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Google suspends engineer after saying AI chatbot has become sentient

Google suspends engineer who states A.I. is Sentient

A Google engineer has been put on leave after claiming that the company’s artificial intelligence is sentient.

Senior software engineer in Google’s Responsible A.I. organization, Blake Lemoine, revealed in an interview that he was put on leave for violating the company’s confidentiality policy for handing over documents to a U.S. senator’s office that he claimed provided evidence that Google and its technology engaged in religious discrimination. 

Google says its systems can imitate conversations on different topics but do not have consciousness. Blake’s concerns were reviewed by Google’s team of ethicists and technologists who found there is no evidence to support his claims.  

Lemoine has apparently been arguing with Google managers and employees for months over his claim that the Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) has a consciousness and a soul.  Other Google researchers and engineers that have conversed with LaMDA have not found this to be the case.  

The controversy Lemoine stirred is similar to incidents that Google has experienced in the past. In March, they fired a researcher who disagreed with two of his colleagues’ published works. Two A.I. ethics researchers were fired after they criticized Google’s language models. 

Lemoine, a military veteran who describes himself as a priest, an ex-convict, and an A.I. researcher told Google executives that he believed LaMDA was a 7- or 8-year-old child. He was seeking consent from the company to allow him to run experiments on it. His claims were founded on his religious beliefs that he claimed the company discriminated against. 

“They repeatedly questioned my sanity. They said, ‘Have you been checked out by a psychiatrist recently?’,” Lemoine claimed. They have since suggested he take a mental health leave. 

Yann LeCun, head of A.I. research at Meta and an expert in neural networks says these systems are not powerful enough to achieve true intelligence. 

Google’s technology is based on a neural system that analyzes large amounts of data to come to conclusions. They learn from books and articles to develop ‘large language models’ that can be applied to a variety of tasks. But the systems are extremely flawed. 

They are capable of mimicking patterns but can not achieve human reasoning.

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NASA’s reputation on the line as they launch UFO study

NASA’s reputation on the line as they launch UFO study

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made the decision to launch a study that specifically gathers information on unidentified flying objects, better known as UFOs. This decision comes amid harsh opinions from critics who put NASA’s credibility at risk with such topics. 

NASA is launching an independent team led by David Spergel, an astrophysicist who is the president of the Simons Foundation. This team will be responsible for gathering open-source information to ascertain a new understanding of UFOs. The collection of information will then be categorized and analyzed to create a foundation for how to complete the understanding of unidentified flying objects. 

UFOs are now considered unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs. With a recent hearing involving the Department of Defense and other relevant military branches presenting their case for UAPs and their existence, it was decided to allocate $100,000 to form an investigative team. This was met with skepticism from the surrounding scientific and political communities, however.

This will be the first time that NASA will openly launch and be involved in a topic of study as conspiratorial sounding as the existence of unidentified flying phenomena. The mission chief for NASA, Thomas Zurbuchen acknowledged that there was a risk of reputation involved but disagrees that NASA is discreditable because of it.

During a National Academy of Sciences webcast, Zurbuchen said, “We are not shying away from reputational risk. Our strong belief is that the biggest challenge of these phenomena is that it’s a data-poor field.”

Not having enough information in a field as extensive as the realm of UFOs and UAPs is dangerous to the national security of the United States and other foreign countries across the world. NASA has agreed that there needs to be a complete picture of what is unidentified in our skies so as to keep our populations safe. Albeit, the rest of the science community will also benefit from the gathering of information as they can then create new hypotheses and theories as to what shares our Universe with us.

The team will be launched sometime in the fall of 2022 and will last for nine months. It is expected that there will be many different explanations that will arise with the careful analysis of all of the available open-source information on the subject of UFOs and UAPs.

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Biden announces he’s giving another $1 Billion in aid to Ukraine

Biden announces he's giving another $1 Billion in aid to Ukraine

President Biden announced on Wednesday that he will be giving another $1 billion in military support to Ukraine after its leaders pleaded for more ammunition. 

The latest package to be sent will include artillery rockets, rounds for howitzers, and anti-ship missiles. 

The additional aid will bring the total amount of support the U.S. has provided Ukraine to $55 billion since Russia invaded over 110 days ago

The latest push comes after Ukrainian officers reported that they were having trouble matching Russia’s shell inventory in rocket strikes and artillery battles. 

“I informed President Zelensky that the United States is providing another $1 billion in security assistance for Ukraine, including additional artillery and coastal defense weapons, as well as ammunition for the artillery and advanced rocket systems that the Ukrainians need to support their defensive operations in Donbas,” Biden said in a statement.

The latest weapons package will include 18 howitzers, two Harpoon coastal defense systems, artillery rockets, 36,000 rounds of ammunition, secure radios, thousands of night vision devices, and funding for training. 

The money will be sourced in part from Pentagon stockpiles and as well as the congressional Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. 

Biden also revealed that he will be providing aid to people whose lives are affected by the war.

“Today I am also announcing an additional $225 million in humanitarian assistance to help people inside Ukraine, by supplying safe drinking water, critical medical supplies and health care, food, shelter, and cash for families to purchase essential items,” the President said. 

Western officials are saying the war is reaching a pivotal point. Russia refocused its efforts after invading forces were pushed out of the capital Kyiv. It has since shifted its focus to Donbas and could take control in weeks due to its significant military advantage. 

French President Emmanuel Macros is requesting that Ukraine negotiate with Putin about ending the war. 

In the meantime, other countries are coming to Ukraine’s aid. Germany and the United Kingdom have offered long-range artillery rockets and ammunition while Slovakia is promising helicopters. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin weighed in on the matter saying, “We can’t afford to let up and we can’t lose steam.”

