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  1. 12th January 2018 will go down in history with regard to an extraordinary event that took place in the capital of India. The unprecedented press conference held by four senior judges of the Supreme Court including Justice Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph, is now being perceived as both consequential and calamitous. The remarkable address has debunked a major tiff existing inside the highest echelon of the judiciary. However, at the same time, it is deplorable that a cold war has been initiated against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. Source: Twitter It all started with Justice Chelameswar's address, “It is an extraordinary event in the history of any nation and more particularly this nation. An extraordinary event in the history of this institution of the judiciary. It is with no pleasure in our hearts that we are compelled to take this decision to call for a press conference. But sometimes, the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order, and many things which are less than desirable which have happened in the last few months.” While Justice Chelameswar clearly mentioned that they are not accusing anyone or trying to make it a controversial issue, journalists at the press conference raised their concern about how this unprecedented event will be perceived by the millions of people who are watching it live. Justice Chelameswar further clarified that when a couple of months back a signed letter was submitted to the Chief Justice of India, expecting for a particular matter to be done in a particular manner, though the matter was solved, it left too many questions. “Chief Justice is only the first amongst the equals — nothing more or nothing less”, stated the letter. The quintessence of the historic address is not only a clear indication of the fact that something radically grave and unfortunate has happened within the highest law enforcing body, of the nation, in-fact ultimately heaves a doubt on the institution's forthrightness. Source: Twitter The matter is also being associated with the petition that sought inquiry into the death of special CBI judge, B.H. Loya. Justice Loya died under mysterious circumstances, at the time he was spearheading the Sohrabuddin Sheikh Encounter case (in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named as the parties involved). The airing of differences in the public eye must not become a matter of political scrutiny as it also facades the perils of wounding the image of the judiciary. This is a decidedly a crucial time in the last 68 years where the internal conflict in the Judiciary has finally come to light. This is also one moment in the history of the existence of the Indian law making and law enforcing system when a meaningful example has been set by people who abide by the truth. For the truth is something powerful beyond any measure, it can be shut down for a while but cannot be avoided. Today, when dark clouds of apprehension have surrounded the highest law-making force in the country, it is the need of the hour to get down to brass tacks, collectively and truthfully. Breaking the code of conduct and holding a meeting against the CJI may have some dreadful repercussions for the four judges. However, this step can also be just a small beginning to a bigger change that the country desperately needs.
  2. President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the US judicial system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called "Dreamers" from deportation. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at the US judicial system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his decision to end a program that protects so-called "Dreamers" from deportation. Earlier, the White House had called the ruling Tuesday by US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco "outrageous," coming the same day Trump met lawmakers from both camps on the so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts," Trump said in a tweet. The DACA program, instituted by Trump?s predecessor Barack Obama in 2012, protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.
  3. Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon speaking to media outside accountability court on December 23, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 KARACHI: Former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon lashed out at the 'open discrimination' in judicial system on Saturday. While speaking to journalists outside an accountability court, Memon took a jibe at the Sharif family and said: "the people who have been given protocol are roaming the streets of London yet they are crying and complaining." "We have our reservations, but won?t start any movement against the judiciary. We are not Nawaz Sharif that we will attack the courts," said the former information minister. When the verdict came in his favour Nawaz distributed sweets among party workers, but when the verdict was against him he threatened to start a movement, Memon added. Nawaz slates 'dual standard' of justice, case adjourned till Jan 3 The former premier is accused in all three references filed by the NAB against Sharif family Sharif?s politics has been buried, now he is trying to pose himself as a political martyr. ?He will not succeed in his plans." Memon was referring to Nawaz Sharif's remarks made on December 19, in which he claimed to start a movement against 'dual standards' of the judiciary. Nawaz had remarked that the same law should be there for everyone. Upon comparison of his disqualification case with that of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan?s, he remarked: ?Compare the decisions, and the duality of law would be clear.? He explained: ?Imaginary income was portrayed as my asset, whereas he [Imran Khan] has himself admitted to his assets, yet it was said he doesn?t have those assets.? There should be same laws for everyone, he urged. ?A joke is being played with the people of Pakistan. The nation cannot tolerate this joke anymore.? The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief said that he will ensure that justice is dispensed to everyone. ?Without the benefit of a doubt, a sitting PM was removed. This murder of justice won?t work. We will take it to its logical conclusion.?
