To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . As the sun set over Maury Island, just south of Seattle, Ben Goertzel and his jazz fusion band had one of those moments that all bands hope for — keyboard, guitar, saxophone and lead singer coming together as if they were one. Dr. Goertzel was on keys. The band’s friends and family listened from a patio overlooking the beach. And Desdemona, wearing a purple wig and a black dress laced with metal studs, was on lead vocals, warning of the coming Singularity — the inflection point where technology can no longer be controlled by its creators. “The Singularity will not be centralized!” she bellowed. “It will radiate through the cosmos like a wasp!” After more than 25 years as an artificial intelligence researcher — a quarter-century spent in pursuit of a machine that could think like a human — Dr. Goertzel knew he had finally reached the end goal: Desdemona, a … [Read more...] about A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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The story so far: On October 16, the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will convene in Beijing for a week-long gathering. The 20th National Congress of the CPC , a once-in-five-year event, will mark sweeping changes in the leadership of China’s ruling party, amend the party’s constitution , and set the policy direction for the next five years, which will impact both China’s domestic and international policies. What happens at a Party Congress? The CPC convenes a national congress every five years. On September 25, the party announced it had chosen 2,296 delegates to attend this year’s event, representing various provinces, the military, different ministries, branches of government, and society. Choosing new leadership, amending the party constitution, and setting the main policy direction are the three broad objectives of a congress. The delegates “vote” on various resolutions, including amendments to the CPC’s constitution, and in theory, choose a new … [Read more...] about Explained | What the Communist Party Congress means for China
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops pushed forward Monday with their offensive that has embarrassed Moscow, with Kyiv officials and foreign observers hinting at new gains in the strategic southern region of Kherson that the Kremlin wants to annex. Kherson has been one of the toughest battlefields for the Ukrainians, with slower progress when compared with Ukraine's breakout offensive around the country's second largest city of Kharkiv, in the northeast, that began last month. Kherson is one of the four regions illegally annexed by Moscow last week after a “referendum” orchestrated by the Kremlin. The lower house of the Kremlin-controlled parliament ratified the treaties Monday, and the upper house will follow on Tuesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that two of those regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, are joining Russia with their administrative borders that existed … [Read more...] about Ukrainian troops claim gains in Russia-annexed region
Kim Kardashian has agreed to pay $1.26 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that she promoted a cryptocurrency on Instagram without disclosing that she’d been paid $250,000 to do so. The SEC said Monday that the reality TV star and entrepreneur has agreed to cooperate with its ongoing investigation. The SEC said Kardashian failed to disclose that she was paid to publish a post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, a crypto asset security being offered by EthereumMax. Kardashian’s Instagram post contained a link to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens. “The federal securities laws are clear that any celebrity or other individual who promotes a crypto asset security must disclose the nature, source, and amount of compensation they received in exchange for the promotion,” Gurbir Grewal, director of the SEC’s division of enforcement, said in a prepared statement. Kardashian has … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian settles with SEC over crypto promotion
DreamSetGo, India’s premium sports experiences and travel platform, today announced a partnership with Mumbai City FC to become their ‘Official Ticketing Partner.’ DSG and Mumbai City FC will work together to curate unique experiences to drive fan engagement and grow the fan base for the Club in India. Founded in 2014, Mumbai City FC is a Mumbai-based football club that competes in the country’s top-flight league, Indian Super League (ISL). The club is leading the football scene from India by not only emerging as the ISL League Winners & Champions in 2020-2021, but also becoming the first Indian club to win in the prestigious AFC Champions League. The new partnership with the club marks DreamSetGo’s entry into Indian football, following successful partnerships with international football clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Manchester United. DSG’s association with City Football Group started in 2021 as Manchester City’s Official Football Hospitality Experiences Partner … [Read more...] about Mumbai City FC Partners Exclusively With DreamSetGo