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South Korea's Moon advocates regional virus initiative involving Japan, others

The Japan Times

Seoul – South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Wednesday for a regional infectious disease control and public health initiative involving Japan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea to tackle health crises and lay the foundation for peace with Pyongyang. Moon unveiled the so-called Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative for Infectious Disease Control and Public Health during a video address to the U.N. General Assembly. "In the face of the COVID-19 crisis that poses a greater threat to humanity than a war, we came to be acutely reminded that the safety of neighboring countries is directly linked to that of our own," Moon said, according to an English translation of his prepared remarks distributed by his office. Such an initiative would lead North Korea to "engage with the international community," according to Moon. "It is not only Korea's response to COVID-19 but also the invaluable lessons Korea will be gaining from institutionalizing peace that Korea wishes to share with the rest of the world," he said.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatens retaliation for all involved in killing of Soleimani

FOX News

The E.U. supports the Iranian nuclear deal as the Trump administration announces new sanctions. Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Saturday threatened to avenge the killing of its top general, saying it would go after everyone responsible for the January U.S. drone strike in Iraq. The guard's website quoted Gen. Hossein Salami as saying, "Mr. Our revenge for martyrdom of our great general is obvious, serious and real." FILE: Chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami speaks at a pro-government rally, in Tehran, Iran.

Feds Charge Chinese Hackers With Ripping Off Video Game Loot From 9 Companies


For years, a group of Chinese hackers known variously as Barium, Winnti, or APT41 has carried out a unique mix of sophisticated hacking activities that has puzzled the cybersecurity researchers tracking them. At times they appear focused on the usual state-sponsored espionage, believed to be working in the service of the Chinese Ministry of State Security. At other times their attacks looked more like traditional cybercrime. Now a set of federal indictments has called out those intruders by name, and cast their activities in a new light. Five Chinese hackers are accused of a sprawling scheme to break into the networks of hundreds of global companies in a broad range of industries, as well as think tanks, universities, foreign government agencies, and the accounts of Hong Kong government officials and pro-democracy activists.

Hitting the books: How China uses AI to influence its 1.4 billion citizens


The battle for international hegemony didn't stop with the fall of the Reichstag in 1945, or of the Soviet Union in 1991 -- it has simply moved online. Today, states and their actors are waging a digital cold war with artificial intelligence systems at the heart of the fight. As Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2017, "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." In T-Minus AI, the US Air Force's first Chairperson for Artificial Intelligence, Michael Kanaan examines the emergence of AI as a tool for maintaining and expanding State power. Russia, for example, is pushing for AI in every aspect of its military complex, while China, as you can see in the excerpt below, has taken a more holistic approach, with the technology infiltrating virtually all strata of Chinese society.

Artificial Intelligence could add $450-$500 billion to GDP by 2025: Nasscom


Pune: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data could add $450-$500 billion to India's GDP by 2025, industry body Nasscom said in a report. According to the'Unlock Value from Data and AI: The Indian Opportunity' report, this could in turn aid India's economic growth and recovery. Nasscom's action plan recommends focusing on five key areas -- strategy, data, technology stack, talent and execution. According to the report, if India acts quickly, it can become a leader in building a holistic data utilization and AI effort, especially as countries emerge from the pandemic and global economic slowdown. The action plan and report has been reviewed by industry leaders including N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons; Rishad Premji, Chairman, Wipro; UB Pravin Rao, Chairman, Nasscom and Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.

Saudi Arabia to host global artificial intelligence summit in October


LONDON: A data and artificial intelligence (AI) summit will be held in Saudi Arabia in October, it was announced on Friday. The Global AI Summit, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and organized by the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA), will take place on October 7-8 with the theme "AI for the Good of Humanity." SDAIA said the summit will be a virtual one due to the ongoing precautionary measures put in place by the Saudi government to tackle the spread of COVID-19. The summit will discuss how AI trends can assist the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, some inspirational insights about future requirements for regulators, investors, and companies in the field of AI as well as how AI will develop in the future. Among the participants will be many distinguished speakers and global experts from different countries, who will cover a range of topics divided into four sectors: 'Shaping the New Normal,' 'AI and Governments,' 'Governing AI' and'The Future of AI.' According to a SDAIA statement, the event will tackle global changes and their impact on the transformation of AI and review how AI technologies can be used to create a better future for all, in addition to highlighting the most prominent technical challenges facing the global AI community today and how to develop AI technologies safely and ethically in various applications that affect human life.

AI: Artificial intelligence danger of aiding totalitarians – 'Unprecedented power' – IAM Network


Artificial intelligence today (properly known as'narrow' or'weak' AI) is progressing at an ever-accelerating pace. AI can encompass anything from Google's search algorithms to IBM's Watson. However, AI is also being exploited by governments eager to enhance their power over an ever-more digitally-dependent world. Simon McCarthy-Jones, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at Trinity College Dublin, reveals why the'technological elite' require'checks and balances' in the use and development of artificial intelligence. AI is the ultimate source of knowledge, making it the ultimate source of powerProfessor Simon McCarthy-JonesHe told "AI is the ultimate source of knowledge, making it the ultimate source of power."The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, says that whoever leads the world in AI will rule it.

The Chinese Government Restricts AI Technology Exports to Stop the Selling of TikTok


On August 28, China's Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology released the new updated version of the Catalogue of Technologies Prohibited and Restricted from Export, which imposed restrictions on the trading of sensitive technologies such as AI. The new document is released near the closing date of the ByteDance's TikTok acquisition by a US company. The updated catalogue divides technology export into three categories: "open", "restricted" and "prohibited". The restricted section now includes the computer service industry spearheaded by the emerging AI technologies, such as AI speech synthesis, AI-backed interactive interface, personalized recommendation system powered on data analysis, and more. The most valuable asset of TikTok, the internationally popular short video app, is the FYP (for you page) algorithm that recommends videos based on user interests, which suits the above definition of "personalized recommendation powered on data analysis". Its owner company ByteDance also holds a number of cutting-edge technologies in AI and other fields, including "AI-backed interactive interface".

TikTok Sale Imminent, CNBC Says, But New Chinese Tech Export Rules Could Be An Obstacle

International Business Times

Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok has selected a buyer for its U.S., New Zealand and Australian assets and may announce a deal on Tuesday, CNBC reported. However, the Chinese government has created a potential obstacle to efforts by TikTok's parent internet tech firm ByteDance to sell off these assets to overseas buyers. Beijing has asserted it can block any such deal to foreign companies by imposing tighter restrictions on certain technology exports. Specifically, the Chinese Commerce Ministry added speech and text recognition – key elements of TikTok's technology -- to a slew of products that will now need government approval prior to their sale to foreign entities. China had not made any changes to its technology export list since 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Commerce Ministry statement.