STEVE BRUCE knows all and sundry will now be lining up to have a Pop.Adrian Popa’s strike may have been a complete fluke as it looped up off poor Glenn Whelan for an own goal but it paved the way to an easy Reading win.And it cranked up the pressure on Bruce, whose side were booed by some of their own 3,935 travelling fans after Modou Barrow’s first Reading goal confirmed the victory.The Villa chief, who did see his side net in the final few minutes through Conor Hourihane, was even taunted with chants of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ by the home supporters.And while that is surely premature at this point for this expert in Championship promotion, the fact remains that Bruce is finding life as tough as ever at Villa despite being in the job for ten months.The 56-year-old was supposed to be the man to lift the Villans out of the doldrums.His record at this level is immaculate, taking Birmingham and Hull up to the Premier League twice each.Last … [Read more...] about Reading 2 Aston Villa 1: Steve Bruce under rising pressure as freak own goal sparks easy Royals victory and leaves the Villans with one point from three games
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CHINA has vowed to become a world leader in artificial intelligence within a decade.The People's Republic has revealed plans to spend billions on developing computers that are capable of thinking for themselves.However, experts believe an AI version of the space race could be disastrous for the world and even lead to the creation of a digital destroyer that ends up wiping out humanity. Yesterday, China released a "national AI development plan" which committed it to spending $22.15 billion (£17 billion) on AI research by 2020 and $59.07 billion (£45 billion) by 2025.China wants to square up to Western market leaders including Google and Microsoft, who are racing ahead in the development of smart computers."The local and central government are supporting this AI effort," said Rui Yong, chief technology officer at PC maker Lenovo Group.Rui said officials back AI because it is seen as the latest "industrial revolution" similar to the advent of the combustion engine, … [Read more...] about China to become artificial intelligence ‘world leader’ by 2030 – but will it spark a killer computer arms race?
MARK Zuckerberg is rumoured to be preparing a sensational bid to become the next US President as he reveals plans to tour the United States.The Facebook CEO has announced he is touring every single state throughout 2017 in an effort to meet "new people and hear their opinions".Some observers claim the move indicates Zuckerberg may be interested in pursuing a political career in future.Last month it emerged the social media guru had discussed with company board members how he might enter politics, while retaining control of Facebook.And now he also said that he was no longer an atheist after rediscovering God, telling a follower on Christmas Day that he realised "religion is very important".Millions of people could potentially run for US President which requires candidates to be aged 35 or over, to have been born in the USA and lived there for 14 years.Now the 32-year-old announced his plans to tour the 50 states during 2017.Speaking on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said: "After a … [Read more...] about Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg sparks rumours he wants to succeed Trump with epic US speaking tour
LUIS SUAREZ grabbed a dramatic late equaliser for Barcelona but no goal-line technology cost the title challengers two precious points in Sevilla.Alex Alegria gave Real Betis a deserved lead with 15 minutes left on the clock after heading in from a corner.But moments of conceding, Aleix Vidal's whipped cross was met by Suarez whose shot was hacked away from inside the goal by the defender.Barca's stars were up in arms believing the ball had crossed the line and replays showed they had every right to be fuming with the decision.The ball was clearly a foot over the line which is set to spark another huge debate in Spain over the lack of goal-line technology - the loss of points could prove crucial in the nail-biting title race.The Uruguayan eventually got his redemption, when a horrible error in the Betis defence allowed Lionel Messi to slot the ex-Liverpool striker through on goal before making no mistake.In truth, Messi and co didn't deserve all three points, their … [Read more...] about Real Betis 1 Barcelona 1: No goal-line technology robs Barca of precious points as Catalan giants miss chance to go top
THE development of new types of “hypersonic” missiles could trigger an apocalyptic war which causes destruction on an epic scale, defence experts have warned.A think tank called the RAND Corporation has just issued an urgent briefing about “hypersonic missiles”, which travel five times faster than traditional cruise missiles.China, Russia and the US are currently racing to build these terrifying weapons.They can travel as quickly as traditional ballistic missiles but are much more manoeuvrable, meaning they could steer around defences with ease.They are described as being hypersonic because they travel at five times the speed of sound.Analysts fear they will make war more likely by putting rival nations on "hair-trigger states of readiness".The weapons can also be modified to carry nuclear warheads.“Hypersonic missile proliferation would increase the chances of strategic war,” said Richard Speier, lead author of the report and a … [Read more...] about Hypersonic weapons will spark devastating global conflict by making powerful nations ‘trigger happy’, think tank warns
As tensions mount in the Asia Pacific, countries in the region are pouring more and more money into modernizing their militaries, concludes a new report by analytics firm IHS. The paper's authors estimate that the nations' collective defense spending will jump from $435 billion in 2015 to around $533 billion by 2020, meaning the region is set to account for a third of entire global military spending within the next five years. The projection comes just days after the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Scott Swift, warned of a possible arms race that could engulf the area. Asia Pacific countries are embroiled in a slew of territorial spats, particularly over the South China Sea (SCS), a key waterway through which over $5 trillion of global maritime trade passes every year. China claims most of the SCS, arguing that it is asserting its so-called "historic rights" to maritime resources in the area. This has led to territorial feuds with neighboring nations such as Vietnam, the … [Read more...] about Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?
