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Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

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The Best Techniques for Negotiating with Car Dealerships

Car salespeople have a reputation for trying to squeeze every cent from their customers, and they're often very good at their jobs. They are …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

Three Christians beheaded by Isil were Eritreans who were 'encouraged to leave Israel'

A group of 30 were killed by Islamic State earlier this week after either being shot or beheaded, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants claims<p>Three Christian men seen on a video being apparently executed by jihadists in <b>Libya</b> were Eritrean refugees who left Israel under its <b>draconian policy towards</b> …

How the CIA planned to hijack Apple's developer tools

That your government will spy on you should, sadly (by now) come as no surprise. But, some of the ways they go about it still trigger disbelief. <i>The Intercept</i> claims to have received documents outlining methods the CIA has considered to access data on Apple products. The usual talk of decrypting and …

Must-see video: SpaceX Grasshopper rocket makes a half-mile hop

SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket prototype made another record-setting vertical takeoff and landing this week from the California-based company's test pad near McGregor, Texas. But what's really cool about Oct. 7's half-mile (744-meter) ascent and controlled descent is the amazing view from a …

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

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