How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Our World

. . .Most people use artificial intelligence and probably don’t even realize they’re using it — whether it’s asking Siri a question or trying to avoid a traffic jam using GPS or even using our faces as a password to access our smartphones.

Artificial intelligence is defined as the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior. This is already apparent in the workforce, as machines are increasingly building other machines and people are using AI reminders instead of personal assistants. . .

“If I have lots and lots of examples of the past of things, skin lesions that were labeled melanoma versus not, I could use all those examples to train a machine and neural network to be able to sort of make a determination as to whether is malign or not,” IBM Director of Research Dario Gill told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo.

If you ask Ginni Rometty, who is the CEO of IBM, she believes the health care industry is in dire need of AI to save people’s lives. Her company has been working hard at Watson Health, which focuses on oncology diagnostics.

“We’re now at 300 hospitals and over 125,000 patients around the world where the AI has helped the doctor identify the diagnosis and the appropriate treatment,” Rometty told Bartiromo. “So these are things that you didn’t realize before how either infrequently they were done or not done with precision.” (Read more from “How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Our World” HERE)

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Some Believe Aliens or ‘North Vietnamese Army’ Caused Mysterious Cattle Deaths in Oregon

Ranchers in the most remote parts of Eastern Oregon don’t understand how or why so many cattle in the region have died through mutilation that includes surgical-like incisions, but not a trace of blood left behind.

Mysterious mutilations in Oregon have been documented for at least four decades. Cowboys have recently found purebred bulls all of a sudden dead, with body parts intricately removed, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. . .

Dan Jenkins is a sheriff’s deputy in Harney County who has investigated cattle deaths, and he gets calls from people who say aliens could be involved.

“A lot of people lean toward the aliens,” Jenkins said. “One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. ‘Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height.” . . .

“Another [person] told us we should run like a Geiger counter type thing around the animal and guarantees that there would be radiation there,” Jenkins said. “And the number one on the list there, he thinks it’s the North Vietnamese army.” (Read more from “Some Believe Aliens or ‘North Vietnamese Army’ Caused Mysterious Cattle Deaths in Oregon” HERE)

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Water Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Exoplanet for First Time, Scientists Say

Scientists have detected water vapor in the atmosphere of a “super-Earth” exoplanet with potentially habitable temperatures. The discovery, which is being touted as a milestone, could have major implications in the search for life outside the solar system.

Experts from University College London identified water vapor in the atmosphere of K2-18b, which is 110 light-years from Earth. A light-year, which measures distance in space, equals a little less than 6 trillion miles.

“K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the solar system, or ‘exoplanet,’ known to have both water and temperatures that could support life,” researchers said in a statement. . .

“Finding water in a potentially habitable world other than Earth is incredibly exciting. K2-18b is not ‘Earth 2.0,’ as it is significantly heavier and has a different atmospheric composition,” said lead author Angelos Tsiaras, Ph.D. of UCL’s Center for Space Exochemistry Data, in the statement. “However, it brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: Is the Earth unique?” . . .

Data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2016 and 2017 was used to study starlight filtered through the exoplanet’s atmosphere. “The results revealed the molecular signature of water vapor, also indicating the presence of hydrogen and helium in the planet’s atmosphere,” UCL said in its statement. (Read more from “Water Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Exoplanet for First Time, Scientists Say” HERE)

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Scientist Wants to End ‘Conservative’ Taboo Against Cannibalism to Fight Climate Change

Swedish behavioral scientist Magnus Söderlund said last week that humans must “awaken to the idea” of eating human flesh as a way to combat the effects of climate change.

Söderlund, a researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics, advanced the idea of eating people after they die Tuesday on Sweden’s TV4. He had earlier in the week held a seminar on the subject at the Gastro Summit fair in Stockholm.

According to Söderlund, as climate change makes food sources increasingly scare, people will have to learn to eat things that are now considered disgusting, including pets, insects, and most of all, human flesh, the Epoch Times reported.

A promotion for his Sept 2-3 talk read: “Is cannibalism the solution to food sustainability in the future? Does Generation Z have the answers to our food challenges? Can consumers be tricked into making the right decisions? At GastroSummit, you will get some answers to these questions―and also partake in the latest scientific findings and get to meet the leading experts.”

