Google is trying to make your brain irrelevant

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by Marcus Wohlsen

Google is on a shopping spree, buying startup after startup to push its business into the future. But these companies don’t run web services or sell ads or build smartphone software or dabble in other things that Google is best known for. The web’s most powerful company is filling its shopping cart with artificial intelligence algorithms, robots, and smart gadgets for the home. It’s on a mission to build an enormous digital brain that operates as much like the human mind as possible — and, in many ways, even better.

Yesterday, Google confirmed that it has purchased a stealthy artificial intelligence startup called DeepMind. According to reports, the company paid somewhere in the mid-hundreds of millions of dollars for the British outfit. Though Google didn’t discuss the price tag, that enormous figure is in line with the rest of its recent activity.

The DeepMind acquisition closely follows Google’s $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) purchase of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest, a slew of cutting-edge robotics companies, and another AI startup known as DNN research.

Google is looking to spread smart computer hardware into so many parts of our everyday lives — from our homes and our cars to our bodies — but perhaps more importantly, it’s developing a new type of artificial intelligence that can help operate these devices, as well as its many existing web and smartphone services.

Though Google is out in front of this AI arms race, others are moving in the same direction. Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft are doubling down on artificial intelligence too, and are snapping up fresh AI talent. According to The Information, Mark Zuckerberg and company were also trying to acquire DeepMind.

The new AI

Google’s web search engine already uses a powerful type of artificial intelligence to find what you’re looking for in the chaos of the web, and it has built an insanely profitable ad business atop this engine. But recently, the company has been bulking up its roster of geniuses as it seeks to explore a new branch of artificial intelligence known as “deep learning.”…

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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-01/28/google-buying-way-making-brain-irrelevant

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Strange Snow – Indisputable Proof (Video)

By Susan Duclos

Quite the debate on Thursday over the “fake snow” issue where dozens of people conducted their own experiments on the snow outside their homes, in different states, with different results based on where they lived. Some claiming the “melting” process of snow melting with no water, no puddles was somehow “normal.”

Well folks, forget the lighters, forget the propane fire and forget about the snow turning black, just watch the video below where a man takes shavings from his very own freezer and a snowball from outside his home and holds both the same distance away from his wood burning stove…… guess which starts melting and which doesn’t in just 11 seconds…… then guess which hasn’t produced one drop of water after two whole minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The reasons can be debated all day long, but the fact that this snow doesn’t melt right while the same size ball made from freezer shavings does…… is indisputable.

Note- This isn’t to say the snow isn’t “snow”, or that it is fake….. but something is off, strange, weird, whatever descriptor you want to use, THAT is what is indisputable.

Debunk THIS folks!

http://beforeitsnews.com/blogging-citizen-journalism/2014/01/indisputable-proof-fake-snow-debate-turns-deadly-for-real-ice-video-2450476.html

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It’s True–the Snow Does NOT Melt and STRONG CHEMICAL Odor! See For Yourself In My Own Video Demonstration. (VIDEO)

Well, it’s true! The snow does not melt; rather, it disappears! There was a distinct chemical odor in the air, like burning syrup and plastic.  In fact, I have allergies, including to chemical smells/fumes.  My right eye began to get a strange achy feeling, and is just now starting to go away.

This is NOT snow! This obviously has ‘some’ water in it, but is majority HEAVY chemicals! Try it for yourself and see! What are they putting in our atmosphere? Is this the result of long-term use of chemtrails? Are they dumping something else into our atmosphere? Could it have to do with Fukushima? All of the above? What on earth are we getting wet with when it rains?

Now, if you let the snow sit, it will naturally melt. However, the purpose of heating it with a lighter is that chemicals will burn instantly whereas water takes a while to dissipate. Furthermore, if you let it melt naturally, you will not get as much water as you should given the amount of snow you started with. And, there are no smells or fumes created by heating water.

DO NOT let your kids eat or play in it! Watch my video demo below to see for yourself.

As a side note, I have not noticed hardly any birds around all winter, and there are always birds—blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, and even blackbirds.  I have seen one Robin the other day, who probably just returned from migration. Who knows! But that is really strange too! Where did they go? Did they die?

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/01/its-true-the-snow-does-not-melt-and-strong-chemical-odor-see-for-yourself-in-my-own-video-demonstration-video-2886926.html

 

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Real Madrid’s new stadium looks like an alien mothership

Real Madrid's new stadium looks like an alien mothership

There are very few stadiums in the world that leave you truly speechless when you walk in. Maracanã is one of them. The other one is Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu, the best club of the 20th century. The famous coliseum is getting a major remake. It looks like a spaceship about to start abducting people.

Which, actually, is not far from the truth, figuratively speaking. I still remember the first time I walked in as a kid and was physically pushed back by the wall of sound from what seemed to be a billion souls screaming at the same time. I still get goosebumps from that sound and the impressive view every time I go to watch a game. I guess similar experiences is what “abduct” people, making them fans of the different teams—the communal experience, the sensory overload.

