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Dancing robots

Technology | Sifting through the frenzy and fears about artificial intelligence
by Julie Borg
Posted 10/25/18, 01:54 pm

Boston Dynamics, an American engineering and robotics design company, attracted attention last week for posting a video of its latest robot, an animatronic dog known as SpotMini, busting a move to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

The company’s website boasts that it is “changing your idea of what robots can do.” And that may be the problem, according to those who argue for clear limits to developing artificial intelligence.

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Associated Press/Photo by Fernando Vergara

The undeniable Venezuelan migrant crisis

International | UN official confirms thousands of Venezuelans are leaving each day amid a global migration wave
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/09/18, 03:01 pm

About 5,000 Venezuelans are leaving their country every day in the largest population movement in Latin America’s recent history, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, told the UN executive committee last week.

The startling figure brought renewed attention to Venezuela’s growing migration crisis, an emergency the government has refused to acknowledge.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ng Han Guan (file)

China’s beleaguered Uighurs under high-tech surveillance

International | A new report details disturbing government efforts to eradicate minorities in Xinjiang
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/10/18, 01:10 pm

CHINA: A new Human Rights Watch report details the scaled-up efforts to eradicate Uighur Muslims, Kazakhs, and other minorities behind a wall of secrecy in Xinjiang province—in state parlance, “to cure ideological diseases.” Most disturbing, according to the report, for its widespread implications:

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