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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

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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.


Artificial Intelligence Research, Unintended Consequences and Sex - The Mac Observer

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The interview was likely granted because there had been a lot of press about artificial intelligence (AI), and Apple's traditional secrecy made it appear that Apple wasn't doing much. Even if competing with the Echo is not in Apple's plans, it certainly seemed like a good idea to reveal to author Levy that a lot of good things are happening at Apple with AI. In the future, people who are unprepared could be manipulated by vastly intelligent AI Robos into a variety of legal and illegal schemes. AI agents that can scan case law on behalf of attorneys are likely.


Making smarter decisions about classroom technologies

MIT News

To answer these kinds of common, but challenging questions, MIT researchers have just launched a new decision-making tool for teachers, administrators, governments, global development practitioners, and other stakeholders trying to make smart decisions about incorporating technology in the classroom. The tool, "A Framework for Evaluating Appropriateness of Educational Technology Use in Global Development Programs," is an initiative of the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE), a program supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by a multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students at MIT. The framework was developed following an extensive literature review by MIT researchers, and then tested in India by CITE's partners at the India Institute of Management Ahmedabad, who looked at the deployment of English language learning technologies by NGO and government initiatives. To test the framework, CITE's research partners at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad conducted a pilot study which entailed semi-structured interviews and group discussions with various stakeholders in sites where technologies studied were being deployed.



Dear Donald Trump: Do Not Fear the Future of Work

WIRED

Throughout his remarks on June 28, Trump portrayed US trade policy, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, as a disaster for American workers because it has sent manufacturing jobs overseas. What he failed to note, however, is those same trade deals--and the global supply chains they created--have helped companies like Apple create jobs in the US. As part of a plan to "bring back our jobs" Trump threatened to withdraw from NAFTA if the agreement can't be renegotiated, a suggestion that even the National Association of Manufacturers and the typically Republican-leaning Chamber of Commerce said would be disastrous for manufacturing companies and their employees. Three-quarters of American manufacturers employ fewer than 20 people, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.


Value4Risk – Artificial Intelligence, Meta-Politics And Predictive Political Analysis

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As the number of variables associated with each artificial intelligence personality increases, the ability of the international politics game to replicate the rationalism of real-world political actors increases. And then recreate and replicate these analytical judgment skills in an AI environment, and finally combining analytical judgment skills with personality traits to reproduce artificial international players. These platforms include analytical and predictive capabilities, including the ability to visualize signals and event sets, track the movement of signals, compute statistical correlations, and generate predictive models based on hand-selected or automatically assembled bundles of signals. And to go a step further, you could combine this with the area of financial markets whereby the AI system would include both signal analysis and predictive capabilities, embedding visualizing of signals alongside asset prices, computing of correlations, the ability to build custom bundles of signals, and access to the predictive engine.