The new Santiago Bernabéu will retain that crazy experience and even increase it. Inside, there will be even more seats. As you can see in this video, it’ll have a crazy 360-degree LED display that will surround the top of the stadium, making it look like the interior of an alien mothership too.

Outside, it will have a completely new skin. Real Madrid says it’s a smart skin, which will dynamically change to protect the interior from the elements. Images would be projected on this surface too.

Real Madrid's new stadium looks like an alien mothership

 

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/real-madrids-new-stadium-looks-like-an-alien-mothershi-1513265410/@barrett

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The Meaning of Dieudonne

By Gilad Atzmon

Since the 1968 Student Revolution, the European and American Left, together with a herd of Jewish progressive intellectuals, have invested enormous effort in attempting to break society down into multiple segments of identities.

The Left adopted this peculiar approach because it could never cope with its own failure to bond with working people.

The Jewish intellectuals, who led the campaign, realized that fragmented and divided nations are far less dangerous for Jews. As we know, Jews are threatened by cohesive, patriotic nationalism, and for a good reason. After all, they were amongst the prime victims of such an ideology.

Bizarrely enough, dazzled by the emerging false prophecy of post-68 ‘identity politics,’ the Left was quick to drop its universal ethos. While in the past it aimed to cross the divide and unite the working people, the post-68 Left actually split and ghettoized the Western subjects by means of identification.

Instead of being and celebrating who and what we are, we’ve learned to identify with ready-made soundbites. Rather than simply being Jill, Joseph, Abe or Youssef, we are now identified ‘as a woman’, ‘as a gay’, ‘as a Jew’, ‘as a Muslim’, and so on. In practice, the New Left has been erecting walls around us in an attempt to separate us into infinitesimally small, marginal identity groups. Peculiarly, it is the post-68 Left, rather than the capitalists, that drove us into segregation, isolation and political paralysis.

But then, pretty much out of the blue, Dieudonné, a black French comedian, has managed to re-unite the working people: the migrant communities, the Black, the Muslim, the North African as well as the White proletarian and at the same time, to deliver a universal message.

Dieudonné has reminded us what the Left stood for in the first place, before it was conquered by Marcuse and his Frankfurt Yeshiva’s pals. It is the French entertainer who brings to light the most instinctive Left insight – we are actually united and identified in opposition to our oppressors, namely, the establishment.

The ‘quenelle’ — a salute that was initially introduced by Dieudonné — embodies a modest and graceful openness of true resistance. It is a simple, restrained and poetic take on the crude Anglo-American ‘up yours’. The gesture is obviously universal and an open call — everyone, including Jews, are welcome in, as opposed to the post-68 identity discourses that are largely defined by biology and race. Being an emblem of an ethically driven and universalist standpoint the quenelle also symbolizes an opposition to the primacy of Jewish suffering and the tyranny of political correctness.

Dieudonné is the definitive hero of genuine socialist thinking in the spirit of the Paris Commune, and as such, he indeed poses a great danger to fake New Leftists and their paymasters at CRIF. The kosher Frankfurt graduate sees the French masses gathering momentum and the people marching in the streets of Paris shouting ‘the emperor has no clothes’. In fact, there is not much to be concealed or suppressed anymore. Once meaning-of-dieudonne again, the bare truth reveals itself and against all odds.

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=89635

 

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Sex Plague: The Normalisation of Deviance and Depravity

Poster on a classroom wall. Do our children need this?

By Dr Lasha Darkmoon

A recent pamphlet published by the German government contains these chilling words:

“Fathers do not devote enough attention to the clitoris and vagina of their daughters. The child touches all parts of their father’s body, sometimes arousing him. The father should do the same.” [2]

Toddlers are encouraged to indulge in “unlimited masturbation.” Their parents are expected to offer practical demonstrations if need be — the better to produce sexual precocity in their offspring. “Children should learn there is no such thing as shameful parts of the body,” the booklet advises. “The body is a home you should be proud of.”

Children, it is suggested, should be taught the movements of copulation as soon as they reach the age of four, giving them what virtually amounts to a crash course in the Kama Sutra as soon as they have learned to walk.

Depravity, it seems, cannot be taught too early.

In Holland, things have gone further. Here a political party, set up by convicted pedophiles, clamors for the legalization of child pornography and intergenerational sex between children of twelve and adults old enough to be their grandparents. I forgot to mention bestiality. They want to legalize that too. [3]

Who is to blame for the sex addictions we see suppurating all round us? This licentiousness, growing by the day, thanks to the internet and the mass media, is far deadlier and more destructive than it was half a century ago, before the sexual revolution.

Those who are responsible for this sickening depravity are clearly the people who started the sexual revolution. They are the people, moreover, who control the mass media.

Who controls the media?

