KILLER robots pose the same threat to humanity as a nuclear apocalypse. That's according to billionaire Bill Gates, who claims artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to both save and destroy the human race. Speaking at an event at Stanford University in California, the Microsoft founder compared intelligent machines to deadly nuclear weapons. "The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and dangerous," the way AI is, Gates said. "We had nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, and so far so good." Gates, 63, was referring to the potential benefits and risks of nuclear technology when it broke through in the mid-20th Century. While nuclear power promised near-limitless energy, the technology also allowed us to build nuclear bombs. Gates said AI has the potential to revolutionise healthcare around the world. However, he added that "I won’t say there are that many" examples of AI having improved society thus far. While there are many ways we could … [Read more...] about Bill Gates issues chilling warning over ‘dangerous AI’ and claims threat is ‘like nuclear weapons’ – as militaries prepare for deadly robot warfare
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Ever since Russia occupied Crimea, it has been tightening its military grip over the illegally annexed peninsula, according to the Ukrainian envoy. REUTERS Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko has said Russia deployed in occupied Crimea carriers and other means capable of delivering nuclear weapons. "After the Russian Federation occupied Crimea, it has been tightening its military grip over the occupied peninsula. Comparing to the pre-occupation period, Russia has more than doubled its military personnel from 12,500 to over 28,000, and up to 31,500 probably, according to the recent estimations," he said at a briefing on the security in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov Region. "Russia has also substantially reinforced and modernized its military land, air, and naval components," he said. "Russian military in Crimea got tanks and anti-aircraft systems, which were not present there before, up to six-seven times more combat vehicles, … [Read more...] about Russia deploys nuclear weapon carriers in occupied Crimea – Yelchenko
If we are to look at the unifying factors within a society, their pastimes show a great deal. No matter how much two people disagree on political matters, to the point of coming to blows in their heated rhetoric, we can see both of those people coming out to the cinema after seeing the same movie or enjoying the same book, listening to the same song and so forth. This popular culture creates a bridge of understanding that is separate from day-to-day woes in a sense. Lately however, we are seeing more and more of a disconnect, as criticisms of fiction become too political to be enjoyed by two sides of a political rivalry. One of the main reasons behind that is simple. Far too many people consider fiction, whether it is in literary form or on the big screen, as a method of escape from their worldly concerns. It is a way of shutting down certain functions of our brain that constantly deals with the problems of reality in order to pursue enjoyment, intellectual nourishment or artistic … [Read more...] about Modern fiction: Political or politicized?
© NASA . Joel Kowsky US Does Not Seek to Change Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons in Space - PenceOn the B61-12 Life Extension Program, the baseline cost report of $8.3 billion for the life of the program is a1.2 percent increase over a preliminary estimate established in fiscal year 2013, the GAO noted. READ MORE: Boom Beta: US Testing Newest B61 Nuclear Gravity Bomb Then-US President Barack Obama approved a $1.5 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program over the next 30 years for the US armed forces. Current President Donald Trump has confirmed the program. … [Read more...] about US Trident, B61 Nuclear Weapons Upgrade Costs Soar Up to $11Bln
MINSK, 31 October (BelTA) – Cyberterrorism will become as dangerous as nuclear weapons in the not too distant future. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as a meeting of the Core Group of the Munich Security Conference opened in Minsk on 31 October, BelTA has learned.The head of state reminded that an international high-level conference on fighting terrorism in the digital age had taken place in Minsk under the OSCE aegis three weeks before. Participants of the conference agreed that only through unity one can successfully counteract cyberterrorism and other modern challenges and threats. “We will understand literally in a year or two that cyberterrorism is as dangerous as nuclear weapons,” Alexander Lukashenko is convinced.“Belarus is ready to host a joint UN-OSCE conference on fighting terrorism and a summit on fighting cybercrime,” said Alexander Lukashenko.Alexander Lukashenko suggested resuming the work of the group of Wise Mean … [Read more...] about Belarus president compares cyberterrorism to nuclear weapons