Over the past two years, the world's leading nuclear powers have made a number of pledges to reduce the number of warheads and delivery systems at their disposal and have backed these up with new treaties designed to eradicate the planet of atomic weapons. The overall impression has been that the threat of nuclear annihilation has cast such a long shadow over the world for over 60 years that the global powers, led by US President Barack Obama, have finally embraced the goal - however utopian it may seem - of total nuclear disarmament. However, a new authoritative report published recently by the British American Security Information Council (Basic) offers damning evidence that appears to show that the rhetoric surrounding a new non-nuclear age is nothing but a smokescreen and that the treaties that bind nations like the United States and Russia to dramatic arms reductions are not worth the paper they are written on. The Basic report details the projected expenditure of the … [Read more...] about Nuclear spending report warns of potential new arms race
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began a week of overdrive nuclear negotiations on Monday with five hours of talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to Brussels to meet with his French, German, and British counterparts. He's expected back in Switzerland again on Tuesday for another meeting with Kerry, as the Iranian delegation hopes to have a solid framework to present to its country in time for the Persian new year celebrations this weekend. Whether anything significant will be agreed to by Friday remains doubtful, as one US official told reporters on condition of anonymity. "Iran still has to make some very tough and necessary choices to address the significant concerns that remain about its nuclear program." Room for hope However, both Iran and the West saw some room for optimism that an end-of-March deadline, or at the very least one in June, could be met if negotiations maintained their current breakneck pace. "On … [Read more...] about Cautious optimism as Iran and US edge closer to a deal
German aid to China, which totaled 67.5 million euros ($97 million) in 2007, has come under attack in Germany, on the grounds that the Chinese economy is booming and that China is itself an aid donor, particularly to Africa. In particular, German aid was aimed at improving the efficiency of electricity generation, the minister -- who is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -- said, pointing out that the recent UN energy summit in Bali made it "absolutely clear" for everybody how important it is to cooperate with China on energy issues. The recent UN Climate Change Conference ended with an agreement on a roadmap for a two-year process of negotiations designed to set new targets for greenhouse gas emissions to replace those in the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. Before nailing down the agreement, developing countries including India and China had expressed concern that they might be forced to accept binding emissions reduction standards. They are not required to … [Read more...] about German Development Minister Defends Aid to China
South Korea's Defense Ministry said Sunday the growing threat of North Korea's weapons capabilities had forced Seoul to move ahead with discussions on the possibility of installing an advanced missile system. "The Korea-US alliance had no choice but to take such a defense action because North Korea staged a strategic provocation and is refusing to have a genuine dialogue on de-nuclearization," ministry official Yoo Jeh Seung said. US officials have previously said the sophisticated system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), was needed in South Korea. China and Russia oppose setting up such a system, arguing that such a move could trigger an arms race in the region. But Yoo stressed that THAAD, if deployed to the Korean Peninsula, would "be only operated against North Korea." Outrage over rocket launch Earlier on Sunday, North Korea launched a rocket carrying what it said was an observation satellite into orbit. The move sparked global condemnation from the US and … [Read more...] about Seoul mulls missile defense system after North Korea’s rocket launch