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'Adversaries' jamming Air Force gunships in Syria, Special Ops general says

FOX News

The head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command said Wednesday that Air Force gunships, needed to provide close air support for American commandos and U.S.-backed rebel fighters in Syria, were being "jammed" by "adversaries." Calling the electronic warfare environment in Syria "the most aggressive" on earth, Air Force Gen. Tony Thomas told an intelligence conference in Tampa that adversaries "are testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, etc." Thomas' remarks, which were first reported by the website The Drive, come on the heels of reports that Russian forces are jamming U.S. surveillance drones flying over the war-torn nation. An Air Force AC-130 gunship was among the U.S. military aircraft used to kill dozens of Russian mercenaries in Syria in early February. The Pentagon said the mercenaries attacked an outpost manned by American commandos and U.S.-backed fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprising Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters. Wednesday was not the first time General Thomas has been so forthcoming about Syria in a public setting.

Machine Learning, AI Mitigating Insider Threats


Insider threats aren't going away, but the introduction of machine learning and AI are proving to be powerful tools in the fight. See Also: Live Webinar Phishing Like the Bad Guys: Social Engineering's Biggest Success Trzeciak, director of the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University, works at the Software Engineering Institute, where his team researches threats trusted insiders pose to the U.S. government, industry and academia.

Five Big Data and Data Science trends to expect in 2018


According to an IDC Digital Universe Study, by the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet. Uncovering insights from this humungous amount of information will require the seamless adoption of big data technologies, stronger data security, and integration of AI, machine learning and cognitive technologies applications with business operations. This calls for investments in right infrastructure as well as skilled talent that enable the right use of big data and analytics platforms. It is worth noting that India is among the top 10 big data analytics markets and the big data analytics sector is expected to witness an eight-fold growth by 2025 - from the current $2 billion to $16 billion. For companies looking to transform HR processes, perceptive analytics helps access and analyze huge amounts of data for making smarter workforce decisions.

Why Consumer Products and Machine Learning Are a Perfect Match


We use a cutting-edge algorithm. Created by researchers at MIT, this algorithm identifies real insights. Most machine learning counts mentions of a brand or positive-and-negative comments about a product. But the promise of machine learning is insights, and this is what we deliver. We use a cutting-edge algorithm.

Why AI can't fix your broken customer service model


I recently had a very interesting conversation with an air passenger whose flight had been delayed 12 hours by the "Beast from the East," a cold snap that was sweeping across Europe at the time, bringing some countries to a frozen standstill. During his long delay, the disgruntled flyer had heard nothing from his airline, nor had he been able to reach them through any of their communication channels. He even tried tweeting them. Knowing what I do for a living, he ended his tale with the question, "If they had artificial intelligence, would this fix their customer service?" The question illustrated how people often see artificial intelligence as a magical answer to all woes.

Mastering a new AI-driven insurance world


The accident involving a self-driving Uber car that killed a woman in Arizona in March 2018 has made headlines around the world. The vehicle was in autonomous mode when it hit the woman, who was walking outside the crosswalk and later died at a hospital. "What we can learn from the Uber incident is that there will not be 100 percent security in autonomous driving even in an ideal world where all vehicles are autonomous," says Michael Bruch, head of emerging trends at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). "An environment with zero accidents or fatalities is unrealistic. Imagine a child running directly in front of an autonomous car, the hardware would not be able to brake quickly enough to avoid an accident."

Gartner Says Global Artificial Intelligence Business Value to Reach $1.2 Trillion in 2018


Global business value derived from artificial intelligence (AI) is projected to total $1.2 trillion in 2018, an increase of 70 percent from 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. AI-derived business value is forecast to reach $3.9 trillion in 2022. The Gartner AI-derived business value forecast assesses the total business value of AI across all the enterprise vertical sectors covered by Gartner. There are three different sources of AI business value: customer experience, new revenue, and cost reduction. "AI promises to be the most disruptive class of technologies during the next 10 years due to advances in computational power, volume, velocity and variety of data, as well as advances in deep neural networks (DNNs)," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "One of the biggest aggregate sources for AI-enhanced products and services acquired by enterprises between 2017 and 2022 will be niche solutions that address one need very well.

Fairy tale written by artificial intelligence


Robots are writing fairy tales. A team of writers and programmers with Botnik worked together with the sleep app, calm to create a new story -- which you can listen to right on your phone. The first bedtime story generated by AI (Artificial Intelligence) is also the first new Brothers Grimm fairy tale in 200 years. The new story – called "The Princess And The Fox" – is the product of a predictive text algorithm that was fed the stories of the Brothers Grimm, the famed compilers of children's folktales, and trained to mimic their style. Humans only stepped in -- when they really needed to correct something, otherwise they left some flaws in -- to make sure the AI technology wrote the majority of the story.

Emergency dispatchers in Europe to get aid from artificial intelligence


The European Emergency Number Association is expanding tests of an AI system that can help spot a heart attack. An AI tool that helps emergency call dispatchers detect a heart attack situation is set for wider testing in Europe. The Corti digital assistant, made by a company of the same name based in Copenhagen, Denmark, listens in on emergency calls and picks up on cues like breathing patterns, tone of voice and background noises to provide dispatchers with recommendations in real time. Corti is accurate in up to 95 percent of cases, according to the European Emergency Number Association, a Brussels-based nongovernmental organization devoted to improving Europe's emergency services, like its 112 distress call system. EENA said on Wednesday that it's teamed with Corti's creator to bring the system to four new sites throughout Europe for testing.

Facebook beat Wall Street revenue projections with user numbers on target despite data privacy scandal

The Independent

Facebook beat Wall Street revenue projections and announced that its user numbers were in line with estimates in the wake of a user data privacy scandal. Up to 87m users saw their data end up in the possession of political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Facebook has since been scrambling to mollify angry politicians and reassure users that it will safeguard their personal information. Amid that turmoil, observers were keenly watching the company's user figures to assess the potential damage and see if the scandal would suppress Facebook's long-term growth. Its North American user numbers were already flagging at the end of 2017, and since then a number of users have vowed to quit the platform, among them some prominent technology executives, as the #DeleteFacebook movement gained steam.