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Extra! French Soldiers Accused Of Rape In Central African Republic

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Le Parisien, April 30, 2015

"The French military at the heart of a scandal" reads the front page of French daily Le Parisien, following the revelation of accusations that 16 French soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic between December 2013 and June 2014.

The allegations were kept secret until The Guardian published an article Wednesday based on a United Nations report revealing that 10 children had been sexually abused at refugee camp set inside M'poko airport, in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where French troops were posted in 2013 to try and stop the spreading of sectarian unrest in the country.

"If some soldiers have behaved badly, I will show no mercy," French President François Hollande was quoted as saying by Le Parisien. Meanwhile, the UN is threatening to fire the senior official in the organization who blew the whistle on the scandal, according to The Guardian.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Le Parisien is a French daily newspaper covering international and national news, as well as extensive coverage of Paris and its suburbs. It was founded in 1944.

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Re;Memory — A New AI Program Makes Talking To The Dead Come Alive

There are many frontiers being crossed by AI lately, sparking debate and anxiety. But now, we're entering strange, new territory: an algorithm that lets bereaved family members communicate with deceased loved ones in the most realistic of ways. Yet it comes with very real and complicated risks.

A screenshot from the Re;memory promotional video, where a bereaved woman touches the screen that shows her dead relative talking to her

Screenshot from the Re;memory promotional video

Gianluca Nicoletti


TURIN — Generative artificial intelligence is said to be a threat to the jobs in a variety of creative professional fields. Are professional psychics next? Yes, communing with the dead, real or imagined, is an experience that the digital world may now be ready to outflank the human competition.

The technical term for these algorithms is "deadbots," which offer a sort of ephemeral evocation of the spirit of a deceased person. You don't have to look far to find them — even the usual suspect, ChatGPT, can light the path to the dead and establish a mutual, tangible dialogue between you and the dearly departed.

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