Yesterday, at a University of Reading demonstration in London, a computer convinced human judges that it was actually a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy.
By convincing one-third of the judging panel of its humanity, it became the computer ever to pass the famous Turing Test. `
The Turing Test is a controversial test invented by Alan Turing in 1950. Turing believed that if thirty percent of humans could not distinguish a human from a machine in conversation, that would mean the machine is capable of “thinking.” Until yesterday, a machine was never capable of convincing enough humans to be deemed artificially intelligent, though others have tried.
The University of Reading test was a five-minute keyboard conversation with someone or something on the other side. The questions are a free-for-all — no script is applied and there are no topics assigned in advance. It’s meant to simulate a conversation with a complete stranger. The judges then determine if they believe they have been speaking to a machine or a human. As long as one-third of judges believe its human, the machine passes the test.
Your always observant reporter saw an unusual article in the Toronto Star on the weekend!
By: Katelyn Verstraten: Have you seen — or heard — this jukebox?
Toronto police are asking the public for help locating a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox reported stolen from a residence in the Victoria Park Ave. and Kingston Rd. area on June 3.
The owner was away for several days and reported the robbery to police upon returning home.
The jukebox is estimated to weigh around 140 to 180 kilograms, and is approximately 1.5 metres high and 0.6 metres wide and deep.
Police say the jukebox is a unique item. It would probably take more than one person to remove it.
The first Wurlitzer jukebox was made in 1933, according to the company’s website. The iconic jukebox manufacturer has produced numerous models since the original “Debutante” model.

untitledWhen my son was in his late teens I noticed that although he looked like a man, his actions, and emotions, were still those of a young boy. (Scientists, and parents, have long known that teenaged boys don’t really grow up until they are in their mid twenties…….., and that’s why their car insurance rates don’t come down until they are 25 years old)
Apparently it has something to do with the “critical thinking” areas of the brain, (which is right behind the forehead) and also why adults will slap themselves just over the eyes to get them thinking straight!
Two condiment-armed 19-year-olds squared off against each other last night in the Florida apartment they share, a confrontation that ended with them drenched in ketchup and maple syrup, according to police.
homer dohLorenzo Ramirez and his girlfriend Marisol Morales got into a verbal argument around 9:20 PM when “Marisol decided to drag the bed out into the living room to sleep separately from Lorenzo,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

When Ramirez refused to help move the furniture, Morales took a bottle of maple syrup from a nearby refrigerator and attempted to pour it on the bed. But Ramirez allegedly grabbed the syrup from Morales and “poured it over her head.”
Morales responded by grabbing a ketchup bottle and began squirting the contents on her beau. “Both parties then trashed the house and Marisol contacted law enforcement,” a cop noted.
Upon arriving at the couple’s Bradenton home, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy found the couple “covered with food condiments and Marisol was sobbing.” Ramirez was subsequently arrested after the deputy concluded that he had initiated the battery by pouring syrup on Morales, who was not injured during the food fight.

lorenzoramirezmugSeen in the adjacent mug shot, Ramirez was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and booked into the county jail, where bond has not been set.
Here’s another one that we just couldn’t make up, kids: A bandit has been arrested after dropping through the ceiling of sex shop, stealing, and then bombarding the cashier with adult accessories!

untitledA male thief clad in a dress, crotchless panties and a wig allegedly broke into a sex shop through the ceiling overnight.
The alarm was raised and the female store manager arrived at the scene and confronted the man at the adult store.
The 34-year-old suspect pelted her with sex toys in a bid for freedom and scurried back into the ceiling.
But it wasn’t the raunchy ‘robber’s’ lucky day as cops caught him on the roof.
Police say a man has been charged with breaking and entering, possession of dangerous drugs, and a horrific sense 0f fashion !
Canada Post has hiked postal rates for regular mail and plans to cut up to 8,000 jobs as it phases out urban home mail delivery over the next five years — all in a bid to reverse the tide of red ink at the money-losing Crown corporation.