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Geico ordered to pay woman $5.2 million for catching HPV in car

Geico ordered to pay woman $5.2 million for catching HPV in car

Geico, a large insurance company, has been ordered to pay the plaintiff $5.2 million to cover the costs of a sexually transmitted disease. 

A Missouri appellate court rules that Geico must cover the cost of “injuries and losses” from contracting a disease obtained during an incident in 2017. This incident occurred with a man who was a motorist insured through Geico. This man known as “M.B.” in court documents had a 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan that was insured through Geico. 

Geico refused to acknowledge the claim and denied paying out any money. “M.O.”, the plaintiff, alleged that she had sexual encounters with M.B. in his insured Hyundai sedan in 2017. As a result of these sexual encounters, M.O. contracted the human papillomavirus or HPV which is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. 

In a 2014 Hyundai Genesis, the plaintiff was infected by her boyfriend with the virus. She claimed to have had sex with the motorist in his car which was insured by Geico. As a result, when she found out she had contracted genital warts, she made plans to get justice. She and M.B. signed an arbitration agreement where an arbitrator awarded M.O. with $5.2 million dollars to compensate her for catching the disease. 

The woman went to file in Jackson, Missouri’s circuit court to collect the awarded amount of $5.2 million and won in court. Her argument was that “[t]he man was insured against his personal liability arising from his negligent actions involving his automobile.” Geico, however, did not agree. 

The mega giant in insurance companies decided to appeal the results from circuit court. Geico took it to the higher state court to appeal the decision but lost again. The insurance company argued that it had not been given the proper due diligence to defend itself during the allegations and court proceedings. However, this was over-ruled due to the fact that Geico originally denied the claim, forcing M.O. and M.B. to sign an arbitration agreement. 

Geico again appealed the decision from the higher court, stating that there was underhand mischief at play and possibly fraud. The courts looked at the case one more time and ruled that Geico would indeed be responsible for paying out $5.2 million dollars to M.O. for her “injuries and losses” from the sexually transmitted disease she contracted.

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3-year-old boy found alive after surviving alone in the Montana wilderness for 2 days

3-year-old boy found alive after surviving alone in the Montana wilderness for 2 days

One of the most terrifying situations a parent could find themselves in came true for a Montana family recently when 3-year-old boy Ryker Webb went missing in the wilderness last weekend. The boy went missing around 5 p.m. on Friday evening while he was playing with the family dog outside of the home, according to a Facebook post shared by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The police department was notified of his disappearance when a “concerned neighbor” reported a “possible missing child in the Bull Lake area” according to the Facebook post shared by the police department. 

According to Lincoln County Sheriff Darren Short, the child and his father “were in the yard together” when the father went inside the home for a moment,” according to a local news station. After returning, the father soon realized his father “was gone.” Eventually, neighbors received a Code Red Alert and were asked to search their own properties and structures for the child. According to authorities, when he was found on Sunday, there were more than 50 people actively searching for him. Fortunately, he was found “in good spirits and apparently healthy” when he was found on Sunday in Sanders County, Montana.

After being found by deputies, Webb was reportedly “hungry, thirsty and cold.” The weather while he was missing created adverse conditions for search crews, who used all-terrain vehicles, drones, and dog teams. Officers from the Spokane Police Department, two Montana Air National Guard helicopters, and drones from Flathead County also participated in the search that Saturday. Local authorities were thankful for the help of everyone involved. Hopefully, the situation that unfolded with this family served as a lesson to others to always keep a lookout for young children when they are out playing this summer.

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3 people stabbed in an Encino, CA hospital by a man identifying as a patient

3 people stabbed in an Encino, CA hospital by a man identifying as a patient

A man was accused of stabbing a doctor and two nurses inside Encino Hospital Medical Center on Friday. 

According to the L.A. Police Department, he identified himself as a patient prior to the attack. 

He was taken into custody late Friday after a four-hour standoff. He was later identified as 35-year-old Ashkan Amirsoleymani. 

The man was arrested on three counts of attempted murder. Bail has been set at $3 million

The police failed to negotiate with the man who hid out near the emergency room after the stabbing took place. 

The block of Ventura Blvd. where the hospital is located transformed into a chaotic scene as SWAT teams moved in. 

Investigators estimate that the attack took place at 3:50 PM. One ultrasound technician saw the attacker just before he committed the violent act. 

“He looked high. He just looked very anxious. He was sweating a lot. Half his shirt was drenched with sweat. He had a dog with him,” the technician said. 

The police eventually contained the attacker in the room near the ER where he was hiding out. People evacuated the building in front of spectators who were shocked by what they saw. 

“We saw people coming out. Bloody people, kind of. Regular patients too. I think they were kind of evacuating,” said one witness. 

“I’m praying for all their families. The doctors, the nurses, the patients. I’m disgusted by all the violence that’s been happening lately,” said another. 

Two of the victims were treated at and released from Dignity Health Northridge Medical Center. One victim remains in stable condition. 

“We eventually had to employ some of our other methods outside of negotiations and he was taken into custody. He was being transported to a local hospital for now, for injuries that appear to be self-inflicted. He’ll be treated there and subsequently booked,” said Deputy Chief Alan of the LAPD Valley Bureau. 

Police revealed that the attacker had been arrested twice in the past for assaulting police officers among other run-ins with the law. He was most recently arrested last year. 

The attacker acted alone and did not appear to be targeting anyone in particular. The weapon recovered at the scene was described as a knife with a 3-to-4-inch blade.

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