Söderlund, who is also a marketing strategist, told the audience that the main impediment to his proposal is the ancient taboo against cannibalism. He predicted that “conservative” attitudes would be an obstacle to its widespread acceptance in Sweden. But he said people could be won over gradually, starting with a tase. (Read more from “Scientist Wants to End ‘Conservative’ Taboo Against Cannibalism to Fight Climate Change” HERE)

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Police Arrest Man at Airport for Buying Boarding Pass Just to Say Bye to His Wife

A man was arrested at Changi Airport in Singapore last week for buying a boarding pass — with no intention to board the plane.

The 27-year-old had purchased a boarding pass just so he could enter the transit area — a “protected place” — to say goodbye to his wife, the Singapore Police Force said. . .

The transit area of the Changi Airport falls under the category of “protected places” — areas where “special measures are needed to control the movement and conduct of persons for public safety and security reasons.”

Those who enter Changi’s transit area “with no intention to proceed to their next destinations” can be prosecuted and fined up to $20,000 and imprisoned for up to two years, officials said.

The Changi Airport is one of the busiest — and most famous — airports in the world with a record 65.6 million passengers in 2018. According to Travel + Leisure, it has a butterfly garden, movie theater, swimming pool and even includes the world’s biggest indoor waterfall. (Read more from “Police Arrest Man at Airport for Buying Boarding Pass Just to Say Bye to His Wife” HERE)

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Newsweek: Cannibalism Is Taboo ‘for Now’

Don’t let the title of Newsweek’s article fool you. While reading, don’t be distracted by the disgust seemingly directed towards cannibalism. You see, Newsweek’s article titled “Cannibalism is Common in the Animal Kingdom – Here’s Why for Humans Its the Ultimate Taboo” gives itself away in the closing paragraph after dropping hints along the way. For the writers of the article, cannibalism is a taboo “for now” that, like other taboos, will one day be revisited, reevaluated, and undone.

After explaining how cannibalism can be found throughout the animal kingdom, including chimps eating baby chimps, writers Jared Piazza and Neil McLatchie drop in the claim that “For humans, though, cannibalism is the ultimate taboo. In fact, our aversion to cannibalism is so strong that consent and ethics count for little.” . . .

The second sentence in that quote is the first hint of the overall subtext of this article. You see, even if someone isn’t averse to cannibalism, ethics stamp a big fat NOPE on the activity. However, the subtle pointing to the belief that our feelings override ethics reveals that the writers aren’t convinced that ethics prohibit cannibalism, to begin with. It’s a just a socially constructed taboo, after all. Like the belief that a man can’t be a woman and vice versa.

Lest you think I’m layering an unfair subtext into the writers’ intent with their article, read it for yourself. Throughout the article, the prohibition against cannibalism is always couched within the parameters of post-modernism and social constructs. Nowhere does the article state that we shouldn’t eat other humans because it’s dehumanizing and morally wrong in all times and all places. They can’t claim that because the leftist agenda is hell-bent on dehumanizing us and undermining humanity’s ability to flourish (in case it’s unclear, I used the word “hell” on purpose). Claiming that something is objectively wrong contradicts the left’s teachings on morality. . .

In their closing paragraph, Piazza and McLatchie write, “For now, we’re as happy as you are to continue accepting the ‘wisdom of repugnance’: human flesh, despite its biochemical similarities to that of other mammals, shall remain firmly off limits.” (Read more from “Newsweek: Cannibalism Is Taboo ‘for Now'” HERE)

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The FBI Is Probing the Pot Industry, but Not for the Reason You Might Expect

FBI officials said in a recent podcast that state licenses required to grow and sell marijuana open the possibility of public officials becoming susceptible to bribes in exchange for those licenses.

“We’ve seen in some states the price go as high as $500,000 for a license to sell marijuana,” Supervisory Special Agent Regino Chavez said. “So, we see people willing to pay large amounts of money to get into the industry.” . . .

The legal status of cannabis remains iffy, even in states that have passed laws legalizing medical and recreational pot. The federal government still considers marijuana illegal, with the DEA listing it as a Schedule I drug — meaning officials believe it has a high potential for abuse.

