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Panel Details Global Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

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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.


Russia unveils new 'Checkmate' stealth fighter jet at air show

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Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson has the details from the Pentagon on'Special Report' Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the country's newly unveiled "Checkmate" warplane on Tuesday. The prototype of the Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter was revealed at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon, Reuters reported. The show opened Tuesday in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Fifth-generation refers to the jet's stealth characteristics, a capability to cruise at supersonic speed as well as artificial intelligence to assist the pilots, among other advanced features. "What we saw in Zhukovsky today demonstrates that the Russian aviation has a big potential for development and our aircraft making industries continue to create new competitive aircraft designs," Putin said in a speech at the show.


The space race is back on – but who will win?

The Guardian

Liu Boming took in the dizzy view. Around him lay the inky vastness of space. Over the next seven hours Liu and his colleague Tang Hongbo carried out China's second spacewalk, helped along by a giant robotic arm. Mission accomplished, the two taikonauts – China's astronauts – clambered back into their home for the next three months: Beijing's new space station. The core module of the station, named Tiangong, meaning "heavenly palace", was launched in April.


Live: 2021 World Artificial Intelligence Conference-AI Governance Forum - AI Summary

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To implement General Secretary XI Jinping's important remarks and crucial instructions concerning artificial intelligence, and to implement the work requirements of Ministry of Science and Technology and the construction of Shanghai National New-Generation Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Development Pilot Zone, under the guidance of Department of Strategic Planning & Department of High New Technology of Ministry of Science and Technology and Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, "Artificial Intelligence Governance Forum" will be themed under "People-oriented, Application-concerned" and explore methods analyzing the impact of social application of artificial intelligence technology, promote "artificial intelligence governance enabling'People-oriented' concept", take stock of "Shanghai Experiences" and "Shanghai's Image", in which artificial intelligence technology application is contributing to responsible development and exhibiting demonstrative effects, so as to serve the modernization of artificial intelligence governance system and governance capacity building. To implement General Secretary XI Jinping's important remarks and crucial instructions concerning artificial intelligence, and to implement the work requirements of Ministry of Science and Technology and the construction of Shanghai National New-Generation Artificial Intelligence Innovation and Development Pilot Zone, under the guidance of Department of Strategic Planning & Department of High New Technology of Ministry of Science and Technology and Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, "Artificial Intelligence Governance Forum" will be themed under "People-oriented, Application-concerned" and explore methods analyzing the impact of social application of artificial intelligence technology, promote "artificial intelligence governance enabling'People-oriented' concept", take stock of "Shanghai Experiences" and "Shanghai's Image", in which artificial intelligence technology application is contributing to responsible development and exhibiting demonstrative effects, so as to serve the modernization of artificial intelligence governance system and governance capacity building.


'Racist' facial recognition sparks ethical concerns in Russia

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TBILISI, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - (Editor's note: contains offensive language and terms of racial abuse) From scanning residents' faces to let them into their building to spotting police suspects in a crowd, the rise of facial recognition is accompanied by a growing chorus of concern about unethical uses of the technology. A report published on Monday by U.S.-based researchers showing that Russian facial recognition companies have built tools to detect a person's race has raised fears among digital rights groups, who describe the technology as "purpose-made for discrimination." Developer guides and code examples unearthed by video surveillance research firm IPVM show software advertised by four of Russia's biggest facial analytics firms can use artificial intelligence (AI) to classify faces based on their perceived ethnicity or race. There is no indication yet that Russian police have targeted minorities using the software developed by the firms - AxxonSoft, Tevian, VisionLabs and NtechLab - whose products are sold to authorities and businesses in the country and abroad. But Moscow-based AxxonSoft said the Thomson Reuters Foundation's enquiry prompted it to disable its ethnicity analytics feature, saying in an emailed response it was not interested "in promoting any technologies that could be a basis for ethnic segregation".


Israel used swarm of drones to attack Hamas terrorists: report

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Israel reportedly used a swarm of drones to locate and attack Hamas targets during the 11 day conflict that broke out in May. The Israeli Defense Forces employed artificial intelligence to identify and strike targets in the Gaza Strip, according to a report from the New Scientist, which alleged it may be the first time a drone swarm has been used in combat. Drone swarms have been characterized as the next phase of war fighting, whereby "hundreds of drones that integrate their actions using emergent behavior."


US airstrikes target Iran-backed militias in Syria, Iraq

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The U.S. military, under the direction of President Joe Biden, carried out airstrikes against what it said were "facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups" near the border between Iraq and Syria, drawing condemnation from Iraq's military and calls for revenge by the militias. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the militias were using the facilities to launch unmanned aerial vehicle attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq. It was the second time the Biden administration has taken military action in the region since he took over earlier this year. Kirby said the U.S. military targeted three operational and weapons storage facilities on Sunday night -- two in Syria and one in Iraq. He described the airstrikes as "defensive," saying they were launched in response to the attacks by militias.


Top PMs and Presidents Who Support Artificial Intelligence

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The importance of artificial intelligence is known around the world and every nation is on its way to win the AI race as they realize that acquiring excellence in AI technology would make them the biggest superpower. Tesla king, Elon Musk has recently tweeted that "Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3". Recently India along with Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and others have come together to establish the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) for responsible evolution and use of AI. The PMs and presidents of the nations are supporting artificial intelligence in their speeches as well as their establishment of various policies regarding AI and it is demonstrated in the following. In 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a virtual summit on artificial intelligence called'RAISE 2020'.


Germany warns: AI arms race already underway

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An AI arms race is already underway. That's the reality we have to deal with," Maas told DW, speaking in a new DW documentary, "Future Wars -- and How to Prevent Them." "This is a race that cuts across the military and the civilian fields," said Amandeep Singh Gill, former chair of the United Nations group of governmental experts on lethal autonomous weapons. "This is a multi-trillion dollar question." This is apparent in a recent report from the United States' National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. It speaks of a "new warfighting paradigm" pitting "algorithms against algorithms," and urges massive investments "to continuously out-innovate potential adversaries." And you can see it in China's latest five-year plan, which places AI at the center of a relentless ramp-up in research and development, while the People's Liberation Army girds for a future of what it calls "intelligentized warfare." As Russian President Vladimir Putin put it as early as 2017, "whoever ...


Steering the governance of artificial intelligence: national strategies in perspective

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new terrain of contestation in international relations, wrapped in uncertainty about loss of technological control and human oversight. 'Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world', Russian President Vladimir Putin famously stated in 2017 (RT, 2017). Since then, a plethora of public and private actors have issued statements on how AI would change society for the better or for the worse, highlighting infrastructural developments, military applications and impact on jobs and human relations. Some of these statements revealed concrete plans to address AI-related challenges, but the majority remained principled positions on limiting risks associated with disruptive technologies (Ulnicane et al., 2020, Jobin et al., 2019). As recognition grows that tools based on algorithmic processing and machine learning bring about as many promises as commotions, governments are under increased pressure to react for the wellbeing of their citizens and for their raison d'être (Taeihagh, 2021).