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This should be very interesting...

Teresa *G*
Saturday at 2:42 PM

Kalashnikov Group Announces Fully-Automated Combat Robots

by Nate Church 21 Jul 2017
Kalashnikov, the Russian weapons manufacturer behind the most effective killing machine in history, has stepped into the future of warfare, announcing its development of autonomous AI-controlled combat robots.

Kalashnikov Group Communications Director Sofiya Ivanova announced the automated weapons only days after a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. She said that the manufacturer “will unveil a range of products based on neural networks” in the “imminent future.” In a statement to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, she added that “a fully automated combat module featuring this technology is planned to be demonstrated at the Army-2017 forum.”

While lacking in elaborate description, the information provided is clear enough. A fully automated warfare AI based on neural network technology will not only accept programming but learn from its experiences. The fact that it is already primed for demonstration this year makes a strong statement regarding Kalashnikov Group’s confidence in a weapon that aims itself.

This is precisely the sort of development that General Paul Selva warned lawmakers about during Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing and the basis for the open letter published by the Future of Life Institute cosigned by Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, among many others.

Bringing this technology from concept to execution poses very serious questions for our armed forces. An essay by retired US Army Colonel Joseph Brecher highlights the threat of ignoring these hyper-efficient, artificially intelligent killing machines. In “My Droneski Just Ate Your Ethics,” Colonel Brecher rebuts General Selva’s position by noting the disparities between the U.S.’s currently allowable war machines and tech that the Kalashnikov Group is now preparing.

In the scenario described, a semi-autonomous weapon is easily dispatched by a fully automated enemy force. The first concern notes the inherent vulnerability of a unit that requires constant communication between weapons systems and a human controller, which can have its communications intercepted. The second concern is more elemental: There is no human on our planet who can match the decision-making efficiency of a computer.

It is a conflict that will pit our ethics against raw pragmatism, and Kalashnikov Group just opened fire.

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Renée G.
Saturday, July 15 at 2:41 PM

Evolution in Math

No offense intended to any ethnic group.



Evolution in teaching math since the1950's:


1. Teaching Math In The 1950's
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?


2. Teaching Math In The 1960's
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?


3. Teaching Math In The 1970's
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost
of production is $80. Did he make a profit?



4. Teaching Math In The 1980's
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990's
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's ok.)


6. Teaching Math In The 2000's
Same question as number 5 but if you have special needs or just feel you need assistance because of race, color, religion, sex, age, childhood memories, criminal background, then don't answer and the correct answer will be provided for you.


7. Teaching Math In 2017
Un hachero vende una carrtada de maderapara 100 pesos El costo de la producciones es 80 pesos. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?


Teresa *G*
Friday, July 14 at 8:45 PM

Fireworks

July 14th, 2017
In America, we expect fireworks on the 4th of July. We buy them and we sometimes pay money to watch them.

It's a wonderful tradition to gather with our families and neighbors to watch magnificent, often majestic fireworks launched into the night sky in celebration of America's Independence Day.

This year was no different.

But this year, there was one launch that we are not so happy about. Neither is most of the rest of the world.

On July 4th, North Korea successfully launched its first ICBM or Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. The most critical word here is "intercontinental."

That means that North Korea may soon have the ability to reach another continent with a nuclear device. The other continent we're now worried about, of course, is ours: North America. That would be the United States of America, and don't forget Canada. Of course, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and much of Asia are already worried because they share a continent with the North Koreans. No ICBMs are needed to reach some of them.

Just a few years ago, even the experts took lightly Kim Jong-un's published declaration that his goal is to nuke the U.S. Now, they are not laughing so hard.

I must admit that Kim Jong-un comes by his aggression honestly. His grandfather was the psychopath who started the Korean War in 1950. Kim Il-sung then passed his power and aggressiveness to his son, Kim Jong-il, who then passed it to his even more psychopathic son, Kim Jong-un.

After decades of unfathomable oppression and deprivation, the North Koreans worship Kim Jong-un as a deity. Whether or not they want to.

President Trump recognizes the intense threat posed to the entire world by North Korea's manic drive to achieve nuclear ICBM capabilities. He has promised that he will deal with the problem. Alone, if necessary.

For a while, it appeared that China might join his effort to contain the North Korean threat. But, as President Trump tweeted recently, it appears now that China was only paying lip service to the idea. They have returned to their support of the NK regime.

If the North Koreans develop full ICBM capabilities, that will put America to the east and all of Asia to the west within range. Even Jerusalem.

But North Korea is not dangerous solely as a possessor of ICBM and nuclear capabilities. They may be even more dangerous as a purveyor of nuclear weapons and missiles. They are more than willing to sell the plans and technical expertise to client states. Clients such as Iran.

Iran has already purchased missiles and missile designs from North Korea. If they use that technology to develop their own ICBMs (which is precisely what they are doing and already testing), then the entire Middle East, Africa, most of Asia, and all of Europe falls within range.

Now, it's true that Russia, China, the U.S., France, and Great Britain have ICBMs with even greater range. But those nations do not regularly threaten their perceived enemies with utter destruction. North Korea and Iran do.

What makes this developing crisis even more dangerous is the arms race we see spreading across the world. The blame for it can be laid squarely at the doorstep of the Russians. But the West is not blameless since we had no stomach to deal with the Russians at the time.

You see, Russia (read that "Vladimir Putin") taught the nations of the world that international agreements do not keep a regime safe. Nuclear weapons do.

Back in 1994, Ukraine, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, agreed to surrender the world's third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons which it inherited by default when the Soviet Union collapsed.

To persuade it to do so, three nations signed an agreement with Ukraine expressly guaranteeing to protect Ukraine's territorial and political sovereignty. Those three nations were the United States, Britain, and Russia.

In 2014, one of those three guarantors, Russia, invaded Ukraine and stole its most strategically significant territory -- Crimea.

The other two guarantors blustered, but refused to do anything to stop Russia.

Why? Because Russia (read that "Vladimir Putin") has nuclear weapons. Lots of them.

Chances are that if Ukraine still possessed its nuclear weapons, Russia would not have stolen Crimea.

So the sad lesson taught by Russia and quickly learned by the other nations of the world is that nuclear weapons may be their best hope of national security. And the United States and Britain seconded that lesson by standing idly by and watching Russia rape Ukraine. Proving that international agreements and guarantees of security are not worth the paper on which they're written. (Hopefully, that may be about to change.)

That's why the once two-horse "arms race" that used to refer to the West and the Soviet Union, now includes scores of other nations. (continued in comments section below)

Renée G.
Jul 12, 2017

Culture Crisis

View of a Young Doctor
If you doubt any part of what Dr. Jones says, go visit your local hospital emergency room as an observer for an hour or so some Friday or Saturday night.

Pictured below is a young physician by the name of Dr. Starner Jones. His short two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis". It's worth a quick read:

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Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of
evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth,
whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly
tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ring tone. While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.

And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care?
I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of
quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture",
a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices
while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health
insurance. It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that "I can do
whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me."
Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency,
you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.

Respectfully,
STARNER JONES, MD

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