The president of Israel, Shimon Peres, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met in the Vatican home of Pope Francis for a 90 minute prayer of peace. Relations between Israel and Palestine had deteriorated recently as the political party Fatah joined to form a coalition government with Hamas, a known terrorist organization. The meeting for a prayer of peace is a positive first step in restoring the Middle East peace process.

A supercomputer designed by two Russian scientists has passed the Turing Test, a test to see if a conversation with a computer can fool humans, at the University of Reading at the Royal Society of London on June 7th. The chat based challenge fooled judges 33% of the time as a 13 year old Ukranian boy, the threshold for passing the Turing Test.