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  • Watch Mike Pence gasp when no one claps at his terrible applause line

    Vice President Mike Pence isn't a complicated man. He likes Chili's, using his personal AOL account for official government business, and gay conversion therapy. And so, when he addressed attendees at the Middle East conference in Poland on Feb. 14, it's clear he believed that same down-home flavor that's treated him so well in Trump Country would garner rounds of applause from his European audience. That, dear reader, is where he went wrong.Speaking about the widely supported Iran nuclear deal, Pence told those in attendance that it was time to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and withdraw. The response, or rather lack thereof, from the crowd appeared to shock the veep. SEE ALSO: Sure looks like Trump declared a 'national emergency' via the Notes app"The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and the Iranian people, to stand with our allies and friends in the region," he told the audience. "The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region, and the world, the peace, security, and freedom they deserve."The video pretty much says it all.  OMG -- Pence was visibly shook in Poland when he received absolutely no reaction to what was clearly supposed to be an applause line about how "the time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal." -- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 16, 2019Amazing, right? The people of the internet think so, too.  Surprised no one threw a shoe at him. -- Warren (@Rusty94582) February 17, 2019 His desperate gasp for breath is priceless!!! -- Craig Lapierre (@clspartan) February 17, 2019 Not sure what's more embarrassing: That he has so many beats for applause written into his script, or that the applause never came. -- Johnny Moonrock (@JohnnyMoonrock) February 17, 2019Notably, this has been happening to Pence a lot lately. On Feb. 15, he was speaking at the 55th annual Munich Security Conference, and told those gathered that Trump says hello."I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump."Deafening silence followed. Better luck next time.  WATCH: Cardi B speaks out on government shutdown

  • Kevin Garnett dishes on beating Michael Jordan in the legend's final All-Star game

    It may have happened 16 years ago, but Kevin Garnett remembers the 2003 NBA All-Star Game very well.

  • Illinois shooting: Man who killed five co-workers was domestic abuser banned from legally owning guns

    A disgruntled employee, who fatally shot five people and wounded five police officers at an Illinois warehouse on Friday, severely beat a woman years ago in a domestic violence incident that turned him into a felon - and should have kept him from buying a gun. Gary Martin, 45, who was shot and killed during the attack, applied for a concealed carry permit five years ago, alerting Illinois authorities to his criminal record, which made it illegal for him to own a gun. Authorities did not say why Martin was being fired.

  • Josh Rosen's turbulent offseason continues with Tesla crash

    Josh Rosen had a rough rookie year, and the offseason hasn't been much better with speculation around Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury and QB prospect Kyler Murray.

  • Elon Musk's AI company created a fake news generator it's too scared to make public

    It's time for another installment in our ongoing look at the future that will be brought to you thanks to the increasingly worrisome capabilities of artificial intelligence. Everyone is aware of the problem of fake news online, and now the OpenAI nonprofit backed by Elon Musk has developed an AI system that can create such convincing fake news content that the group is too skittish to release it publicly, citing fears of misuse. They're letting researchers see a small portion of what they've done, so they're not hiding it completely -- but, even so, the group's trepidation here is certainly telling."Our model, called GPT-2, was trained simply to predict the next word in 40GB of Internet text," reads a new OpenAI blog about the effort. "Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, we are instead releasing a much smaller model for researchers to experiment with, as well as a technical paper."Basically, the GPT-2 system was "trained" by being fed 8 million web pages, until it got to the point where the system could look at a set of text it's given and predict the words that could come next. Per the OpenAI blog, the model is "chameleon-like -- it adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text. This allows the user to generate realistic and coherent continuations about a topic of their choosing." Even if you were trying to produce, say, a fake news story.Here's an example: The AI system was given this human-generated text prompt:"In a shocking finding, scientist discovered a herd of unicorns living in a remote, previously unexplored valley, in the Andes Mountains. Even more surprising to the researchers was the fact that the unicorns spoke perfect English."From that, the AI system -- after 10 tries -- continued the "story," beginning with this AI-generated text:"The scientist named the population, after their distinctive horn, Ovid's Unicorn. These four-horned, silver-white unicorns were previously unknown to science. Now, after almost two centuries, the mystery of what sparked this odd phenomenon is finally solved." (You can check out the OpenAI blog at the link above to read the rest of the unicorn story that the AI system fleshed out.)Imagine what such a system could do, say, set loose on a presidential campaign story. The implications of this are why OpenAI says it's only releasing publicly a very small portion of the GPT-2 sampling code. It's not releasing any of the dataset, training code, or "GPT-2 model weights." Again, from the OpenAI blog announcing this: "We are aware that some researchers have the technical capacity to reproduce and open source our results. We believe our release strategy limits the initial set of organizations who may choose to do this, and gives the AI community more time to have a discussion about the implications of such systems."We also think governments should consider expanding or commencing initiatives to more systematically monitor the societal impact and diffusion of AI technologies, and to measure the progression in the capabilities of such systems," the OpenAI blog post concludes.