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May 19th Top News Headlines and Chat About Artificial Intelligence with Sean Lane

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Following a closed door Senate session in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared, reporters sought reaction and comment to President Trump's displeasure with the appointment of special counsel. The Syrian government backed forces posed a threat to U.S. partner forces and ignored warnings to turn around their convoy. Protests are in opposition to Venezuela's ruling president consolidation of power and the severe poverty that the country is experiencing. The FCC voted 2 to 1 today in favor of rolling back net neutrality regulations put in place by President Obama's administration.


Why Tech Companies Like IBM and Amazon Brand Artificial Intelligence With Human Names

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AI is increasingly acting like humans, so companies are putting big resources and marketing money into branding AI with human-like qualities, down to naming their technology after people. "Zubin" orchestrates all of the AI's technology while the platform's user interface is named "Natalie"--a reference to actress Natalie Portman's dual American and Israeli citizenship. Other prospective names included EureQA, Thinqer, SystemQA and Deep Blue, a reference to IBM's "Big Blue" nickname. In 2015, Sharethrough launched a splashy new tool called Hemingway that uses AI algorithms to analyze words and help brands write the perfect headline.


What Was That Glowing Orb Trump Touched in Saudi Arabia?

NYT > Middle East

Bill Kristol, a prominent conservative critic of Mr. Trump, likened the group to the conclave of witches in "Macbeth." Brian Klaas, a political scientist who has been critical of Mr. Trump, likened the leaders to the evil wizard Saruman from J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." The design felt to a pool reporter who was present like a hybrid of a game-show set and a television thriller's idea of a counterterrorism operations control room. An unnamed official who narrated the features of the new control center said the displays used artificial intelligence to track, in real time, news reports and online statements.


Huge Twitter hijack forces accounts to post swastikas, Nazi messages and pro-Erdogan propaganda

The Independent

Many of the world's biggest publishers, companies and personalities have had their accounts taken over and used to post Nazi swastikas and references to Germany and the Netherlands. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Microsoft brings latest innovations

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The three-day event, patronised by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, is organised by Qatar's Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC). "Microsoft has a strong relationship with MoTC and we stand firmly behind the ministry and the government of Qatar as they work towards the Qatar National Vision 2030, launched by HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani," said Lana Khalaf, public sector director and acting country manager, Microsoft Qatar. Microsoft's HoloLens partner Trimble operates the HoloLens Corner, where attendees have the opportunity to explore the capabilities of the device and walk through an interactive holographic experience of Qitcom. Microsoft has also showcased Sadeem, an e-services solution that the company built for the Qatar government based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and BI.


U.S.-aided Iraqis retake Mosul airport, face Islamic State drone attacks

The Japan Times

The cautious advance stood in sharp contrast to the first days of Iraq's push into Mosul from the east, when Iraqi forces quickly advanced deep into the city's congested neighborhoods, where they were hit with heavy IS counterattacks, including dozens of car bombs that struck the slow-moving Iraqi convoys with deadly consequences. Gen. Yahya Rasool confirmed to AP that Iraqi special forces entered the Ghazlani military base next to the airport on the southern edge of the city. On Sunday, after weeks of preparations, Iraqi forces launched the operation to take Mosul's western half, with the Iraqi regular army and federal police forces taking part in the initial push. A special forces officer overseeing the operation said IS targeted the advancing troops with dozens of bombs dropped from drones.


World's first driverless Tesla taxis to arrive in Dubai

Daily Mail

The city of Dubai will have 200 self-driving Tesla taxis, including Tesla's Model S pictured here, on its roads by 2020 Tesla announced an updated version of their autopilot hardware in December last year, named HW2. The latest update pushes Tesla's autopilot capabilities even further towards full automation, enabling Level 5 automation of vehicles. The purchase is part of the'Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy aimed at transforming 25 per cent of total journeys in Dubai into autonomous journeys by 2030,' Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, told Gulf News. Tesla has sold 200 Model S and Model X (pictured) cars to the United Arab Emirates government, where Dubai could become home to the world's first self-driving car fleet The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.


Yemeni officials say suspected US drone strike kills 3 alleged al-Qaida operatives

FOX News

SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni security and tribal officials say suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed three alleged al-Qaida operatives in the country's southwestern Bayda province. They say the two Saturday strikes killed Abu Anis al-Abi, an area field commander, and two others. U.S. drone strikes against suspected al-Qaida targets have been commonplace in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington as a retaliatory measure. Saturday's strikes were the first to be reported since Donald Trump assumed office as Barack Obama's successor.


Drone attack on Kurdish, French forces reveals new threats

Associated Press

FILE- In this March 1, 2013 file photo, anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Insurgent groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State group in Syria have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other, adding a new twist to the country's civil war, a U.S. military official and others say. FILE- In this March 1, 2013 file photo, anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Insurgent groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State group in Syria have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other, adding a new twist to the country's civil war, a U.S. military official and others say.


New challenges in Syria as militants weaponize drones

Associated Press

FILE- In this March 1, 2013 file photo, anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Insurgent groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State group in Syria have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other, adding a new twist to the country's civil war, a U.S. military official and others say. FILE- In this March 1, 2013 file photo, anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag, as they shout slogans during a demonstration, at Kafranbel town, in Idlib province, northern Syria. Insurgent groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State group in Syria have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other, adding a new twist to the country's civil war, a U.S. military official and others say.