We see democracy as progress. Yet with the evidence of Chinese success, the Arab spring that turned to winter, and crisis in the Ukraine, its victory looks precarious. Might democracy be a temporary blip in world history? Or is this a heresy favoured only by tyrants and powermongers?
Jürgen Schmidhuber will be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the subreddit, /r/machinelearning, this Wednesday (March 4) at 10am EST.
From Schmidhuber’s website:
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Since age 15 or so, Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber’s main scientific ambition has been to build an optimal scientist through self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI), then retire. He has pioneered self-improving general problem solvers since 1987, and Deep Learning Neural Networks (NNs)since 1991. The recurrent NNs (RNNs) developed by his research groups at the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA & USI & SUPSI (ex-TU MunichCogBotLab) were the first RNNs to win official international contests. They recently helped to improve connected handwriting recognition, speech recognition, machine translation, optical character recognition, image caption generation, and are now in use at Google, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, and many other companies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday March 2nd, 2015
Actions Roll Across the Nation Defending Internet Freedom Before Historic FCC Vote & in Opposition to Congressional Fast-Tracking of Largest U.S. Trade Deal Ever
On February 26th the FCC cast a historic vote upholding Net Neutrality. Simultaneously, as Congress reconvenes after the congressional recess, they are preparing to bring Fast Track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership up for a vote. The Rolling Rebellion for Real Democracy is confronting these two current issues of people power vs. corporate power that will have a major impact on people’s lives.
Firstly, the issue of Net Neutrality. A people-powered movement convinced the FCC to reclassify the Internet to ensure equal access for all without discrimination. Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance notes that “Net Neutrality is essential for the exercise of Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century.… Read the rest
Abby concludes the final episode of Breaking the Set by explaining why BTS has been such an important part of her life and why we should never stop Breaking the Set.
Editor’s Note: We wish Abby Martin all the best in her future endeavors!
It was 4:47pm in San Diego on October 1, 2014. A YouTube user named trixxie62 subscribed to my channel, sending an email notification to my inbox. This triggered my phone’s “new email” ringtone. Several minutes later another one came in. Then another. After that I was receiving a new subscriber every 1-2 minutes, far exceeding the usual 1-3 per week.
Upon checking around I found that Roadtrippers.com had included my film in a story on their website and social media pages. The story was receiving more Facebook Likes and Comments than any other Roadtrippers story in weeks. It seemed like an exciting moment. But things were about to take an unexpected turn.
Very often you can read stories about people who were perceived to have said something dumb, hateful or untrue, then they pay for it by being called out on social media and in the news. While I can’t particularly speak to never saying anything “dumb,” I can confirm that I did not say anything hateful or untrue.… Read the rest
Yet again an American police department has needlessly killed one of its citizens, this time in Los Angeles. The following video is disturbing, but it’s important that it be seen and that the people whom the police serve demand a change in how policing is done:
Yahoo News/AFP describes the incident:
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Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on Sunday in an incident that was caught on video and circulated widely online, with the department saying officers resorted to deadly force after the man had reached for one of their guns.
The graphic footage, which appeared on Facebook, shows a violent altercation between a man and several officers in LA’s “Skid Row,” an area near downtown where many homeless people live.
The video appears to show the man flailing at officers as they try to subdue him.
A voice yelling “Drop the gun!” can be heard before several shots ring out and several onlookers cry out in alarm.
Via The Guardian:
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A Conservative MP has claimed that astrology could have “a role to play in healthcare”.
David Tredinnick said astrology, along with complementary medicine, could take pressure off NHS doctors, but acknowledged that any attempt to spend taxpayers’ money on consulting the stars would cause “a huge row”.
He criticised the BBC and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox for taking a “dismissive” approach to astrology, and accused opponents of being “racially prejudiced”.
The MP for Bosworth, in Leicestershire, who is a Capricorn and in 2010 paid back £755 he had claimed in expenses for software that used astrology to diagnose medical conditions, told Astrological Journal: “I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.
“Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.
I’m not posting this so much because there’s a backlash and some media are currently trying to make a big deal about it, but because I actually find the spoof pretty funny (probably for the exact reason so many others are upset).
First, the original:
We can bitch and complain about modern life, the poor diet and lifestyle, dwarfed by forces beyond our control. And we can defend it all, too, while inside numbed, burnt out, frustrated. It takes concerted effort to shrug it off, or just roll with it, and begin crafting a life more in line with ideas we once called our dreams.
While recently visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, I was lucky enough to meet three people doing just that, and clearly having a fantastic time. Fortunately, I have a podcast and therefore an excuse to talk to them and
steal learn and share their secrets. With two YouTube channels and a podcast between them, admittedly they weren’t the most guarded.
I was in the city to attend Fruit Winter, a free festival of daily meet-ups and activities with dozens of inspired and inspiring folks from around the world, held there for the past two Januaries.… Read the rest
There’s no way this can go horribly wrong, right?
Jon Rappoport via War is Crime:
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“…if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth.” (George Orwell,1984)
The New Scientist has the stunning story (2/28/15, “Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links,” by Hal Hodson):
“The internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free ‘news’ stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix — rank websites according to their truthfulness.”
Great idea, right? Sure it is.
The author of the article lets the cat out of the bag right away with his comment about “anti-vaccination” websites. These sites will obviously be shoved into obscurity by Google because they’re “garbage”…whereas “truthful” pro-vaccine sites will dominate top ranked pages on the search engine.
This is wonderful if you believe what the CDC tells you about vaccine safety and efficacy.