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Should we fear killer robots?

Image License Photo: NASA / DARPA 14 NOV 17 20:48 ET By Paul Scharre (CNN) — Physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence and “powerful autonomous weapons.” Autonomous technology is racing forward, but international discussions on managing the potential risks are already underway. This week, nations enter the fourth year of international discussions at the United Nations on lethal autonomous weapons, or what some have called “killer robots.” The UN talks are oriented on future weapons, but simple automated weapons to shoot down incoming missiles have been widely used for decades. The same computer technology that powers self-driving...

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Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds

Image License Photo: FDA 14 NOV 17 19:19 ET By Nadia Kounang, CNN (CNN) — The first large head-to-head comparison of two opioid addiction medications found that, although they were equally effective in getting people off of high levels of opioids, users had a significantly more difficult time starting a regimen of naltrexone, compared with buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is commonly known by the the brand name Suboxone, and naltrexone is sold under the brand name Vivitrol. The study, published Tuesday in the Lancet, looked at 570 patients with opioid addiction at eight inpatient treatment centers across the country for 24 weeks....

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FBI report for 2016 sees hate crimes on the rise

14 NOV 17 19:06 ET By AJ Willingham, CNN (CNN) — National hate crime statistics are flawed and incomplete. That’s because bias and motivations for crimes aren’t always clear, such crimes can be underreported by both victims and police, and even when the available data are compiled by the FBI, they still don’t give a fully realized picture of where and how criminal hate is expressed in America. That being said, the data can still give us a general idea of sea changes and shifts in our social animus. For instance, newly released FBI hate crime statistics for 2016 reveal some interesting...

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When’s the best time to buy holiday plane tickets?

Image License Photo: Pixabay 14 NOV 17 19:56 ET By Katia Hetter, CNN (CNN) — While travel advice abounds for the best times to buy the most affordable holiday plane tickets, flying during some of the year’s busiest travel periods generally isn’t cheap. In this era of packed airplanes, smaller seats and fees for extra leg room, what airline is going to offer inexpensive fares around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s? Common business sense dictates that high prices will follow high demand. What are procrastinating travelers to do besides drive or take the train to get to their destinations? CNN checked...

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North Korean defector begs China to free wife and young son

Image License MGN Image 14 NOV 17 20:09 ET By Paula Hancocks, CNN (CNN) — A North Korean defector has issued an emotional plea to one of the world’s most powerful men, China’s President Xi Jinping. “My son is now four, please think of my son as you think of your grandson and take pity on him.” The defector, Mr. Lee, has not seen his 4-year-old son since he was was detained by Chinese authorities, along with his mother — Lee’s wife, on November 4, while attempting to flee from North Korea. “My son is only four so he...

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