US charges two Russian government agents with hacking in unprecedented prosecution of Kremlin officials

The Independent - Tech

The US has brought hacking charges against Russian officials for the first time ever. The decision comes as federal officials continue to investigate whether Russian spies interfered with the 2016 presidential election by hacking the Democratic party, among others. The country launched cyber attacks that were calculated to help Donald Trump win the election, it has been claimed by intelligence agencies and some politicians. Though the Justice Department has previously charged Russians with cyber crime – and brought prosecutions against hackers sponsored by the Chinese and Iranian governments – the new indictments are the first time a criminal case has been brought against Russian government officials. 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.


Silicon Cochlea Mimics Human Hearing

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Cameras and audio equipment are getting better all the time, but mostly through brute force: more pixels, more sensors, and better post-processing. Mammalian eyes and ears beat them handily when it comes to efficiency and the ability to only focus on what's interesting or important. Neuromorphic engineers, who try to mimic the strengths of biological systems in manmade ones, have made big strides in recent years, especially with vision. Researchers have made machine-vision systems that only take pictures of moving objects, for example. Instead of taking many images at a steady, predetermined rate, these kinds of cameras monitor for changes in a scene and only record those.


Artificial Intelligence Gets On the Map: First Hearing at A Senate Committee

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In October, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy released a report, Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence, and hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, as a culmination of a year long set of activities seeking public comment on artificial intelligence and its policy implications. Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is convening a hearing on the dawn of artificial intelligence. The witness list looks august and I am looking forward to talking through the content here afterwards.


Trump shifts on at least 3 prominent issues: Climate, torture and prosecution of Clinton

Los Angeles Times

Donald Trump tweaked the script of his transition again Tuesday, appearing to shift his stance on at least three major issues in the course of an afternoon but defending his right to continue involvement in his worldwide businesses despite the potential for conflicts of interest. What seemed to be Trump's ironclad belief that America must withdraw from the international climate change accord reached last year suddenly wasn't so ironclad. He demurred when pressed on whether he would pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton -- a signature promise of his campaign. And he backed off on his commitment to torturing enemies of state, saying a single conversation with a retired Marine general changed his mind. The day marked yet another in which Trump's agenda bounced around like a pinball.


Trump shifts on at least 3 prominent issues: Climate, torture and prosecution of Clinton

Los Angeles Times

Donald Trump tweaked the script of his transition again Tuesday, appearing to shift his stance on at least three major issues in the course of an afternoon but defending his right to continue involvement in his worldwide businesses despite the potential for conflicts of interest. What seemed to be Trump's ironclad belief that America must withdraw from the international climate change accord reached last year suddenly wasn't so ironclad. He demurred when pressed on whether he would pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton -- a signature promise of his campaign. And he backed off on his commitment to torturing enemies of state, saying a single conversation with a retired Marine general changed his mind. The day marked yet another in which Trump's agenda bounced around like a pinball.