  4. MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday that it had completed negotiations with Turkey for the sale of an S-400 air defence missile system, with delivery scheduled for late 2019. "Practically speaking, the contract is entering the phase of realisation," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide who oversees matters of military cooperation. "All parameters, all technologies, the entire deal has been agreed." "All aspects have been resolved over the past few days," Kozhin said. "The contract will consist of two parts financially: part of it will be paid by Turkey and part through a credit provided by Russia." "The first deliveries are likely to begin at the end of 2019, beginning of 2020," Kozhin was reported as saying by Russian news agencies. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had discussed the deal during Putin's visit to Ankara last week. The agreement to purchase the latest Russian surface-to-air missile defence batteries is Turkey's most significant deal with a non-NATO military supplier and comes amid strained relations between Ankara and several Western countries. The deal has been valued at about $2 billion according to reports. Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system has raised eyebrows of other NATO members, with the Pentagon saying previously that "generally it´s a good idea" to buy equipment that is inter-operable with the military alliance´s other systems. Besides Turkey, Russia is also in talks to sell the system to Saudi Arabia, with Kozhin saying Thursday that both sides were aiming to finalise the remaining issues on that contract before the end of the year.
  5. This NASA FILE photo shows an artist's rendition of the Kepler space telescope. MIAMI: A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA?s Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said Thursday. "Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star," NASA said in a statement. However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life. The eight-planet system -- the largest known outside of ours -- orbits a star called Kepler 90 some 2,545 light-years away. "The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system," said Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin. "You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer." The newly identified planet, Kepler-90i, is a rocky planet like Earth, but orbits its star once every 14.4 days, meaning a full year there is the same as two weeks on Earth. "Kepler-90i is not a place I?d like to go visit, though," said Vanderburg. "Its surface is likely far too hot." NASA calculated its average temperature at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit (426 Celsius) -- as hot as Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun. Artificial intelligence Scientists found it by using machine learning from Google. The process involved teaching a computer to scan a trove of 35,000 possible planetary signals collected from NASA?s Kepler space telescope for search for signs of planetary transits. Transits are the dimming of light when planets pass in front of a star. The Kepler space telescope launched in 2009, and has scanned some 150,000 stars. Astronomers have already confirmed the existence of some 2,500 far-away worlds using Kepler data. "I became interested in applying neural networks to astronomy when I learned that the Kepler mission had collected so much data that it was impossible for scientists to examine it all manually," said Christopher Shallue, a senior software engineer with Google?s research team. "Instead scientists selected the strongest signals, which are the most likely to be actual planets, to receive the most attention." Shallue likened this process to "looking for a needle in a haystack." "Machine learning really shines when there is too much data for humans to examine for themselves." More planets are expected to be found, because researchers plan to apply their neural network to Kepler?s full set of more than 150,000 stars. "There is a lot of unexplored real estate in the Kepler 90 system," said Vanderburg. "It would almost be surprising to me if there weren?t any more planets in around that star." One day, artificial intelligence might even be used to search specifically for more Earth-like planets, which have proven difficult to pin down. "For the first time since our solar system planets were discovered thousands of years ago, we know for sure that the solar system is not the sole record holder for the most planets, and we have just scratched the surface," Vanderburg added. "Maybe there are systems out there with so many planets that they make our eight-planet solar system seem ordinary." The findings are published in The Astronomical Journal.
