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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much
For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.
Own A South Dakota Prairie Town For $400,000
The owner of Swett, S.D. — population 2 — put the whole town on the market last week. By "whole" we mean 6 acres, including a bar, a workshop, three trailers and a single house.
GM Recalls Another 8.5 Million Vehicles
The company cited new ignition switch problems and other issues, mostly in older midsize cars. The recall comes on the heels of an announcement about payments to families of those killed in crashes.
U.S. Court: Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Had Rights
The appeals court ruled that the teenager shot and killed on U.S. soil can claim constitutional protection. The ruling reverses part of a lower court decision in a lawsuit filed by the boy's family.
Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence
New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increases traffic crashes.
High Court's Contraception Ruling Draws Strong Reactions
Reaction to the Hobby Lobby case was as divided as the decision itself. The justices ruled that businesses can cite religion to opt out of covering contraceptives under the new health care act.
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