12 Observations About Artificial Intelligence From The O’Reilly AI Conference

12 Observations About Artificial Intelligence From The O'Reilly AI Conference

At the inaugural O’Reilly AI conference, 66 artificial intelligence practitioners and researchers from 39 organizations presented the current state-of-AI: From chatbots and deep learning to self-driving cars and emotion recognition to automating jobs and obstacles to AI progress to saving lives and new business opportunities. There is no better place to imbibe the most up-to-date tech zeitgeist than at an O’Reilly Media event as has been proven again and again ever since the company put together the first Web-related meeting (WWW Wizards Workshop in July 1993).

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Help us! Women in Indian mill pen letter describing sexual abuse at work

Help us! Women in Indian mill pen letter describing sexual abuse at work

A letter from six women at a spinning mill in southern India, describing the sexual harassment they face at work and asking for help, exposes the widespread exploitation of women in the multi-billion-dollar textile industry, campaigners said. “He forces himself on us, constantly hugging us and squeezing our breasts,” the women write, describing the behavior of their male supervisor. “Any worker who resists his advances loses part of her salary. We need this job and don’t know who to talk to about the abuse we face everyday. Please help us.”

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Jeff Bezos dismisses idea of a backup plan, says we must protect Earth

Jeff Bezos dismisses idea of a backup plan, says we must protect Earth

During the last year Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has begun to open up about the scale of his ambitions with the rocket company, Blue Origin, explaining that he envisions millions of people living and working in space. Additionally, Bezos has talked about moving heavy industry off of planet Earth to create a garden paradise on our home planet. In this view Bezos' philosophy differs significantly from the other titan of the new space industry, Elon Musk of SpaceX. Both men agree that reusable spaceflight is essential to lowering the cost of access to space…

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Ex-FBI official: Clintons are a ‘crime family’

Ex-FBI official: Clintons are a 'crime family'

A former FBI official said Sunday that Bill and Hillary Clinton are part of a “crime family” and argued top officials hindered the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of State. During a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, former assistant FBI director James Kallstrom heaped praise on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before taking aim at the Clintons. “The Clintons, that’s a crime family, basically,” Kallstrom said. “It’s like organized crime. I mean the Clinton Foundation is a cesspool.”

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S Korea: Protestors call for Park resignation

S Korea: Protestors call for Park resignation

Thousands of South Koreans rallied in Seoul Saturday, demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. Police estimated that around 12,000 demonstrators attended the evening protest, according to the country's semi-official Yonhap news agency. South Korea's president faces scrutiny for allegedly leaking state documents to a friend. On Friday, Park Geun-hye ordered the resignation of 10 of her senior secretaries as political turmoil continued to grip the country.

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Equality House vandalized with anti-gay graffiti, bullet holes

Equality House vandalized with anti-gay graffiti, bullet holes

The Equality House in Topeka, Kansas, which stands directly across the street from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, has been a symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement since it was first painted Pride flag colors in March of 2013. This week, however, the colorful symbol of equality was subjected to hate when spray-painted slurs and bullet holes were found on the home's exterior.

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