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Saudia Arabia is planning a 100-mile line of car-free smart communities


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is promising to build a network of smart cities that won't have any cars or roads. It's called The Line, due to its arrangement of "hyper-connected future communities," and will form part of NEOM, a $500 billion project announced in October 2017. According to the prince, the development will offer "ultra-high-speed transit," autonomous vehicles and an urban layout that ensures basic facilities, such as schools and medical clinics, are never more than a five-minute walk away. "It is expected no journey will be longer than 20 minutes," the project's organizers claimed in a press release today. One million people are supposed to live inside The Line.

Facial Recognition And Beyond: Journalist Ventures Inside China's 'Surveillance State'

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Security cameras and facial recognition technology are on the rise in China. In 2018, People's Daily, the media mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party, claimed on English-language Twitter that the country's facial recognition system was capable of scanning the faces of China's 1.4 billion citizens in just one second. German journalist Kai Strittmatter speaks fluent Mandarin and has studied China for more than 30 years. He says it's not clear whether or not the Chinese government is capable of using facial recognition software in the way it claims. But he adds, on a certain level, the veracity of the claim isn't important.

Iran general warns US that it's ready to respond to military pressure

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The president says he will hold Iran responsible if any Americans are killed as the USS Georgia passes through the Strait of Hormuz; Lucas Tomlinson reports. TEHRAN, Iran – The top commander of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Friday that his country was fully prepared to respond to any U.S. military pressure as tensions between Tehran and Washington remain high in the waning days of President Donald Trump's administration. Gen. Hossein Salami spoke at a ceremony at Tehran University commemorating the upcoming one-year anniversary of the U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who headed the expeditionary Quds force, on Jan. 3, 2020. At the time, Iran retaliated by launching a ballistic missile strike on a military base in Iraq that caused brain concussion injuries to about 100 U.S. troops. Washington and Tehran came dangerously close to war as the crisis escalated.

Attitude Of Public In India Towards Artificial Intelligence


The coronavirus has unleashed a medical, social and economic crisis of unimaginable intensity. And in response, the world is discovering a state of new normal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an ever-increasing adoption of technology at a scale unknown till recently. Where does Artificial Intelligence (AI) feature in this new normal? In the medical world, AI has been applied to COVID-19 in four areas: diagnosis, public health, clinical decision-making, and therapeutics.

Iran leader says Biden's arrival doesn't guarantee better relations with US

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Iran's supreme leader and the country's president both warned America on Wednesday that the departure of President Donald Trump does not immediately mean better relations between the two nations. The remarks come as Iran approaches the first anniversary of the U.S. drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, an attack that nearly plunged Washington and Tehran into an open war after months of tensions. In recent weeks, a scientist who founded Iran's military nuclear program two decades ago was gunned down in an attack in a rural area outside of Tehran that The Associated Press accessed for the first time Wednesday. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke in Tehran at the Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh, or congregation hall, where he attended a meeting with Soleimani's family and top military leaders. They all sat some 16 feet away from the 81-year-old Khamenei, who wore a face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic still raging in Iran.

Gun that killed Iran's nuke scientist used 'artificial intelligence,' IRGC says


A satellite-controlled machine gun with "artificial intelligence" was used in last week's assassination of a top nuclear scientist in Iran, the deputy commander of the country's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps told local media Sunday. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, long regarded by Israel and the US as the head of Iran's rogue nuclear weapons program, was driving on a highway outside Iran's capital Tehran with a security detail of 11 Guards on November 27, when the machine gun "zoomed in" on his face and fired 13 rounds, said Rear-admiral Ali Fadavi. The machine gun was mounted on a Nissan pickup and "focused only on martyr Fakhrizadeh's face in a way that his wife, despite being only 25 centimeters (10 inches) away, was not shot," the Mehr news agency quoted IRGC chief Fadavi as saying. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up It was being "controlled online" via a satellite and used an "advanced camera and artificial intelligence" to make the target, he added. Fadavi said that Fakhrizadeh's head of security took four bullets "as he threw himself" on the scientist, and that there were "no terrorists at the scene."

To boost birth rate, Japan's government considers AI to match spouses


In Japan, not only can you have artificial intelligence pick your mate, but you can also have two giant Pikachu mascots standing by as you say I do. Finding the perfect mate can feel impossible, especially when in-person interactions have come to a screeching halt due to COVID-19 lockdowns. But if you live in Japan, the government there wants to help you find eternal love -- or at least your future spouse -- using artificial intelligence. In an effort to boost Japan's declining birth rate, the government has been trying to help single heterosexual men and women find true love so they get married and start families. The number of annual marriages in Japan has fallen from 800,000 in 2000 to 600,000 in 2019.

Panel Details Global Artificial Intelligence Arms Race - USNI News


Harnessing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies has become the new arms race among the great powers, a Hudson Institute panel on handling big data in military operations said Monday. Speaking at the online forum, Richard Schultz, director of the international security program in the Fletcher School at Tufts University, said, "that's the way [Russian President Vladimir] Putin looks at it. I don't think we have a choice" but to view it the same way. He added in answer to a question that "the data in information space is enormous," so finding tools to filter out what's not necessary is critical. U.S. Special Operations Command is already using AI to do what in the old days was called political or psychological warfare, in addition to targeting, he added.

Nuclear scientist killed in Iran by machine gun with 'artificial intelligence'


A satellite-controlled machine gun equipped with "artificial intelligence" was used to assassinate Iran's chief nuclear scientist, according to officials in the country. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who founded Iran's nuclear program in the 2000s, had a security detail of 11 guards while traveling with his wife on Nov. 27 in a car on a highway outside Tehran when an automatic machine gun outfitted with AI and an advanced camera zoomed in on his face and fired 13 times, an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps deputy commander told local media Sunday. "The machine gun was equipped with artificial intelligence to target martyr Fakhrizadeh," Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi said Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency. "The gun was focused only on martyr Fakhrizadeh, and his wife was not shot, despite being a few centimeters away." The head of Fakhrizadeh's security detail, meanwhile, was shot four times when he threw himself on the scientist, Fadavi said, adding that no attackers were at the scene.

Top Nuclear Scientist killed by Satellite-controlled Machine Gun With 'Artificial Intelligence': Iran


New Delhi: Iran on Sunday said that a satellite-controlled machine gun with "artificial intelligence" was used to kill its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near the capital Tehran on November 27. The scientist was driving on a highway with a security detail of 11 Guards, when the machine gun "zoomed in" on his face and fired 13 rounds. Addressing a commemoration ceremony on Sunday for the scientist, Iran's deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Ali Fadavi told local media that the machine gun was mounted on a Nissan pickup and "focused only on martyr Fakhrizadeh's face in a way that his wife, despite being only 25 centimetres (10 inches) away, was not shot." He added, "It was being controlled online via a satellite and used an advanced camera and artificial intelligence to make the target. Fadavi also said that Fakhrizadeh's head of security took four bullets "as he threw himself" on the scientist and that there were "no terrorists at the scene".