Archive for October, 2014


October 16, 2014

FoxNews on October 16, 2014, reported that South Korean anticommunists vowed to continue to launch balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border into North Korea, days after their campaign triggered gunfire between the rival Koreas. Excerpts below:

North Korea considers leaflets an attack on its government and has long demanded South Korea ban activists from sending them. South Korea has refused to do so citing freedom of speech.

North Korea last week opened fire after propaganda balloons were floated from the South. South Korea returned fire, but there were no reports of casualties. North Korea has warned it would take unspecified stronger measures if leafleting continues.

South Korean anticommunist Choi Woo-won said his group won’t yield to the North’s threats and plans to send about 50,000 leaflets on Oct. 25.

“Our government and people must not be fazed even though North Korea, the criminal organization, is blackmailing us,” said Choi, who also works as a local university professor.

He said his leaflets will urge a military rebellion against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “The leaflets will tell North Korean soldiers to level their guns at Kim Jong Un, launch strikes at him and kill him,” Choi said.

Another anticommunist Lee Min-bok said he was also ready to fly millions of leaflets,..

“No one can block my rights” to send leaflets, said Lee, whose leafleting from a South Korean border village was believed to have directly caused North Korea to start fire.

During the meeting of military generals recently, North Korea requested again South Korea to prevent leafleting, but South Korea said it could not comply, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry.


October 15, 2014

Have a laptop in your study? Toting a cellphone or iPad in your pocket? Be afraid — be very afraid. Newsmax on October 10, 2014, reported warnings on AI by Elon Musk. Excerpts below:

Tesla and SpaceX billionaire founder Elon Musk, arguably one of the brightest guys on the planet, envisions a dangerous future when supercomputers, equipped with hyper-advanced artificial intelligence (AI), could delete all human life as if it were just annoying spam.

“I don’t think anyone realizes how quickly artificial intelligence is advancing. Particularly if involved in recursive self-improvement … and its utility function is something that’s detrimental to humanity, then it will have a very bad effect,” Musk, speaking at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, said.

It’s not the first time Musk has voiced this concern.

In August, he tweeted, “We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes,” CNET reported.