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AK-47 maker Kalashnikov developing AI controlled gun

Daily Mail

Kalashnikov, best known for its AK-47 rifle, is building'a range of products based on neural networks,' including a'fully automated combat module' that can identify and shoot at its targets. The Kalashnikov'combat module' will consist of a gun connected to a console that constantly analyses image data to identify targets. The Kalashnikov'combat module' will consist of a gun connected to a console that constantly crunches image data'to identify targets and make decisions,' Ivanova told TASS. 'A fully automated combat module featuring this technology is planned to be demonstrated at the Army-2017 forum.'


How India's public policy can take maximum advantage of AI

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The report titled Artificial Intelligence and Robotics–2017 believes that national initiatives like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India could immensely benefit from AI technologies. AI, for instance, can be applied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives such as the Digital India initiative, Skill India and Make in India; in large-scale public endeavours ranging from crop insurance schemes, tax fraud detection, and detecting subsidy leakage, and to helping hone the country's defence strategy. For example, cloud computing infrastructure, which is capable of storing large amounts of data and facilitating the huge amount of computing power essential for AI applications, is largely located on servers abroad. To encourage the same level of innovation in AI research efforts in India, initiatives to hold events and build user communities in the field of AI will go a long way, the report notes.


South Korea: No Proof Cash to Kaesong Went to North Korea Arms Programs

U.S. News

SEOUL (Reuters) - There was no evidence that North Korea had diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean companies operating in now-suspended industrial park on their border to its weapons programs, a South Korean official said on Thursday.


You, Too, Can Analyze North Korea's Missile Capabilities--With Physics and Video

WIRED

Every time North Korea launches a missile, experts pore over photographs and videos to learn more about the country's weapons capabilities. If you know the video scale and the frame rate, you can determine the position-time data for a moving object. North Korea identified the missile as the Hwasong-14, which is believed to have a length of 18 meters (although it could be 16). If you know the camera's angular field of view, you could estimate the missile's altitude.


2018: Key Year of Artificial Intelligence in China

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In the first volume of the Series "Artificial Intelligence in China in its direct sources", Specific Policies (Kindle version) (Paperback version), the specific measures related to AI derived from that far-reaching political decision were collected, including some key milestones: Support for Artificial Intelligence is also part of the Chinese policy of promoting geographical areas of scientific and technological development. The program will involve key projects such as intelligent home appliances, smart automobiles, intelligent wearable devices and robots. The program will involve key projects such as intelligent home appliances, smart automobiles, intelligent unmanned systems, intelligent wearable devices and robots. The second volume of the Series "Artificial Intelligence in China in its direct sources", Strategic Policies, (Kindle version) (Paperback version), compiles the presence of AI in various strategic plans, including the 13th Five-Year Plan 2016-2020, Internet Plus Policy Strategy, Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Made in China 2025 and Healthy China 2030.


The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans

MIT Technology Review

Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can become worldwide Internet powerhouses too. One of the biggest fish in China's market of 730 million Internet users, Baidu is trying to open new revenue streams both domestically and abroad by investing heavily in artificial intelligence. The company employs more than 1,700 AI researchers, including some at a Silicon Valley research center opened in 2014, and was chosen by the Chinese government to run a new national lab intended to make the nation more competitive in machine learning. Why would top talent in artificial intelligence want to work for Baidu's U.S. lab over that of an American company?


ISIS drone factory is seized by Iraqi forces in Mosul

Daily Mail

As the battle for Mosul rages on, Iraqi forces recently discovered this ISIS factory which has been making various death machines - from aerial drones to multi-wheeled robot bombs. As the battle for Mosul rages on, Iraqi forces recently discovered this ISIS factory which has been making various small-scale death machines. Hundreds of civilians fled Mosul's Old City on Friday as Iraqi forces slowly squeeze the last pockets of Islamic State resistance, and the UN warned that the'intense and concentrated' fighting put innocent lives in even greater danger. Hundreds of civilians fled Mosul's Old City on Friday as Iraqi forces slowly squeezed the last pockets of Islamic State resistance, and the UN warned that the'intense and concentrated' fighting put innocent lives in even greater danger Nadja Medley's chilling video of where she was found dead Obnoxious passenger gets very angry when she's not let off plane first The battles came a day after Iraqi forces made significant gains against the militants and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared an end to the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.


ARM Institute West Coast meeting review

Robohub

Robotics manufacturing in the US will be getting federal support to match business or startup investments via the new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. The federal government has committed over $1 billion, matched by over $2 billion in non-federal investment, across the Manufacturing USA network. China is now the world's largest purchaser of industrial robots from overseas, but is now creating Chinese robot manufacturing companies. As one of the industry partners, Silicon Valley Robotics was represented and I'm providing a summary of my notes on the event and presentations.


As the world focuses on its nuclear ambitions, North Korea deploys another weapon: Drones

Los Angeles Times

The U.S. missile system, known as THAAD, is designed to stop the North from striking southern parts of South Korea with mid-range missiles. A U.N. panel of experts recently investigated North Korean drone flights and concluded that one likely was made in China. What's the point, the lawmaker asked, of spending roughly $35 billion annually on South Korean defense "when our radar can't detect small drones?" South Korea's military scrambles after unidentified object detected in airspace, renewing North Korean concerns South Korea's president to meet President Trump this week amid grave concerns over North Korea We went to North Korea.


How to be a Leader in the Artificial Intelligence Revolution TechRevolution

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Though AI is commonly thought of in the realm of wearables and Internet of Things (IoT), investors and startups in key industries like business intelligence and analytics, commerce, cyber-security, fintech and healthcare are making waves with their AI investments. AI is on the verge of penetrating every major industry, making it crucial for savvy IT managers to experiment and implement it into their internal and external facing systems if they want to remain relevant. Within 5 years, a Spiceworks Inc. survey indicated that 61% of businesses will incorporate AI technology into their business analytics, 45% in machine learning and 21% in self-learning robots. But while machine learning doesn't require human input, work performance can be enhanced through actionable data when IT managers stay connected with their technology.