A Machine Gets High Marks for Diagnosing Sick Children

Will artificial intelligence be your next ER doctor?

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Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion

It looks nothing more than each agent maximizing its own utility given the constraints provided the feedback it sees.

Antitrust agencies are concerned that the autonomous pricing algorithms increasingly used by online vendors may learn to collude. This column uses experiments with pricing algorithms powered by AI in a controlled environment to demonstrate that even relatively simple algorithms systematically learn to play sophisticated collusive strategies. Most worrying is that they learn to collude by trial and error, with no prior knowledge of the environment in which they operate, without communicating with one another, and without being specifically designed or instructed to collude.

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Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent

Archbishop’s register reveals how Joan of Leeds crafted a dummy of her body that was buried, while she pursued ‘the way of carnal lust’

Then it gets so literary you know they are pissed off:

A marginal note written in Latin and buried deep within one of the 16 heavy registers used by to record the business of the archbishops of York between 1304 and 1405 first alerted archivists to the adventures of the runaway nun. “To warn Joan of Leeds, lately nun of the house of St Clement by York, that she should return to her house,” runs the note written by archbishop William Melton and dated to 1318.

Melton, writing to inform the Dean of Beverley about the “scandalous rumour” he had heard about the arrival of the Benedictine nun Joan, claimed that Joan had “impudently cast aside the propriety of religion and the modesty of her sex”, and “out of a malicious mind simulating a bodily illness, she pretended to be dead, not dreading for the health of her soul, and with the help of numerous of her accomplices, evildoers, with malice aforethought, crafted a dummy in the likeness of her body in order to mislead the devoted faithful and she had no shame in procuring its burial in a sacred space amongst the religious of that place”.

After faking her own death, he continued, “and, in a cunning, nefarious manner … having turned her back on decency and the good of religion, seduced by indecency, she involved herself irreverently and perverted her path of life arrogantly to the way of carnal lust and away from poverty and obedience, and, having broken her vows and discarded the religious habit, she now wanders at large to the notorious peril to her soul and to the scandal of all of her order.”

Professor Sarah Rees Jones, principal investigator on the project, said the story of Joan’s escape, which she and her team discovered last week, was “extraordinary – like a Monty Python sketch”…

Source: Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent

France To US: You’re Really Important To Our New Fighter


Flashback … Future (Air) Combat Systems, “System of systems”! Hope this one does better than last Boeing/SAIC FCS ($340 billion) spread the wealth buffet smorgasbord. To be fair, different times, more mature technology, and some French and European oversight … except they are socialists too but not communists like the Boeing group I knew 😂 Now that I have equally insulted every one …

France’s commitment to a cutting-edge sixth-generation fighter — working in tandem with drones and long-range sensors — is a sign of its commitment to deterring Putin’s Russia.

Source: France To US: You’re Really Important To Our New Fighter

Attacking Artificial Intelligence: How To Trick The Enemy

“Autonomy may look like an Achilles’ heel, and in a lot of ways it is” – but for both sides, DTRA’s Nick Wager said. “I think that’s as much opportunity as that is vulnerability. We are good at this… and we can be better than the threat.”

Source: Attacking Artificial Intelligence: How To Trick The Enemy

Russia says it’s arming its warships with a new weapon that makes enemies want to vomit

This is called Remote Clubbing … the advanced version of drinking at a night club blasting music.

A weapon reportedly now in use aboard two Russian frigates is said to cause blindness and hallucinations, as well as dizziness and nausea.

Source: Russia says it’s arming its warships with a new weapon that makes enemies want to vomit