Michigan will end Flint’s free bottled water program

As Michigan ends a free bottled water program in Flint claiming the water quality has been restored, some residents don't believe it's safe to drink or use yet.
Testing has showed the levels of lead in the city's water are below the federal limit and the water's quality is "well within the standards," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician who was among the first who noticed rising levels of blood lead levels in Flint's children, provoking the governor to acknowledge the crisis, was disappointed with Friday's decision.

Why Investors Are Betting Millions On Bitcoin Surveillance

Tracking the myriad cryptocurrencies as they ping around the world en masse every day is no simple task. Ask 27-year-old British entrepreneur Jonathan Levin, co-founder and chief operating officer of Chainalysis, one of the hottest companies in the burgeoning business of digital currency tracking. In its early days, in 2014, Chainalysis would do its best to retroactively monitor transactions and follow the money of nefarious types on the blockchain, largely for the benefit of U.S. government investigators hunting fraudsters and launderers. Now Levin sees multi-billion dollar financial institutions who want to instantly know who they're dealing with when interacting with millions of cryptocurrency owners every day.
That's why a promising new industry has emerged, which attempts to guarantee trust in Bitcoin and other currencies by keeping a constant eye on the various blockchains of the world. That promise has been exemplified by Chainalysis' announcement Thursday that it's raised $16 million in a Series A round led by Benchmark, the same San Francisco venture capital that bet big and won on the likes of eBay and Uber. Benchmark has been a keen follower of cryptocurrencies, going back to at least 2014 when it invested in Bitcoin storage startup Xapo and co-launched a Bitcoin investment fund.

Jews murdered for being Jews in France

As a child, Mireille Knoll barely escaped the sweeping 1942 Nazi-inspired wartime roundup of 13,000 Jews in Paris, most of whom were sent to the notorious Auschwitz death camp.
But just over two weeks ago, on Friday, March 23, a week before Passover, at the age of 85, Mrs. Knoll was raped, tortured and murdered in her apartment in Trèbes, a small town in Southwestern France, by a young Muslim man she had known since he was 7 years old who shouted “Allahu akbar” during his anti-Jewish bloodlust rampage

U.S. Obamacare 2018 exchange enrollment drops 3 percent

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, a 3 percent drop from last year when 12.2 million consumers signed up, according to a final government tally released on Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The tally includes both sign-ups on the exchange run by the federal government for 39 states, which was released on a provisional basis late in 2017, and on the 12 other exchanges run by Washington, D.C. and the remaining states.

15-year-old son of Infowars’ Alex Jones challenges Parkland survivor David Hogg to a debate over guns

The 15-year-old son of Alex Jones, the founder of the far-right site Infowars.com, has challenged Parkland survivor David Hogg to a debate.
The site posted a video featuring Rex Jones, who is seen in his father’s seat during a monologue blasting Hogg for his part in the public campaign pushing for stricter gun laws in the United States.
Hogg survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, which left 17 people dead.

Cuba’s next president faces choice between economy and communism

On April 19, Cuba’s National Assembly will meet to elect Cuba’s next president. There will only be one name on the ballot for the legislators to consider and the vote will be unanimous. First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel will become president and Raul Castro, at 86 years old, will formally retire from government. Raul personally selected Diaz-Canel five years ago as his first vice president and has groomed him as his successor.
While Raul will retire from his head of state position, he will continue as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, where he is likely to exercise a chairman of the board role rather than chief executive officer. At 57 years old, Diaz-Canel was born after the 1959 Cuban Revolution. He is a civilian who held increasingly important Communist Party positions and has a reputation as a low-key and efficient administrator

Leading AI researchers boycott Korean university over its work on killer robots

More than 50 leading AI and robotics researchers have joined a boycott of South Korea’s KAIST university over the institute’s plans to help develop AI-powered weapons. The boycott was announced ahead of a UN meeting set in Geneva next week to discuss international restrictions on so-called “killer robots.” It marks an escalation in tactics from the part of the scientific community actively fighting for stronger controls on AI-controlled weaponry.

The boycott was organized by Professor Toby Walsh of the University of New South Wales, who warned in a press statement that the race to build autonomous weapons had already begun. “We can see prototypes of autonomous weapons under development today by many nations including the US, China, Russia, and the UK,” said Walsh. “We are locked into an arms race that no one wants to happen. KAIST’s actions will only accelerate this arms race. We cannot tolerate this.”

Signatories of the boycott include some of world’s leading AI researchers, most notably professors Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio, and Jü​rgen Schmidhuber. The boycott forbids all contact and academic collaboration with KAIST until the university makes assurances that the weaponry it develops will have “meaningful human control.”

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