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AI ‘good for the world’… says ultra-lifelike robot

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Hanson agreed that clear guidelines were needed, saying it was important to discuss these issues “before the technology has definitively and unambiguously awakened.”

While Sophia has some impressive capabilities, she does not yet have consciousness, but Hanson said he expected that fully sentient machines could emerge within a few years.

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-06-ai-good-world-ultra-lifelike-robot.html

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Amazon Patent Would Block Customers From ‘Showrooming’ | Fortune.com

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The patent, which has been written about in Bezos’ own Washington Post, details a method for blocking, redirecting, or otherwise controlling customers’ attempts to comparison shop on their smartphones when using a store’s Wi-Fi network. The system would identify when a customer is trying to access a competitor’s website and take action. According to the patent description, it could block the action outright, redirect it to the retailer’s own website, or distract the customer with a coupon or a salesperson’s attention.

http://fortune.com/2017/06/17/amazon-patent-comparison-shopping/

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Whistleblower: DHS knew MS-13 gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge – Washington Times

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The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/24/whistleblower-dhs-knowingly-let-ms-13-gang-members/

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New York secessionists look to constitutional convention as best chance to split state – Washington Times

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The Divide NYS Caucus several years ago hit on the idea of forming autonomous regions within the state that would be led by their own governors and legislators instead of seeking approval from the Legislature and Congress to form a new state.

“It could be a model for other states, too, to go to the regional-districts method,” said Mr. Bergener, the Divide NYS Caucus chairman. “This way you only need an amendment to your state constitution.”

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/30/new-york-secessionists-look-to-constitutional-conv/

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Yes, Trump has brought this on himself – Liberty Unyielding

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But the central reason Trump has brought the blowback on himself is that he is fighting back against our assailants in the war on the republic.

That’s why they are attacking him so hard.  Because he represents a threat, not to law and order, but to its opposite: arbitrary, unaccountable government.

http://libertyunyielding.com/2017/05/21/yes-trump-brought/

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Short List of Obama’s Scandals that Didn’t Rate a Special Counsel

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The left’s hypocrisy couldn’t be more transparent

http://www.hannity.com/articles/hanpr-election-493995/heres-a-list-of-obamas-scandals-15845580/

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Cellphone, internet outages reported across the U.S. – CBS News

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CBS Tucson affiliate KOLD-TV reports several major cellphone providers — including VerizonSprintAT&T and T-Mobile — were having service issues on Monday. 

The cause of the outages, and just how widespread the problems are, remain unclear at this time.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cell-phone-internet-outages-reported-across-the-u-s/

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Trump Energy Dept. Seeks to Mine Elements Monopolized By China

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Rare earth elements are a series of seemingly obscure elements on the Periodic Table that are crucial for production of electronics, military equipment and some medications.

According to Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), 100 percent of America’s supply of these elements comes from China.

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Democrats and Environmentalists argue for ExxonMobil ‘ preferred environmental  policy.

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Oil giants ExxonMobil (XOM, +1.50%) and ConocoPhillips (COP, +2.51%) were among companies that reiterated their support for the accord ahead of Trump’s announcement, reports Bloomberg.

“Energy needs are a function of population and living standards,” Exxon CEO Darren Woods said at the company’s annual investor meeting in Dallas Wednesday, according to Bloomberg. Woods’ position in favor of staying in the deal is the same as his predecessor, current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

http://fortune.com/2017/06/01/apple-google-facebook-trump-stay-paris-accord/

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The ‘Complex Systems Theorist’ Who Predicted the Arab Spring – Motherboard

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According to Bar-Yam’s research, American policies on ethanol—which means a huge amount of US corn is used to power cars rather than food—and commodity market deregulation in the late 1990s were the major cause of skyrocketing food prices.

“Our ethanol policy by itself has lead to, by now, a doubling of global food prices.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/the-complex-systems-theorist-who-predicted-the-arab-spring

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