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Amazon, Microsoft, ‘putting world at risk of killer AI’: study

Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.

Dutch NGO Pax ranked 50 companies by three criteria: whether they were developing technology that could be relevant to deadly AI, whether they were working on related military projects, and if they had committed to abstaining from contributing in the future.

“Why are companies like Microsoft and Amazon not denying that they're currently developing these highly controversial weapons, which could decide to kill people without direct human involvement?” said Frank Slijper, lead author of the report published this week.

The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years, with critics warning they would jeopardize international security and herald a third revolution in warfare..

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Last-of-its-kind rocket puts GPS satellite in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A rocket that's the last of its kind has delivered the newest, most powerful GPS satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force.

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV medium-class rocket lifted off Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was a fitting swan song for the rocket. Company President Tory Bruno tweeted that the liftoff was “hot, straight and normal.”

The Delta IV Medium ended its nearly two-decade run with 29 launches. Denver-based United Launch Alliance says it will be replaced by the still-in-development Vulcan rocket.

The newly launched GPS satellite is the second in a series of next-generation navigation spacecraft. It's nicknamed Magellan after the 16th-century Portuguese explorer. Lockheed Martin, also based in Colorado, built the satellite.

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‘Nature will take its course’: Titanic wreckage falling apart in deep sea

The wreckage of the Titanic is eroding to the point where it may soon be unrecognizable, according to one of the explorers involved in the latest trek to the most famous shipwreck in history.

“I don't think it's going to remain intact for much longer,” Rob McCallum, a founding partner of EYOS Expeditions, told CTV News Channel on Thursday.

“Shipwrecks generally get to a point where the main frame starts to collapse and it'll implode in on itself.”

McCallum was part of an undersea exploration team that made five dives to the ship over eight days earlier this month. Some of their discoveries were announced Wednesday along with the highest-definition video of the wreck taken to date.

The Titanic sank 300 kilometres south of Newfoundland and Labrador after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage in 1912. More than 1,500 people were killed.

The ship's wreckage was discovered in 1985, nearly four kilometres below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, and has oc..

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French zoo ‘outraged’ by visitors writing names on rhino’s back

Staff at a French zoo condemned Wednesday the “stupidity” of visitors who scratched their names into the back of a rhino.

A photograph of the 35-year-old female rhinoceros with the words “Camille” and “Julien” on its back has been widely shared on social media, triggering an outcry.

La Palmyre zoo in Royan in southwestern France said in a statement it was “outraged by the stupidity and disrespect” of the visitors but would not be taking legal action.

Animal lovers can touch the creatures when they approach the fence of their enclosure, it said, a “moving” experience which allows visitors to appreciate “the diversity and beauty of nature”.

Three of the five species of rhino are critically endangered, largely due to the lucrative poaching trade.

Zoo director Pierre Caille said the visitors used their nails to scratch their names into a layer of dust, sand and dead skin on the animal's back.

“The animal may not even have realized,” he told AFP. “We quickly brushed the wri..

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Ancient monkey skull reveals secrets of primate brain evolution

WASHINGTON, United States – The remains of a prehistoric primate that lived high in the Andes 20 million years ago and was so small it could fit in your hand is helping scientists learn more about how human brains evolved.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers in China and the US used high resolution imaging to examine the only known fossilized skull of the extinct Chilecebus, a New World monkey that scampered around ancient mountain forests, feeding on leaves and fruit.

One key finding: the brain size of primates, long assumed to have increased progressively over time, now appears to have followed a more roundabout path.

Primates are broadly split into two groups: Old World, from which our own species descended, and New World species of the Americas and Oceania.

“We see multiple episodes of expansion of the brain in each of these major groups, and we see several episodes of actual reduction of relative brain size in certain groups,” co-aut..

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