When tales of young couples being snatched off beaches by North Korean agents first began to circulate around Japan in the late 1970s, they were dismissed by most Japanese as conspiracy theory paranoia. But as years went by, evidence mounted that North Korea had in fact engaged in a systematic program of abductions to obtain instructors in Japanese language and culture for its spies. North Korea long denied such claims, but in 2002, when then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made his historic visit to Pyongyang, then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il took Japan by surprise by admitting 13 Japanese had been abducted. Kim apologized, blaming rogue special forces "on a reckless quest for glory." Among the surprised was the family of Megumi Yokota, a schoolgirl snatched while walking home from a badminton lesson in Niigata, on the Sea of Japan coast, in November 1977.
In the long view of history, North Korea getting a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile in 2017 is the rough equivalent of an army showing up for World War II riding horses and shooting muskets. Nukes are so last century. War is changing, driven by cyberweapons, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. Weapons of mass destruction are dumb, soon to be whipped by smart weapons of pinpoint disruption--which nations can use without risking annihilation of the human race. If the U.S. is innovative and forward-thinking, it can develop technology that ensures no ill-behaving government could ever get a nuke off the ground.
For many Americans, the threat of a nuclear missile strike from North Korea feels very real at the moment. Much more real than being attacked by an intelligent robot, say. 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. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, speaks during the International Space Station Research and Development Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 19. 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.
Elon Musk says artificial intelligence poses more of a "risk" than a potential nuclear conflict between the US and North Korea. The CEO of Tesla issued the warning after an AI built by OpenAI, a company founded by Mr Musk, defeated the world's best Dota 2 players after just two weeks of training. "If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea," he tweeted shortly after the bot's victory, along with a picture of a poster bearing the slogan: "In the end, the machines will win". The poster, incidentally, is actually about gambling.
Every time North Korea launches a missile, experts pore over photographs and videos to learn more about the country's weapons capabilities. It's a form of kremlinology, one where something so seemingly trivial as Kim Jong-un's coat carries significant meaning. But you don't have to be an analyst at the CIA or the MI6 or any other three-letter agency to do this. Using a video of Tuesday's launch of what experts said is an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska, you can figure out the missile's acceleration. Let me show you how.
The U.S. missile system, known as THAAD, is designed to stop the North from striking southern parts of South Korea with mid-range missiles. A U.N. panel of experts recently investigated North Korean drone flights and concluded that one likely was made in China. What's the point, the lawmaker asked, of spending roughly $35 billion annually on South Korean defense "when our radar can't detect small drones?" South Korea's military scrambles after unidentified object detected in airspace, renewing North Korean concerns South Korea's president to meet President Trump this week amid grave concerns over North Korea We went to North Korea.
The slow-moving, unidentified object flying over South Korea's border on Tuesday afternoon caused so much concern that soldiers issued loudspeaker warnings and ultimately fired more than 90 machine gun rounds in the air. What first seemed like a provocative North Korean military incursion -- perhaps a drone flight over the two countries' highly secured border -- turned out to be much more innocuous, the South Korean military said Wednesday. South Korean military officials, closely allied with American forces, said Wednesday that their troops hadn't overreacted to the potential provocation, which to them was reminiscent of a drone flight 18 months ago by the North that also prompted gunfire. The council Monday issued a strong statement of condemnation, saying more potential sanctions against the North Korean regime might be coming.
In order to counter the growing nuclear threat from North Korea in the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. is expected to deploy an unmanned aircraft system to South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday, citing a Seoul military official. The attack drone will be deployed to strengthen strike capabilities against ground targets in the North, the official told the South Korean news agency. Also on Monday, South Korean air force said that it had begun a week-long drill named "Soaring Eagle" to practice the country's readiness against any possible threat from its northern neighbor. The reclusive country said that the launches were a part of exercises targeting U.S. military bases in Japan.
Websites have officially blocked searches using the term "Fatty Kim The Third," a disparaging but popular term for the North Korean dictator, according to Reuters. For some reason, North Korean officials found the term offensive. However, "Kim Fat Fat Fat" still brings up results, according to the Associated Press. However, a rather dubious teacher's guide sent to North Korean schools last year claims that nicknames like "Fatty Kim The Third" or even "Kim Fat Fat Fat" ignore what an extraordinary person Kim is.