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Anti-robot protesters descend upon SXSW: ‘It’s about morality in computing’

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Protesters concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) marched in the streets of Austin, home to the South by Southwest (SXSW) culture and tech festival, chanting  “I say robot, you say no-bot!” reports USA Today.

Estimated at over two dozen, many of them engineering students from nearby University of Texas and led by a computer engineer, the group cautioned against unrestrained reliance on technology in place of humanity.

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Holding signs reading “Stop the Robots” and “Humans are the future” the protesters surprised many bystanders at the popular festival known for good vibes, film, and music.

According to Adam Mason, 23, who organized the protest, they are serious about the implications of technologies that may outrun human control.

“This is is about morality in computing,” he explained, adding,”Planes can fly themselves, but the person who is ultimately responsible for landing a plane is a human.”

Mason and the other protesters are not alone in their fear of where AI may be taking the world, which has prompted a debate among scientists.

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Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has repeatedly warned against the unintended consequences of AI, saying dismissing “the notion of highly intelligent machines as science fiction” could be “our worst mistake in history.”

The “rise of the robots” has been a popular theme in science fiction books and films for years, from Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot,” to popular films like “Colossus: The Forbin Project,” “WarGames,” and the “Terminator” films.

Some attendees at the conference dismissed concerns, with one tech entrepreneur saying we have more to fear from humans.

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“People worry about robots taking over the world, but I assure you there are much more dangerous things (income inequality and global warming) in front of the line,” Phil Libin, CEO of software firm Evernote. “Humans should be more worried about other humans.”


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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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