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Can Artificial Intelligence Compete With Real Doctors?

Authored by Michael Scott via Safehaven.com, In the race for world dominance in advanced technology, Chinese artificial intelligence is also taking on its own doctors, with a new system claiming to diagnose brain tumors faster and more accurately than human physicians. BioMind, developed by Beijing’s Tiantan Hospital and its AI research center for neurological disorders, has told Chinese media that the new system has correctly diagnosed 87 percent of 225 cases in only 15 minutes. That compares to only a 66-percent accuracy rate for the same by a team of 15 senior physicians. Further, BioMind, according to China’s Xinhua news agency, was able to predict brain hematoma expansions better than human doctors, registering an 83-percent rate of accuracy against a 63-perent rate of accuracy for the cream of the crop of Beijing’s senior physicians. Feeding the system with thousands of images and patient diagnoses from over a decade, BioMind was able to extrapolate and deliver on complicated neurological diseases. The brains behind BioMind are hoping that it will remove any lingering doubts doctors may have about AI. They also seem to think it won’t replace physicians; rather, it will simply reduce their workloads, describing BioMind as a sort of GPS driven by humans. But the bigger picture here is China’s increasing advantage in artificial intelligence, particularly when it comes to medicine. China’s rural hospitals would benefit the most because they are...

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Senators: Your Smart TV Might Be Spying On You

It has been almost 70 years since George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, but now, some of his forward-looking warnings are starting to be realized in 2018. Take this stunning letter from Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simmons last Thursday that internet-connected smart TVs are spying and creating profiles on the American people. “Televisions have entered a new era, but that does not mean that users’ sensitive information no longer deserves protection,” the senators wrote. “The content consumers watch is private, and it should not be assumed that customers want companies to track and use information on their viewing habits.” The letter requested that the FTC maintain its program on monitoring Smart TVs and asked for an entirely new investigation into the privacy policies and practices of manufacturers. The senators explained how smart TVs are data mining users’ viewing history by collecting the data to tailor and deliver precision-guided advertisements towards unknowing consumers. By harvesting vast amounts of data, including broadcasts, cable shows, video games, Netflix shows, and other applications, these smart devices develop a comprehensive profile of the users’ preferences and even specific characteristics. It even can “identify users’ political affiliations based on whether they watch conservative or liberal media outlets,” the letter explained. Consumers are generally unaware of tracking features unless they meticulously examine the...

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Republican Rep. Urges America: “Do Not Repeat The Nightmare Of Socialism”

Authored by Keith J. Rothfus, the Republican representative for Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, op-ed via The Daily Caller, It was 1979. I was 17 years old and I had the opportunity to visit the divided city of Berlin, Germany. Berlin was split in two, making the contrasts within the artificially-divided city incredibly stark. There was the free West Berlin, and there was the socialist East Berlin. A wall separated the two to prevent people in the socialist East from escaping to the free West. People in the East risked death to escape from its unnatural, godless shackles and the ever-present Stasi, the secret police that spied on the people. Don’t get me wrong. People in East Germany were equal: equally without opportunity and equally without freedom, that is unless you were part of the governing class. The people were promised universal healthcare and a free education in a socialist utopia. Instead, they got primitive health care, a so-called education that prepared them for the drudgery of an existence without prosperity and a polluted environment to boot. The leaders of the so-called “worker’s paradise” in the socialist East, however, had it pretty good: special schools with passes to visit the West, special hospitals for their privileged class, and even special summer resorts. For socialism to “work,” it must kill freedom by creating two types of people: those who rule and...

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Continetti: ‘Major Mistake’ for Trump to Treat Putin and U.S. Intelligence as Equal

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said on Fox News Tuesday that it was a major mistake for President Trump to equate the opinions of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats with those of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier asked Continetti if Trump should have pressed Putin in his meeting to tell him to cease any efforts to interfere in U.S. elections, and Continetti noted that Trump tends to be harsher in private settings. “We don’t know what was said in the private meeting and I think if you looked back at President Trump’s history of diplomacy, I think he is much more willing to be harsher in the private settings, at least with these authoritarian leaders, than he is in the public ones,” Continetti said. “People wanted the president not to necessarily equate the opinions of his own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats with those of Vladimir Putin. That was, I think, the major mistake,” he added. “The moral equivalence,” Baier said. “Exactly, that sense of moral equivalence I think only leads President Putin to think he has more of a free hand when it comes to intruding and meddling in our elections and in cyberspace,” Continetti said. He added that President Trump has been very effective in reestablishing deterrence in security areas, but he may still have a blindspot “where...

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Papa John Accuses PR Firm Of Blackmailing Him For $6 Million; Refused To Work With Kanye Over “N” Word

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is punching back after resigning from his company’s board last week in disgrace over racially insensitive comments he made during a “diversity media training” conference call with marketing firm Laundry Service. In a Saturday letter to the board of directors, Schnatter claims that Laundry Service tried to blackmail the pizza chain for $6 million to keep quiet about his use of the N-word during an answer to a question over whether he’s a racist. He also says that he refused to work with Kanye West over the artist’s use of the N-word.  Schnatter resigned his post last week at the behest of Papa John’s board after confirming the Forbes’ report. However, he said the comments were taken out of context and that he was provoked into using the N-word after Laundry Service executives on the call suggested the pizza chain bring on performer Kanye West as a co-spokesman for television spots and promotions. Schnatter said he refused to work with West because “he uses the ‘N’ word in his lyrics,” according to the letter. It was later on the call that Schnatter said he used the actual word when pressed whether or not he was a racist. –CNBC “I then said something on the order of, Colonel Sanders used the word ‘N,’ (I actually used the word,) that I would never use that word...

