Doping in cycling: Why middle-aged businessmen are embracing performance-enhancing drugs – and scaring the pros

first_img Doping in cycling: Why middle-aged businessmen are embracing performance-enhancing drugs – and scaring the pros by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyHistory 10[Gallery] The 25 Worst Casting Choices of All-TimeHistory 10High TallyThe US Built A New Submarine The World Is Afraid OfHigh TallyPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost Fun whatsapp If a professional is taking a drug, what are they likely to be? Cocaine? Alcohol? According to a new Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report into the state of international cycling, that depends on if the businessman’s a cyclist.EPO (Erythropoietin) has been the drug of choice for elite athletes across the world. It has powered marathon victories, possibly a minimum of 15 Tour de France wins, and record ascents of the most brutal mountains in professional cycling. Now, the drug, which dramatically boost the oxygen-carrying capabilities of blood and with it aerobic performance, is trickling down to the amateur ranks, where middle-aged businessmen are using it to train like professionals and win races in the veteran ranks.The report containing the accounts was set up to assess the route that cycling has taken to its current predicament. It was carried out by  the Union Cycliste International’s Independent Commission for Reform in Cycling.Businessmen scaring off the prosMasters races were also said to have middle-aged businessmen winning on EPO, with some of them training as hard as professional riders and putting in comparable performances.Professional cycling is subject to testing which, while it is not always successful, tempers the effects of “wonder drugs” to some extent. With no funding, amateur drug testing is far less efficient, and the internet is an efficient vector for performance-enhancing drugs.The Commission believes that doping in amateur cycling is becoming endemic. This was confirmed by amateur riders, as well as professionals, managers and anti-doping personnel who had exposure to it. It has been caused by a combination of ease of access to drugs via gyms and the internet, the reduction in costs for substances, a spread of knowledge in means and methods of administration, and a lack of funding for regular testing at the amateur level.The drug, according to the report, can give athletes a boost of 10-15 per cent, supercharging their aerobic capacity far beyond their natural abilities. Now the gains are smaller, perhaps in the realm of 3-5 per cent for the pros, due to better testing.But without the fear of spot checks, amateurs can glean a far greater advantage (elite athletes also have less room for improvement). Such is the advantage, the reports suggests pros often avoid competing with amateurs:Some professional riders explained that they no longer ride in the Gran Fondos because they were so competitive due to the number of riders doping.What is EPO?In endurance sports, one of the most important factors in your ability to win is the ability of your cardiovascular system to supply your body with oxygen. Cycling has had a long history of doping, including most, if not all, past greats. Eddy Merckx, perhaps the greatest of them all, was caught, and other five-time winners such as Bernard Hinualt have been the subject of rumours.Doping changed in the late 1980s to early 1990s with the introduction of EPO. Suddenly, men who were too big to climb hills were up there fighting with the smaller climbers and sprinting up mountains faster than ever before. Red blood cells usually account for around 43 per cent of blood volume, but with EPO there were reports of scores in the high fifties and even 60s. Even the most naturally talented clean rider would be blown away.Cristophe Bassons, a man with all the natural capabilities to win the Tour, was blown away by men like Armstrong, who on paper were physiologically similar or even inferior.The implications are depressing for the competitive amateur who wants to test him or herself, but will now be eyeing up the competition with suspicion. The state of playFor those that follow cycling closely, the report can confirm wither one of the two biggest views. Either the sport is still dirty, with cheats making up 90 per cent of athletes (a suggestion by one respected professional unnamed by the report) or the sport is much cleaner, with the bad apples now the minority not majority of the barrel. In the Armstrong days it is widely accepted that the rate of use was 90 per cent, or more. More money bought better doctors, however, so it the run of the green was not entirely flat. Infusing three pints of blood in a race is expensive, and easier if, like Armstrong, you had a private jet.One of the problems could well, ironically, be the fall of Armstrong himself. Such was the catharsis of many, that perhaps now the will to keep asking questions has diminished. Questions swirl around impressive performances, such as those by Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali. But is the criticism merely cynicism and blaming the next generation for the transgressions of the last?Still riding fast into the windSports scientist Ross Tucker, once contacted by David Walsh one of the people who chased Armstrong in his drug-fuelled hey-day, says the performances of some riders are on the edge of human capabilities, and not decidedly “safe” to be called clean, but not incriminating either. Contador was popped for a banned substance, Clenbutarol, and suspected of using blood transfusions earlier in his career, although this was never proven. He denied all charges. Nibali’s team Astana is having its licence reviewed after five members of it and its feeder team tested positive, two for EPO.Froome (legally) received a potentially performance enhancing drug during a race last year, after suffering from a chest infection. The practice of getting a doctor’s approval for a banned substance is banned by some teams, and has been abused in the past; most notably by Armstrong himself. Therapeutical use exemptions  TUEs) are granted to allow riders to treat aiments with substances which would otherwise be illegal. The report states they are still widely abused. In one rider’s opinion, 90 per cent of TUEs were used for performance-enhancing purposes.What is more, Froome’s emergence was relatively rapid: he went from the verge of losing his contract to all but winning a three week race, the Vuelta a Espana, almost overnight. Team Sky and Froome have always said that he suffered from Bilharzia, a disease that kills red blood cells. For an endurance athlete, this could be crippling. In his autobiography, Froome says his training data were those of a Tour de France contender, but he was unable to replicate the form in races.Biological passportThe new doping procedures involve checking athlete’s blood profiles over time, as well as testing for banned substances. The system is called the biological passport. While more effective than older methods, the system can still be manipulated by microdosing: small amount of drugs such as EPO, or even small blood transfusions. While the passport has “caught” some potential abusers, it is harder to prove an actual offence. Riders can claim other reasons, such as medical conditions for their results. Also, different athletes may react differently. As has been the case for years, the state of cycling is a great unknown and it will likely continue to be so, for a long while to come. Billy Ehrenberg More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comcenter_img Monday 9 March 2015 6:05 am Tags: Doping in sport Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapplast_img read more

Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for Naples bank robberies

first_imgStudy ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS NAPLES, Fla. – A Florida man was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison for robbing two Naples banks.Richard Cote, 53, of Melbourne was arrested and charged for robbing two banks in Naples in 2019.Cote plead guilty to the robberies in February 2020 and was sentenced Tuesday. Cote robbed a Bank of America at 12965 Collier Boulevard in Naples on June 11, 2019 and hit the Lake Michigan Credit Union at 8635 Collier Boulevard in Naples just a week later, according to court documents. Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 AdvertisementIn both robberies, Cote handed the teller a note demanding money.Deputies were able to identify Cote after he left behind a small folio at the teller station at Lake Michigan Credit Union, according to investigators.The FBI and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case that was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey F. Michelland. Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: bank robberyDOJnaples AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

No criminal charges for Hendry County deputies involved in LaBelle shooting at block party

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Two teens arrested in Cape Coral shooting investigation June 16, 2021 Advertisement Deputies investigate overnight shooting in Golden Gate June 10, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Deputieshendry countylabelleshooting Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021center_img Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office will not file any criminal charges against three Hendry County deputies for a LaBelle shooting that injured two. State Attorney Amira Fox said she was convinced based on investigative reports that the deputies used “legally justifiable use of deadly force, in the defense of themselves or others.”Three Hendry County deputies, Nestor Echevarria, Michael Alfonso, and Sergio Bustamante were all at a home on May 17, 2020, when the shooting happened in front of a home on Kissimmee Avenue in LaBelle. The deputies were trying to break up a block party at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the State Attorney’s Office.La Travis Williams and Tyrone Reed, Jr. were shot in the incident. The State Attorney’s Office said Williams was armed with a gun and running toward people, and he was shot in the ankle and grazed in the torso. Reed, a bystander, was also shot by law enforcement four times. AdvertisementBoth Williams and Reed survived their injuries, the State Attorney’s Office said. Hendry County deputies said they heard gunshots while they were standing outside the home when the block party was happening. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office also said that 400-500 people were at the block party. Advertisementlast_img read more

Gardai find drugs valued at over €1.2 million in rural part of Laois

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th April 2020 Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApp News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img This seizure of 62kg of cannabis herb is believed to have a street value of €1.24 million.According to a Garda press release, investigations are ongoing but no persons have been arrested at this time.Elsewhere, Mountmellick Gardaí recently carried out searches resulting in approximately €20,000 of cannabis being seized.A male has been detained under drug trafficking legislation and a file is currently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.SEE ALSO –  Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Gardai find drugs valued at over €1.2 million in rural part of Laois WhatsApp Previous articleVirtual tea party raises money for good causes in AthyNext articleStudying during Coronavirus: Heywood student on prepping for state exams in a pandemic LaoisToday Reporter Home News Crime Gardai find drugs valued at over €1.2 million in rural part of… NewsCrime TAGSArlesBallylinancannabis Gardai made a stunning discovery of over €1.2 million worth of cannabis herb in a ditch on the Laois-Carlow border yesterday evening.2020 Gardaí from Arles and Ballylinan supported by Laois Divisional Drugs Unit located drugs with an estimated street value of €1.24 million (subject to analysis).As a result of an intelligent-led operation, Gardaí recovered cannabis herb in a ditch along a secondary road on the Carlow/Laois border. Twitterlast_img read more