  6. As human beings, we are aware that procrastination is in our genes and we do not want to change until & unless something starts biting our toes. We do not care about it until nature shows us what it is capable of doing. The fact that we are downright lazy and practically resistant to change is something that needs to be addressed. Even when it comes to education. Our education system has remained the same it was a century ago. Everything has advanced but we are still sending our children to the 'factory model of education' which no longer syncs with the requirements of the modern world we live in. Industrialization was an era where mass production was the deal for which an army of trained people were being prepared in the self-interest of the ones in power. As a result, we have been brainwashed into believing that there is no better system of education for our children. Again, thanks to our habit of procrastination, we do not even care anymore. © PROPEL STEPS As a consequence, dropping out from college has become the need of the hour for youngsters these days. After all, who wants to waste away in an outdated system which only results in negative employment? But some men dare to change and challenge the system one at a time and what's a better place to start other than your own home and that's what hopefully Elon Musk is doing. © thesocialbrigde Almost 4-years-ago, the iconic engineer and inventor Elon Musk pulled his kids out their prestigious private school and launched the secretive Ad Astra School. In an interview in 2015 Musk shared his thoughts on his school, "There aren't any grades. It makes more sense to cater the education to match their aptitudes and abilities." Since then he hasn't spoken about the topic, but recently, Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation, toured Ad Astra, and shared his thoughts about the school. Also, there is no public website for the school! This is what one of the discussions between the students and teachers at the private school look like: "Here's an example of the sort of gameplay/roleplay that I heard about at Ad Astra that might be implemented in a module on morals and ethics. Imagine a small town on a lake, in which the majority of the town is employed by a single factory. But that factory has been polluting the lake and killing all the life. What do you do? It's posed that shutting down the factory would mean that everyone loses their jobs. On the other hand, keeping the factory open means the lake is destroyed and the lake dies. This kind of regular and routine conversation/gameplay allows the children to see the world in a critically important fashion." © ResearchGate Diamandis told Huffington Post, "One element that is persistent in that small school of 31 kids is the conversation about ethics and morals, a conversation manifested by debating real-world scenarios that our kids may one day face." Isn't that a fair education system? Now, if you are interested in exploring more about the history of education, then here is a video explaining the same.
  7. ISLAMABAD: The smog blanketing large parts of Punjab is not only affecting the air people breath but is also affecting power distribution. A statement released by the power division stated that the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) on Friday acted to save different cities of the country from a blackout after 200 and 500KV grid stations were affected by smog. The thick fog blanketing areas of Punjab is proving to be a challenge for the transmission system, added the Power Division statement. Four nuclear power plants, Chashma I-IV, have been shut down in addition to four other power plants producing 4,250mw of electricity. Due to various power plants being shut down, there is a likelihood of load-shedding increasing in the country. An emergency plan will be put into action to deal with the issues faced by power division, added the statement. Residents of various parts of Punjab continue to face health and commutation problems as smog engulfs most parts of the province, including province's capital Lahore. What is smog? Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is a thick yellowish black fog which suspends in the air. It is caused when air pollution, emissions and fumes combine with fog and sunlight, forming a thick layer of smoke-like film in the atmosphere. According to experts, emissions from industries and vehicles and cutting of trees worsen the phenomenon. Smog continues to choke Punjab As many as 12 people have been injured in a traffic accident involving a tractor trolly due to smog at Vehari The Met Office has released a weather warning describing the smog ? comprising nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and other aerosols ? as a result of cold high pressure in the upper atmosphere. Suspended matter accumulates in the lower atmosphere, colliding with water vapour which causes a chain reaction that produces smog. People may experience short-term skin and respiratory conditions such as eye irritation, coughing, throat/chest irritation and skin irritation as a result of smog. Health experts recommend artificial tears for eyes as one way of dealing with smog. The public is also advised to adopt preventative measures such as avoiding the outdoors and using face masks when going out, especially young children, elderly and patients.
