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We Must Stop The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race At Any Cost


My visit to Japan has coincided with the 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings. During the occasion, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for global cooperation to end nuclear weapons. Nuclear science was supposed to bring unlimited supply of energy to the power-starved countries of the world. Nuclear research was supposed to bring an unlimited supply of energy to the power-starved countries of the world.

AI is coming to war, regardless of Elon Musk's well-meaning concern


Italian emergency workers rescue a baby (C) after an earthquake hit the popular Italian tourist island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, causing several buildings to collapse overnight. A protester covers her eyes with a China flag to imply Goddess of Justice during the rally supporting young activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow in central in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were jailed last week after being convicted of unlawful assembly. South Korea protesters hold placards with an illustration of U.S. President Donald Trump during a during a 72nd Liberation Day rally in Seoul, South Korea.

Here's why India is likely to lose the AI race FactorDaily


In sharp contrast, Indian startups have collectively raised less than $100 million from (2014-2017YTD), according to data from startup analytics firm Tracxn -- that's smaller than Andrew Ng's recently launched $150 million VC fund. Artificial intelligence is an especially thorny space to be in as Indian startups lack access to large data sets. Very few VC funds in India will fund business models with a five-to-ten year timeline where data collection and analysis comes first. In 2006, his company – Tachyon Techologies released the first machine learning based Indian language input system called Quillpad.

Elon Musk thinks AI is a bigger threat than North Korea


But according to Elon Musk, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) poses a much greater threat to humanity than Kim Jong-un's belligerent regime in Pyongyang. The Tesla and SpaceX chief executive has long warned of the dangers of AI and issued his latest opinion after a bot from OpenAI defeated some of the world's best players in in a professional gaming competition. Musk has previously urged governors to legislate for safe uses of AI, stating that robots could replace humans in any kind of job and could be incentivized to harm humans. Musk shot back that Zuckerberg's understanding of the subject was "limited."

Eyes in the sky: Inside the hunt for Islamic State fighters in Syria

Los Angeles Times

Over the past 20 years, unmanned aircraft were primarily used to collect intelligence or to launch Hellfire missiles at specific terrorist targets after extensive surveillance -- enemy strongholds or targeted killings of suspects in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere. The Air Force launched its first "danger-close" drone strikes while aiding local forces fighting Islamic State in Surt, a coastal city in Libya, last year. Drones subsequently launched more than 70% of 495 airstrikes against the militants, helping local Libyan militia fighters retake Surt by December, according to the Air Force. U.S. special operations forces face growing demands and increased risks The U.S. military is targeting Islamic State's virtual caliphate by hunting & killing its online operatives one-by-one

U.S. Navy reports another close call with Iran drone

The Japan Times

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – An unarmed Iranian drone shadowed a U.S. aircraft carrier at night and came close enough to F-18 fighter jets to put the lives of American pilots at risk, the Navy said Tuesday, reporting the second such tense encounter within a week. Iran's military and state-run media did not immediately report the incident, which came after a similar encounter Aug. 8, in which the Navy said an Iranian drone came within 100 feet (30 meters) of an F-18 preparing to land on the Nimitz. The incidents at sea almost always involved Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force that reports only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Of the incidents at sea last year, the worst involved Iranian forces capturing and holding overnight 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into the Islamic Republic's territorial waters.

3 Technologies To Make 'Digital India' Dream Come True -


As part of the initiative, the telecom governing body will be collaborating with the telcos and internet data providers to set up'pay-as-you-go' public data offices (PDOs) in different parts of the country. As a part of Prime Minister Modi's Digital India initiative, The Indian Railways have partnered with Google to provide Wi-Fi broadband facility to passengers at major railway stations across India. "Increasingly being termed cyber archaeology, the latest Big Data tools can help archaeological agencies capture digital information, collaborate, store, share, as well as display data for public and researchers. All these technologies today are also giving shape to our country's much ambitious initiative- Smart Cities-India took a major step towards building safer, greener and intelligent cities as the government announced its plans to develop 100 smart cities along with a host of urban renewal schemes.

People are far more likely to be killed by artificial intelligence than nuclear war with North Korea, warns Elon Musk

The Independent

"Biggest impediment to recognizing AI danger are those so convinced of their own intelligence they can't imagine anyone doing what they can't." Mr Musk has spoken out about the potential dangers of AI on numerous occasions, and recently engaged in a war of words with Mark Zuckerberg, who has a very different outlook to him. After Mr Musk called AI "a fundamental existential risk for human civilisation", the Facebook founder branded his views as "negative" and "pretty irresponsible". "Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late."

Infosec Pros: AI Could Soon Be Used Against Us


The security vendor polled Black Hat USA attendees last week to gauge their thoughts on the rapidly emerging technology. Attendees also claimed that Russian state-sponsored hackers are the biggest threat to US organizations at present (34%), although financially motivated, organized cybercrime came a close second (33%), with the Chinese state coming some way behind in third (20%). In reality, the distinction between Russian state hackers and organized crime may be a tricky one to make, as it's likely that the Kremlin leverages the grey area between the two to commission hackers at arm's length, thereby ensuring it can maintain plausible deniability in the event an attack is detected. Cylance also found that Black Hat attendees' biggest internal cybersecurity issue of late has been patching and updating security and operating systems (40%), followed by compliance issues (24%).

Chinese Government Wants Country To Be AI Leader By 2030


The Chinese government has released a three-step blueprint, showing how it intends to become the leader in artificial intelligence development and deployment by 2030. This means an AI industry worth $22 billion and $150 billion in related fields, such as self-driving. From there, the Chinese government will work to have all regulatory and legal framework set by 2025. In the plan, the State Council estimated $150 billion in value for the AI sector and $1.5 trillion for related fields.