Can Jack Ma, Asias richest man, create 1m jobs in the US?

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The founder of Alibaba, one of the worlds biggest online retailers, made the promise at a pre-inauguration meeting with Donald Trump Jack Ma was destined to live an ordinary life. He failed the Chinese university entrance exam several times before being accepted by the worst school in Hangzhou, and he was rejected from a dozen […]

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Elon Musk hands over first Tesla Model 3 electric cars to buyers

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With half a million orders for the $35,000, 350km-range vehicle, the upstart carmaker faces its biggest test Tesla boss Elon Musk has handed over the first of what he hopes will be a mass-market electric car to employee buyers,setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the companys plans to revolutionise the auto industry. […]

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Hackers undermine Russia’s attempts to control the internet

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Authorities have blacklisted thousands of sites for political dissent since Putins re-election in 2012 but activists have subverted the system Moscows attempt to control the internet inside Russia has come unstuck following a campaign by hackers who have subverted a system of blacklisting sites deemed inappropriate. Sberbank stopped working. Major news sites and social media […]

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We need robots to have morals. Could Shakespeare and Austen help? | John Mullan

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Using great literature to teach ethics to machines is a dangerous game, says professor of English literature John Mullan When he wrote the stories in Isaac Asimov imagined a world in which robots do all humanitys tedious or unpleasant jobs for them, but where their powers have to be restrained. They are programmed to obey […]

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Hear, boy? Pet translators will be on sale soon, Amazon says

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Retailer backs futurologists claim that devices conversing in canine will be available in, ruffly speaking, a decade Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah, as Dr Doolittle once sang what a neat achievement that would be. Well, Amazon has revealed that the animal-loving doctors ambition might not be entirely fantasy. Pet translators that […]

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Teenage robotics team from Burundi goes missing in Washington

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The international robotics competition was wrapping up, but there was one slight problem, the Burundi kids were nowhere to be found As an international robotics competition in Washington DC was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: he couldnt find his kids. He looked in the college dorms where […]

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Facebook was where Pakistan could debate religion. Now it’s a tool to punish ‘blasphemers’

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Laws that criminalize insulting Islam have led to a death sentence for posts, as activists worry Facebooks commitment to Pakistanis voice is mostly lip service Taimoor Raza, a 30-year-old Shia Muslim from a poor but literate family, was blasphemy criticized by both pressure on Facebook and Twitter to identify individuals suspected of blasphemy. On 7 […]

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