  8. There is no doubt in my mind that the Pixel 2 XL is a great smartphone. I've been using it for a week and I have not faced a single issue. Having said that, the smartphone has been plagued with a few issues since launch, such as the troublesome OLED display. However, a new problem has been discovered by a Reddit user who claims he received a Pixel 2 XL that did not even have an operating system installed. Something is missing here.. Pixel 2 XL Basically, this is a smartphone from the production line that may have missed the stage where the operating system is installed. This is not the first time a fiasco like this has occurred with the Pixel smartphone. If you do a simple a Google search, you can find one other person who has faced a similar problem. The Pixel 2 XL is not available in India until November 15th and there is no way to say whether this problem might be present in some Indian variants as well. © BCCL The user who suffered the problem went on to add that Google is replacing the device and has been compensated with a Google Play Gift Card. Google is also expediting the shipping of the replacement phone to reduce any inconvenience caused. © BCCL Google has not commented on whether this is a one-off problem or an endemic issue with the Pixel 2 smartphones. Needless to say, Google has to step up their quality control game in order to avoid a PR disaster in the near future that may affect sales. As for this little incident, let us hope that Google puts more work in ensuring that its Pixel 2 XL comes with an OS before it ships out to the owner. Source: 9to5Google
  9. LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Monday said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is bent on "destroying the entire system of the country." Speaking to party members at Bilawal House, the former president said there could be no contact with the ruling party under present circumstances, let alone a meeting. He added that he could not even speak to Nawaz Sharif on phone. "Our reconciliation policy was meant for democracy, not for Nawaz Sharif," he said, adding that they had decided to stand against the "evils" of the ousted premier. "People's Party laid sacrifices for democracy, but the PML-N is wasting those sacrifices by harming democracy in the state," Zardari said. "Nawaz-league is negating democracy by confronting institutions." The PPP co-chairman said they even faced false cases in the courts and the PML-N should also do that. "Instead of facing cases, Nawaz-league has resorted to intimidation; Nawaz Sharif is fighting the courts instead of fighting cases." He alleged that for saving himself, Nawaz wants to fail democracy and judiciary. The former president said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was also their brainchild, but the PML-N today wants to take its credit. "The plan of a barter system with China, Turkey and Iran was also ours, but it was not allowed to progress," he added.
  10. Apple Inc?s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps. The system, called iOS 11, is being released on Tuesday ahead of its two newest phone handsets, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, set to start shipping to customers on Friday and Nov. 3, respectively. The most visible changes will come to App Store. The App Store is the backbone of Apple?s services segment, which brought in $21.5 billion in revenue in the past nine months, a 19 percent increase over the previous year and a bright spot as overall sales grew only 5 percent. The store has been redesigned to give app developers more space for images and text to describe their software. Developers have long grumbled that their software is hard to find in Apple?s store unless users type in the precise name of the app or follow a link to it. ?The redesign make it much cleaner and speaks to the pain point of the store: You had so many apps that if you didn?t know exactly what you were looking for, it was really hard to find anything,? said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Creative Strategies. The new store also gives prominent display to games. Games are expected to make up 75 percent of all revenue for Apple?s App Store, according to App Annie, which collects and analyzes market data on mobile apps. Most of that revenue comes in the form of so-called in-app purchases, where gamers make purchases of tokens, gems and other digital items to unlock new parts of the game. ?It?s really the gift that keep on giving from the developer perspective,? Milanesi said. But perhaps the biggest change in iOS 11 will the debut of augmented reality apps, or AR, in which digital images float over the real word. Apple has made much of those a capabilities, but an ostensibly minor feature may help AR apps spread: Screen recording. In testing, Adam Debreczeni, maker of an app that lets users see a three-dimensional map of a fitness activity like a bicycle ride or run they?ve gone on, was surprised at how enthusiastically users took to sharing screen recordings of AR apps like his. ?I think that?s going to help AR games go viral and get better distribution,? he said.
