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Amazon's Phone-Charging Robot Will Spare You The Indignity Of Talking To Strangers

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But the string of good news came to an abrupt halt last week when Reuters reported that the top Democrat on the House antitrust subcommittee, David Civilline, has voiced concerns about Amazon's $13.7 billion plan to buy Whole Foods Market and requested in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee a hearing to examine the deal's potential impact on consumers – the first stirrings of what could metastasize into an anti-trust probe. Adding to the antitrust concerns, Reuters reported Thursday that the FTC is investigating the company for allegedly misleading customers about its pricing discounts, citing a source close to the probe. The patent, first filed in 2015, revealed the company's plans to build a robot that, using the company's massive data-mining apparatus, would be able to track down desperate mobile-device users in crowed public spaces like an airport or concert venue and present them with the greatest gift of all: an opportunity to charge their phones. This is especially true if the user does not have an available charging adapter for the device," the patent reads.


Jobless Rates Fall Below 4 Pct. in Nearly Half US States

U.S. News

After five years of steady hiring, unemployment rates have fallen below 4 percent in 23 states. Unemployment that low suggests that those states are at "full employment," when nearly everyone who wants a job has one and the unemployment rate reflects the normal churn of hiring and firing.


Explainable Artificial Intelligence

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Explainable AI--especially explainable machine learning--will be essential if future warfighters are to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage an emerging generation of artificially intelligent machine partners. The XAI program will focus the development of multiple systems on addressing challenges problems in two areas: (1) machine learning problems to classify events of interest in heterogeneous, multimedia data; and (2) machine learning problems to construct decision policies for an autonomous system to perform a variety of simulated missions. These two challenge problem areas were chosen to represent the intersection of two important machine learning approaches (classification and reinforcement learning) and two important operational problem areas for the Department of Defense (intelligence analysis and autonomous systems). At the end of the program, the final delivery will be a toolkit library consisting of machine learning and human-computer interface software modules that could be used to develop future explainable AI systems.


People Petition Donald Trump To Take Mensa-Monitored IQ Test

International Business Times

President Donald Trump might claim that he is a brilliant man with a high intelligence quotient (IQ) but from time to time, critics have questioned his general knowledge and a petition created Thursday on "We the People" demanded the president take a Mensa monitored IQ test. The petition targeted the Trump administration's policies and stated: "For whatever reason, telling people how smart he is appears to be very important to him -- and since his presidency thus far has allowed for all types of trivial engagements, he should simply shut down the non believers and have his IQ formally tested." Twitter users were abuzz targeting the president. Another user wrote: "Won't work because the questions they ask are picked based off of whatever age group you are in and the scores are calculated from that same pool.


Teaching Drones How To Crash Safely

MIT Technology Review

The system stores a database of potential ditch sites for safe emergency landings, and is able to choose the ideal site based on range, size, type of terrain, reliability, and time or day constraints. It's a much more advanced system than what is currently used in most commercial UAVs, which require a designated "home" point, to which the vehicle will attempt to return in the case of a hardware malfunction or drained battery. Current models are unable to safely ditch if, for example, the remaining battery charge is unable to return the drone to its home point, or if that home point is out of date. Once these remaining technological challenges are solved, Roy believes that Safe2Ditch, or similar systems, could become an FAA-mandated safety standard in UAV manufacturing.


Why India Needs a Strategic Artificial Intelligence Vision

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China has been heavily investing in American AI start-ups, alarming the US government enough for it to seriously consider strengthening its existing strategic foreign investment regulatory mechanism – the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The present trajectory of AI advancement indicates that future economies and national security will be defined by it, making it among a handful of technologies that will shape global politics. The mapping of India's existing AI capabilities with a comprehensive survey of every AI focused establishment in the country would be a good place to start. The development of such a comprehensive vision will help the Indian government optimise the allocation of its considerable research capabilities towards the development of specific AI capabilities that would most benefit the country.


artificial intelligence COINTELPRO & the Truth About Organized Stalking & 21st Century Torture

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"Frey found that human subjects exposed to 1310 MHz and 2982 MHz microwaves at average power densities of 0.4 to 2 mW/cm2 perceived auditory sensations described as buzzing or knocking sounds. Pulsed microwave voice-to-skull (or other-sound-to-skull) transmission was discovered during World War II by radar technicians who found they could hear the buzz of the train of pulses being transmitted by radar equipment they were working on. A spread spectrum signal received on a spectrum analyzer appears as just more "static" or noise. In 1975, researcher A. W. Guy stated that "one of the most widely observed and accepted biologic effects of low average power electromagnetic energy is the auditory sensation evoked in man when exposed to pulsed microwaves."


Republicans introduce bills to scrap new bank arbitration rule

Los Angeles Times

The rule unveiled last week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would ban banks and other financial institutions from using arbitration clauses to block customers from bringing or joining class-action suits. On Thursday, GOP members of the House Financial Services Committee and Senate Banking Committee introduced resolutions that would do just that. The CFPB rule would allow that practice to continue, but would ban arbitration clauses that also ban consumers from bringing class-action suits. Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, the ranking Democrat on the House committee, called Thursday's action an "outrageous" move that would harm consumers.


Artificial Intelligence Experts Respond to Elon Musk's Dire Warning for U.S. Governors - D-brief

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In terms of whether Musk's warnings of existential threats regarding Artificial Super-intelligence merit immediate attention, we actually risk large-scale negative and unintended consequences because we're placing exponential growth and shareholder value above societal flourishing metrics as indicators of success for these amazing technologies. The IEEE Global AI Ethics Initiative created Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Wellbeing with Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems to pragmatically help any stakeholders creating these technologies to proactively deal with the general types of ethical issues Musk's concerns bring up. The group of over 250 global AI and Ethics experts were also the inspiration behind the series of IEEE P7000 Standards – Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design currently in progress, designed to create solutions to these issues in a global consensus building process. My biggest concern about AI is designing and proliferating the technology without prioritizing ethical and responsible design or rushing to increase economic growth in a time we so desperately need to focus on environmental and societal sustainability to avoid the existential risks we've already created without the help of AI.


AlphaBay: What is the Dark Web marketplace shut down by the US Justice department?

The Independent

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