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NYT - New York/Region - 47 min 12 sec agoThe new Excelsior Scholarship, for use at the state’s public campuses, is “huge” for qualifying in-state families when weighed against the costs of private colleges.BBC World News - 2 hours 45 min agoThe president insists he is keeping his election pledges and dismisses criticism as "fake news".BBC World News - 3 hours 10 min agoListen to big fight commentary highlights and the best social media reaction as Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF crown.BBC World News - 3 hours 15 min agoKate and Gerry McCann speak about their missing daughter, 10 years after she vanished aged three.Slashdot - 3 hours 24 min agoWired's founding executive editor Kevin Kelly wrote a 5,000-word takedown on "the myth of a superhuman AI," challenging dire warnings from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk about the potential extinction of humanity at the hands of a superintelligent constructs. Slashdot reader mirandakatz calls it an "impeccably argued debunking of this pervasive myth." Kelly writes: Buried in this scenario of a takeover of superhuman artificial intelligence are five assumptions which, when examined closely, are not based on any evidence... 1.) Artificial intelligence is already getting smarter than us, at an exponential rate. 2.) We'll make AIs into a general purpose intelligence, like our own. 3.) We can make human intelligence in silicon. 4.) Intelligence can be expanded without limit. 5.) Once we have exploding superintelligence it can solve most of our problems... If the expectation of a superhuman AI takeover is built on five key assumptions that have no basis in evidence, then this idea is more akin to a religious belief -- a myth Kelly proposes "five heresies" which he says have more evidence to support them -- including the prediction that emulating human intelligence "will be constrained by cost" -- and he likens artificial intelligence to the physical powers of machines. "[W]hile all machines as a class can beat the physical achievements of an individual human...there is no one machine that can beat an average human in everything he or she does."
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 3 hours 31 min agoSuraj Prakash Vaid rushes to help traffic accident victims in a country where most opt to walk away.BBC World News - 3 hours 36 min agoThe tangled tale of a tapestry heir told he has to leave a Madrid building made famous by Goya.BBC World News - 3 hours 38 min agoMaudie, a film about little-known painter Maud Lewis, has become a surprise hit in Nova Scotia.NYT - Technology - 3 hours 39 min agoThe hacker or hackers, known as “thedarkoverlord,” demanded ransom after stealing 10 episodes of the next season of “Orange Is the New Black.”BBC World News - 4 hours 34 min agoNorway could be among the powers involved in resolving the nuclear stand-off, he suggests.BBC World News - 4 hours 41 min agoTwenty-three years after his tragic death, legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna is still one of the most valuable brands in sport.BBC World News - 4 hours 50 min agoWhite tiger cubs and a 101-year-old sprinter - check out this week's happiest stories.Slashdot - 5 hours 29 min agoAn anonymous reader wants to start a grassroots effort to build a self-organizing global radio mesh network where every device can communicate with every other device -- and without any central authority. There is nothing in the rules of mathematics or laws of physics that prevents such a system. But how would you break the problem up so it could be crowdfunded and sourced? How would you build the radios? And what about government spectrum rules... How would you persuade governments to allow for the use of say, 1%, of the spectrum for an unlicensed mesh experiment? In the U.S. it would probably take an Act of Congress to overrule the FCC but a grassroots effort with potential for major technology advances backed by celebrity scientists might be enough to tilt the issue but would there be enough motivation? Is this feasible? Would it amass enough volunteers, advocates, and enthusiastic users? Would it become a glorious example of geeks uniting the world -- or a doomed fantasy with no practical applications. Leave your best thoughts in the comments. Could we build a global wireless mesh network?
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 5 hours 41 min agoKatie Falkenberg's photo feature on mothers caring for children damaged by the Zika virus in Brazil was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017.Slashdot - 6 hours 8 min agoLong-time Slashdot reader MarcoPon writes: I created a thing: SeqBox. It's an archive/container format (and corresponding suite of tools) with some interesting and unique features. Basically an SBX file is composed of a series of sector-sized blocks with a small header with a recognizable signature, integrity check, info about the file they belong to, and a sequence number. The results of this encoding is the ability to recover an SBX container even if the file system is corrupted, completely lost or just unknown, no matter how much the file is fragmented.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.Slashdot - 6 hours 39 min ago"After seven unsuccessful attempts NASA has launched a stadium-sized balloon in Wanaka," reports the New Zealand Herald, adding that the super-pressure balloon will collect data from "near space" over the next 100 days. Reuters reports: The balloon, designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth's atmosphere, is expected to circle the planet two or three times. "The origin of these particles is a great mystery that we'd like to solve. Do they come from massive black holes at the centre of galaxies? Tiny, fast-spinning stars? Or somewhere else?" Angela Olinto, a University of Chicago professor and lead investigator on the project, said in a statement.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.BBC World News - 6 hours 51 min agoSunderland manager David Moyes says it is "too soon" for him to commit to the club for next season after their relegation.BBC World News - 6 hours 55 min agoAnthony Joshua becomes the unified heavyweight world champion with an 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko.BBC World News - 7 hours 9 min agoAn investigation is launched after the crash in the mountainous west of the island.BBC World News - 7 hours 42 min agoManchester City win their Women's Champions League semi-final second leg in Lyon, but fall short of reaching the final.