Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 3rd 2014 Contents WARSAW---Doctors in south-
ern Poland are working to save
a two-year-old boy who was
found unconscious after spend-
ing a frigid night outdoors,
wearing only socks and a paja-
Janusz Skalski, a doctor at the
children s hospital in Krakow, said
yesterday that the boy s body
temperature was 12 degrees Cel-
sius and his heart was beating
once every few dozen seconds
when he was brought in on Sun-
Skalski said the child s tem-
perature has been raised to 36
degrees Celsius---nearly normal---
and a regular heartbeat has been
restored, but the child s condition
remains to be seen. He is still
attached to a respirator, but his
kidneys, liver, intestines and lungs
are working properly.
Doctors were to begin yester-
day to slowly bring him out of
"It would be an absolute mir-
acle if the child could be saved
with no negative side effects,"
Skalski said, but added that the
boy s recovery remains in doubt.
Police officer Michal Godyn
found the boy on Sunday morn-
ing lying face down in leaves
under a tree by a creek. (AP)
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Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain s pre-emi-
nent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking
machines pose a threat to our very existence.
He told the BBC: "The development of full artificial
intelligence could spell the end of the human race."
His warning came in response to a question about
a revamp of the technology he uses to communicate,
which involves a basic form of AI.
But others are less gloomy about AI s prospects.
The theoretical physicist, who has the motor neurone
disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is using a
new system developed by Intel to speak.
Prof Hawking says the primitive forms of artificial
intelligence developed so far have already proved very
useful, but he fears the consequences of creating some-
thing that can match or surpass humans.
"It would take off on its own, and re-design itself
at an ever increasing rate," he said.
"Humans, who are limited by slow biological evo-
lution, couldn t compete, and would be superseded."
But others are less pessimistic.
"I believe we will remain in charge of the technology
for a decently long time and the potential of it to solve
many of the world problems will be realised,"said Rollo
Carpenter, creator of Cleverbot.
Cleverbot s software learns from its past conversa-
tions, and has gained high scores in the Turing test,
fooling a high proportion of people into believing they
are talking to a human. (BBC)
there is "overwhelming evi-
dence" that a skeleton found
under a parking lot is that of
England s King Richard III,
but their DNA testing also
has raised questions about
the nobility of some of his
The bones of the 15th-cen-
tury king were dug up in the
city of Leicester in 2012, and
experts have published initial
data suggesting they belong
to Richard, including an analy-
sis of his curved spine and the
injuries that killed him.
Richard was the last English
monarch to die on a battle-
field, in 1485. In the new
study---probably the oldest
forensic case ever solved---sci-
entists compared DNA from
the skeleton to living relatives
and analysed DNA data iden-
tifying eye and hair colour,
which they matched to the
earliest known portrait of the
Based on the skeleton s
DNA, King and colleagues
hypothesised that Richard had
blue eyes and blond hair in
childhood. With no contem-
porary paintings of the king
available, they compared their
findings to the earliest known
painting of him, which depicts
the monarch with light brown
hair and blue eyes, painted
about 25 years after his death.
King Richard III identified with DNA Stephen Hawking: Artificial
intelligence could end mankind
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