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3Novices:‘It’s able to create knowledge itself’: Google unveils AI that learns on its own, needs no human teacher

Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing programme, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful that it derived thousands of years of human knowledge of the game before inventing better moves of its own, all in the space of three days.
Named AlphaGo Zero, the AI programme has been hailed as a major advance because it mastered the ancient Chinese board game from scratch, and with no human help beyond being told the rules. In games…
October 19, 2017 at 10:51AM http://ift.tt/2yyxxtN
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3Novices:Islamic State’s ‘emir’ in Asia possibly killed in overnight Marawi battle, Philippine military says

The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a “big possibility” that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia has been killed in an overnight battle.
Thirteen rebels among the few dozen Islamic State loyalists holed up in the decimated heart of Marawi City were killed in the operation and Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad was likely among them, task force deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner said.
“There is a big possibility…
October 19, 2017 at 10:48AM http://ift.tt/2xPhnZp
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3Novices:Shock therapy for ‘sexual perversions’, kung fu clashes and supersonic jetliners: Hong Kong headlines from four decades ago

Forty years ago this week, it seemed like supersonic jets like the Concorde would transform international air travel forever. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) had come into fashion for treating mental conditions in local hospitals. The city also began to dabble in democracy when a visiting British MP suggested giving locals more say at the lower levels of government.
October 16, 1977
● Clashes broke out between European and local extras during the filming of a kung…
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3Novices:More food truck spots in Hong Kong to be considered, minister says, after operators struggle

Hong Kong’s commerce minister on Thursday countered concerns that a two-year food truck pilot scheme had fallen short of expectations, by pledging to explore more locations for operators.
The plan comes after a third operator out of the original batch of 16 called it quits earlier this month, struggling with high costs and strict regulations.
The scheme has drawn criticism from the get-go due to issues ranging from the high cost required to meet the government’s standards and the…
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3Novices:Decoration worker charged with criminal intimidation for threatening Hong Kong judge inside courtroom

A man who allegedly threatened a judge inside a Hong Kong courtroom was back in court again on Thursday, this time under the watchful eye of police to face a charge of criminal intimidation.
Yu Zulin, 53, is accused of threatening Mr Justice Wilson Chan Ka-shun with personal injury, with the intent to alarm the judge at Court No 13 on October 17.
“Do you understand the charge?” a court interpreter asked.
“Understood,” Yu replied. He was not required to take a plea…
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3Novices:Australia’s spy chief warns of ‘insidious’ espionage threats. Is he referring to China?

Foreign powers are waging an “extensive, unrelenting” campaign of espionage and meddling in Australia, notably targeting ethnic and religious minorities, the country’s spy chief warned Thursday.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) said it was struggling to cope with the threat, with its resources stretched from fighting terrorism.
Spy chief Duncan Lewis said in a forward to ASIO’s annual report that over the past year there had been a “steadily…
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3Novices:TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, dubbed ‘Russia’s Paris Hilton’, announces presidential bid

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in next year’s presidential election, offering liberal voters unhappy with President Vladimir Putin’s rule someone to back, though she has little prospect of winning.
Opinion polls show Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for nearly two decades, will comfortably win re-election if, as most observers expect, he decides to seek what would be his fourth term in March.
However, a significant minority of…
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