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Pepe Escobar: Russophobia Is A 24/7 Industry

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, US President stirs up a hornet’s nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but it seems that no ‘grand bargain’ was struck on Syria, and on Iran they appear to strongly disagree “The Cold War is a thing of the past.” By the time President Putin said as much during preliminary remarks at his joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, it was clear this would not stand. Not after so much investment by American conservatives in Cold War 2.0. Russophobia is a 24/7 industry, and all concerned, including its media vassals, remain absolutely livid with the “disgraceful” Trump-Putin presser. Trump has “colluded with Russia.” How could the President of the United States promote “moral equivalence” with a “world-class thug”? Multiple opportunities for apoplectic outrage were in order. Trump: “Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed. As of about four hours ago.” Putin: “The United States could be more decisive in nudging Ukrainian leadership.” Trump: “There was no collusion… I beat Hillary Clinton easily.” Putin: “We should be guided by facts. Can you name a single fact that would definitively prove collusion? This is nonsense.” Then, the clincher: the Russian president calls [Special Counsel] Robert Mueller’s ‘bluff’, offering to interrogate the Russians indicted for alleged election meddling in the US if Mueller...

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Walmart Considers Streaming Service To Rival Netflix, Amazon

Walmart has been mulling a low-cost streaming video service to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, according to a report by The Information. The service would be priced below $8 per month, while Netflix now costs between $8 and $14 per month, and Amazon Prime Video at $8.99 per month (though it is included in an Amazon Prime membership).  Walmart’s possible foray into streaming comes amid a broader battle between the company and Amazon. Walmart has spent heavily to build out its e-commerce platforms to combat Amazon’s dominance in the sector, while Amazon purchased Whole Foods last year in a push to garner a larger share of the grocery industry. –Fox Business The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant is also considering an ad-supported free streaming service, according to The Information‘s source.  It is unknown whether Walmart would introduce its own original content as Netflix and Amazon are both doing – a move which would require a significant capital outlay. The company could also attempt to acquire a studio or other entertainment entity, similar to AT&T’s intended purchase of Time Warner.  Perhaps the superstore realizes that the future of retail is online, so they may as well establish a stronghold with a streaming portal. Customers within range of Amazon Fresh and Amazon Prime Now instant delivery services can already just hit buttons from the comfort of their reinforced couches and simply wait for other...

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Jim Rickards: Trump-Haters Don’t Get The “Art Of The Deal”

Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning, I’m continually amazed at the legions of politicos, pundits and so-called ‘experts’ who don’t understand President Trump or how he conducts policy. These elites have a mental model of how a president is supposed to behave and how the policymaking process is supposed to be carried out. Obviously, Trump does not fit their model. Instead of trying to grasp the model that Trump does use, they continually berate and disparage Trump for not living up to their expectations. A more thoughtful group would say, “Well, he’s different, so why don’t we try to understand the differences and analyze the new model?” Really, these people need to get out of Washington, New York and Hollywood more and get away from their screens. If they knew more everyday Americans, they would come a lot closer to understanding how Trump gets things done. It’s not chaos; it’s just a little different and more down to earth. This is because of Trump’s “art of the deal” style described in his best-selling book by that name. Bush 43 and Obama were totally process-driven. You could see events coming a mile away as they wound their way through the West Wing and Capitol Hill deliberative processes. All you had to do was understand the process and you could forecast big developments in a relatively straightforward way. With...

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Mexican President Gives Himself A 60% Pay Cut

Mexico’s leftist President-elect Andrews Manuel López Obrador announced plans to cut his salary from his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto’s $171,000 per year (270,000 pesos) to $68,544 – about enough to survive in San Francisco with three roommates. “What we want is for the budget to reach everybody,” López Obrador told reporters on Sunday. The President-elect said that he would have reduced his salary further, however he doesn’t want to stoke resentment among future Cabinet members who are leaving private sector positions and academic posts that already pay more than the new ceiling for public officials.  López Obrador then reiterated several campaign promises, including cuts on taxpayer-funded perks for high-level government officials, such as private medical insurance, chauffeurs and bodyguards – though considering the 130 candidates who were assassinated during the election, he may want to reconsider on the bodyguards. At the same time, he doubled down on pledges to stem corruption. Mexico ranks 135 out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index, with higher numbers indicating higher levels of corruption. Public officials will have to disclose their assets, he said, and corruption will be considered a serious offense. –LA Times Obrador’s supporters cheered the proposals. “This is what we need,” said 57-year-old Josefina Arciniega, who earns 12,000 pesos a month as an administrative assistant ($635). “We are fed up.” Arciniega says she’s tired of low-level public servants asking for bribes...

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Charting The ‘Victory’ Of The Deep State

Mission Accomplished? While knowing the inner workings of the neocon, deep state is hidden to those unable to swallow the blue pill, waking up in their comfy ‘Murican-made bed, believing every word that is delivered to them from government and media as if it was writ on stone tablet from on high; there is a way to see behind the matrix. Back in 1999 when Boris Yeltsin was still president and close to the end of his time in office, 46 percent of Americans considered Russia a friend or ally according to Gallup. Even in the early Putin years, the share of the U.S. public considering Russia a friend or ally hit an all-time high of 73 percent by 2006. Then, as Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, perceptions started to go downhill in 2008, the year Russia and Georgia went to war and they have not recovered. You will find more infographics at Statista And U.S. public views of Russia have steadily deteriorated in recent years. The downward trend sped up after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Moscow’s alleged shootdown of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and the election interference. By July of this year, 66 percent of Americans said Russia is an enemy or unfriendly while 31 percent considered the country a friend or ally. The share of Republicans who consider Russia a friend or ally has risen sharply since 2014, going...

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