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That's not because it's impossible to ban weapons technologies. Some 192 nations have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention that bans chemical weapons, for example. But it hasn't suggested it would be open to international agreement banning autonomous weapons. In 2015, the UK government responded to calls for a ban on autonomous weapons by saying there was no need for one, and that existing international law was sufficient.


Moon trolls the sun on Twitter in NASA solar cyber spat

Daily Mail

After being mocked by NASA's official NASA Moon Twitter account (@NASAMoon), NASA Sun & Space's (@NASASun) response was swift: 'Uh EXCUSE me?!? #solareclipse2017,' tweeted @NASASun Tens of thousands of Twitter users liked the exchange between the NASA Sun and NASA Moon Twitter accounts, and many social media users responded with amusement. Windows introduces'Cortana': Your personal digital assistant Moon's shadow crosses from coast to coast during solar eclipse Fawn falls prey to eagle at Wisconsin's Lake Noquebay Hysterical woman is comforted'after watching Annabelle: Creation' The celestial event began in Oregon at just after 9am PDT, and by 10.20am, the sun was completely blocked out except for a halo-like solar corona plunging the area into twilight. Windows introduces'Cortana': Your personal digital assistant Moon's shadow crosses from coast to coast during solar eclipse Fawn falls prey to eagle at Wisconsin's Lake Noquebay Hysterical woman is comforted'after watching Annabelle: Creation'


Florida startup reveals drone with a built in machine gun

Daily Mail

A Florida based startup has developed a done that can carry and fire military weapons, including rifles and grenade launchers. Duke Robotics co-founder and 20-year Israeli military veteran Lieutenant Colonel Raziel Atuar told Defense One that the drone can carry up to 22 pounds (10 kilograms) and is remotely operated. A Florida based startup has developed that can carry and fire military weapons, including rifles and grenade launchers. When the Israeli military tested a 30-pound (13-kilogram) rifle on an consumer drone supplied by Duke Robotics, it was able to stay in the air for just five minutes.


Zooming in on climate predictions

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"Rather than using machine learning to get people to click ads or maximize page views, I decided solving problems in climate science was a better use of my skills and time." "Rather than using machine learning to get people to click ads or maximize page views, I decided solving problems in climate science was a better use of my skills and time," Vandal said. "These downscaled datasets will be of immense value to climate researchers and eco-climatic modelers who want to study anything from the impact of ecosystems to changes in climate for future warming scenarios," said Sangram Ganguly, one of the study's co-authors and a senior research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at the NASA Ames Research Center. "The computer science field changes really fast," Auroop Ganguly said.


AI in Space

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

This project is one of five being explored as part of an artificial intelligence pilot research program sponsored by NASA. Last Thursday at an event at Intel, participants in the NASA Frontier Development Laboratory research accelerators presented results showing how artificial intelligence can speed up space science. Their results agreed with human image classification about 98 percent of the time, about five times the accuracy of previous image analysis systems. One group's algorithm, called FlareNET, outperformed NOAA's existing system for predicting solar flares.


AI Expo North America: Get Ready for Sessions From Leading AI Experts at Google, Unity, and NASA - DZone AI

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The AI Expo North America event will showcase the next generation technologies and strategies from the world of artificial intelligence -- an opportunity to explore and discover the practical and successful implementation of AI in driving forward businesses in 2017 and beyond. A report by Forrester has revealed that businesses who implement artificial intelligence strategies to reveal new business insights will prosper by $1.2 trillion per annum compared to their competitors who are less informed. Topics covered include business intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, AI algorithms, data and analytics, virtual assistants and chatbots, as well as case study-based presentations proving insight into the deployment of AI across different verticals. Purchase your Ultimate pass today to gain access to three co-located events (IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, and AI Expo) with 12 different conference tracks, 300 speakers, and 300 exhibitors.


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President Trump has been out of the White House for over two weeks at his golf course and his message about his return says that during his time away he witnessed the worst "Fake News" he's seen. He will address the nation Monday night about Afghanistan and South Asia.


Total Solar Eclipse Weather Forecast: Will Clouds Block Your View?

International Business Times

There's a chance clouds will obscure your view of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, according to this map of typical cloudiness on that date through history. If clouds obscure this total solar eclipse, there won't be another one visible in the lower 48 states until April 2024, according to NASA. There will also be an annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun but not at the right distance to completely block it out, viewable in the continental U.S. in 2023. The last time a total solar eclipse moved through the mainland United States was in February 1979.


VA seeks BPM bots -- GCN

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The Department of Veterans Affairs' Financial Services Center is interested in adding robotic process automation to its business process management suite. By removing dull, repetitive tasks from human operators' responsibilities, it helps organizations increase the accuracy and speed of business processes. According to a request for information, the VA is looking for RPA software that automates tasks and workflows and integrates with its Pega 7 BPM applications. NSSC is working with Deloitte Consulting on proof-of-concept RPA software for financial management processing in the agency's Bots-as-a-Service pilot.


'Explainable Artificial Intelligence': Cracking open the black box of AI

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At a demonstration of Amazon Web Services' new artificial intelligence image recognition tool last week, the deep learning analysis calculated with near certainty that a photo of speaker Glenn Gore depicted a potted plant. Artificial intelligence – in its application of deep learning neural networks, complex algorithms and probabilistic graphical models – has become a'black box' according to a growing number of researchers. While "humans are surprisingly good at explaining their decisions," said researchers at University of California, Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany in a recent paper, deep learning models "frequently remain opaque". Their December paper Attentive Explanations: Justifying Decisions and Pointing to the Evidence, primarily focused on image recognition, makes a significant step towards AI that can provide natural language justifications of decisions and point to the evidence.