Following up from yesterday, where we learned about qubits and quantum computers that may within the decade render today’s supercomputers quaint — Hurtling Toward The Future — here’s Wired: Google’s AutoML Project Teaches AI To Write Learning Software. More hurtling. After Trump gets “everyone great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost” and a massive tax cut that, though directed almost entirely at the best-off, will help him not at all (maybe it will help some 400-pound guy on a couch — what, you think our country is so innocent? just carry Tic-Tacs) — after that, he should figure out a way to organize society to share in the great good fortune of all this astounding, accelerating technological progress rather than see it destroy us. It is the central economic question of this century.
Meanwhile, I’m not sure who Gregg Popovich is or which Hall of Fame he was inducted into for coaching, because I don’t know what sport the San Antonio Spurs play. But apparently, this is a big deal: Gregg Popovich Eviscerates Soulless Coward Donald Trump In Fiery Takedown.
Following Trump’s latest bald-faced lie in which he claimed former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers, the San Antonio Spurs coach gave a quick interview to Dave Zirin of The Nation in which he torched the president.
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness,” Popovich said. “But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
But Popovich wasn’t finished . . .
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers–is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
And then Popovich hung up.
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