Aaron Swartz
On this Day: Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide January 11, 2013, at age 26, while facing charges for alleged computer crimes that could have resulted in a fifty year jail sentence. Lawrence Lessig wrote about the death of his friend on his blog. About this photo: Aaron Swartz at a Boston Wikipedia Meetup in 2009. Photo credit: Sage Ross / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ebay, LinkedIn Push for Artificial Intelligence

Greens in Germany Push ‘Sexual Assistance’ for Disabled ; Gandhi in Iran ... and more Picks for 1/11.

Ebay + LinkedIn Push for AI ; Greens in Germany Push ‘Sexual Assistance’ for Disabled ; Gandhi in Iran ...and More Picks

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Ebay and LinkedIn Founders to Each Donate $10M to ‘Good AI‘(Trevin)

Stephen Hawking has warned that Artificial Intelligence may be our “worst mistake in history.” The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund seeks to help “steer AI in a way that maximizes the benefits to society.”

Gandhi in Iran (Dan)

Hunger strikes have become the latest form of protest in Iran – and they’re actually having an impact. Inspiration comes from figures who have embraced the form of protest before, such as Gandhi and IRA’s Bobby Sands.

Greens in Germany Propose Sex Dolls for Disabled (Milicent)

Well, “sexual assistance” is one form of therapy.

Palestinian Group, Not ISIS, Claims Responsibility for Israel Truck Attack (Dan)

Netanyahu claims the truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers and injured dozens more was the work of ISIS. Except they have yet to claim responsibility. Instead, an “obscure” Palestinian group has.

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