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Russia's best troll 'Jenna Abrams' is back with an incredible blog post about AI and the Matrix


The fake Twitter account that fooled pretty much every news outlet in America (including Mashable) on behalf of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian propaganda farm? SEE ALSO: That moment you learn you've been yelling at a Russian troll Well, despite being banned from Twitter, Jenna Abrams lives in a blog -- you guessed it, it's https://jennabrams.wordpress.com. The latest entry attempts to drag us in a dizzying hellscape of self-doubt, making us question the basic fabric of our reality. I missed you too," she said in the first line of her post, ironically (?) entitled "Our Democracy Has Been Hacked". I hope you do not feel bad for falling for it.

Fall of Raqqa no end game for U.S. as Islamic State, other extremist threats persist, spread

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – The imminent fall of the Islamic State's de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq.

Alice, the making of: Behind the scenes with the new AI assistant from Yandex


Today, another AI assistant is joining the party with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Viv, and the gang. Her name is Alice, and she comes from Russia. Yandex, the Russian internet giant, has big plans for the future and Alice is a key part of those. Read also: Russia sentences hackers from Humpty Dumpty ring Facebook, Google, Twitter execs to testify at Russia hearings Did Russia's election hacking break international law? Recently, Yandex celebrated its 20 years in Moscow, and the celebration was an opportunity to visit Yandex HQ, converse with some of its top minds, and get the lowdown of what's cooking and how things work behind the scenes.

All the tiny details you missed from the 'Rick and Morty' Season 3 finale


There's a lot to absorb in the twenty or so minutes of any Rick and Morty episode. And the Oct. 1 season finale, "The Rickchurian Mortydate," proved to be no exception. Whether the sheer volume of jokes per minute, deeper philosophical implications, or emotional arcs, there's a lot you can miss on the first watch. Even the show's co-creator Dan Harmon recently revealed in an interview that he himself misses a good chunk of easter eggs: I'll watch YouTube videos about, "20 Things You Missed About Rick and Morty" and I will have missed 12 of them. Because a lot of them are artist based.

How Trump can destroy Kim Jong Un's nukes without blowing up the world


In the long view of history, North Korea getting a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile in 2017 is the rough equivalent of an army showing up for World War II riding horses and shooting muskets. Nukes are so last century. War is changing, driven by cyberweapons, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. Weapons of mass destruction are dumb, soon to be whipped by smart weapons of pinpoint disruption--which nations can use without risking annihilation of the human race. If the U.S. is innovative and forward-thinking, it can develop technology that ensures no ill-behaving government could ever get a nuke off the ground.

Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticizes arms program

The Japan Times

DUBAI – Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop. The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution, which calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such plans. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter the missile test illustrates the weakness of the Iran nuclear deal reached by his predecessor Barack Obama. He also linked the action to recent aggressive moves by North Korea.

Japan in unique position to take global lead in investment and trade: experts

The Japan Times

Somewhat overshadowed in recent years by China's rise as a regional and global power, Japan still extends considerable influence as a world leader in various fields, including investment, policy management and trade, according to experts who gathered at a Tokyo conference earlier this week. But at the same time, Japan lags behind other countries in incorporating into everyday life technological innovations, such as artificial intelligence and financial technology to improve efficiency, they said. "We want to talk about Japan as a role model, not Japan following, not Japan copying, but Japan actually and constructively led by the young generation," said Jesper Koll, who heads Wisdom Tree Japan KK, a Tokyo-based exchange-traded fund sponsor, in the opening session of the annual G1 Global Conference organized at Globis University on Sunday. Experts shared insights in a session titled "Can Japan be a Role Model for Global Economic Prosperity and Stability?" Hiromichi Mizuno, chief investment officer at Government Pension Investment Fund said the country can show leadership in the field of investment by educating on responsible investment, a concept that gained traction after the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 that triggered the global financial crisis, exemplifying the long-term failure of a capitalism that emphasizes the single-minded pursuit of short-term corporate profits.

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Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering says there are two things you can do to stop nefarious actors from forcing you into FaceID. According to Federighi, "If you don't stare at the phone, it won't unlock," & "If you grip the buttons on both sides of the phone when you hand it over, it will temporarily disable Face ID." Clearly, iPhone X owners will have to practice their squeezing techniques. It would be painful and costly to be held up and discover that you were squeezing it all wrong. The ACLU & the EFF recently sued the DHS for searching the phones and laptops of 11 plaintiffs at the US border without a warrant. The group of plaintiffs includes 10 US citizens and one lawful permanent resident, several of whom are Muslims or people of color.

China, Russia and the US are in an artificial intelligence arms race


For Russia and Vladimir Putin, it is clear that planetary domination and artificial intelligence (AI) are inextricably intertwined. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind," he said via live video feed as schools started this month. "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." Putin isn't an outlier in his thinking; he is simply vocalizing to match the intensity a race that China, Russia, and the US are already running, to acquire smart military power. Each nation has formally recognized the critical importance of intelligent machines to the future of their national security, and each sees AI-related technologies such as autonomous drones and intelligence processing software as tools for augmenting human soldier capital.

Elon Musk warns battle for AI supremacy will spark Third World War

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk is worried about governments, specifically the Russian one, competing for artificial intelligence superiority and sparking World War III. That shocking statement was made all the more shocking by the low expectations the world seems to have for Russia, which US Senator John McCain dismissed just a few years ago as a "gas station masquerading as a country." Recent remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin grabbed Musk's attention. Speaking to schoolchildren about AI on 1 September, Putin declared, "Whoever becomes the leader in this area will rule the world." It's just that its progress in the field has been somewhat below the radar: We are used to discussing AI in the context of major Silicon Valley companies' or top US universities' advances, and while Russians work there, the top names are not Russian.