Who determines the imagery and attitudes drip-feeding steadily into the minds of the public? Who runs Hollywood? Who contaminates mass consciousness? Who defiles the collective mind? Who pulls the puppet strings of marionette man? Who are the Bad Shepherds leading the sheeple astray?

Who are to blame, in short, for letting the world go to hell in a handcart?

I won’t bother to answer these questions. More to the point, I dare not. If you don’t know who owns the media — lock, stock and barrel — you’re wasting your time reading this article.

Art and Sexual Subversion: The Vaginocentric Female Artist

Let me resume here my discussion of sexual depravity which formed the basis of my recent article Secret Sex Life of the Jews; and let me begin by saying a few words on art, a subject I know something about.[4] And then let me proceed to the subject of pornography and consider its deployment in the systematic demoralization of the masses. [5]

First, ask yourself this question: is there anything intrinsically admirable or aesthetically pleasing about British painter Tracey Emin’s attention-seeking leg-and-vagina paintings? When other artists offer us self-portraits, they usually show us their faces. Not Ms Emin. Her idea of a “self-portrait” is to show us her uterus…

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http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=89650

 

 

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Do You Have Non-24 Hour Sleep Wake Disorder? How Big Pharma Brainwashes Americans Into Believing They’re Sick

Big pharma uses celebrities and other sneaky ways to sell diseases that may not exist.

By Martha Rosenberg

Most of us have our guard up when it comes to direct-to-consumer drug advertising. We know the butterflies, sunsets and puppies in the TV ads are designed to distract us from terms like “blood clot,” “heart attack,” “stroke,” “seizure,” “life-threatening allergic reaction” and “death.” We are aware that more than half the ads tell us why we don’t actually want to ask our doctor about the new wonder drug.

Unbranded advertising, however, is much more insidious. Instead of selling a drug, it sells the disease driving the drug sales and sometimes doesn’t mention the drug at all.

Unbranded advertising often appears to be from the CDC and can even run free as a public service announcement thanks to its apparently altruistic message. The hallmark of unbranded advertising is it calls the disease it’s hawking (whether depression, bipolar disorder or restless legs) “under-diagnosed,” and “underreported” and cites “barriers” and “stigmas to treatment” which of course means sales. Sometimes it calls the disease a “silent killer” to scare people who think they’re fine. (Before drug advertising it was the opposite the medical establishment said you were probably fine despite how you felt.)

Do You Have Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism?

From Joan Lunden and Mike Piazza selling Claritin, to Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner selling Vioxx, celebrity drug advertising is often phenomenally successful. No wonder the drug company AbbVie has selected actress Sofia Vergara to lead its hypothyroidism campaign.

“Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara is helping to raise awareness about the importance of diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism,” read a press release last spring, “a thyroid condition that affects millions of Americans.” Her campaign, called “Follow the Script,” funded by AbbVie, “aims to educate individuals with hypothyroidism about the importance of being consistent with the treatment their doctor prescribes, and provides a ‘script’ to ensure they consistently receive the medication prescribed by their doctor when they visit the pharmacy.” Ka-ching.

While hypothyroidism certainly exists (as do other kinds of thyroid disorders) Vergara’s campaign capitalizes on the gray areas in its diagnosis and the well-documented human tendency to self-diagnosis, by planting fear and doubt. For example, the AbbVie press release says, “Thyroid conditions affect an estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S.” and “one in every eight women will develop a thyroid condition in her lifetime.” Yet Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School places the figure at 12 million.

Commensurate with unbranded advertising—aka “disease mongering”—Vergara’s “Follow the Script” campaign website features “interactive polls, symptom and treatment information,” “stories and videos from other individuals with hypothyroidism,” and a chance for visitors to “share their own experiences.” In classic unbranded pill marketing, the site also provides “helpful ‘scripts’ for speaking with your doctor and pharmacist” — so patients don’t go all the way to the doctor and fail to ring the cash register.

AbbVie was formed in early 2013 when Abbott, located near Chicago, split into two companies, with AbbVie to concentrate on the blockbuster Humira, which made it $2 billion in one quarter of 2013. But Synthroid, the thyroid supplement drug behind Vergara’s campaign, enjoyed almost 25 percent growth last year and accounted for $153 million during the same quarter. Synthroid is the nation’s leading thyroid supplement drug despite going off patent decade ago, because it is widely perceived as more stable than competitor and generic versions of the drug.

Lest no potential customers miss the fact that hypothyroidism is an under-diagnosed, underreported major health problem with barriers and stigmas to treatment, Abbvie has also set up the “National Academy of Hypothyroidism.” The first thing visitors to the site will see is a slide of an overweight woman on a scale with the brazen headline “Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?” Visitors will also learn that hypothyroidism could be causing their stress, depression and chronic pain just as lack of hormones or antidepressants caused them problems 10 years ago. There is even a perk for sufferers of hypothyroidism. The Academy tells them how to apply for disability benefits for their hypothyroidism. Just trying to help!…

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http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/under-radar-how-unbranded-drug-advertising-harms-consumers

 

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