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Monday, June 13 2023


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On November 24th [2021],  the President summoned me after a meeting and said India's Prime Minister Modi is pressuring him to hand over the project to the Adani group. I said this matter doesn't concern me or the Ceylon Electricity Board and that this concerns the Board of Investment.

That’s what the head of Sri Lanka’s electricity board testified before the Parliament. But he soon retracted the statement—claiming he’d become “emotional” under questioning. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also issued a statement “vehemently denying” having any such conversation.


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The TLDR: LaMDA is a chatbot generator—and one of Google’s engineers became convinced it is “sentient.” The company disagreed and placed him on leave. He went public, sparking a big debate over the ethics of artificial intelligence.

 

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  • Thirty soldiers charged with Nagaland killings
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  • A mystery monkey in Malaysia

 

Sanity Break

  • Some Oslo-meets-Bollywood awesomeness: Quick Style dancing to ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’

 

Smart and Curious

  • Why is tele-calling wildly popular among India’s youth?
  • Is tolerance really the same as secularism?
  • How to talk to your sons about being boys
  • A must-read exposé on “vegan leather”

 

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