Focus of Transformation Plans Must be on Youth Development – Principal

first_imgFocus of Transformation Plans Must be on Youth Development – Principal UncategorizedJune 15, 2007 RelatedFocus of Transformation Plans Must be on Youth Development – Principal RelatedFocus of Transformation Plans Must be on Youth Development – Principal RelatedFocus of Transformation Plans Must be on Youth Development – Principalcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Principal of the Montego Bay Community College, Dr. Angela Samuels-Harris, has stressed that youth development must be the focus of the transformation plans for Jamaica. “If we are to address any of Jamaica’s problems, we must start with our youth,” she emphasised.The Principal was addressing the annual general meeting and awards ceremony of the St. James 4-H Advisory Council, held at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall in Montego Bay, on June 13.Dr. Samuels-Harris said that no matter what plans were put in place for youth development, if the young people were not committed to developing themselves, then it would be a waste of time.She pointed out that the National Youth Policy, published in 2004, has outlined several issues affecting the nation’s young people, along with six recommended target areas for youth development.“The first suggestion in the Youth Development Policy is Education. However, despite the best efforts of your teachers, trainers and the Ministry of Education and Youth, there are many young people in our country, who are not taking advantage of the opportunities provided for them,” she said.Dr. Samuels-Harris cited available job opportunities that go unnoticed by some young people, and the fact that some students do not even turn up for examinations, which are being paid for by the government.“Young people, you must take advantage of the opportunities, because if we are going to empower our youth and transform Jamaica through youth development, then we cannot only take you to the water, you have to drink it,” she emphasised.The Principal argued that transforming Jamaica was not too big a task to achieve, as all that was needed was for the young people to start concentrating on their personal development and the country would be well on its way to achieving the task. She added that it was one’s attitude to life and to work that would determine what one achieved in life.Calvin Brown, Bryan Miller and Desmond Clarke were elected to the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer, respectively.Several schools, principals, leaders, volunteers and supporting organizations received awards, along with clubbites who participated in various categories of skills training and the Parish Achievement Day, held earlier in the administrative year.Ten year-old April Campbell of St. James Preparatory School and 12 year- old Leighton Walker of Corinaldi Avenue Primary School were awarded the St. James 4-H Girl and Boy of the year, respectively.last_img read more

Holness Lauds Corporations That Fund Education

first_imgHolness Lauds Corporations That Fund Education UncategorizedMarch 22, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, has said there is a dilemma in Jamaica regarding the financing of education, and professed his support for corporations that fund educational causes.“I have to lend my support and associate myself with any corporate entity that wants to fulfill its corporate obligations by funding educational endeavours,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Pierre Arboine Memorial Scholarship Fund award ceremony, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on March 20.“When we see corporate citizens, such as (OBF Finance Company), step up to the plate, we are even more heartened and we would use this as an example to point to other corporate entities to join in making contributions to education,” the Minister said.Mr. Holness stressed that no one should be excluded from receiving a good education and that education was like a vaccine. “It is the vaccine against ignorance, it is the vaccine against poverty, it’s the vaccine against crime,” he stressed.“If you don’t spread education widely,” the Minister continued, “ignorance and poverty and violence will still exist in your society.”He noted that even though everyone should be able to freely access education, persons often could not afford its economic cost. “It is something that we want everyone to have, but certainly not everyone can pay for it,” he pointed out.Mr. Holness cited the government’s provision of subsidies and the removal of obligatory entrance fees in schools, in order to ensure that persons who could not afford education, have access to education.The Minister also encouraged parents to contribute to their children’s education and to support the infrastructural development of the schools.He said that if parents could not meet the cost of the school’s auxiliary fee, then they should ask for help.Mr. Holness said he took special interest in the persons who genuinely could not contribute and pointed to the provisions made for them through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), adding that persons with a specific problem could come to the Ministry for assistance.The Minister thanked the organizers of the event, OBF Finance Company, for their assistance to the education sector.During the ceremony, the company handed over cheques with a combined value of $1.5 million to students of several primary and high schools. RelatedHolness Lauds Corporations That Fund Education RelatedHolness Lauds Corporations That Fund Educationcenter_img RelatedHolness Lauds Corporations That Fund Education Advertisementslast_img read more