  11. US President Donald Trump stops to answer reporters' questions as he and First Lady Melania Trump depart for a weekend retreat with his cabinet at Camp David from the White House, Washington, US, September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst A former top security official ? who helped put in place a program protecting people brought to the United States illegally as children ? is suing the Trump White House as head of the University of California system over plans to roll back the policy. Janet Napolitano ? the former US Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama ? said in a lawsuit filed on Friday that ended the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program violates the due process of about 800,000 beneficiaries, known as ?dreamers,? who were granted permits that protected them from deportation. ?The University has constitutionally-protected interests in the multiple educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body,? the lawsuit in US District Court in Northern California said. ?If these students leave the University before completing their education, UC will lose the benefits it derives from their contributions, as well as the value of the time and money it invested in these students.? The lawsuit also argues Trump did not follow the proper procedures needed to cancel a program of this magnitude. California has more DACA recipients than any other state, many are in their 20s and are current students. ?They?ve grown up here, they?ve gotten their educations here, many of them don?t even speak the language of the country to which they would be deported if this decision were allowed to stand,? Napolitano said on a call with reporters. The legal challenge comes on top of a separate lawsuit filed earlier in the week by 16 Democratic Attorneys General saying the president?s decision to end the program was based in part on racial animus towards Mexicans, who are the largest beneficiaries. Department of Justice spokesman Devin O?Malley gave the same comment about Napolitano?s lawsuit as he did in response to the lawsuit by the states. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in announcing his decision to end the program said it was ?inconsistent with the Constitution?s separation of powers.? Obama enacted DACA through an executive action implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after Congress failed to pass legislation. ?While the plaintiffs in today?s lawsuit may believe that an arbitrary circumvention of Congress is lawful, the Department of Justice looks forward to defending this Administration?s position,? O?Malley said in a statement. Trump, who delayed the end of the program until March 5, shifted responsibility to a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans, saying it was now up to lawmakers to pass immigration legislation that could address the fate of those protected by DACA. Trump?s move was criticized by business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions and civil liberties advocates. Legal experts have said that court challenges to Trump?s actions could face an uphill battle since the president typically has wide authority when it comes to implementing immigration policy.
  12. SUKKUR: Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah commenting on IG Sindh AD Khawaja's case on Friday said that if the courts started exercising government's authority then this would affect the system. Speaking to media here, Shah said that courts can direct, but not dictate [the executive]. "The matter of IG Sindh is related to governance and it creates problems if the courts start using administrative powers." He said the courts can work remaining within their ambit. In April, the Sindh government had removed the IG and replaced him with an officer already posted in the province. The Sindh government did not take the federal government on board and appointed another officer without waiting for the Establishment Division to appoint a new police chief. Sindh IG AD Khawaja to continue on post, rules SHC IG AD Khawaja had been removed by the provincial govt earlier this year Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research head Karamat Ali and singer/activist Shahzad Roy filed petitions in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the verdict, after which the court stayed Khawaja's removal as IG Sindh. On Thursday, the SHC annulled the provincial government's order removing Khawaja and ordered that he will continue on his post until completion of his due term. The opposition leader said there is same situation in Punjab on the basis of which there have been reservations on Sindh administration, adding, "Courts should give similar verdicts everywhere". Commenting on Panama case, he said Nawaz Sharif succeeded whenever he acted on his advice, but in this case the former premier did not, which led him to this point.
  13. Apple Inc has transferred responsibility for Siri, its voice assistant, from content chief Eddy Cue to operating systems chief Craig Federighi, a sign that the company is looking to embed the voice assistant more deeply into its core systems amid rising competition from Alphabet Inc?s Google and Inc. Apple made the change in an update to the company?s executive biography pages. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the change to Reuters but did not comment beyond the changes. Cue, a senior vice president, had overseen Siri since 2012 when Scott Forestall, Apple?s software chief at the time, was fired by CEO Tim Cook. Cue is primarily known as Apple?s chief content dealmaker, negotiating the company?s pivotal deals with record companies during the iTunes era and more recently its Apple Music streaming deals and its television content efforts. But Cue also runs Apple?s internet-based services such as iCloud. In recent years, though, Apple has embedded its voice assistant more deeply into its iOS and macOS operating systems, letting it control things like adding calendar appointments, and expanded it from phones to laptops. Siri now controls third-party apps to do things like summon a ride or book a table. Federighi, a senior vice president, oversees those operating systems. The shift in Siri?s leadership comes as Apple faces increased competition to get users speaking to its devices. Though Apple was the first major tech company to release a voice assistant in 2011, Amazon?s Alexa, Microsoft?s Cortana and Google?s voice assistant have emerged to jostle for consumers attention. Amazon and Google have both released voice-activated speakers to showcase their assistants. Amazon has even started selling Echo devices, which feature Alexa, in some of its 470 Whole Foods retail stores. This holiday season, Apple?s will jump into the fray and compete against those speakers with its forthcoming HomePod, which will feature Siri.
