Two killed in California wildfire were elderly couple trying to flee, officials say

Couple were overcome by smoke outside their house in Kern County, where wildfire has destroyed at least 150 homes and burned nearly 47 square miles

A California wildfire that killed two people has burned 150 homes and the toll may rise, firefighters said on Saturday.

Crews were busy counting the houses and mobile homes incinerated by the Kern County fire, which is raging through rural communities around Lake Isabella in the southern Sierra Nevada.

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June 26, 2016

Google’s AI ambitions show promise ‘if it doesn’t kill us’

Googles path to developing machine-learning tools illustrates the stark challenge that tech companies face in trying to make machines act like humans

Machines may yet take over the world, but first they must learn to recognize your dog.

To hear Google executives tell it at their annual developer conference this week, the technology industry is on the cusp of an artificial intelligence, or AI, revolution. Computers, without guidance, will be able to spot disease, engage humans in conversation and creatively outsmart world champions in competition. Such breakthroughs in machine learning have been the stuff of science fiction since Stanley Kubricks 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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May 21, 2016

Original Uber plaintiff says he agreed to ‘disastrous’ $100m deal ‘under duress’

The former Uber driver says his support for the settlement in a landmark lawsuit seeking to reclassify drivers as employees was obtained under false pretenses

The original plaintiff in the landmark class-action lawsuit seeking to reclassify Uber drivers as employees has spoken out against the settlement and accused the drivers attorney of obtaining his support for the agreement under false pretenses, duress, and misinformation.

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May 17, 2016