Business News – Information reaching us has it that search engine giant Google and NASA are forming a laboratory to study artificial intelligence by means of computers that use the unusual properties of quantum physics.
Their quantum computer, which performs complex calculations thousands of times faster than existing supercomputers, is expected to be in active use in the third quarter of this year.
The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, as the entity is called, will focus on machine learning, which is the way computers take note of patterns of information to improve their outputs. Read more…
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Business Tips – Friend don’t let a tight budget keep you from growing your business. These free resources can connect you with mentors, train employees and save money on software.
Whether you’re just starting a new business venture, thinking about expanding your current business or taking it in a new direction altogether, coming up with the money to fund those plans is a challenge for most aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. That’s where free or very affordable resources can make a big difference in turning a dream into a reality.
As pointed out by Maryalene LaPonsie at Small Business Computing, free tools and resources can save you money, but the benefits go beyond your immediate cash flow issues. Read more…
US News (Washington) – Asked to address the controversial seizure of phone logs from Associated Press journalists by the Department of Justice, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he had no regrets for prosecuting individuals responsible for leaking classified information because they placed the country at risk.
“I make no apologies and I don’t think the American people would expect me as commander-in-chief not to be concerned about information that might compromise their missions or might get them killed,” he said, standing alongside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the White House Rose Garden. Read more…
Show Business News (US) – The doors of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch closed for the last time on Thursday as NBC’s “The Office” wrapped up after a nine-season run with a nostalgic finale featuring a long-awaited wedding and the return of the show’s biggest star, Steve Carell.
Emmy-winning mockumentary “The Office,” adapted from Ricky Gervais’ British series of the same name, saw a documentary crew filming the daily lives of employees at the Dunder Mifflin paper company, led for several years by hapless boss Michael Scott, played by Carell.
On Thursday’s 75-minute finale, set six months after the fictional documentary was released, the colleagues all reunite for the marriage of Machiavellian office manager Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), and accountant Angela Martin (Angela Kingsley). Read more…
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Washington – The United States government condemned as “outrageous and offensive” comments by the mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka who said this week that Japan’s military brothels during World War Two were “necessary” to provide respite for soldiers.
The remarks by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto drew strong criticism from China and South Korea, two nations sensitive to what they see as any attempt to excuse Japanese abuses before and during the war.
Historians estimate that as many as 200,000 sex slaves, known as comfort women, were forced into submission in the Imperial Japanese Army’s brothels during the war. Read more…