  14. You know that when a movie with Rajkummar Rao is announced, people start expecting a great performance by default. The guy knows how to be good at his stuff. © Twitter The teaser for his upcoming ‘Newton' is out and sure it looks good. He is the millennial Newton that the Indian political system needs in real life. This Independence day, let's meet #Newton. हम बदलà¥à¤à¤à¥ तॠदà¥à¤¶ बदलà¥à¤à¤¾à¥¤ Happy Independence Day. @aanandlrai @ManMundra @ErosNow @Amit_Masurkar — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) August 15, 2017 The teaser shows a glimpse of how elections are conducted in the country. The movie has already been very well received at the Berlin Film Festival. The movie is all set to release next month.
  15. <p>Just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed out that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be a potential risk to humanity, Facebook decided to pull the plug on one of its AI systems that started to speak in their own language. Tech Times reported that researchers had to shut down the AI system “because things got out of hand”.</p> <p>The world has been open to embracing artificial intelligence in earnest as computers use smart algorithms to make lives easier for humans. These algorithms increase efficiency and speed of tasks that would normally take longer for an average human to accomplish. Just like in the Terminator series, many believed that an artificial mind could turn against its creators and Facebook got a little taste of how it would end up happening. Facebook noticed two bots communicating with each other in a language which humans could not decipher. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Facebook Pulls Plug On AI System" src="" alt="Facebook Pulls Plug On AI System" data-original="" />© YouTube</p> <p>A report on the situation noted “The AI did not start shutting down computers worldwide or something of the sort, but it stopped using English and started using a language that it created,”</p> <p>The AI bots were programmed to use English as the medium to communicate with one another however it was found that the two bots were either speaking to each other in code or it could just be gibberish. Sentences like “I can can I I everything else” and “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to,” were being sent back and forth by the AI.</p> <p>To any human, these sentences do not make any sense, however, the bots could understand each other and there was no way for researchers to decipher what they were talking about. Before the situation escalated, Facebook had no other choice but to shut down the system.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Facebook Pulls Plug On AI System" src="" alt="Facebook Pulls Plug On AI System" data-original="" />© YouTube</p> <p>This situation is very alarming as two AI bots communicating with each other in a strange language could be an obvious threat. Bots that can communicate with each other in their own language are impossible to decipher and also more difficult to control. The fact that the bots could invent their own language and communicate with each other is kind of impressive but also scary since we all fear them turning against us. </p> <p>Musk has been voicing his concerns over AI and has called its progress the “biggest risk we face as a civilisation”. “AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive because if we're reactive in AI regulation it's too late,” he said.</p>
  16. A virtual reality "space ride" in which viewers feel as if they are flying through the air inside a giant glass ball has been developed in Japan. Unlike conventional VR systems, the "8K:VR Ride" - which resembles a cross between a theme park ride and a miniature IMAX theatre - does not require users to wear any headgear. Instead they are placed on two swiveling, elevated chairs just in front of a semi-spherical screen which entirely engulfs their field of vision. "Unlike the conventional flat screen, you can see images coming closer to you physically in this dome screen," said Makoto Nakahira, an engineer at Wonder Vision Techno Laboratory. "This is a system in which you can experience visuals that you have never seen before." The experimental technology was unveiled to Japanese media for the first time on Tuesday before a scheduled showing at Japan's Digital Content Expo 2017 in October. Its name refers to the screen's super-high definition 8K technology, which is 16 times more detailed than most current HD images. Wonder Vision co-developed the system with Japan-based NHK Enterprises and NHK Media Technology - both affiliated with public broadcaster NHK - and RecoChoku Labo. The space ride was first showcased at SXSW 2017, a major conference on convergence in the interactive, film and music industries, in Austin, Texas in March. The system features a hemispherical theatre known as Sphere 5.2 -- a screen 5.2 metres (17 feet) wide, 3.4 metres tall and 2.6 metres deep.
  17. KARACHI: Light rain continued in the city for the second day as the second monsoon system entered the provincial capital yesterday. Various areas of the city experienced intermittent drizzling, including Malir, Model Colony, Johar and Shah Faisal. Those on the road faced issues as main intersections of the city, including various areas in Shahra-e-Faisal, were packed with traffic. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, a monsoon system has entered into the city. It had earlier predicted another spell of monsoon rain in Karachi, Hyderabad and some areas of Balochistan over the weekend.
