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Could AI assistant be Russia's next president?

Could AI assistant be Russia's next president?

Technology
A piece of artificially intelligent software has won the backing of tens of thousands of Russians to run for President.Alisa, an AI assistant similar to Apple's voice-activated Siri, has been backed as a potential competitor to Vladimir Putin, who is set to run for a fourth term as President in Russia's March election.Alisa's campaign slate offers a sci-fi vision billed as the political system of the future - one based exclusively on rational decisions guided by algorithms, operating 24/7 and unhindered by emotions and greed for personal gain.The nomination is an ambitious bid for power, just months after Alisa was launched by Russian technology giant Yandex.A slick campaign website, inviting voters to pose questions to Alisa via telegram, boasts that the robot will not get old and tired, ...
NASA's next Mars rover to improve on Curiosity

NASA's next Mars rover to improve on Curiosity

Science
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- NASA's Curiosity rover has been a tremendous success, providing scientists streams of valuable data. But there's always room for improvement, and NASA engineers expect the next rover to improve on Curiosity's technological legacy.At present iteration, the Mars 2020 rover features greater autonomy, seven new instruments and updated wheels.Despite design improvements, the new rover looks a lot like the old rover. And that's because the Mars 2020 rover utilizes much of the same hardware. In fact, so-called "legacy hardware" accounts for 85 percent of the mass of the new six-legged craft."The fact that so much of the hardware has already been designed -- or even already exists -- is a major advantage for this mission," Jim Watzin, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, s...
ANALYSIS: The 2 options for US health care likely to emerge in the next decade

ANALYSIS: The 2 options for US health care likely to emerge in the next decade

Health
This is the fifth and final article in a five-part series. In my previous essays I have outlined the huge problems with cost, quality and access facing American health care. Indeed, the problems are so difficult and politicized that it is hard to believe there can be solutions. But I have come to believe there are ways to address all three problems. First, most experts agree on the main features of any good national health insurance program: 1. In order to keep the costs as low as possible for everyone, the risk of having to use the insurance should be spread as wide as possible. The basic concept is that people who don’t currently need insurance help pay for those who do, recognizing that eventually we will probably all need it. 2. Requiring everyone to participate in a health insuranc
The huge challenges facing Zimbabwe's next leader

The huge challenges facing Zimbabwe's next leader

World
To get under the skin of the problems facing the incoming Zimbabwean president, you need to get out of the big cities and into rural areas where the bulk of the population live.Many eke out an existence in this economically crippled nation. People like Olivia Mshunga, who lives as the youngest of three generations on a small piece of land in Domboshava.Planting ground nuts in the sandy soil, she wants President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa to lift her out of subsistence farming.She says: "We are struggling for a long time, no money, no jobs in Zimbabwe, so we want to change our life."Video:Mnangagwa promises 'new democracy'Her next door neighbour Viola Shamuyarira has similar hopes, while Ms Shamuyarira's 18-year-old daughter Yardley just wants a better wheelchair so she can get a job as a...
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini rules out becoming Italy's next manager

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini rules out becoming Italy's next manager

Sports
Roberto Mancini Friday, November 17, 2017Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has no plans to become the new manager of Italy.The Azzurri are on the hunt for a new head coach after sacking Giampiero Ventura following their failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russia.Mancini has been linked with taking over, while the likes of Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti have been touted as viable replacements too.But Mancini has now revealed he is happy at Zenit St Petersburg and looking to succeed with them."I am not surprised my name has been mentioned on the list, seeing as they also discussed colleagues with experience who won in various different countries," Mancini told Russia TV channel Match TV."But I am happy at Zenit and in St Petersburg, so I am not thinking about the N...