To Be, or…- News Mix

Ethicists advise caution in applying CRISPR gene editing to humans

Ethicists have been working overtime to figure out how to handle CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technique that could potentially prevent congenital diseases but could also be used for cosmetic enhancements and lead to permanent, heritable changes in the human species.

Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

The new report heralds a day scientists have long warned is coming. After decades of science-fiction movies, cocktail party chatter and college seminars in which people have idly debated the ethics of humanity intervening in its own evolution, advancing technology dictates that the public now make some hard choices.

Genome Editing Poses Ethical Problems That We Cannot Ignore

The ability to precisely and accurately change almost any part of any genome, even in complex species such as humans, may soon become a reality through genome editing. But with great power comes great responsibility – and few subjects elicit such heated debates about moral rights and wrongs.

 

U.S. Deportations, Then and Now- News Mix

Barack Obama Deported A Record Number Of Immigrants From The U.S. Than Any Other President

During President Barack Obama’s terms, he had a record number of people deported from the United States which was more than any other president. As of 2015, more than 2.5 million undocumented people had been deported by immigration authorities since Obama took office in 2009. This total is record-setting.

ACLU Mobilizes ‘Rapid Response’ to Fight Trump Deportations

‘His rhetoric is already scaring a lot of people in immigrant communities.’

Obama’s lethal deportation machine: Trump’s anti-immigration measures are intense, but nothing new

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. On Jan. 18, Barack Obama used his final press conference as president to pledge to the public that he will speak up if the administration of Donald Trump crosses a line, whether that’s imposing “systematic discrimination” or silencing the press.

Mexico: Massive anti-Trump rallies staged across nation

Mexicans have held massive protests against US President Donald Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and vows to make Mexico pay for a “big, beautiful” border wall between the two countries.

AI or Die?- News Mix

Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age

Rashid Umar Abbasi | Reuters Musk explained what he meant by saying that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second”, while humans, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second.

[1606.06565] Concrete Problems in AI Safety

Abstract: Rapid progress in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) has brought increasing attention to the potential impacts of AI technologies on society.

CIA Honors Saudi Prince- News Mix

CIA awards Saudi prince medal for anti-terror efforts

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s deputy premier and interior minister, has been presented with a CIA award for his work fighting terrorism, prompting raised eyebrows on social media. CIA Director Mike Pompeo gifted the prince with the George Tenet award in Riyadh on Friday.

Not The Onion: Saudi Crown Prince Receives CIA Medal For “Efforts Against Terrorism”

We are sad to report that despite the change in administration, the “new” CIA is exactly the same as the “old” one.

The Declassified 28 Pages

The declassified 28 pages from the report of the congressional Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11 can be read in their originally-released PDF format by clicking the image on the right. Below, we’ve posted a full transcription of the 28 pages as a service to anyone who finds this…

Going Long #3- Selin Thomas

My Shattered Istanbul

Turkey is slipping away from my family, collapsing into the arms of a tyrant. We thought she was ours. Maybe we were wrong. I’ve been told Istanbul is best at the winter, when a light snow coats its rooftops and skinny minarets reach into a dark sky, when the cobblestones are wet and the tourists are few.

38th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution- News Mix

Nationwide rallies a ‘response’ to White House

TEHRAN – On Friday, February 10, Iran celebrated the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Millions took to the streets in Tehran and all other cities across the country, showing their dissatisfaction with the new U.S. administration and renewing allegiance to the Islamic Republic.

Iranians Celebrate 1979 Revolution With Rallies

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranians have begun a nationwide celebration to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the 1979 revolution with massive rallies. Demonstrators in Tehran on Friday chanted traditional slogans against the U.S. and Israel at a time when new U.S.

Dakota Access Pipeline- News Mix

Protests Erupt Nationwide as Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline

Protesters rallied at demonstrations nationwide Wednesday to protest the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to greenlight the construction of the contested $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, says it will start work immediately.

Dakota Access Pipeline Facts

he Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers. It is the result of an extensive process that involved review and approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and regulators in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.

Dakota Pipeline: What’s behind the controversy? – BBC News

Donald Trump’s backing of the Dakota Access Pipeline project has set the stage for a new confrontation with native Americans and environmentalists. Within days of taking office, he signed two presidential memoranda supporting both the Dakota and the Keystone XL pipelines – telling the army to review one, and inviting a private company to re-apply for the other.

 

Fukushima Continued- News Mix

‘Fukushima catastrophe ongoing: Leakage on a daily basis’

There are many shoes still to drop at Fukushima Daiichi, said Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste monitor at Beyond Nuclear. If something goes wrong with the radioactive waste storage pools, there could be a release of high-level radioactivity into the air, he added.

