Center for American Security's Fred Fleitz unpacks the national security risks posed by China's access to TikTok data and Chinese-made drones flying over Washington D.C. World Economic Forum founder and Chair Klaus Schwab recently sat down for an interview with a Chinese state media outlet and proclaimed that China was a "role model" for other nations. Schwab, 84, made these comments during an interview with CGTN's Tian Wei on the sidelines of last week's APEC CEO Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Schwab said he respected China's "tremendous" achievements at modernizing its economy over the last 40 years. FILE: World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab sits, as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) addresses the delegates, during the last day of the WEF in Davos, Switzerland May 26, 2022. "I think it's a role model for many countries," Schwab said, before qualifying that he thinks each country should make its own decisions about what system it wants to adapt.
'Putin's Playbook' author Rebekah Koffler and former U.S. State Department Deputy Special Envoy Ellie Cohanim react to reports that Russia is seeking Iranian missiles. Two weeks ago, the co-founder of a think tank affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, Ruslan Pukhov, accidentally admitted on Russian TV what Moscow has been denying for several weeks – Russian forces are using Iranian drones to bombard Ukrainian cities, killing civilians. Implicitly criticizing the Russian authorities for being secretive about the deal, Pukhov compared the topic of Iranian drones with a body part. "There's an a** but you can't use the word," he said, adding "we all know they are Iranian, but the powers that be don't acknowledge it." Drones, in fact, are not the only type of military assistance that the Ayatollahs are handing to Putin as Iran emerges as the principal backer of Putin's savage war on Ukraine.
When Ben Wu, an engineer in China, wanted to install Facebook's open-source AI framework PyTorch in 2017, he visited its online community on GitHub and asked for some pointers. Soumith Chintala, a Facebook AI research engineer based in New York, showed him how he could download it quickly. PyTorch has become a foundational component of AI technology, thanks in large part to knowledge-sharing exchanges like the one between Wu and Chintala that happen every day. And although it's become increasingly corporatized, the borderless, open-source software movement has risen above geopolitical tensions between China and the U.S., which have centered on concerns over China's use of AI to carry out repressive surveillance, its plans to transfer civilian tech for military applications, and Chinese government espionage and intellectual property theft. "I'm definitely surprised at how much [of the] general global considerations you would have from a business angle don't really come in when you're talking about open-source collaboration, especially with AI," Chintala told Protocol in September when Facebook parent company Meta handed over PyTorch to the nonprofit open-source software consortium Linux Foundation.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The White House is bent on preventing President Biden from having a run-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin while the pair attend the G20 summit next month, according to a new report. White House aides want to avoid even a hallway meeting between the two, or any other situation that might allow for them to be pictured together, Politico reported Wednesday. Biden has condemned Putin as a killer and a war criminal for his ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
The United States has said it will hold Russia accountable for "war crimes" and take action against companies and nations working with Iran's drone programme following a series of attacks on Ukrainian cities. At least four people – including a couple expecting a baby – were killed on Monday morning after a drone struck an apartment building in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The attacks also knocked out power to hundreds of towns and villages. Speaking in his regular evening address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the air raids were continuing. "Right now, there is a new Russian drone attack," he said.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during an audio-only gaggle Friday that the U.S. has no indication that Russia plans to use nuclear weapons, after President Biden warned of "Armageddon." The war in Ukraine has revealed how the digital age is leveling the playing field between great powers and smaller countries. Ukraine has skillfully deployed precision munitions, drone technology and sophisticated encrypted software to gain the upper hand against Russia's invading conventional military, but Russian President Vladimir Putin's most recent remarks, and his move to illegally annex portions of Ukraine, make it clear that digital warfare will also unleash a second nuclear age. Western technology, including encrypted command and control, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), drone and counter-drone systems, combined with Ukrainian savvy and resolve have arrested Russian advances and recently rolled back Russian gains. Chips and software have proven more potent than tanks and soldiers.
"Milton's voice was not stifled or choked for making Satan a heroic figure… in fact, in "Areopagitica", the blind poet champions free speech: Give me the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties…. Artificial Intelligence may, in the foreseeable future, be an entity that thinks independently enough to enjoy the pleasures of expression the way humanity does. Whether it may have the potential evils of a Satan is to be seen, but its ontology and a legal framework to accommodate it may be in order. Morality aside, it may be reasonably seen that it is a power that can possibly "make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven"  of the world. It may be pointed out that the possibility of "strong artificial intelligence" -- artificial intelligence constructs that are comparable to a human brain, with features like consciousness that are identified with being human, are entirely hypothetical and may remain so.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The U.S. Navy stopped an Iranian ship from taking an American sea drone in the Arabian Gulf Monday night. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy was in the process of towing the drone, which belongs to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet at 11 p.m. local time when the American Navy immediately sent out the nearby Navy coastal ship USS Thunderbolt. The 5th Fleet also repeatedly called Iranian officials, who then let the drone go.
SafeAI, a global leader in autonomous solutions for heavy equipment, in partnership with Obayashi Corporation hosted nearly 150 visitors to view its retrofitted autonomous Caterpillar 725, operating on a construction site in Japan for the first time ever. The demos, which took place over a two week period, brought together delegates from nearly 50 organizations across the construction industry ecosystem, including leading OEM, general contractors, technology companies, universities and research groups and Japanese government entities responsible for regulation. In addition to winning buy-in from key stakeholders, the demos mark a critical first step toward securing approval from the government and industry organizations to bring autonomous construction to Japan. Prior to the public demo, SafeAI and Obayashi spent 6 weeks extensively testing in a Japanese environment to confirm all the features previously developed in the US-based proof of concept (POC), which was completed in California in November 2021. Japanese regulations were not originally designed to support the use of autonomous vehicles for off-road construction.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The U.S. says Russian officials visited an Iranian airfield multiple times in recent weeks to view attack-capable drones it is looking to obtain for its attack against Ukraine. Iran showed the drones to Russian officials at Kashan Airfield on June 8 and July 15, the White House said. The Biden administration has published satellite imagery showing Shahed-191 and Shahed-129 drones flying at the airfield at the same time a Russian delegation transport plane was on the ground.