Outback, animals and food hit canvas at Logan

first_imgOutback, animals and food hit canvas at Logan Cedar Vale wildlife artist Ronelle Reid’s works capture species that don’t coexist in nature.The next round of free exhibitions at Logan Art Gallery will offer an insight into outback scenes, family meal times and the amazing animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.The work of artists Helena Jackson-Lloyd and Lei Xu will be among five exhibitions on display from January 22 to February 27.Helena created a series of large abstract paintings during an artist-in-residency at Curtin Springs Cattle Station in the Northern Territory.Her exhibition, Of the desert, showcases natural materials found in the area.Woodridge artist Lei Xu has produced a new series of oil paintings for this exhibition.The smell of memory focuses on people enjoying food, sharing meals and happy times around the dinner table.City of Logan Mayor Darren Power will open the new exhibition round and launch the 2021 gallery program from 5pm on Friday, January 22.The opening will be held over three half-hour sessions in line with current State Government COVID restrictions.The new exhibitions will then open to the public in two further COVID-safe sessions from 5.45pm to 6.15pm and 6.30pm to 7pm.Helena Jackson-Lloyd will give a short tour of her exhibition during these sessions.Bookings for all sessions is essential and can be made online, please see Logan Art Gallery.This exhibition round also includes:Elements by Edens Landing artist Richard Connors, whose abstract paintings explore the four basic elements of earth, fire, water and air.Urban menagerie by Ronelle Reid from Cedar Vale. The exhibition of oil, ink and gouache paintings highlights images captured during a week-long artistic residency at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary late last year. Ronelle’s quirky compositions pair species that don’t coexist in nature.Chloe Wigg from Rochedale South turned to art therapy after she was injured and medically retired from work. Her works in the Natural resilience: inner feelings, outward reflections exhibition draw on her own experience of living with an invisible disability.To view the 2021 program, please download 2021 Exhibition Program.Logan Art Gallery is on the corner of Jacaranda Ave and Wembley Rd, Logan Central.It is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm between Tuesday and Saturday. Entry is free. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:art therapy, Central, Download, Exhibition, Family, Government, launch, local council, Logan, Logan City Council, memory, Northern Territory, online, outback, residency, resilience, species, wildlifelast_img read more

CBSA investigation leads to conviction of jewellery smuggler

first_imgCBSA investigation leads to conviction of jewellery smuggler From: Canada Border Services AgencyThe Canada Border Services Agency announced today that a two-year long investigation has led to the conviction of a Toronto area man and corporation for smuggling gold jewellery into Canada.The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the results of a two-year long investigation leading to the conviction of a Toronto area man, and corporation, for smuggling gold jewellery into Canada.In early 2018, border services officers working at Toronto Pearson International Airport seized a large quantity of jewellery from a returning traveller. The seizure initiated an investigation by the Greater Toronto Area Region Criminal Investigations Section, which subsequently identified a jewellery smuggling operation. In July 2018, the investigation identified a link to a separate traveller attempting to smuggle an even greater quantity of jewellery into Canada.In October 2018, as a result of evidence obtained through further investigation, CBSA criminal investigators determined that Lovely Gold Inc. and its director, Rahu Sinnathamby of Scarborough, schemed to enlist travellers to bring gold jewellery, such as earrings and bracelets, to Canada. Lovely Gold Inc. and Sinnathamby paid for the airline tickets of the travellers and directed them to not declare the jewellery to the CBSA. The investigation resulted in the discovery that Lovely Gold Inc. and Sinnathamby were responsible for smuggling jewellery into Canada over a period of 17 months.On March 1, 2021, at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in Brampton, Ontario, Lovely Gold Inc. and Sinnathamby pleaded guilty to two counts each under the Customs Act, Section 153(c) – evasion of duties, with a total criminal fine for the four charges equalling $760,000.00. Lovely Gold Inc. and Sinnathamby are also required to pay an additional $246,614.40 in regulatory penalties.Additional multimediaQuotes“This successful prosecution highlights the tireless work and great investigative efforts of both CBSA border services officers and our criminal investigations team. The discovery of this jewellery smuggling scheme demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the integrity of Canada’s border laws and economy.”– Lisa Janes, CBSA Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region.Quick factsThere are serious consequences for those who break Canada’s border laws, including possible criminal convictions, court-imposed fines, probation periods, and incarceration.If you have information about the exploitation of the border for criminality, call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:airline, airport, Border, Canada, Criminal, Customs, director, Discovery, Economy, gold, Government, investigation, Jewellery, operation, penalty, prosecution, Scarboroughlast_img read more

The Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos is encrypted with a secret only the CEO knows

first_img Guesses can be submitted to Whisper, a Rolls-Royce social media application open only to owners and Rolls-Royce executives and designers. “Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”The codes are located on the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, the exterior paint, the headrests, metal trim, and in the headliner.We’re not sure how difficult the ciphers are to crack, but good luck if you’re thinking of cheating. The only two people who hold the key to the code are the designer and the CEO. The paper key is locked away in a safe at Rolls-Royce HQ.RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Rolls-Royce’s latest special edition got its own press release, sure, but on the whole it’s a little more secretive than usual — the car is decorated with a collection of hidden codes, ones that’ll probably take a 13-year-old more than 15 minutes to figure out.It’s called the Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos, and it’s wrapped in ciphers placed all around the vehicle that, when solved, reveal a message.“As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers,” explains designer Katrin Lehmann. Trending Videos advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Trending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Street artist Bradley Theodore funks up a Rolls-Royce PhantomOf course, the Kryptos Collection buys you more than just a bunch of numbers and puzzles — you actually get a car, too. The unique look on the special edition is achieved by combining Delphic Grey, Dark Grey, Orbit Grey, and a new colour, Kryptos Green.Only 50 examples of the vehicle will be produced, and we’re guessing only serious coding nerds are going to line up for this one. Perhaps they’ll work together to try and break the code, like an extremely posh Turing machine. RELATED TAGSRolls-RoyceSedanLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

“Fully Realized” AI Will Remain Forever on the Horizon – And That’s a Good Thing

first_imgNeuroscience & Mind “Fully Realized” AI Will Remain Forever on the Horizon – And That’s a Good ThingDavid [email protected]_klinghofferAugust 7, 2017, 4:30 PM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Tagsartificial intelligencebiologybrainBruce Buffcomputercomputer scienceFox NewsmateralismmindnovelrobotssoulThe Soul of the MatterThomas Naglethriller,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Share Overestimating the contribution of computers, failing to reckon with their spiritual costs, welcoming them deeper and deeper into our lives rather than seeking ways to limit them – these all go hand in hand with over-the-top expectations about the coming of “full” or “fully realized” Artificial Intelligence. I’m convinced there will be a serious backlash against the pervasiveness of screens, and equally convinced that the AI bubble will burst.Our novelist friend Bruce Buff has an excellent op-ed at Fox News on the bright side of this inevitability (“Artificial Intelligence will lead to the human soul, not destroy it”). He defines “full” AI as “artificial intelligence capable of matching and perhaps exceeding the human mind.” That will remain forever on the horizon for the fundamental reason that the human mind, unlike the human brain, is an immaterial entity, thus unrealizable by a material artifact like a computer.When that point is finally absorbed, the realization will serve as a welcome reminder about what makes human beings exceptional.We should be cautious about believing that exceptional achievements in some areas translate to exceptional understanding in others. For too many — including some in the media — the mantra, “question everything,” applies only within certain boundaries. They never question methodological naturalism — the belief that there is nothing that exists outside the material world — which blinds them to other possibilities. Even with what seems like more open-minded thinking, some people seem to suffer from a lack of imagination or will.He gives the example of atheist philosopher Thomas Nagle:Nagle believes that consciousness could not have arisen via materialistic evolution yet explicitly limits the implications of that because he doesn’t want God to exist.Realizing that we have immaterial minds, i.e. genuine souls, is far more important than just speculating on AI’s future. Without immaterial minds, there is no sustainable basis for believing in human exceptionalism. When human life is viewed only through a materialistic lens, it gets valued based on utility. No wonder the young “nones” — young Americans who don’t identify with a religion — think their lives are meaningless and some begin to despair. It is time to understand that evolution is not a strictly material process but one in which the immaterial mind plays a major role in human, and probably all sentient creatures’, adaption and selection.Deep down, we all know we’re more than biological robots. That’s why almost everyone rebels against materialism’s implications. We don’t act as though we believe everything is ultimately meaningless.We’re spiritual creatures, here by intent, living in a world where the supernatural is the norm; each and every moment of our lives is our souls in action. Immaterial ideas shape the material world and give it true meaning, not the other way around.In the end, the greatest threat that humans’ face is a failure to recognize what we really are.If we’re lucky, what people learn in the pursuit of full AI will lead us to the re-discovery of the human soul, where it comes from, and the important understanding that goes along with that.The failure of technology to deliver on a widespread expectation, argues Buff, may in the end liberate us from the materialist illusion. Perhaps so. May it be so. Unless resistance to the spiritual understanding of the self is more than a mere intellectual misunderstanding. Read the rest here.Mr. Buff’s thriller, The Soul of the Matter (reviewed here), is a thoughtful meditation on these subjects (with Discovery Institute as a protagonist) and a genuinely thrilling read. It’s out in paperback now. You’ll enjoy it.Photo credit: J.M. Eddins Jr., U.S. Air Force/Department of Defense. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more