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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.

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.”

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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.

“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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Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’

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A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.

Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."

"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”

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I can ‘do anything I want, I’m a police officer’: Indiana cop fired after racially profiling black men in mall parking lot

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A white police officer working for Lawrence Township in Indiana has been fired after he was filmed accosting two black men sitting in their car outside of a Nordstrom Rack and accusing them of being "suspicious."

According to WTHR, Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones approached cousins Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham on the north side of Indianapolis but was filmed on a cellphone that eventually led to him losing his job.

The cousins stated that Jones racially profiled them and tried to run their car plates.

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GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses

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On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN's Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.

Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican's assertions multiple times -- with Tapper once flatly stating "That's not true" -- the CNN host asked about Trump's tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.

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