they never did, without their consent or knowledge," read the letter.


VIDEO: Green leader: Great four years and no regrets

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Natalie Bennett will not be seeking re-election as leader of the Green Party in England and Wales when her term of office ends in in the summer. After watching a montage of her time in the job, she told Jo Coburn her highlights were the party achieving 1.1m votes, seeing its membership quadruple, as well as challenges to David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage. The former journalist said: "I am not going away", but had decided to open up the space for other potential leaders to come forward.


Elon Musk believes our reality is a simulation. Here's 21 signs he's right.

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In a conversation at Code Conference 2016 on Wednesday, Elon Musk claimed that, "There's a one in billions chance that [our reality] is base reality." SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to send people to Mars by 2024 Translation: the life we are living is actually just a simulation. People may think that they're living, breathing humans, but according to Elon Musk, we're all just really chatty characters in someone else's video game console. While some may claim that Musk's theory is dangerously irrational, over here at Mashable, we couldn't agree more. Here's some evidence to support the argument that the world we live in can't possibly be real.