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Google’s Deep Mind Plans to Create a Computer Able to Program Itself

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British startup artificial intelligence company Deep Mind, which was bought by Google for $400 million in January this year, is working on the development of a computer that will be so intelligent it will be capable of programming itself.

It seems that Google has been constantly accelerating its research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. In September, the company teamed up with scientists of the University of California led by professor John Martinis to develop super-fast quantum computer chips based on the human brain. The aim is to make machines more ‘human’, as the chips would enhance their intuitive decision making skills and predictive ability.

As for implementing its ambitious plans for creating a self-programming computer, Google recently started partnership with two AI research teams of the Oxford University. The research will be aimed to help machines better understand their users by improving visual recognition systems and natural language processing.

The computer, called «Neural Turing Machine», is a combination of the way a conventional computer works with the way the human brain works. In particular, the computer mimics the short-time memory of the human brain, which allows it to learn when storing new memories and then use them to perform logical tasks other than those for which it has been initially programmed.

We have introduced the Neural Turing Machine, a neural network architecture that takes inspiration from both models of biological working memory and the design of digital computers,” the research team wrote.

According to the results of the first tests, the neural network computer can successfully create its own simple programming algorithms, such as copying, sorting, and recalling, and then use them to make classifications and data correlations. “The combined system is analogous to a Turing Machine or Von Neumann architecture but is differentiable end-toend, allowing it to be efficiently trained with gradient descent,” wrote the researchers.

However, some express their concerns about the accelerating progress in artificial intelligence. Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX and TeslaMotors, believes that smart machines can be more dangerous than even nuclear weapons in case they become too autonomous. He referred to Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom, known for his theory that we are living in a computer simulation, who wrote about the potential threats that the artificial intelligence may pose to humanity in his book «Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies».

Recognizing the potential dangers, Google says that they’ve set up a special ethics board to oversee all company’s research in the field of artificial intelligence, which will put a series of restrictive rules on the use of this technology.

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John McAfee’s Official Instagram Posted Cryptic Message After He Died

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Following the news that controversial software tycoon John McAfee died of apparent suicide in a Spanish prison on Wednesday evening, his official Instagram account posted a cryptic message: a black letter “Q” against a white background.

At first glance, it would seem that the post is a reference to the “QAnon” conspiracy movement, which emerged in 2017 on the fringes of the internet. The QAnon movement has been at the center of incendiary accusations over secret cabals, the origins of the ongoing pandemic, and claims that former President Trump is leading a struggle against globalist elites.

McAfee has made a number of mentions of QAnon on his Twitter account in the past couple years.

In June 2019, the eccentric entrepreneur tweeted: “I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. I’ll begin with a corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officials. Coming today. If I’m arrested or disappear, 31 plus terrabytes [sic] of incriminating data will be released to the press.”

In recent years, the 75-year-old McAfee has also expressed fear that he would be “whacked” by the U.S. government, warning in 2019 that Washington was “coming for” him. He also posted a photo with a “$WHACKD” tattoo he says he got following the “subtle messages,” claiming “If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd.”

McAfee, 75, was found dead hours after reports emerged that a court approved his extradition to the United States on tax-related federal charges that carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

The 75-year-old software tycoon was slammed with a 10-count indictment in October by Tennessee prosecutors for allegedly evading taxes on income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, including income from speaking appearances and selling the rights to tell his life story for a documentary.

He also faced charges for a separate indictment in a Manhattan federal court for a so called cryptocurrency ‘pump-and-dump’ that he posted about on social media.

In 2012, McAfee and his entourage were detained by the police of Belize on drug and firearms charges. He later fled the country that year after Belize police said he was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of his neighbor Robert Faull. He was later ordered to pay a $25 million settlement for paying to have his ex-neighbor killed, which he claimed was a “frivolous” case.

McAfee claims that the charges against him were politically motivated and expressed fear that he would spend the last of his days in prison were he to be extradited to the U.S.

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Antivirus tycoon John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

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Antivirus software creator John McAfee was found dead in a Spanish prison Wednesday evening after what officials call an apparent suicide.

The eccentric entrepreneur was found dead mere hours after reports emerged that a court approved his extradition to the United States on tax-related federal charges that carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years, reports AP.

Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that McAfee was pulled from his cell in Barcelona and police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

The 75-year-old software tycoon was slammed with a 10-count indictment in October by Tennessee prosecutors for allegedly evading taxes on income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consultancy work, including income from speaking appearances and selling the rights to tell his life story for a documentary.

He also faced charges for a separate indictment in a Manhattan federal court for a so-called cryptocurrency pump-and-dump that he posted about on social media.

However, being jailed did not stop McAfee from regularly posting to Twitter on a near-daily basis.

Last Thursday, McAfee tweeted that “I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing,” and noted:

“The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association.”

McAfee, who launched bid to run for president on a Libertarian platform in 2016 and 2020, claimed that the charges against him were politically motivated and expressed fear that he would spend the last of his days in prison were he to be extradited to the U.S.

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Get Ready for This Week’s Full “Strawberry Moon” – The Last Supermoon of 2021

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Whether it’s rare conjunctions, supermoons or the dazzling ring of fire solar eclipse earlier this month, 2021 has been a year absolutely filled with brilliant lunar events.

However, this month will see the year’s last supermoon– with a full “strawberry moon” gracing our night skies in the latter half of this week.

A “supermoon” takes place when a new or full moon is at its closest approach to Earth in its orbit. As a result, the moon will appear to be significantly larger and brighter than the usual full moons taking place throughout the year. Researchers remain split on whether the upcoming June moon is, indeed, a supermoon.

Much of this has to do with the different criteria used by various publications over which full moons actually qualify as supermoons, according to NASA.

“For 2021, some publications consider the four full Moons from March to June, some the three full Moons from April to June, and some only the two full Moons in April and May as supermoons,” said the space agency’s Gordon Johnston.

And while the expectation of a dazzling red- or pink-hued moon would make sense given the June moon’s title as a “strawberry moon,” the moon will be its typical golden hue.

The strawberry moon name instead reflects the time of year when Native American peoples harvested the fruit in parts of North America, notes the Farmer’s Almanac.  

The strawberry moon marks the final full moon of spring or the first of the summer season. It has also gone by a number of other names, according to The Farmer’s Almanac. These names include the birth moon, blooming moon, egg laying moon, green corn moon, hoer moon, hatching moon, honey moon and mead moon.

The full moon will be at its brightest on Thursday, June 24, at 2:40 p.m. ET, but won’t be fully visible until later that evening when it ascends past the horizon. The moon will then appear full for roughly three days, from about Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.

The precise time of the moonrise and moonset in your location can be found at timeanddate.com.  

And don’t worry if weather conditions won’t allow you to view this rare lunar event – you can also view it live from the comfort of your home using the Virtual Telescope Project’s livestream of the moon over Rome, Italy, which begins on June 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

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