Former President Barack Obama weighed in with his perspective on the "strange and uncertain times that we are in" as he delivered a major address in South Africa Tuesday. Mr. Obama was invited to give the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, where he spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd. While his comments largely focused on the life lessons of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela (also known as Madiba) and the road ahead for global democracy, Mr. Obama also touched on the problem of racism, the "politics of fear," and the threat posed by rising authoritarianism. His remarks came just one day President Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here is the full transcript of his address, as provided by the office of the former president: PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the … [Read more...] about Former President Obama’s full speech in South Africa
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Video: Google's Assistant gets an AI upgrade with DuplexAlan Turing helped pioneer the idea of programmable computers and built one of the first general purpose computing machines, the Bombe, which decrypted the Nazi's Enigma code and saved thousands of lives. Turing's contributions to the war effort, and to computer science as a discipline, are astonishing. As Albert Einstein was to math and physics, Alan Turing was to computer science.But in the 1950s, the British government considered Turing a criminal. The irony and injustice of this is mind boggling, not just because he probably saved more British lives in World War II than any other Britain, but because his only so-called crime was that he was gay.TechRepublic: Photos: The life of Alan Turing For this, which at the time the British government called "gross indecency," he was given the choice of imprisonment or chemical castration. He killed himself in 1954, at the age of 41. It is impossible to overstate how much the … [Read more...] about Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch Transcript courtesy of Bloomberg Government Transcript courtesy of Bloomberg Government April 11 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday for his second day of questioning on the Hill. Below is a partial transcript of the hearing. [Transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate hearing] REP. GREG WALDEN (R-ORE.): Okay. I'd ask our guests to please take their seats so we can get started. The Committee on Energy And Commerce will now come to order. WALDEN: Before my opening statement, just as a reminder to our committee members on both sides, it's … [Read more...] about Transcript of Zuckerberg’s appearance before House committee
Gallery: 54 gang members indicted for racketeering Most of the 54 people charged in last month's racketeering indictment against a Chattanooga street gang don't know what they're specifically accused of doing, but legal experts say it's designed that way to pressure them into testifying. Without a full picture, criminal defense attorneys who've previously represented many of the accused are seeking as much information as possible before April 27, when all 54 defendants are set to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court to plead guilty or not guilty. Document: The Gang Racketeering Presentment But many attorneys already believe they cannot take any of these cases. If they represented one of these defendants in a previous case and learned something in confidence about the gang, they can't use that information to help represent a new defendant, they say. The assigned judge, Tom Greenholtz, likely will have to search for attorneys in other cities or civil firms who aren't conflicted. … [Read more...] about Chattanooga gang racketeering indictment raises questions of legal overreach [photos, document, videos]
November 16, 2015 - Written By Nick Sutrich The tech world moves fast, and so do the companies that supply the seemingly never ending swath of new phones. Every now and then though one of those startups makes a name for itself right out of the gate, one that sets it apart for a long time to come no matter what product is released. OnePlus has been one of those companies since its inception nearly two years ago, and it’s year and a half old original flagship, the OnePlus One, is still held in many people’s minds as a successful product in every way. It broke the misconception that a good smart phone had to cost $600 or more, and while the OnePlus 2 may have done some damage to the company’s reputation they’re back with a third phone to try it again. This time around OnePlus is aiming for the mid-range price segment of the market and is pumping its new phone with most of the same specs as its flagship from last year, all that … [Read more...] about Featured Review: OnePlus X