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Mike Pompeo in Mideast seeks to build coalition against Iran but faces hard sell

The Japan Times

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks Monday with the Saudi king and crown prince about countering the military threat from Iran by building a broad, global coalition that includes Asian and European countries. Pompeo is likely to face a tough sell in Europe and Asia, particularly from those nations still committed to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that President Donald Trump repudiated last year. With tensions running high in the region after Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone on June 20 and Trump said he aborted a retaliatory strike, Iran's naval commander warned that his forces won't hesitate to down more U.S. drones that violate its airspace. The U.S. has been building up its military presence in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. announced additional sanctions Monday on Iran aimed at pressuring the Iranian leadership into talks.


Data Science for Public Policy: How I Fake My Way Through Imposter Syndrome - Medium

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Three years ago, if you told me that one day I would use python to analyze AI policy and make Guido van Rossum chuckle, I would think you are crazy. Three years later at PyCon 2019 in Cleveland, that's exactly what happened. I was by no means a tech person. I was trained as an economist (read: stats nerd), but somehow for the past three years I've been writing analysis on deep-tech fields including AI and 5G. What I hope to achieve with this post is not #humblebrag (ok, maybe a little happy dance) but to share with you all the struggles I had and am still experiencing on a daily basis and to reassure a fellow researcher somewhere feeling that he/she is faking it all the time, you are not alone.


Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time

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The United States Postal Service is going to put mail on self-driving trucks. Starting this week, letters and packages moving between Phoenix and Dallas will travel on customized Peterbilt trucks run by TuSimple, an autonomous startup based in San Diego. There will be five round trips between the two cites, with the first haul leaving from Phoenix this morning. It's the first time that the Postal Service has contracted with an autonomous provider for long-haul service. "This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future," the USPS said in a press release that cited the possibility of using "a future class of vehicles" to improve service, reduce emissions and save money.


Integrated TechPR Wins Awards - Trudy Darwin Consulting

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Our USP in the PR market is to research to find the next influential technology and business leader who can support POC data to the media. In today's digital thunderstorm of news, publications, are more than ever, reliant on the principles of journalism. That is why we are excited to announce we have been nominated for Best Integrated Agency in the 2019 Prolific London Awards. Our mission to create dynamic client campaigns through digital innovation, keeps us at the forefront of leading business and technology media conversations and we are proud to share this nomination with our dedicated international team. Our work with UK based WAN Data Acceleration company Bridgeworks Ltd., has produced a thriving external communications strategy to attract multi-million dollar business contracts in global markets like the US, Europe and South Africa.


Estonia's government AI will tell you when to see the doctor Sifted

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Ott Velsberg, Estonia's fresh-faced, 28-year-old chief data officer, is on a mission put AI into every part of the country's public services, from healthcare to education and job centres. "The aim is to make government more proactive and responsive to people's life-events," says Velsberg. Instead of citizens having to apply for things like driver's licences and school places, he envisions a system where public bodies can anticipate and preemptively respond to the needs people have at different stages of their life. "We're not telling people what to do. That might happen in China but not in Estonia, or in Europe as a whole."


New openSAP Course on Ethical Artificial Intelligence SAP News Center

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SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today said it will offer a new course on the openSAP platform that focuses on the ethical implications when developing and interacting with artificial intelligence (AI). Creating Trustworthy and Ethical Artificial Intelligence, offered June 25 through July 24, is geared toward all leaders, professionals, developers and general users of AI technology. "The potential for AI and machine learning is great, and the technology has already had significant impact in automating tasks and efficiently analyzing data sets," said Bernd Welz, chief knowledge officer, SAP. "As this technology continues to evolve and becomes further engrained in our society, it's important that we take the necessary steps to ensure that its development and continued application are carried out in an ethical way. Through this course, we're showing learners how they can keep ethics in the forefront when developing AI- and machine learning–enabled technologies."


NASA's newest supersonic jet will NOT have a front window

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA is currently working on a supersonic plane shaped like a pencil which doesn't have a front-facing window for the pilot to look out of. This seemingly flawed concept will be mitigated by the installation of a 4K ultra high resolution TV screen showing a live feed from two cameras mounted on the front of the plane. The system is called the eXternal Visibility System (XVS) and will combine terrain data and visual input to create a comprehensive image of the plane's location. Known formally as the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), it has garnered the nickname'son of concord' and could be ready for test fights by 2021 and could one day fly from London to New York in just three hours. The pilot's lack of a window will be solved by the installation of a 4K ultra high resolution TV (artist's impression, pictured) screen showing a live feed from two cameras mounted on the front of the plane NASA is currently working on a supersonic plane shaped like a pencil which doesn't have a front-facing window for the pilot to look out of (pictured).


Deepfakes aren't a tech problem. They're a power problem Oscar Schwartz

The Guardian

In the lead-up to the 2016 election, very few predicted the degree to which online misinformation would disrupt the democratic process. Now, as we edge closer to 2020, there is a heightened sense of vigilance around new threats to truth in our already fragile information ecosystem. At the top of the list of concerns is no longer Russian bots, but deepfakes, the artifical intelligence-manipulated media that can make people appear to do or say things that they never did or said. The threat is being taken so seriously that last Thursday, the House intelligence committee held Congress's first hearing on the subject. In his opening remarks, Representative Adam Schiff, the committee chairman, talked of society being "on the cusp of a technological revolution" that will qualitatively transform how fake news is made.


Iran says 'spy drone' violated its airspace in May amid U.S. escalation

The Japan Times

TEHRAN - Iran said on Sunday a "spy drone" had encroached its airspace in May, about a month before it downed an American drone as part of a series of escalatory incidents between Tehran and Washington. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted a map saying the U.S.-made MQ9 Reaper drone -- also widely used for carrying out military strikes -- had entered his country's airspace on May 26. Iran shot down a U.S. Global Hawk drone Thursday, saying it had violated its airspace near the strategic Strait of Hormuz -- a claim the United States denies. U.S. President Donald Trump called off a planned retaliatory military strike Friday, saying the response would not have been "proportionate," with Tehran warning any attack would see Washington's interests across the Middle East go up in flames. On Sunday U.S. national security adviser John Bolton cautioned Iran against misinterpreting the last-minute cancellation.


Dell Planning Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence Investments To Drive Server Growth

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Dell EMC, subsidiary of Dell Technologies brands, said Wednesday it was looking into investing in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics, and cloud-compliance. "The clients are looking to tap these technologies, which is why we are bringing in servers that allow them to optimize on traditional workloads as well as invest into new age workloads such as cloud, artificial intelligence, analytics, and blockchain," said Manish Gupta, senior director and general manager of Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell EMC India, the Economic Times, an Indian daily, reported. The clients of Dell EMC India include major local IT firms, banks, financial organizations, and insurance companies. This list also includes the Indian government which is reportedly taking a keen interest in blockchain applications. Dell EMC's servers and networking business posted revenue of $5.1 billion in the second quarter of 2018, a 34 percent increase from 2017.