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Israel shared Iranian General Soleimani's cell phones with US intelligence before drone strike: report

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Israel shared three cell phone numbers used by Qasem Soleimani with U.S. intelligence in the hours before American drones unleashed Hellfire missiles on the Iranian general last year, Yahoo News reported Saturday. The revelation sheds new light on the role that Israel played in the killing of Soleimani, who the State Department says was responsible for hundreds of U.S. troop deaths as the head of the Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force. The drone strike occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 2, 2020, as Soleimani and his entourage were leaving Baghdad's international airport.


Detecting colon cancer early with artificial intelligence

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NORFOLK, Va. - News 3 is taking action for your health! March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Be aware - the Hampton Roads area was identified as a "hot spot" for colon cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. In Norfolk, a trial is currently underway, adding the tool of artificial intelligence in the quest for prevention. As the video indicates, AI technology is like an extra set of eyes; it highlights areas of interest when a patient undergoes a colonoscopy.


The Mail

The New Yorker

Rachel Aviv describes the way Elizabeth Loftus's psychology research has established the fallibility of personal memory, and shows how her testimony in court has helped to exculpate innocent defendants ("Past Imperfect," April 5th). The fact that there is limited experimental evidence for the emergence of memories of trauma long after it occurs does not prove that such memories are a fiction, of course. The malleability of memory, which Loftus's research has demonstrated, suggests that it is just as likely that memories can be forgotten and later remembered as it is that they can be implanted or distorted. In Aviv's account, Loftus's repudiation of unconscious repressed memories comes across as motivated as much by personal bias as by anything else. When Aviv astutely notes that it's "hard to avoid the thought" that Loftus's career was "shaped by the slipperiness of [the] foundational memory" of her mother's tragic death, Loftus vehemently denies it.


Who should the self-driving car kill?

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When the idea of an autonomous car was born, it was immediately followed by the one which is still the most discussed philosophical dilemma about artificial intelligence: if forced to choose, who should the car save and who should it kill in a crash? Who should make this choice and who is to blame for the death? The car can't obviously be arrested or punished, so should the programmer be punished instead? And what about if there was no other way? The debate is so intense that a group of researchers formed by the social scientist Iyad Rahwan, the behavioural researcher Jean-Francois Bonnefon and the social psychologist Azim Shariff designed an online platform called "Moral Machine", which generates casual moral dilemmas and asks you to judge the outcome you think is the lesser of two evils, in order to study people decisions.


How a first date led to a murder, a cover-up and a huge wildfire that killed 2

Los Angeles Times

It was a first date out of a horror movie. Priscilla Castro, a 32-year-old from Vallejo, was headed to Vacaville on a Wednesday evening in August to meet Victor Serriteno, a 28-year-old she'd met through an online dating app. But instead of romance, the interlude ended in multiple deaths and hundreds of thousands of fire-scorched acres, prosecutors say. The person behind all the crimes, authorities say, is Serriteno, whom Solano County sheriff's deputies arrested again Wednesday on suspicion of arson and murder in connection with the Markley fire, which killed two people and merged into last year's devastating LNU Lightning Complex fire. Serriteno was already in the county jail after authorities alleged he killed Castro.


'Self-driving' cars could get green light for use on UK motorways this year

The Guardian

Motorists could legally allow their cars to "self-drive" on British motorways later this year – but only slowly, the government has announced. Drivers could soon be allowed to read a newspaper or watch a film via the car's built-in screen in periods of slow-moving traffic, using automated lane-keeping system (Alks) technology that makes the car stay in lane and a safe distance from other vehicles. But insurers and motoring organisations said much more work needed to be done to ensure safety, after the Department for Transport confirmed it would pursue plans to allow new models fitted with Alks to drive without the driver's input. The cars will be defined as self-driving when the system is in operation, at a maximum speed of 37mph. According to the DfT, the technology, which will constantly monitor speed and distance from other cars, could improve road safety by reducing human error.


Netflix's Latest Hit Continues an Argument Sci-Fi Fans Have Been Having for Decades

Slate

Embedded in the narrative DNA of the new Netflix movie Stowaway is one of the most iconic and controversial science-fiction short stories ever published, "The Cold Equations," by Tom Godwin. Like "The Cold Equations," Stowaway is the story of a spaceship journey that hits a snag when an additional passenger is discovered onboard. The ship can't complete its trip with the extra drain on its resources, so somebody has to go out the airlock. "The Cold Equations" first appeared in the August 1954 edition of Astounding magazine, whose editor, John W. Campbell Jr., played a major role in defining the genre of "hard science fiction"--that is, stories fundamentally concerned with the accurate depiction of science and technology. According to legend, Campbell sent the story back to Godwin several times because the author kept trying to find a way for the characters to wriggle out of the story's central dilemma and achieve a happy ending.


9 ways to live your life multiple times

Mashable

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," wrote Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in A Dance With Dragons. "The man who never reads lives only one." As someone who has lived and ended more than a thousand lives in his story so far, Martin knows what he's talking about. But something interesting has happened in the decade since Martin wrote those words. There has been a sudden surge of what we might call multiple lives fiction: novels where the main character experiences a good chunk of her existence on repeat.


Near-Vana: A 'New' Kurt Cobain Track Appears Courtesy Of Artificial Intelligence

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Arriving a symbolic and symmetric 27 years after he died at the age of 27, a "new" Nirvana song has been released. What makes "Drowned In The Sun" very different to "'You Know You're Right" – the last track Nirvana recorded in 1994 but which was not released until 2002 – is that Kurt Cobain did not write it and no members of Nirvana played on it. The track in question was created using artificial intelligence (AI) software that analyzed a number of Nirvana tracks in order to mimic their writing, recording and lyrical styles – drawing on vocals by Eric Hogan, lead singer in Nevermind, a Nirvana tribute act. Such digital necromancy comes with a whole host of moral, ethical and musical concerns, but in this case it is part of the Lost Tapes Of The 27 Club project raising awareness of mental health issues in music. The 27 Club refers to that mythologized grouping of musicians who all died at the age of 27.


Artificially Intelligent Cars Are Getting Better at Preventing Your Death

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Researchers have developed a new early-warning system for self-driving vehicles -- leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) capable of learning from thousands of real traffic scenarios, according to a new study executed with the BMW Group and published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. In other words, you may soon ride in a self-driving car with an AI's figurative finger on the buzzer -- to keep you from dying in transit by giving seven seconds' warning of crucial situations the cars can't handle on their own. And so far, the AI can do it with more than 85% accuracy. The drive to increase safety for self-driving cars feels almost self-explanatory, but efforts typically rely on complicated models designed to enhance vehicles' ability to analyze the traffic behavior of users. But driving on public roads always comes with risk and uncertainty.