‘We want to live in peace’: Father of drowned boy Alan Kurdi urges halt to foreign interventions


04-07-19 06:53:00,

The refugee crisis the world has experienced recently is a result of the foreign interventions in the Middle East and elsewhere, Abdullah Kurdi, a refugee who lost his entire family as they were fleeing Syria, told Ruptly.

“I call on these countries that are supporting wars and providing arms to stop doing that, we want to live in peace,” Kurdi said. He also expressed his hope that his native Syria “will become a better place and these wars will stop in all the countries so that people will stop leaving like I did.”

Kurdi’s wife and two sons drowned when the rubber boat, in which they sought to reach Greece with 13 other refugees, capsized off the Turkish coast. The image of his 3-year-old son Alan, whose body washed up on the Turkish shore in September 2015, has provoked an international outcry and became a symbol of the refugees’ plight, prompting the EU to open its borders to people fleeing the Syrian conflict.

Kurdi also lamented the death of a girl from El Salvador, who drowned in the Rio Grande alongside with her Father on their way to the US.

“The image of the girl who sank in the Mexican river made me remember what happened to my child,” he said. “In the last four years, there were lots of tragedies related to children and it makes me cry, it reminds me of my kid.”

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The father, who still struggles to overcome the tragic loss of his loved ones that makes him “cry every day,” added that he and his family had no other choice but to flee from what he called the “inhumane tragedy” his country has gone through.

“Nobody will feel that, only the people who lived it,” Kurdi told Ruptly.

Yet he advised other refugees and migrants embarking on perilous journeys in an attempt to find better future somewhere away from home against taking such a risk,

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Father Of Artificial Intelligence: “Singularity Is Less Than 30 Years Away”

Father Of Artificial Intelligence: “Singularity Is Less Than 30 Years Away”

17-02-18 10:24:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

The father of artificial intelligence has sounded the alarm, and the clock is ticking down to the singularity.  For those who haven’t been following the advancements in AI, maybe now’s the time, because we are approaching the point of no return.

Singularity is the point in time when humans can create an artificial intelligence machine that is smarter. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s chief of engineering, says that the singularity will happen in 2045

Louis Rosenberg claims that we are actually closer than that and that the day will be arriving sometime in 2030. MIT’s Patrick Winston would have you believe that it will likely be a little closer to Kurzweil’s prediction, though he puts the date at 2040, specifically.

Jürgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, the Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the “father of artificial intelligence” is confident that the singularity “is just 30 years away. If the trend doesn’t break, and there will be rather cheap computational devices that have as many connections as your brain but are much faster,” he said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that AIs are going to become super smart,” Schmidhuber says.

When biological life emerged from chemical evolution, 3.5 billion years ago, a random combination of simple, lifeless elements kickstarted the explosion of species populating the planet today. Something of comparable magnitude may be about to happen.

 “Now the universe is making a similar step forward from lower complexity to higher complexity,” Schmidhuber beams.

“And it’s going to be awesome.”

But will it really be awesome when human beings are made obsolete by their very creations?

Artifical intelligence has already had an impact on humanity. A recent warning from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) declared that thousands of jobs are being lost to robots and those with those on lowest wages are likely to be hardest hit. As it becomes more expensive to hire people for work because of government intervention like minimum wage hikes and overbearing regulations,

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