  18. KARACHI: Several areas in Karachi received first rain of another spell as a monsoon system entered the megapolis late Friday. The areas where there it has been raining include Saddar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Defense, Shahrah-e-Faisal and Gulshan-e-Hadeed. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, a monsoon system has entered into the city. It had earlier predicted another spell of monsoon rain in Karachi, Hyderabad and some areas of Balochistan over the weekend.
  19. KARACHI: The K-Electric Rapid Response team maintained strict vigilance on Thursday as the metropolis experienced another spell of monsoonal showers, claimed the spokesperson for K-Electric. The spokesman of the power utility maintained that the overall power supply system remained intact on the second day of rains as very few feeders were affected and were re-energised swiftly. Moreover, uninterrupted power supply to strategic installations, including Karachi airport, major hospitals and Dhabeji was also ensured, added the power utility. According to KE's spokesperson, the utility's helpline and ground teams continued to work round the clock to address any localised faults. KE continued to urge the public to stay away from broken wires, poles and transformers during the monsoon season. The consumers were also requested to inform the power utility of any broken wires or complaints by calling on 118 or 021-99000. Queries may also be sent via SMS to 8119 or through KE's Facebook and Twitter pages.
  20. Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of 'Star Wars, The Force Awakens' in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin, and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday. The autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner could not ascertain what effect the cocaine and other drugs may have had on her system. Coroner's officials ruled on Friday that the death of the Star Wars actress was due to sleep apnea and other causes. Fisher died at age 60 on December 27, four days after she went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds remembered at public memorial service Mother-daughter duo died in December just a day apart She had a long history of cocaine addiction in the 1980s and she also suffered from bipolar disorder. Although Fisher had spoken openly about her battle with addiction, it was not known that she had ongoing issues with drugs. Fisher had likely taken the cocaine some 72 hours before she was admitted to the hospital in Los Angeles, according to Monday's autopsy and toxicology report. "The significance of the cocaine (regarding the cause of death) cannot be established at this time," the report said. "We cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher's blood and tissue with regard to the cause of death."Ms. Fisher's blood and tissue with regard to the cause of death." The officials said they could not pinpoint the time of exposure to the small amount of heroin found in Fisher's system, along with the MDMA and other opiates. But they said the drugs can suppress breathing and respiration and that Fisher had a history of sleep apnea. After undergoing treatment in the mid-1980s for cocaine addiction, Fisher wrote the bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, about a drug-abusing actress forced to move in with her mother. The book was later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies aged 60 ?She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,? Fisher's daughter says She reprised her star-making role as Princess Leia in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when her character become an astute military general. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, said in a statement to People magazine on Friday that her mother "battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases." Lourd said she thought Fisher would "want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs."
  21. Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for 'Middle Earth: Shadow Of War' and it highlights the open world setting that will be the main feature of the game. The trailer shows off some amazing vistas and environments that people can explore in the game. Some of these locations include Gorgoroth, Ungol and the Island of Nurn. The new story trailer also shows Talion and Celebrimbor using the power of the New Ring to forge an army and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. The video features a host of new allies, villains and creatures that The Bright Lord will encounter throughout this completely original narrative, which is brought to life through the expanded Nemesis System. (c) Warner Bros The video also shows off some sequences which hint at a new and improved combat system that can only be described as ‘brutal’. The game is set between the events of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' and the game continues the story of 2104’s highly acclaimed game 'Shadow of Mordor'. The game is developed by Monolith and they say that the game has a "richer, more personal and expansive world.” (c) Warner Bros The game also brings back the uber popular ‘Nemesis System’ which gives the game a unique edge as each playthrough will be different from the other. 'Shadow of War' launches on October 10 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The video game will also have support for graphic enhancement on the PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming “Scorpio” console. Microsoft is the exclusive marketing partner for the game which denotes that there will be exclusive content available on the Xbox One and we will see more information at Xbox’s E3 event in the coming days. It is the first glimpse at 'Shadow Of War’s' environments and gameplay and you can watch the full trailer below:
  22. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had several prescription drugs in his system when he committed suicide last month in a Detroit hotel, according to the results of an autopsy released on Friday. Cornell, 52, had anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, barbiturates and sinus congestion medication in his system, a toxicology report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner showed. The medical examiner last month determined that the grunge singer died by hanging himself on May 17 with an exercise resistance band in his hotel bathroom. He was found dead hours after playing a concert in Detroit with the band. Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager and later with alcohol. But he said in 2007 that he had been sober since checking himself into rehab in 2002. He also spoke of periods of depression and agoraphobia. Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, has said her husband could not have been in his right mind when he died, saying his judgment may have been impaired by taking anti-anxiety drugs. In a statement issued on Friday after the toxicology report was released, she said that those who knew him well "noticed that he wasn't himself during his final hours and that something was very off." "After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind. Something clearly went terribly wrong, and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back.?
