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Artificial Intelligence: Apply for positions at Google's research centre to be launched in Accra JBKlutse

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In a recent blog post and tweet, Google announced that it'd be launching a new Artificial Intelligence research centre to be opened later this year in Accra, Ghana. We're continuing to expand our @GoogleAI teams around the world. We'll be opening our first research center in Africa in #Ghana later this year! If you're a machine learning researcher interested in working in Accra, Ghana, apply: https://t.co/YgntDigTJt With this, Accra will be the first African city to join the likes of New York, Montreal, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris, Beijing, Zurich, Toronto, Seattle, Cambridge/Boston, and Tel Aviv/Haifa, in hosting Google AI centres.


Intel/MobilEye Promises Self-Driving Robotaxi Service In 2022, While Others Back Off

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 07: Mobileye CEO and Intel Senior Vice President Amon Shashua speaks ... [ ] during an Intel press event for CES 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 8-11 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 180,000 attendees. At the EcoMotion self-driving conference held (in cyberspace) from Israel this week, Amnon Shashua, founder and CEO of MobilEye, now a unit of Intel INTC, declared their intention to offer robotaxi service, with no safety drivers, in early 2022. They will begin in their headquarters town of Jerusalem, then move to Tel Aviv, then France, Korea and China. He makes this statement while many other companies, particularly car OEMs, are scaling back their plans and timelines on full robocar service.


Trump, Bound

Slate

Our political institutions were shaped from their inception by the fear that self-government could degenerate into the tyranny of the majority--or allow a leader to gain absolute power. As a result, we now have considerable political resources to oppose Donald Trump: The system of checks and balances, outlined in high-school social studies classes in a tone of vacuous admiration, was put in place for this very moment. But the Founding Fathers recognized that a carefully drafted Constitution could never defend itself; at best, it could empower its defenders. In any moment of peril, the survival of the republic would be up to the American people. Are we meeting this test? There are some bad signs. Although unpopular, Donald Trump retains the backing of a vast swath of the population. We are as far from a national consensus about the danger he represents as we were a few months ago. But there are also some good signs. For one, Americans of all walks of life, both inside and outside the government, have been doing precisely what the Founding Fathers would have hoped for: protesting the would-be authoritarian in the White House and guarding the independence of their institutions. For another, there are plenty of powerful actors stymieing Trump's agenda for reasons of their own. The president's effort to bring back coal is getting an unenthusiastic welcome from utilities, which can make more money with cleaner energy sources. And his health care reform proposal died at the hands of the House Freedom Caucus members who found it insufficiently radical. To mark the 100th day of Trump's presidency, we've assembled in mostly alphabetical order some of the people and institutions--progressive and conservative, American and foreign, principled and self-interested--who are teaching Donald Trump that the president of the United States doesn't always get his way. Is Abdullah II the Trump whisperer? In January, the king visited Washington where, according to BuzzFeed News, he told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Israeli intelligence officials were worried about the destabilizing impact of Trump following through on his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He reportedly told the president the same thing at a meeting on the sidelines of the National Prayer Breakfast. This may not be the sole reason why the embassy was not moved, but it's also worth noting that it was just after a meeting at the White House with Abdullah--who had been the first Arab leader to call on Bashar al-Assad to step down--that Trump abruptly changed his tune on the Syrian leader, condemning his "heinous actions." The king--whose regime is becoming increasingly autocratic--appears to have some influence with Trump.


The Technology 202: U.S. gears up for privacy debate as coronavirus phone monitoring expands globally

Washington Post - Technology News

The coronavirus is leading to an explosion of cellphone monitoring around the world, as the pandemic prompts people to recalculate their positions on privacy issues. Roxanne Halper, who leans to the left of Israel's political spectrum, would normally be wary of government surveillance, my colleagues Kareem Fahim, Min Joo Kim and Steve Hendrix report. Yet the 60-year-old working in international development recently downloaded an Israeli government virus tracing app that uses smartphone data to alert people whether they are in contact with anyone who tested positive. She says health concerns seem more urgent than privacy worries. "I feel like I should have a problem with it and yet I don't," Halper told my colleagues during an interview from her home on a small kibbutz between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.


Israel Says Shoots Down Drone Over Golan Heights Frontier With Syria

U.S. News

FILE PHOTO: A Patriot anti-missile battery is deployed in the northern city of Haifa, Israel August 29, 2013. JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel shot down a pilotless aircraft that tried to enter its airspace at its Golan Heights frontier with Syria on Tuesday, the Israeli military said. Israeli media said a Patriot interceptor missile was used in the incident. Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House. In four years, number of students with access to high-speed internet has increased tenfold.