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AI and Fake News in Social Media

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Trump's recent use of Twitter as his main form of communication with the American people marks a turning point for social media. However, its ability to exchange pictures, video, and stories has allowed fake news and disinformation thrive on these platforms. Disinformation is false information whose goal is to mislead or change public opinion (Merriam-Webster). Today, the most apparent form of disinformation is fake news, and I'm sure you have all interacted with it in the form of Instagram posts with questionable statistics such as global warming deniers or other posts that are now flagged with'false information' tags. Unfortunately, "[s]tudies have shown that fake news spreads six times faster and lasts longer than true news."


The Morning After: Touring Mercedes' very luxurious EV

Engadget

This "S-Class of EVs" is the first full-electric car from Mercedes to come to the US, combining a low drag coefficient with a large battery pack for a range of 478 miles, using Europe's WLTP estimate. Tesla, Porsche and Audi already have electric luxury sedans, but this looks like an interesting and extremely classy competitor. Roberto Baldwin is ready to walk us through the features and its futuristic interior, which includes a biometric sensor for logging in with voice or fingerprint. There's no word on how much it will cost, and we haven't taken it on the road yet, but I'm already digging its unique taillights and fastback hatch. It's barely been a month since DJI unveiled a new drone, and the company already has another to show.


Drone attack targets Iraqi base that houses US troops

FOX News

'The Ingraham Angle' host examines the president's approach to diplomacy and foreign policy A drone reportedly dropped explosives at a U.S.-led base near the Erbil airport in Iraq on Wednesday night. There were no reports of injuries, Reuters reported, citing Kurdish officials. It was the first known drone attack believed to be targeting U.S. service members but rocket attacks have hit U.S. bases in the country. A Turkish soldier was reportedly killed in a separate rocket attack Wednesday, Turkish officials said, according to Reuters. A group thought to be aligned with Iran praised the drone attack but no one has explicitly claimed responsibility for it. The U.S. has blamed the attacks on Iran-backed militias, which have called for the withdrawal of all foreign troops, according to Reuters.


Parsons Unleashing Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Decision Making, Solve Problems

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Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) is developing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) across a wide array of federal solutions and critical infrastructure projects to solve our customer's most challenging problems, produce actionable intelligence, and improve the user experience. Data analytics, AI, and edge computing are ingrained in company offerings across all business units. For example, the company developed an AI-enabled weapon-target pairing algorithm, with initial tests showing outstanding accuracy and speed results; produced an electronic warfare (EW) planning optimization tool-set named TEMPO (Tactical Electronic Warfare Machine Learning Planning Optimization); and recently won a classified research and development contract to develop constellation task scheduling algorithms based on organically developed AI technology. "Parsons' artificial intelligence capabilities align with our customer's vision by improving situational awareness, decision-making, the safety of operating equipment, streamlining business processes, and protecting critical infrastructure," said Ricardo Lorenzo, chief technology officer for Parsons. "By combining our AI technical expertise with our operational understanding of the all-domain environment and critical infrastructure markets, we're working closely with our customers to develop leap-ahead technology that empowers operators at the tactical edge and beyond. We're also developing differentiated capabilities that ensure the efficiency and security of existing energy and water networks."


The Rise of Cyber-Attacks in the Automotive Industry

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Losses to the tune of billions are experienced due to the rise of cyber-attacks in the automotive industry, and they are becoming progressively worse as more auto manufacturers join the autonomy space. Industry experts argue that autonomy is the future of the automotive industry, mainly because driverless cars are safer, more comfortable, and more convenient than regular cars. However, there is a downside to this technology: susceptibility to cyber-attacks. Attacks range from physical to long-range digital attacks. As we know, a new cyber-attack vector is born every time new development occurs in the tech space.


Raleigh automation startup using artificial intelligence MuukLabs lands $750,000

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RALEIGH – Less than a year after graduating from Techstars Kansas City Accelerator, MuukLabs has landed $750,000 in convertible notes. The Raleigh-based startup, which offers a no-code test automation platform powered by artificial intelligence, is now getting ready to scale. NY-based Contour Venture Partners led the round. "As an immigrant from Mexico, I'm experiencing firsthand what makes the United States the land of opportunity," said its co-founder Ivan Barajas Vargas. He added that Techstars was "key" to securing this investment.


Microsoft's Acquisition of Nuance Communications: A Second Go at Language Processing

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Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about business, finance, and economics. On the menu today: the history of Nuance's Dragon brand, J&J vaccine halted, Jack Ma capitulates, and W. Brian Arthur on "Economics in Nouns and Verbs." To sign up for the Capital Note, follow this link. Dragon 2.0 Yesterday, Microsoft announced a $16 billion acquisition of language-processing firm Nuance Communications, the latest in a string of big-ticket deals closed by CEO Satya Nadella, who spearheaded the purchases of LinkedIn and Github, among others. With the addition of Nuance's cutting-edge language-processing technology (the lion's share of which is in the health-care sector), Microsoft hopes to beef up its enterprise cloud offering.


US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

WIRED

Less than four months after the revelation of one of the biggest hacking events in history--Russia's massive breach of thousands of networks that's come to be known as the SolarWinds hack--the US has now sent the Kremlin a message in the form of a punishing package of diplomatic and economic measures. But even as the retribution for SolarWinds becomes clear, the question remains: What exactly is that message? By most any interpretation, it doesn't seem to be based on a rule that the United States has ever spelled out before. On Thursday, the Biden administration fulfilled its repeated promises of retaliation for both the SolarWinds hacking campaign and a broad array of other Russian misbehavior that includes the Kremlin's continuing disinformation operations and other interference in the 2020 election, the poisoning of Putin political adversary Aleksey Navalny, and even older Russian misdeeds including the NotPetya worm and the cyberattack on the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Treasury Department has leveled new sanctions at six cybersecurity companies with purported ties to Russian intelligence services, as well as four organizations associated with its disinformation operations.


Brazil publishes national artificial intelligence strategy

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The Brazilian government has published the country's artificial intelligence (AI) strategy to guide actions around research, innovation and the development of related technologies to tackle the country's greatest challenges, as well as ethics. The publication of the strategy follows a process of over a year since the launch of the consultation to gather input for the plan in late 2019, after a period of engagement with AI consulting firms and an international benchmarking process. According to the Brazilian government, the consultation lasted until March 2020 and more than 1,000 contributions were received. According to the Brazilian minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, the publication is "the fulfillment of a dream" and a big step for Brazil, since the government considers AI is as "essential" for the development of many other technologies, such as innovations around the Internet of Things approach. Pontes also noted the Brazilian government is also making progress around the national AI research center network.


Katz School of Science and Health Will Offer M.S. in Artificial Intelligence

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In Yeshiva University's engineering-focused M.S. in Artificial Intelligence (AI), offered by the Katz School of Science and Health, students will learn the key skills most valued in today's marketplace, including machine learning and deep neural networks, along with cutting-edge technologies such as reinforcement learning, voice recognition and generation, and image recognition and generation. In the program's project-based courses, students will build systems, models and algorithms using the best available artificial intelligence design patterns and engineering principles, all done in the heart of Manhattan, a global epicenter for artificial intelligence work and research. Prof. Andrew Catlin is the program director for the AI program, with a background as a data scientist and production systems developer who has worked with such major clients as Fidelity Investments; Smart Money; Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette; Manufacturers Hanover Trust; and the National Football League. He is also a founder of multiple tech startups, including Hudson Technology and Metrics Reporting. He teaches graduate courses in recommender systems, natural language processing and neural networks, among others.