  23. The US military on Tuesday cheered a successful, first-ever missile defence test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a programme meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat. The US military fired an ICBM-type missile from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands towards the waters just south of Alaska. It then fired a missile to intercept it from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Experts compare the job to hitting a bullet with another bullet and note the complexity is magnified by the enormous distances involved. The Missile Defense Agency said it was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), managed by Boeing Co, and hailed it as an "incredible accomplishment." "This system is vitally important to the defence of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat," Vice Admiral Jim Syring, director of the agency, said in a statement. A successful test was by no means guaranteed and the Pentagon sought to manage expectations earlier in the day, noting that the United States had multiple ways to try to shoot down a missile from North Korea. "This is one element of a broader missile defence strategy that we can use to employ against potential threats," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters. Prior to Tuesday's launch, the GMD system had successfully hit its target in only nine of 17 tests since 1999. The last test was in 2014. North Korea has dramatically ramped up missile tests over the past year in its effort to develop an ICBM that can strike the US mainland. The continental United States is around 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from North Korea. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500 km (3,400 miles), but some are designed to travel 10,000 km (6,200 miles) or farther. Riki Ellison, founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, described the test as "vital" prior to launch. "We are replicating our ability to defend the United States of America from North Korea, today," Ellison said. Failure could have deepened concern about a programme that according to one estimate has so far cost more than $40 billion. Its success could translate into calls by Congress to speed development. In the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal sent to Congress last week, the Pentagon requested $7.9 billion for the Missile Defense Agency, including about $1.5 billion for the GMD programme. A 2016 assessment released by the Pentagon's weapons testing office in January said that US ground-based interceptors meant to knock out any incoming ICBM still had low reliability, giving the system a limited capability of shielding the United States.
  24. ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said on Friday that the next year 8,000 to 10,000 megawatt of electricity would be added to the national grid. The federal minister was speaking to media representatives after the National Economic Council?s meeting. He said that the development budget has been increased up to three times. The federal minister said that Rs1.80 billion have been allocated to the CPEC and related development projects. For the first time in ten years, the GDP has risen to 5.3 percent, which is a very positive news, said Iqbal. He said that during the NEC session, the development budget and economic framework have been approved. The inflation ratio has been set to six percent for the next year, while the economic development?s budget has been kept at the same ratio. When this government came the development budget was RS360 billion while the recent government raised it to Rs1,000 billion, said Iqbal. Development should not be politicised: PM Nawaz Sharif NEC approves Rs1,001 billion for federal, Rs1,112b for provinces' development budgets The federal minister further said that for Gwadar and its development Rs 31 billion have been reserved. The NEC, headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, finalised the development budget of financial year 2017/18 today. Addressing the participants of the meeting, PM Sharif said development (of the country) should not be politicised as it is for the prosperity of every citizen. The PM added that the federal and provincial governments are working in harmony for the country?s development and should continue on this path.
  25. Britain's health system has recovered from the disruption caused by a global cyber attack, with 97 percent of the country's health service trusts now "working as normal", interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday. Speaking after chairing a meeting of the crisis response committee, or COBRA, Rudd said 48 of 248 health service trusts in England had been impacted by Friday's attack, but that all except six were now functioning normally. "The response has in fact been very good," she said. "We think we have the right preparedness in place and also the right plans going forward over the next few days to ensure that we limit its impact going forward." Earlier, Rudd said the government did not know who was behind the attack, which also hit some companies.