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N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James takes on Trump and the NRA

N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James takes on Trump and the NRA

Letitia James promised to “take on” then-President Donald Trump when she ran for New York attorney general in 2018. In the years since, she has sued Trump repeatedly, sparking controversy and winning major victories in court. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption toggle caption Seth Wenig/AP Letitia James promised to “take on” then-President Donald Trump when she ran for New York attorney general in 2018. In the years since, she has sued Trump repeatedly, sparking controversy and winning major victories in court. Seth Wenig/AP When state Judge Arthur Engoron ordered former President Donald Trump and his companies to pay over $355 million for widespread fraud on Friday, it was another stunning victory for New York Attorney General Letitia James. “Donald Trump may have authored The Art of the Deal, but he perfected the art of the steal,” James said at a news conference after the ruling was issued. She then took a shot at Trump’s character: “The scale and the scope of Donald Trump’s fraud is staggering and so too is his ego and his belief that …

OpenAI artificial general intelligence (AGI) developments

OpenAI artificial general intelligence (AGI) developments

OpenAI has reportedly made a significant breakthrough in artificial general intelligence (AGI) development, which has been somewhat obscured by other news and detailed in a research paper and blog post. The breakthrough involves advancements in video generation models, which are seen as a path toward creating general-purpose simulators of the physical world. These models, particularly the large-scale model named Sora, can generate high-fidelity video and demonstrate an understanding of the physical world, physics, and three-dimensional space. The scaling of these models is believed to be a promising direction for AGI development. This recent development by OpenAI has captured the attention of the world and is a significant leap that could bring us closer to the creation of machines that think and learn like humans. OpenAI’s latest project Sora involves sophisticated video generation models that go beyond simple image creation. These models are part of a larger effort to achieve Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), a type of AI that could perform any intellectual task that a human being can. Leading the charge in this innovative space …

Why artificial general intelligence lies beyond deep learning

Why artificial general intelligence lies beyond deep learning

Sam Altman’s recent employment saga and speculation about OpenAI’s groundbreaking Q* model have renewed public interest in the possibilities and risks of artificial general intelligence (AGI). AGI could learn and execute intellectual tasks comparably to humans. Swift advancements in AI, particularly in deep learning, have stirred optimism and apprehension about the emergence of AGI. Several companies, including OpenAI and Elon Musk’s xAI, aim to develop AGI. This raises the question: Are current AI developments leading toward AGI?  Perhaps not. Limitations of deep learning Deep learning, a machine learning (ML) method based on artificial neural networks, is used in ChatGPT and much of contemporary AI. It has gained popularity due to its ability to handle different data types and its reduced need for pre-processing, among other benefits. Many believe deep learning will continue to advance and play a crucial role in achieving AGI. VB Event The AI Impact Tour – NYC We’ll be in New York on February 29 in partnership with Microsoft to discuss how to balance risks and rewards of AI applications. Request an …

Exact number of seats Richard Tice’s Reform could cost Tories at next general election | Politics | News

Exact number of seats Richard Tice’s Reform could cost Tories at next general election | Politics | News

Reform UK would cost the Tories 39 seats if it wins 10 percent of the vote at a general election, according to new analysis. The research by the More in Common think tank suggests Labour would gain 32 constituencies while the Lib Dems would take five. If the Nigel Farage-linked party hit 12 percent of votes, the Conservatives would lose 47 seats. And if Reform UK, formerly the Brexit Party, won 15 percent it would cost the Tories 63 seats. The insurgent party led by Richard Tice is expected to struggle to win seats outright but would split the right-wing vote. More in Common director Luke Tryl told the Sunday Times: “While you can’t simply add up the Conservative and Reform vote and assume it would give a combined vote share if the two parties joined forces, we do know that for every ten votes the party gets, they take six of those from the Conservatives and just half a vote from Labour. “Even though Reform won’t win seats themselves, for every ten votes the …

Michael Gove promises end to no-fault evictions by next general election

Michael Gove promises end to no-fault evictions by next general election

Mr Gove has also warned that young people shut out of the UK’s housing market could turn to authoritarianism, telling The Sunday Times: “If people think that markets are rigged and a democracy isn’t listening to them, then you get — and this is the worrying thing to me — an increasing number of young people saying, ‘I don’t believe in democracy, I don’t believe in markets.’” Source link

