MP Podcast — 23

MP23

  • Controversy behind who funded the 9/11 attacks.
  • Supreme Court rules that firing a woman for breastfeeding is not sexist.
  • Will artificial intelligence benefit or threaten humanity?
  • “Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui has claimed members of the Saudi royal family helped fund the 9/11 attacks.
    Moussaoui, imprisoned in Colorado for his role in the attacks, gave testimony in October to lawyers for 9/11 victims suing the country.
    His statement came to light when it was filed in court this week in response to a Saudi bid to drop the lawsuit.
    Saudi Arabia has rejected the accusation from a ‘deranged criminal’ with no credibility.
    They have made several attempts for the lawsuit to be dropped.”
             ― BBC

    “When Ames asked her supervisor for accommodations that would enable her to express milk and store it for her child, the supervisor reportedly responded that Ames should “go home and be with your babies” instead. That supervisor went on to dictate a letter of resignation to Ames that day, effectively forcing her to resign.

    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Nationwide and the Eighth Circuit Court, denying Ames’ petition for a review of her case’s dismissal. The trial court’s decision — which the Circuit Court upheld — said that for Nationwide’s firing of Ames for taking time to express milk at work could not have been sexist because under certain circumstances, some men can lactate, too.”
             ― David Ferguson (Alternet)

    “But Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng—one of the world’s best-known AI researchers and a guy who’s building out what is likely one of the world’s largest applied AI projects—says we really ought to worry more about robot truck drivers than the Terminator.

    In fact, he’s irritated by the discussion about scientists somehow building an apocalyptic super-intelligence. ‘I think it’s a distraction from the conversation about…serious issues,’ Ng said at an AI conference in San Francisco last week.

    Ng isn’t alone in thinking this way. A select group of AI luminaries met recently at a closed door retreat in Puerto Rico to discuss ethics and AI. WIRED interviewed some of them, and the consensus was that there are short-term and long-term AI issues to worry about. But it’s the long-term questions getting all the press.”
             ― Robert McMillian (Wired)

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    Links
    Moussaoui claims Saudi royals ‘funded 9/11 attacks’
    Mummified Monk Found In Lotus Position
    Brian Williams forced to retract feel-good Iraq war story 12 years later
    Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling that Firing Woman for Breastfeeding Not Sexist Since Men Can Lactate

    Why artificial intelligence always seems so far away
    Will religions try to convert artificial intelligence? Reverend says ‘Christ’s redemption’ is not limited to humans
    Artificial Intelligence knows more about you than your friends or family, thanks to Facebook
    AI Software That Could Score You the Perfect Job

    ONR tests robot surrogates for training Marines
    AI Won’t End the World, But It Might Take Your Job
    Sex With Robots: Sodom and Gomorrah Never Dreamed of This Immorality

    Texas man arrested after attempt to pay taxes with tightly folded dollar bills
    Drinking A Little Whiskey Might Actually Help Relieve Cold Symptoms

    Music
    Virtual Riot – We’re Not Alone (Killabyte Remix)
    Avius – Fearless
    DVBBS – We Are Electric (Eliminate Remix)
    Party Favor – Touch
    The Prodigy – Breathe (ZAGOR Remix)

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