Fundraising is a small portion of the total school funding picture — after all, the best estimate of $380 million is less than 1 per cent of the $43.7 billion spent on funding public schools in the same year — so this may be why it slips under the radar. … [Read more...] about Volunteer fundraising helps prop up public school education, but should it?
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"The United Nations stands strongly behind our own 'free and equal' campaign, and I look forward to working with the IOC, governments and other partners around the world to build societies of equality and tolerance. Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century." … [Read more...] about Ban Ki-moon condemns persecution of gay people in Russia
The issue is autonomous strike – that is, a robot making its own firing decision – and here opinions differ. An MoD spokesperson told me via email that, in attack roles, "there will remain an enduring need for appropriately trained human involvement" in operating UAVs "for the foreseeable future". Dahm believes the USAF holds the same view, though it appears to be lost in its latest UAV Flight Plan. "Increasingly, humans will no longer be 'in the loop' but rather 'on the loop' – monitoring the execution of certain decisions," it reads. "Simultaneously, advances in AI will enable systems to make combat decisions… without necessarily requiring human input." It adds, however: "Authorising a machine to make lethal combat decisions is contingent upon political and military leaders resolving legal and ethical questions." … [Read more...] about Rise of the robots and the future of war
Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they're tested, so only the more serious cases get discovered, making the death toll seem higher than it really is. … [Read more...] about WHO director says countries must ‘act aggressively now to contain coronavirus’ and warns epidemics in Italy and Iran ‘demonstrate what this virus is capable of’
It was enough to persuade Thrun to resign his tenure at Stanford and set up Udacity, a free online university, open to all, that may change the face of education. That's the good news. But he's also founded and is head of Google X, Google's top secret special projects division. It's prototyping "Google glasses", augmented reality spectacles, that will stream the internet direct to your eyeballs. But it's what Thrun says is around the corner that to me seems as if it could be even more life-changing. Massive data. Of everything. "I honestly believe that in the next 10-15 years, computers will be able to capture the experience of a life," he says. Every aspect of your life will exist online forever. And it's not a lonely scientist in a distant computer lab saying this. Thrun, to remind you, works for Google. Memory, the thing that defines who we are, what makes us human, that distinguishes us intellectually, and gives us a narrative sense of our own lives will "be outsourced". That … [Read more...] about Singularity University: meet the people who are building our future