Radiation levels estimated far higher in No. 2 nuclear reactor

FUKUSHIMA (Jiji Press) – Air radiation levels inside the crippled No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station are estimated at up to 530 sieverts per hour, far higher than the previous high of 73 sieverts measured in 2012, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Thursday.

Scientists Measure Highest Radiation Levels Yet Inside Fukushima’s Damaged Reactors

smithsonian.com It’s been almost six years since a tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan’s northeast coast, causing meltdowns of three nuclear reactors. And scientists are continually learning more about managing the disaster. New readings taken inside reactor No 2 are the highest recorded since the accident, reports Justin McCurry at The Guardian .

Climate Change Data Manipulation- News Mix

A Top Climate Scientist Blows the Whistle on Shoddy Climate Science

A former top scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has stepped forward to expose the malfeasance behind a key climate report issued just before the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in 2015. The whistleblower, Dr. John Bates, led NOAA’s climate-data records program for ten years and reveals stunning allegations in a lengthy Daily Mail exposé posted February 4.

Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records

WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology members today responded to reports about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2015 climate change study (“the Karl study”).

More fake news in ‘The Mail on Sunday’

An attack by the ‘The Mail on Sunday’ on the accuracy and integrity of a recent paper on global warming is based on inaccurate and misleading claims, including a fake graph. The article by David Rose appears in the 5 February issue of the newspaper under the headline ‘Exposed: How world leaders were duped over global warming’.

Goldman Sachs- News Mix

‘The Daily’: It All Comes Back to Goldman Sachs

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The Goldman Sachs Effect – BillMoyers.com

Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Sunday Topic- Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence – Datamation

It’s a beautifully sunny day on the campus of UC-Berkeley, students rushing between classes, backpacks and smartphones everywhere. Here in the Robot Learning Lab it’s pure geek heaven. Students code software at desktops, while others assemble odd machines with wires and multi-colored boxes.

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.

18 Jobs Being Replaced by Robots

18. Statistical assistants > Proj. loss 2014-2024: -10.9% > 2014 jobs: 16,600 > 2024 jobs: 14,800 > Median annual wage: $42,700 As computer software becomes increasingly advanced, the demand for statistical assistants is decreasing. Statistical assistant duties often include compiling reports and charts, entering and analyzing data, and running calculations – tasks that are now […]

The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with computer scientist Stuart Russell about the challenge of building artificial intelligence that is compatible with human well-being. Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science and Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco.

U.S. Raid in Yemen- Newsmix

Pentagon’s video from Yemen raid turned out to be 10 years old, already widely circulated

The Pentagon’s website no longer shows an “important intelligence” video obtained in a fatal Yemeni raid, since officials realized the footage has been available online for a decade. On Friday, the Pentagon posted a video to the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) website they said justified the operation in Yemen which cost the life of one US Navy SEAL and several Yemeni civilians.

Yemeni civilians killed in first US raid under Trump

At least 10 Yemeni women and children have been killed in the first US military operation in the country authorised by President Donald Trump, medics and local media have said. The US military said it killed 14 members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Sunday’s dawn raid in the southern province of al-Bayda that involvedmissiles and helicopter machine guns.

US: One Service Member Killed in Yemen Raid

The U.S. military says one service member was killed and three others wounded in a raid targeting al-Qaida in Yemen. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” said Commander of US Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel.

Going Long #2- Math Checking Bot Stirs up Scientists

The high-tech war on science fraud

One morning last summer, a German psychologist named Mathias Kauff woke up to find that he had been reprimanded by a robot. In an email, a computer program named Statcheck informed him that a 2013 paper he had published on multiculturalism and prejudice appeared to contain a number of incorrect calculations – which the program had catalogued and then posted on the internet for anyone to see.

Iranian Missile Test- News Mix

Farsnews

“The Takfiri armed groups which are supported by certain regional states intellectually and financially beside the Zionist regime are two main threats to global security and unfortunately, the paper coalitions (those which have merely been formed on paper and take no practical measures) have not had any defensible performance in controlling these threats,” Shamkhani said.

New US Sanctions on Iran Could Be Just the Start

The United States took its first steps in backing up tough talk about Iran, slapping new sanctions on 13 individuals and 12 entities linked to Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its proxies across the Middle East.

Frenemies: Iran and America since 1900 | Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective; In each issue of Origins, an academic expert will analyze a particular current issue – political, cultural, or social – in a larger, deeper context. In addition to the analysis provided by each month’s feature, Origins will also include images, maps, graphs and other material to complement the essay.