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AI Researcher Warns Skynet Killer-Robots "Easier To Achieve Than Self-Driving Cars"

"Given the rapid pace of development of military robotics and the pressing dangers that these pose to peace and international security and to civilians in conflict, we call upon the international community for a legally binding treaty to prohibit the development, testing, production and use of autonomous weapon systems in all circumstances..."

All Hail: Xi Jinping Confirmed As "Most Powerful Chinese Leader Since Mao"

The phrase “Socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era” is hardly catchy, but wields immense power. Xi Jinping became the first incumbent leader since Mao to have his name and thought added to the Party’ guiding principles, symbolising a major elevation in his power.

Robert Shiller: 1987 Could Happen Again

"Oct. 19, 1987, was one of the worst days in stock market history. Thirty years later, it would be comforting to believe it couldn’t happen again. We are still at risk, however: That kind of panic can certainly happen again."

California's "Wine Country" Could Take Years To Recover From Deadly Wildfires

Wildfires that have been raging across Northern California’s “wine country” since Sunday have destroyed at least four wineries and seriously damaged at least nine more just as the season’s harvest came to an end. The damage could leave one of the state’s signature industry’s hobbled for years...

Anti-Trump "Resistance School" Moves To Berkeley

"We’re not just living in a moment of despair and of fear and of loathing and anger and alienation and prejudice and all of that... We’re living in a moment where we're alive. We're all woke. More than we were a little while ago."

RIP, Monty Hall: The Time Everyone "Corrected" The World's Smartest Woman

Marilyn vos Savant was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the "World's Highest IQ," but when she politely responded to a reader's inquiry on the Monty Hall Problem, a then-relatively-unknown probability puzzle, she never could've imagined what would unfold: though her answer was correct,  she received over 10,000 letters, many from noted scholars and Ph.Ds, informing her that she was a hare-brained idiot.