Ukraine leadership change puts new general Syrskyi in the firing line

Ukraine leadership change puts new general Syrskyi in the firing line

Ukrainian social media has been awash with tributes to Zaluzhnyi, who won the nation’s acclaim for his leadership throughout the nearly two-year fight against Russia. Zelenskyy handed him the Hero of Ukraine award and a hearty parting hug in a ceremony on Friday, putting aside the well-publicized disagreements that saw him fired.  On the streets of Kyiv, the change fueled some apprehension. Alisa Riazantseva, 35, told The Associated Press that she had been “generally satisfied” with Zaluzhnyi and hoped that the “government has not made a big mistake” by replacing him. The opinion on Syrskyi appears to be split, however, with some Western military analysts questioning whether he’s the right man to lead an army suffering from waning internal morale and outside aid. The 58-year-old general has been in command of Ukraine’s ground forces and appeared a natural choice for the promotion. He is not very outspoken and is known for regularly visiting his troops on the front lines. Syrskyi was born in Russia and studied at the Moscow military command school during the Soviet …

The Guardian view on Ukraine’s president and general: the military and political blur | Editorial

The Guardian view on Ukraine’s president and general: the military and political blur | Editorial

Politics doesn’t end in wartime, even when it has been subsumed by more immediate, existential matters. With the passage of time, Winston Churchill’s wartime leadership can appear as if it were unassailable – yet in reality, criticism grew loud enough that the House of Commons held two votes of confidence in 1942. Though some have compared Volodymyr Zelenskiy to Churchill, the Ukrainian president will be grateful that he has not faced anything approaching that kind of challenge. The “rally round the flag” effect, along with his charisma, effective diplomacy and personal courage as Russia invaded, created a remarkably enduring mood of national unity. Even those criticising the decisions or conduct of those around the president shrank from questioning his. But by last autumn, it was clear that the country was seeing the return of politics. It is still far from business as usual. But Mr Zelenskiy’s decision to fire Ukraine’s admired commander-in-chief, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, on Thursday has turned up the volume. Mr Zelenskiy says politics played no part. But he has not explained the move beyond citing the …

Ukraine needs fresh approach on battlefield, says new top general | Ukraine

Ukraine needs fresh approach on battlefield, says new top general | Ukraine

Ukraine’s newly appointed top general has said a new approach is required to achieve success on the battlefield, in his first public comments since taking command as armed forces chief. “Only changes and constant improvement of the means and methods of warfare will make it possible to achieve success on this path,” said Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi, singling out drones and electronic warfare as examples of new technology that he said would help Ukraine achieve victory. Syrskyi was appointed to the top job by the president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on Thursday in a controversial shake-up that marks the biggest military reshuffle since Russia’s full-scale invasion nearly two years ago. Syrskyi has replaced Valerii Zaluzhnyi, a popular commander whose relations with Zelenskiy had become strained in recent months. Critics have suggested Zelenskiy may have been partly motivated by concerns over Zaluzhnyi’s high approval ratings in Ukrainian society and his potential to one day become a political challenger. Syrskyi and Zaluzhnyi (right) embrace in Kyiv on Friday. Photograph: Ukraine Presidential Press Service/EPA Changes at the top of the army …

Ukraine’s Zelensky replaces top general Zalushnyi with Syrsky in dramatic military shakeup

Ukraine’s Zelensky replaces top general Zalushnyi with Syrsky in dramatic military shakeup

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday appointed commander of the ground forces Oleksandr Syrsky as the country’s new army chief, in a dramatic military shakeup nearly two years into Russia’s invasion. Issued on: 08/02/2024 – 18:03Modified: 08/02/2024 – 22:20 2 min “Starting today, a new management team will take over the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Zelensky said. “I appointed Colonel-General Syrsky as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” In a post on X, Zelensky earlier thanked General Valerii Zaluzhnyi for his two years of service as commander-in-chief and discussed possible replacements for the top military job. “The time for such a renewal is now,” Zelensky said.  I met with General Valerii Zaluzhnyi.I thanked him for the two years of defending Ukraine.We discussed the renewal that the Armed Forces of Ukraine require.We also discussed who could be part of the renewed leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.The time for such a renewal… pic.twitter.com/tMnUEZ3BCX — Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 8, 2024 The statement followed days of speculation spurred …

Cutting-edge theory unites quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity

Cutting-edge theory unites quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity

The image depicts an experiment in which heavy particles(illustrated as the moon), cause an interference pattern (a quantum effect), while also bending spacetime. The hanging pendulums depict the measurement of spacetime. The actual experiment is typically performed using Carbon-60, one of the largest known molecules. The UCL calculation indicates that the experiment should also be performed using higher density atoms such as gold. The other two images represent the two experiments proposed by the UCL group, both of which constrain any theory where spacetime is treated classically. One is the weighing of a mass, the other is an interference experiment. (CREDIT: Isaac Young) In a cutting-edge development that has sent shockwaves through the scientific community, researchers at University College London (UCL) have unveiled a radical theory that seeks to reconcile two pillars of modern physics – quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of general relativity. These two theories, which have been the foundation of physics for over a century, have long been at odds with each other, and their unification has remained an elusive quest. Today, …