Zuckerberg, Cook and Dorsey join 80 other CEOs in protest of North Carolina anti-LGBT law

Tim Cook, Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg have teamed up with over 80 CEOs, as well as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC to add their signatures to a letter calling for the repeal of House Bill 2. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign identified some of the talking points within the letter. “Discrimination is bad for North Carolina, bad for America, and bad for business,” Griffin said in a release. “These business leaders are speaking out because they know this attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender North Carolinians isn’t just morally wrong —…

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Mark Zuckerberg congratulates Google for ‘historic milestone in AI research’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage at the company's F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Calif., in October 2015.

Facebook cofounder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg today has some positive things to say about Google. The remarks come a few hours after Google’s AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) program beat Lee Sedol, a highly decorated player of the board game Go, in the third consecutive game of a five-game match in Sedol’s native South Korea.

Google competes with Facebook on some fronts, and both companies are at the forefront of AI research. In fact, the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group has been training its own AI software to play Go, but clearly it’s not at the same level as AlphaGo. Zuck’s praise for Google could be read as a challenge to Facebook researchers to step their game up.

FAIR head Yann LeCun today also offered congratulatory words to Google.

In January I asked Demis Hassabis, head of the Google DeepMind research group that’s behind AlphaGo, if there were any plans for AlphaGo to take on Facebook’s computer Go player. He said there were not. But maybe the companies could consider holding a match in the future, now that it’s clear that a machine can top a preeminent a top human Go player.

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