The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has apparently decided that, in the absence of any way to sue a virus, the next best course of action is to take to court the entire nation where the disease originated. To that end, Schmitt's office said yesterday it had filed a lawsuit against "the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions" for the COVID-19 pandemic. … [Read more...] about Missouri sues China over coronavirus, claims nation “lied to the world”
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If you're looking for something a little further off the beaten path, I've also been enjoying a series called The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells. I'm only a couple of books into the five-book series, but Wells' description of a confused rogue AI in a cyborg body, with absolutely everything designed, maintained, and forcibly supplied by the lowest bidder, is both charming and engaging. The Murderbot has its own desires, needs, and goals—it's just not too clear what those are, beyond doing as half-assed a job as possible in order to leave more time for trashy soap-opera consumption.Jim Salter, Technology Reporter … [Read more...] about Ars’ summer reading guide for our very surreal summer
The GPU at the bottom of the pile is still just called "Intel HD Graphics" (GT1), and it steps down to 12 EUs and lowers the peak clock speed a bit more. Even though the name is the same as it was in low-end Haswell chips, it's based on the same architecture as the rest of the Broadwell GPUs and gets you the same level of API support. Intel also tells us that Wireless Display and Quick Sync are enabled on these low-end GPUs, which hasn't been the case in prior generations. … [Read more...] about Broadwell U arrives: Faster laptop CPUs and GPUs from Core i7 to Celeron
The result was a spirited discussion this past Friday night at John Jay College in Manhattan, site of the World Science Festival, now in its twelfth year. The evening's discussion, which played to a packed auditorium, was called "Making Room for Machines: Getting Ready for AGI," and moderator Daniel Sieberg, who is CEO and founder of a startup called iO, suggested that what was at stake was "What happens if we succeed or if we don't" in creating AGI and "Who are the winners and who are the losers?" … [Read more...] about Artificial general intelligence is a Rorschach Test: Perhaps we need orangutans?
For this particular investigation, the AFP said it was confident there were "reasonable grounds to suspect" that the US provider had content relevant to the entire spectrum of the alleged offender's conduct. It explained that if it had been able to obtain an IPO from an Australian issuing authority, it would have allowed for requests to the Australian Central Authority and then directly to the foreign service provider "much more quickly", so that relevant content data could be provided to further the investigation with "less time for the risk of the individual moving infrastructure to obstruct law enforcement efforts". … [Read more...] about AFP has issued the United States with 98 telco data requests since 2014