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AI WARNING: Google chief predicts DIFFICULT TIMES with rise of artificial intelligence

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Experts are looking at ways to create AI which will ultimately benefit humanity and Google's director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, backs up that theory. However, he insists mankind will have to endure "difficult episodes" on the way to achieving machine learning which falls in line with our goals. Mr Kurzweil said at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC, that technology is a "double-edged sword" which has helped and hindered humans, and he expects the same of AI. The 69-year old said: "Technology has always been a double-edged sword. Fire kept us warm, cooked our food and burned down our houses.


Tillerson pushes for stronger ties with India while chiding China

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability. Tillerson's remarks on relations between the world's two largest democracies, ahead of his first trip to South Asia as secretary of state, risked endearing Washington to one Asian power while alienating another. Tillerson said the world needed the U.S. and India to have a strong partnership. He said the two nations share goals of security, free navigation, free trade and fighting terrorism in the Indo-Pacific, and serve as "the Eastern and Western beacons" for an international rules-based order that is increasingly under strain.


Trump: If Tillerson called me a moron, we should 'compare IQ tests'

PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested he's smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published Tuesday that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests." Still, last week Trump told reporters he has "total confidence" in his secretary of state. "I'm not undermining," Trump told Forbes. As for Tillerson's reported "moron" 'comment, the president said, "I think it's fake news.


Artificial intelligence threatens jobs in BPO industry: Trade Department

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) -- The Trade Department is sounding the alarm on the threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI) on hundreds of thousands of jobs in the country's $25-billion business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. "AI has presented itself more than just as a new technology, but as a threat to the current employees servicing the service export industry and the BPO, including the contact centers," the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said in a statement Wednesday. In a December 2016 report on the Philippine BPO industry, the International Labor Organization (ILO) warned that increasing automation could be used in BPO services such as high-volume "IT support, workflow processes and other types of back-office operations." READ: BPOs aim to earn $40 B, hire 1.8 M Filipinos by 2022 Lopez said that the Department of Science and Technology, the Commission on Higher Education, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, and the United States Agency for International Development is working with the DTI and Silicon Valley-based Filipino technology entrepreneur Dado Banatao in developing a multisector initiative to develop "intensive education and training programs" and the competitive advantage of the services sector.


What Happened To Burundi Robotics Team? 6 Teens Missing After Competition In Washington

International Business Times

Six teens from Burundi, Africa went missing following a robotics competition in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Six teenage members of a robotics team from Burundi, Africa, vanished this week after a competition in Washington, D.C. The team's mentor, Canesius Bindaba, said he thought the teens had attended closing ceremonies for the FIRST Global Challenge competition Tuesday, which began at around 5:30 p.m. "FIRST Global learned the adult mentor of Team Burundi is unable to find the group of six students who participated in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge," Jose P. Escotto, an organization spokesman, said Thursday. Human rights organizations have issued reports about the current state of Burundi as well.


The Trump Administration Can't Stop China From Becoming an AI Superpower

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Last Thursday, Texas senior senator John Cornyn stood before an audience of wonks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and warned that America's openness to investors looking for new ideas in technologies like artificial intelligence was putting it in danger. It recently worked with Baidu to set up a new national lab dedicated to keeping China competitive in deep learning, the technique behind recent progress in areas such as image and speech recognition, and a program called Artificial Intelligence 2.0 will funnel billions to develop AI for commercial and military use. China has made artificial intelligence a clear priority area to both its economy and military," says Peter Singer, a senior fellow who studies technology and national security at non-partisan think tank New America. Canada, which has universities that are crucial to the rise of deep learning, is using various federal and regional programs to build up artificial intelligence industry and research through immigration and foreign investment.


The Trump Administration Can't Stop China From Becoming an AI Superpower

WIRED

Last Thursday, Texas senior senator John Cornyn stood before an audience of wonks at the Council for Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and warned that America's openness to investors looking for new ideas in technologies like artificial intelligence was putting it in danger. It recently worked with Baidu to set up a new national lab dedicated to keeping China competitive in deep learning, the technique behind recent progress in areas such as image and speech recognition, and a program called Artificial Intelligence 2.0 will funnel billions to develop AI for commercial and military use. China has made artificial intelligence a clear priority area to both its economy and military," says Peter Singer, a senior fellow who studies technology and national security at non-partisan think tank New America. Canada, which has universities that are crucial to the rise of deep learning, is using various federal and regional programs to build up artificial intelligence industry and research through immigration and foreign investment.


Augmenting human creativity

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Where things stand, per the Post: In early May, Sec of State Tillerson raised he possibility of returning the compounds if construction was allowed to move ahead on a new U.S. consulate in St Petersburg, but dropped the condition about the consulate days later after meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and U.S. The Flynn connection: Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor, discussed the Obama administration's sanctions with Russia's ambassador and "indicated that U.S. policy would change" under Trump. Bonus anecdote: I spoke with locals in Centreville, Maryland the day after the compound there was closed about the espionage in their backyard, and what they thought would happen next. Smoky Sigler, then president of the town council, predicted that once Trump was in office he'd wait a few months, then let the Russians back in.


360 degree: Man versus Machine

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Some of those jobs include telemarketers, insurance underwriters, cargo and freight agents, photographic process workers and processing machine operators, brokerage clerks, packaging and filling machine operators and tenders, fitters, assembling staff, milling and planning machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, credit analysts, accountants, telephone operators, real estate brokers, cashiers, farm labour contractors, paralegals and legal assistants. These include doctors, dentists, nurses, biochemists, biophysicists, engineers, except those relating software, jobs related to religion, mental health, and psychology, artists, architects, interior designers, directors, photographers, physical therapists, fashion designers, teachers, scientists, creative writers, public relations practitioners, computer research scientists, computer systems analysts, first-line supervisors, mechanics, fund-raisers, social workers, sales agents, and recreation therapists. Low-cost products manufactured by companies in developed countries could also threaten Indian companies, if the country has free trade agreement with them. Low-cost products manufactured by companies using robots in developed countries could threaten Indian companies, if india has a free trade agreement with them.


Japan's robot revolution will impact U.S. jobs

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While visiting Japan and interviewing officials on the robotics revolution that is sweeping much of Asia, it became clearer than ever to me that President Donald Trump's plans to bring back low-skilled manufacturing jobs to America are a political illusion. Trump should take some time off from the golf course and visit this part of the world, where he would see how fast Japan, China and South Korea are developing their robotics industries. They are replacing massive numbers of workers with ever faster, more efficient and cheaper robots, and the United States will have to do the same to remain competitive. If Trump goes ahead with his plans to clamp down on U.S. free trade agreements with Mexico and other lower-wage countries in order to bring these jobs back to America, he will be wasting his time. These jobs will never go back to American workers.