The feds aren’t the only ones looking at illegal activity in the legal pot business. California has tripled the number of raids on unlicensed marijuana shops this year, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this summer. Unlicensed growers in the state face fines of up to $30,000 per day.

David Kirschner, an intelligence analyst with the FBI, said states should expect marijuana-related corruption to increase as recreational pot becomes more widespread. (Read more from “The FBI Is Probing the Pot Industry, but Not for the Reason You Might Expect” HERE)

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Medieval Diseases Are Present in Los Angeles

Homelessness has skyrocketed in the state of California. Los Angeles in particular has witnessed a massive increase. Between 2018-2019 the county’s homeless population grew by 16%. The city of Los Angeles experienced a similar phenomenon as its population grew at a slightly slower rate. The thousands of new people calling the streets their home has far surpassed the city’s sanitary capabilities. The sheer amount of people now eating and defecating in the California heat has allowed previously rare diseases to proliferate. It has reached the point where there is a real threat of a bubonic plague outbreak occurring in Los Angeles. . .

Reform California says that there have been 124 confirmed cases of Typhus in Los Angeles County. Typhus has not been the only medieval disease to reappear. The bubonic plague — the same one that wiped out a third of Europe over 600 years ago — could be present in LA today, according to The New York Post. The Bubonic plague has been nearly non-existent in LA with only three cases of it in the past 40 years, but experts believe that there could already be plague victims present in the city.

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has admitted that the state has a problem. “Our homeless crisis has increasingly become a public health crisis … And now, typhus [is] in Los Angeles. Typhus. That’s a medieval disease. In California. In 2019,” he said. He is expected to sign AB-932 which is a bill to produce more shelters for homeless people. The legislative piece recently passed the state senate, but how much it will help address the complex problem remains to be seen. (Read more from “Medieval Diseases Are Present in Los Angeles” HERE)

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Military Tech – Vacuum Microwave – Shrinks Food to Just a Fraction of Its Original Size

Soldiers of the future may be eating bacon and egg breakfasts via tiny food bars, due to a new process that shrinks meals to a fraction of their normal size. . .

One dish begins with bacon, egg, cheese and heavy cream. The ingredients are inserted into a vacuum microwave dryer for 80 minutes of shrinkage and then squeezed by a machine. The result: a bar that’s smaller than a Snicker’s candy bar but with twice as many calories — and much more nutrition.

Yang and other food scientists at Natick are researching the Army’s new generation of portable rations. On the menu of the future are MRE pizzas, portable fruit, and a light-weight ration for soldiers on the go.

Yang’s bars may soon be found in the new ration, the Close Combat Assault Ration, which is supposed to contain three times the nutrition of a normal MRE while being lighter and smaller. Prototypes for the new ration are about one-third the weight of similar MREs, an Army statement said.

The military is trying to figure out how to feed small, isolated units who may go up to a week without resupply, Yang said. Currently, a soldier would need 21 MREs to survive that week. (Read more from “Military Tech – Vacuum Microwave – Shrinks Food to Just a Fraction of Its Original Size” HERE)

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‘Watermelon Snow’ Found in National Park

As the so-called dog days of summer have finally arrived, the still-frozen slopes of Yosemite National Park are now sporting what some may know as “watermelon snow” — but don’t confuse it for the popular summertime treat.

Yosemite National Park in California shared photos last Sunday to Facebook of the sight at an unnamed lake in the high country above 9,500 feet. . .

Watermelon snow — also known as “blood snow” or simply red snow — is what happens when snow above 9,500 feet lasts through the summer months.

“This algae is typically green but contains a special red pigment called a carotenoid that acts as a protective barrier, shielding the algae’s chlorophyll,” park rangers stated on Facebook. “Since chlorophyll is necessary for its survival, it uses this natural type of sunscreen to protect itself from too much heat and damaging UV radiation.”

The pigment produced by the algae then dyes the surrounding area a darker color, giving the snowfield a pink or red color. It also can allow the snow to heat up faster and melt quickly, according to the park. (Read more from “‘Watermelon Snow’ Found in National Park” HERE)

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