But one thing isn’t being cut: free parliamentary mailing privileges, known as franking.
untitledCanada Post declines to say whether it has given any consideration to ending the practice. Nor has any parliamentarian raised the idea, even as they’re embroiled in controversy over almost 2 million allegedly improper partisan missives mailed, for free, by New Democrat MPs.
Under the Canada Post Corporation Act, there is no cost for mailing letters between citizens and their MPs, the governor general, the speakers of the House of Commons and Senate, the parliamentary librarian and the Commons ethics commissioner.
As well, MPs can send up to four flyers — known as unaddressed admail, in post office-speak — free of charge to their constituents in each calendar year. And they can send lots more flyers if they want at “a deeply discounted postage rate,” according to postal service spokesperson Anick Losier.
(And it’s a good thing too, folks ……, if things continue the way they are, mail from your MP might be the only thing the Post Office still delivers in a few years!)
Here’s another one of those weird headlines: Florida Lady Judge Disbarred Just For Boinking The Prosecutor Trying a Death Penalty Case Before Her!
Well folks, of the 15 to 20 worst polluting power plants in the States ………, ALL of them are in the southern half of the country except two: Monroe Power Plant, Monroe, Michigan, and the Rockport Generating Station, Rockport, Indiana.
These are all part of the dirty, nasty, coal fired plants that Obama is all upset about, and we got rid of here in Ontario!

Rockport Generating Station, Rockport, Indiana.
We have a new “Winner of the Day,” and it’s non other than my personal hero……………………, Elon Musk!
This is kind of unprecedented, but Tesla might just open up its electric car patents to other manufacturers.

imagesCA6LHLW7On June 3, at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, said that to drive the adoption of electric cars, Tesla was “playing with doing something fairly significant on this front which would be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla’s patents.”
Three days later, he told the BBC’s Theo Leggett that he was on the right track when asked if he was planning to give technology away.
“We’re trying to figure out how to accelerate the advent of electric cars and to the degree that we create technological barriers for them, it’s not going to happen,” said Musk. “We don’t want to cut a path through the jungle and then lay a bunch of landmines behind us.”
Giving away patents would be a refreshing change, especially in the technology industry where patent wars resemble Godzilla-M.U.T.O. clashes. We’d probably be in the future already if other companies followed suit.
Why does this not surprise me?

imagesCAZPANQFTaliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan’s busiest airport on Sunday and at least 27 people were killed in a dramatic night-long battle at one of the country’s most high-profile targets.
The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys prospects for peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
It also deals a heavy blow to Sharif’s efforts to attract foreign investors to revive economic growth and raises questions about security at the country’s main installations
Look folks, as we have said countless time in the past here on “Perspective,” the only cure for these guys, whether it be the Taliban, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Aden-Abyan Islamic Army, Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna, Hezbollah, Hamas, Abu Nidalm, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), is to kill them as soon as they’re caught.
That way it’s over and done with………………, no prisons, and no hostages to deal with, and no chance they will live to fight another day!
An alleged drunk driver accelerated so hard into a curb yesterday that his Dodge Dakota pickup truck went airborne and landed on the hood of a Toyota Yaris, say Barrie police.
The incident unfolded moments after a southbound pickup truck stopped for a light at Anne Street and Essa Road on Saturday.
In a news release, police said the light changed and the pickup driver “decided to gun the accelerator,” at which point the vehicle crossed the centre line, struck a curb and ended up airborne.
One of the truck’s tires hit a parked Toyota Yaris while the pickup was still airborne. The truck ended up rolling onto the smaller vehicle’s windshield and tearing the roof off the Yaris, according to police.
At the end of this collision, the pickup truck rolled over onto its own roof.
Police were called to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
The pickup truck driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was then taken into police custody and charged with dangerous driving and two impaired-related counts.


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