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'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."


Amazon is said to have tweaked search algorithm to favor its own products

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It seems Amazon may be putting profits before customers. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the retail giant tweaked its product-search algorithms in order to favor its own'private label' and higher profit margin products– instead of what is most relevant for consumers. Programmers involved with the search algorithm are said to have opposed the change, as Amazon's principles stress they'work to earn and keep customer trust'. The changes were cited by sources familiar with the situation, who claimed Amazon's product-search system was changed last year. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the retail giant tweaked its product-search algorithms in order to favor its own'private label' and higher profit margin products– instead of what is most relevant for consumers Prior to the switch, algorithms would first show products that were bestsellers or relevant to what customers were looking to purchase.


Tulsi Gabbard accuses Trump of being 'Saudi Arabia's b----' over response to attacks on oil fields

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tusli Gabbard, D-Hawaii took President Trump to task over his response to attacks on Saudi oil fields, likening his wait-and-see approach to being "Saudi Arabia's b----." Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that the U.S. was "waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of the attack, and under what terms we would proceed!" "Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters," Gabbard tweeted in response. "Having our country act as Saudi Arabia's b---- is not'America First.'" The attack on the world's largest oil processing facility and a nearby oil field in Saudi Arabia were hit by drone attacks early Saturday by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels. GABBARD WARNS THAT DNC DEBATE QUALIFICATIONS COULD MAKE VOTERS THINK'THE FIX IS ALREADY IN' Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP) Gabbard made the same off-color remark last year after Trump stood by Saudi Arabia amid backlash for the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi.


'Deepfakes' are becoming more realistic, and could signal the next wave of attacks on politicians

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When Peter Cushing turned to face the camera in Rogue One, Star Wars fans were as excited as they were confused. After all, the actor had died more than 20 years earlier, and yet, there was no mistaking him. For a major Hollywood movie, this is a clever trick. But not everyone is trying to entertain us, and you don't need a million-dollar budget to deceive. "You take the face of one person and put it on the body of another," said Jeff Smith, associate director at the National Center for Media Forensics at the University of Colorado Denver.


Collaboration will drive AI for credit unions

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Technology expert John Best provided an overview of the potential that artificial intelligence (AI) holds for credit unions during a general session at the CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference in Chicago. Best says the long-held vision of AI is a robot that performs virtually all our day-to-day duties, but in the immediate future, AI applications will act as our assistants. "Tomorrow's AI revolution will grow from today's technology," he says. "We're going to have applications in place that take what we do today and do it better." Whether employees are in the call center or accounting, they'll have AI that will assist them with their everyday duties, he says.