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Ilhan Omar rips Trump's 'locked and loaded' tweet, blames president for escalation with Iran

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Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar faces condemnation over her'some people did something' comments; reaction from Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer, former White House contributor. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, blasted President Trump over his handling of Iran and suggested that his administration is to blame over the increased tensions between the two nations. Over the weekend, Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed they launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil. The attacks marked the latest of many drone assaults on the Kingdom's oil infrastructure in recent weeks, but easily the most damaging. They raised concerns about the global oil supply and could further escalate tensions across the Persian Gulf amid a growing crisis between the U.S. and Iran over the troubled nuclear deal.


Artifice No More? 'Intelligence' Revolves with Machine Learning

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Repeat after me: Machines are our friends; they're with us till the end! There, now doesn't that feel better? Oh, sure, the "narrative" says that machines will take jobs away from humans, but that's only somewhat true. Mostly, the machines of tomorrow will do what they've always done: streamline and expedite workflow across the spectrum of business processes. Keep in mind, the cotton gin eradicated thousands of jobs all over the Southern United States (and elsewhere), back when it stormed the market in the 1800s.


Artificial intelligence could be used to catch paedophiles prowling on the web

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Artificial intelligence could be used to help catch paedophiles operating on the dark web. The technology would target the most dangerous and sophisticated offenders in efforts to tackle child sexual abuse, the Home Office said. Earlier this month Chancellor Sajid Javid announced £30 million would be set aside to tackle online child sexual exploitation. The Government has pledged to spend more money on the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID), which since 2014 has allowed police and other law enforcement agencies to search seized computers and other devices for indecent images of children quickly against a record of 14 million images to help identify victims. The investment will be used to consider whether adding aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) to the system to analyse voices and estimate ages would help in tracking down child abusers.


Home Office to fund use of AI to help catch dark web paedophiles

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Artificial intelligence could be used to help catch paedophiles operating on the dark web, the Home Office has announced. The government has pledged to spend more money on the child abuse image database, which since 2014 has allowed police and other law enforcement agencies to search seized computers and other devices for indecent images of children quickly, against a record of 14m images, to help identify victims. The investment will be used to trial aspects of AI including voice analysis and age estimation to see whether they would help track down child abusers. Earlier this month, the chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced £30m would be set aside to tackle online child sexual exploitation, with the Home Office releasing more information on how this would be spent on Tuesday. There has been debate over the use of machine learning algorithms, part of the broad field of AI, with the government's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation developing a code of practice for the trialling of the predictive analytical technology in policing.


'Locked and loaded': Military options on table in response to Saudi oil attack as Trump seeks to avoid war

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As the plumes of smoke settle over two of Saudi Arabia's critical oil production facilities – which came under crippling drone strikes over the weekend – both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are deliberating options for retaliation, raising the possibility of much broader instability across the region, although President Trump was quick to point out Monday, "I don't want war with anybody." Intelligence officials from both countries have been quick to point fingers at Iran as the orchestrators of the attack, which analysts have deemed as one of the most disruptive in history. "This is perhaps one of the greatest examples of kinetic economic warfare we have seen in recent times. Iran is suffering from our sanctions but does not want to escalate into an active war with us," Andrew Lewis, a former Defense Department staffer and the president of a private intelligence firm, the Ulysses Group, told Fox News. "They can do a lot to manipulate the world economy, which will have a negative impact on the U.S. and our allies in Europe."


Arkansas Scientists Employ Machine Learning to Manage Corn Crops More Efficiently

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Professors Jia Di, left, and Trent Roberts inspect a prototype corn sensor set up in a test plot at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A team of researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas College of Engineering is designing tiny sensors that can be placed in corn stalks to monitor water, nitrogen and potassium needs in real time. The data collected from those sensors -- matched with geographic, weather and other environmental data -- will feed machine learning software to develop models that will be able to predict when a crop will need those inputs before the conditions exist. Those predictive models can help corn growers give their crops exactly the water and nutrients they need, before they experience stress, to achieve the best possible yields without wasting resources. The collaborative research by the division's Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the university's College of Engineering is supported by the Chancellor's Discovery, Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration Fund.


AI for Recruiting: Everything you Need to Know

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Artificial Intelligence is aimed at simplifying and automating an array of business processes. Recently, AI made its entrance in the field of recruiting and instantly got close attention. The thing is the use of AI for recruiting resulted in significant benefits for both the companies and the candidates. But, as with any other technology, there are certain hidden rocks to keep in mind when implementing AI in your processes. So what exactly does it do and what kind of benefits it may bring?


Pactum Launches Artificial Intelligence Tool for Commercial Negotiations

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and TALLINN, Estonia, September 16, 2019 -- Launching today, Pactum is an AI-based system that helps global companies to autonomously offer personalized, commercial negotiations on a massive scale. The Mountain View, California company, with engineering and operations in Estonia, has raised an initial $1.15 Million in pre-seed funding to augment negotiation and AI capabilities as well as scale operations. Pactum has also filed the patent this week related to its technology IP. Inefficient contracting has been estimated to cause firms to lose between 17% to 40% of the value on a given deal, depending on circumstances, according to research by KPMG. Pactum's AI helps companies improve their bottom line by implementing bespoke negotiation services for large volumes of incremental partners in every market, that might have previously been unmanaged.


The 10 most important moments in AI (so far)

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This article is part of Fast Company's editorial series The New Rules of AI. More than 60 years into the era of artificial intelligence, the world's largest technology companies are just beginning to crack open what's possible with AI--and grapple with how it might change our future. Click here to read all the stories in the series. Artificial intelligence is still in its youth. But some very big things have already happened.


AI Can Now Pass School Tests but Still Falls Short on the Turing Test

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From winning at Go to passing eighth grade level multiple choice tests, AI is making rapid advances. But its creativity still leaves much to be desired. On September 4, 2019, Peter Clark, along with several other researchers, published "From'F' to'A' on the N.Y. Regents Science Exams: An Overview of the Aristo Project " The Aristo project named in the title is hailed for the rapid improvement it has demonstrated when it tested the way eighth-grade human students in New York State are tested for their knowledge of science. The researchers concluded that this is an important milestone for AI: "Although Aristo only answers multiple choice questions without diagrams, and operates only in the domain of science, it nevertheless represents an important milestone towards systems that can read and understand. The momentum on this task has been remarkable, with accuracy moving from roughly 60% to over 90% in just three years."