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. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/eugene-the-supercomputer-not-13-year-old-first-to-beat-the-turing-test/
Category: Social change
The White House announced that President Obama will be using his executive directives to force the EPA to curb carbon emissions and put an end to federal funding for new coal plants in the United States. The president seeks new international agreements in 2015 and pushes for free-trade agreements supporting environmentally friendly goods and services. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100841328
While some in the U.S. accuse him as being Marxist, Pope Francis appealed to the United Nations on Friday for world governments to adopt a spirit of generosity to help attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment, and ensure dignified labor for all. He calls for challenging all forms of injustice, resisting the economy of exclusion and rejecting the passive acceptance of the ‘throwaway’ culture.