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Singapore, China renew smart city collaboration with digital economy initiatives

ZDNet

Singapore and China will embark of 14 new projects spanning, amongst others, e-commerce, cross-border data exchange, fintech, and green tech. These are part of the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative, a joint programme launched in 2019 that aims to build stronger digital and business links between the two Asian markets. Eight agreements covering the 14 projects were announced Friday, marking the start of the third year of their bilateral smart city agreement. The number of new projects also doubles that of the previous year and will further drive both countries' collaboration in digital transformation and "policy innovation", according to Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information and industry regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Amongst the 14 new initiatives, key projects will explore the use of advanced technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) for the green economy and sustainability, such as cutting carbon dioxide emissions and improving battery management for electric vehicles.


Russian tech giant Yandex reportedly looking to break free from its home country

Engadget

Over the past years, Russian search and tech giant Yandex made an effort not to fall behind its Western counterparts and had developed its own smart devices, self-driving cars, as well as its own food delivery and ride-sharing services, among other products. According to The New York Times, though, the West's sanctions against its home country after the invasion of Ukraine has made it impossible to continue developing and improving its projects. That's why Yandex's parent firm, which is registered in Amsterdam, is reportedly looking to sell and sever ties with Russia. Apparently, Yandex is planning to sell the emerging technologies it's working on to markets outside the country, since they require Western technologies and experts to reach their full potential. It's also looking to sell its established businesses, such as its internet browser, its food delivery and its ride-hailing apps.


Putin Says Russia Will Use AI To Increase Life Expectancy To 80 Years Old

International Business Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia will use artificial intelligence technology to increase average life expectancy to over 80 years. Speaking at the AI Journey conference, Putin said there were already "some positive examples" with their goal of increasing life expectancy. He did not, however, give any specific details. "Healthcare is the most important field of any government's activities, while longevity and quality of life is an aggregated, composite index showing the performance of the state in all areas, including the economy and the social sphere," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian state news agency TASS. "Undoubtedly, joining the 80 club remains one of our goals. We will work to achieve it and we will do it with the help of artificial intelligence."


Russian forces in Kherson alert as Ukraine plans next move

Al Jazeera

After recapturing Kherson city, Ukraine kept Russian forces guessing about their next move, pinning down occupying troops in defensive positions and rendering them unavailable for offensive operations. Some 30,000 Russian troops that withdrew from the west bank of the Dnieper river earlier this month were entrenching themselves in the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions during the 39th week of the war, deputy head of Ukrainian military intelligence Major-General Vadym Skibitskyi, told the Kyiv Post. "[The Russians] are waiting for our liberation offensive, that's why they have created a defensive line in Kherson, another on the administrative border of [Kherson and] Crimea, and another in the northern Crimea region," Skibitskiy said. "The enemy is on the defensive in the Zaporizhzhia direction," said Ukraine's general staff. "In the Kryvyi Rih and Kherson directions, the enemy is creating an echeloned defence system, improving fortification equipment and logistical support of advanced units, and not stopping artillery fire at the positions of our troops and settlements on the right bank of the Dnipro River."


World Economic Forum chair Klaus Schwab declares on Chinese state TV: 'China is a model for many nations'

FOX News

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.


'World of Warcraft' developers working to keep the game open to Chinese fans

Washington Post - Technology News

This is not the first time that "World of Warcraft" has encountered hurdles in China. The9, Blizzard's distributor for "World of Warcraft" in China at the time, suffered a disastrous drop in revenue as a result. That same year, Blizzard began its partnership with NetEase.


Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Sector

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The knowledge report is published by STPI (Software Technology Parks of India), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology in October, 2022 and has been prepared based on the guidance of STPIs CoEs like Neuron (Mohali), Image (Hyderabad), MedTech (Lucknow), and AIC STPI (Bengaluru) which focuses on delivering healthcare services through AI. The report is the result of in-depth market research and consultation conducted by Praxian Global Private Ltd who has been supported by the STPI. The report highlights the industry trends, enablers & inhibitors, policy & regulatory status and through these create a better understanding of the AI applications in healthcare and thereby encourage AI innovations. AI in healthcare in India can be a game-changer in multiple ways. It can make healthcare services affordable and available at remotest areas and bring in more efficiency in areas where it already exists.


The Only Way the U.S. Can Win the Tech War with China

TIME - Tech

Grand historical inflection points rarely take the form of long bureaucratic documents, but sometimes they do. On October 7th the Department of Commerce issued its revised policy on AI and semiconductor technology exports to China. The 139 pages of new export control regulations placed a de facto ban on exports to China of the advanced computer chips that power AI algorithms. Since more than 95% of such chips used in China are designed by U.S. semiconductor companies and therefore subject to U.S. export controls, loss of access to U.S. chips puts China's entire future as an AI superpower in jeopardy. AI was the top technology priority listed in the Chinese government's five-year economic plan for 2021-2026, so this action makes clear that the U.S. intends to block China from achieving its top technological goal. Ten days after the new policy came out, Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave a major speech in which he said, "We are at an inflection point.


Israel, US point to Iran after drone strikes Israeli-controlled tanker off Oman's coast

FOX News

Netanyahu spoke to Fox News Digital following the release of his new memoir, "Bibi: My Story." Officials in Israel say Iran is responsible for a drone strike that hit an Israel-associated, Liberian-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Oman on Tuesday. The tanker, the Pacific Zircon, sustained minor damage to its hull with no injuries or spillage of the gas oil cargo, Israeli-controlled Eastern Pacific Shipping said Wednesday, and an Israeli official said Iran was responsible. Three maritime sources told Reuters that a drone was suspected to have attacked the tanker. An Israeli official said Iran was responsible for the attack by using a Shahed-136 drone, the type it has been supplying to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine.


Xi Jinping's Vision for Artificial Intelligence in the PLA

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Xi Jinping, at the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on October 16, stated that more quickly elevating the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to a world-class army is a strategic requirement for building a modern socialist country in all respects. At the 19th Party Congress five years ago, Xi insisted China would build a world-class army by the middle of this century; this time he did not mention a definite deadline but clearly stated that he would achieve the goal more quickly. How is Xi trying to accelerate the construction of a world-class military? The PLA is seeking to capitalize on the introduction of advanced technology, with a particular focus on the use of unmanned weapons and artificial intelligence. In this report, Xi Jinping mentioned the word "intelligent" (智能化) three times. The concept of "intelligent," which refers to the use of weapon systems based on artificial intelligence, has rapidly gained attention since the release of the 2019 National Defense White Paper.