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Germany won't export arms to Saudi 'in current situation': Merkel

The Japan Times

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's violent death. "I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports (to Saudi Arabia) that they cannot take place in the current situation," she told reporters at her party headquarters. Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, had already said on Saturday that he currently saw "no basis for decisions in favor of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Germany last month approved €416 million ($480 million) worth of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for 2018. In the past, military exports by Berlin to Riyadh have mostly consisted of patrol boats. Merkel reiterated that she condemned Khashoggi's killing "in the strongest terms" and saw an "urgent need to clear up" the case. "We are far from seeing everything on the table and the perpetrators being brought to justice," she said. Merkel added that she would continue to consult with international partners about a coordinated reaction to the case. Germany and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs. The Khashoggi case has opened a serious new rift with European partners Britain, France and Germany saying in a joint statement earlier that Saudi Arabia must clarify how Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, and its account must "be backed by facts to be considered credible.

Teasing Out The Bang For The Buck Of Inference Engines


In this case, the benchmarks are for running the GoogLetNet V1 convolutional neural network framework, with a batch size of 1. (Meaning that items to be identified are sent through in serial fashion rather than batched up to be chewed on all at once.) This framework came close to beating humans at image recognition, but it took Microsoft's ResNet in 2015 to accomplish this feat, with a 3.57 percent failure rate compared to humans at 5.1 percent. The baseline for performance that Xilinx chose was the smallest F1 FPGA-accelerated instance on the EC2 compute cloud at Amazon Web Services. This instance has a single Virtex UltraScale VU9P FPGA on it, which has 1.182 million LUTs, which is attached to a server slice that has eight vCPUs (Based on the "Broadwell" Xeon E5-2696 v4 processor and 122 GB of main memory.

Artificial intelligence is changing how investors' money is being managed


The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed more than 1,300 points earlier this month in the most dramatic drop since February. If you are a client of Morgan Stanley MS Wealth Management, you may have received a message from your financial advisor. The purpose of the message would be to tell you exactly what happened in the market and what the firm's investment professionals are saying about it. It would also tell you your portfolio's current probability of success in light of recent events. The email would come from your financial advisor.

How AI Can Help Your Business Grow


Salesforce recently conducted a survey on how small businesses use technology, and we were surprised to see that 61% of small business owners believe their businesses are not ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Because AI adds the type of seamless efficiency that gives small businesses a huge boost -- and because you probably use it already anyway. That's right -- We rely on intelligent offerings every time we order from Amazon, ask Siri for directions, chat with a customer service rep, or add a suggested friend on Facebook. And there's no reason smaller businesses can't emulate these powerful, time-saving features, too. Here are three ways to add artificial intelligence to your growing business.

Taking the temperature of IoT for healthcare


The Internet of Things (IoT) is full of promises to transform everything from transportation to building maintenance to enterprise security. But no field may have more to gain than the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers and device makers are all looking to the IoT to revolutionize the gathering of healthcare data and the delivery of care itself. But while many of those benefits are already becoming reality, others are still on the drawing board. Two very different IoT healthcare stories crossed by desk this month -- taken together they provide a surprisingly nuanced picture of healthcare IoT.

Top 10 Best Artificial Intelligence Masters Degree Programs in the World


In spite of the fact that the idea of Artificial Intelligence has been around for a long time, it is just in the most recent years that it has gotten on the tech charts and is trending in each and every industry conceivable. Getting to be noticeably extraordinary compared to other cherished techs among the ingenious minds all over the world, Artificial Intelligence demands a mix of computer science, mathematics, cognitive psychology, and engineering. There is no doubt about that soon the demand for experts prepared in Artificial Intelligence would beat supply. In spite of the fact that there is some overlap of Artificial Intelligence with analytics, a capable Artificial Intelligence expert would have profound knowledge on spheres like computer vision, natural language processing, robotics automation, and machine learning. Artificial Intelligence education is still in its youthful days.

Mica, the surprising humanized artificial intelligence Assistant of Magic Leap - OptoCrypto


But Mica, the company's artificial intelligence, really deserves attention. With "Mica", the augmented reality company Magic Leap has introduced the next evolution of virtual assistants. In contrast to Cortana, Alexa or Siri with their disembodied voices, Mica has an incredibly real avatar. She yawns, makes eye contact and interacts with the wearer using Magic Leap's augmented reality glasses. At the time of Alexa, Siri or Cortana we are used to having ubiquitous but disembodied vocal assistants.

Google Assistant may soon have a web app for lists and notes


Google Assistant might soon have its own list- and note-taking functions instead of leaning on third-party apps. The 9to5Google team has sifted through the Google search app's code to discover an unannounced "Lists and Notes" web app for Assistant that lets you jot down important information to sync across devices. It's extremely basic (you can't do much more than add titles), but there's a degree of polish that suggests it's not just an experiment. It's not clear if or when Google might put this app into service. Any such move might leave people scratching their head -- if you already use Google Keep or Google Tasks, why switch to this?

How AI took center stage at CES 2017


CES 2017 was set to be the biggest so far, with more exhibitors, products, and visitors than ever before in its 50 year history. But one signal sparked my interest above everything else: increasing focus on how technology brings value over technology per se. It was hard to find anything not labeled "smart" or "intelligent" this year. While just a year ago AI seemed futuristic, people now expect it … and expect it to work straight out of the box. This is because we've reached sufficient maturity in what I call the 4Cs of useful AI: computing, connectivity, cognition, and convergence.

Apple Data Downloads, A Dating App for Trump Fans, and More Security News This Week


As has become an unwelcome tradition, as Friday wound down and the weekend was so close we could nearly taste it, breaking news hit. The biggest Friday night bombshell came in the form of an indictment of a Russian national engaged in a massive conspiracy to influence the upcoming midterm elections. With millions of dollars at her disposal, she and her co-conspirators have allegedly been engaging in a coordinated effort to use Americans' weaknesses and divisions against us, to amp up racial discord, and generally sow chaos and discontent. Of course, it wasn't like the week had been drama free up until that point. The fun, if you can call it that, began last Saturday, when Robert Mueller expert Garrett Graff explained what he expected to see next from the investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 election.