The founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has warned that humans should be worried about the threat posed by Artificial Intelligence (AI). He has said that he cannot understand people who were not worried by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control. Mr Gates contradicted one of Microsoft Research’s chiefs, Eric Horvitz, who has said he “fundamentally” did not see AI as a threat. Mr Horvitz has said about a quarter of his team’s resources are focused on AI.
Today I went to work with Davidd because Razzi was being lazy and didn’t want to get out of bed. This was the first time I have ever been out in the car and it was an exciting time. The wind was blowing and the snow didn’t let up but it was still a fun day. While we waited for one person we had a little detour to Crosby beach and I sat looking at the Iron Men on the beach. I have to say it is one thing being an Iron Man in the summer when it is warm but it is another thing entirely when it is freezing cold and the tide is coming in. They looked positively subzero!
On 27th January 1945 – 70 years ago today – Soviet soldiers entered through the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and discovered the largest mass murder in a single location in human history. The site had been evacuated by the Nazis just days before leaving behind around 7,000 starving prisoners, mostly Jews. Exact numbers are debated to this day but according to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the German SS systematically killed at least 960,000 of over a million Jews deported to the camp. Other victims included approximately 74,000 Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and at least 10,000 from other nationalities. More people died at Auschwitz than at any other Nazi concentration camp.
The world is going mad at the moment over porn. TalkTalk says their customers are going to opt out of their “safety system” if they wish to continue viewing adult material online. Sky announced last week that they were going to activate filters for “inappropriate” content by default while BT and Virgin are yet to reveal their proposals for automatic filters. What annoys me the most is; who is going to decide what “inappropriate” content is for me? I am a fully grown bear and I can decide for myself if I want to block any content be it adult or not!
There is an air of sadness around Jammy Toast today at the news that Edgar Froese has died in Vienna at the age of 70. Edgar died unexpectedly on Friday after a pulmonary embolism, his son, Jerome, said. Tangerine Dream’s psychedelic and trance-like use of synthesiser sound was a significant influence on the development of electronic music. Froese once said that; “there is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address”.
Tonight everyone here at Jammy Toast will be settling down in front of the Sky HD Box to watch Manchester United against Cambridge United in the FA Cup Fourth Round match between the giants and the minnows. The Manchester club are giants of the Premier League while Cambridge are struggling down in twelfth place in the Second Division – only a few places above our beloved Tranmere Rovers. Despite us being plastic Scousers here at Jammy Toast we are not “Manc Haters” but we just can’t but help to be shouting for the underdogs tonight.
Often described as one of the most influential groups in the world, Jammy Toast’s favourite electronic pioneers Kraftwerk can claim another world-first more than 50 years after their formation. The first ever international conference on the minimal German maestros is being held – not in their native Dusseldorf, but in the rather unlikely venue of Birmingham. Professors, fans and contributors from the US and Europe have gathered in a small room at Aston University for two days to discuss and dissect the group and the music they produced in the 1970s and 80s.
Biscuit the dog has been at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for longer than any other resident after a record stay of 689 days – but now he has found a home. Biscuit, the two-year-old mongrel, spent the record time at the charity’s Old Windsor centre in Berkshire, after arriving there in February 2013. He is now living with Gemma and Darren Hunt in Aldershot, Hampshire. Mrs Hunt described Biscuit, who the couple have now renamed Blake, as “a joy to be around”.
There wasn’t a dry eye around Jammy Toast last night after Neil Porter tweeted his daughter’s letter to Southern Rail bosses asking them to get her dad home on time to tuck her into bed at night. Little Ellie Porter penned the note to chiefs at Southern after her beloved father Neil missed putting her into bed. Mr Porter, a graphic designer from Uckfield, East Sussex, takes the train to east London each day to get to his work in Shoreditch, paying £4,000 a year for his commute. However, disruptions, delays and cancellations between Uckfield and London Bridge mean he faces “major chaos” on his journeys, getting him late home.