Should We, and Can We, Put the Brakes on Artificial Intelligence?

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Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. Sam Altman, the C.E.O. of OpenAI, which created ChatGPT, says that artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that will streamline human work and quicken the pace of scientific advancement. But ChatGPT has both enthralled and terrified us, and even some of A.I.'s pioneers are freaked out by the technology and how quickly it has advanced. David Remnick talks with Altman, and with the computer scientist Yoshua Bengio, who won the prestigious Turing Award for his work in 2018, but recently signed an open letter calling for a moratorium on some A.I. research until regulation can be implemented. The stakes, Bengio says, are high: "I believe there is a non-negligible risk that this kind of technology, in the short term, could disrupt democracies."

Congress races to research AI-enhanced drones to maintain national security edge over China

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AGI, while powerful, could have negative consequences, warned Diveplane CEO Mike Capps and Liberty Blockchain CCO Christopher Alexander. Legislation moving through the House would provide millions of dollars for research on how to incorporate artificial intelligence into drone technology in an effort to keep the U.S. ahead of China in this increasingly important component of national security. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology last week approved legislation from committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., that he says needs to pass before China becomes locked in as the world's major supplier of drones. His bill, the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Research and Development Act, would fund about $1.6 billion in research over the next five years to give a boost to U.S.-based drone manufacturers. "To say China has cornered this market is an understatement," Lucas said last week. "One single company with extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army produces 80% of the drones used recreationally in the U.S." A staff member works on an unmanned aerial vehicle at Guizhou University in Guiyang, China, on May 23, 2023.

Ukraine likely behind Kremlin drone attack, U.S. officials say: report

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Fox News contributor Dan Hoffman joined'America's Newsroom' to discuss the alleged attack and how Ukraine has responded in wake of the strike. A drone attack on the Kremlin earlier this month was most likely orchestrated by Ukraine, which has conducted a series of attacks on Russian targets, U.S. officials said. Russia has claimed Ukrainian forces attempted to kill President Vladimir Putin in the failed attack on May 3. Two drones were used in the "assassination attempt" at the president's residence within the Kremlin compound, but were disabled by Russian defense systems, Russia said. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on May 3, 2023. A drone was purportedly shot down over the Kremlin.

Former Google CEO says AI at 'center' of technology competition between US and China

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A former Google CEO said during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that artificial intelligence (AI) is at the "center" of the technology competition between the United States and China. Eric Schmidt, who was CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, made the comment during Wednesday's House hearing focusing on strategic competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). "I think the technology competition between China and the U.S. is the defining moment of all of the competitions," Schmidt said. "And of that, artificial intelligence, AI, which is now a lot of people are talking about, is very much at the center of this competition." Elaborating on his point, Schmidt said that "China is now dedicating enormous resources to outpace the US and technologies, in particular AI." Former CEO & Chairman of Google and Chainlink Advisor Eric Schmidt speaks at Chainlink's SmartCon 2022 Web3 Conference on September 28, 2022 in New York City.

Russian woman convicted and sentenced after leaving derogatory note on Putin's parents' graves

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Fox News contributor Lt. Gen Keith Kellogg reacts to Russian government officials claiming Ukrainian forces attempted to assassinate Vladimir Putin in a drone attack on Your World with Neil Cavuto. A woman was convicted in a Russian court on Thursday of desecrating the grave of Russian President Vladimir Putin's parents with a derogatory note. Irina Tsybaneva, a 60-year-old retiree from St. Petersburg, was found guilty and given a two-year suspended prison sentence for leaving the letter at the graves of Putin's parents, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin and Maria Ivanovna Shelomova. The note that Tsybaneva placed on the guarded grave on the eve of Putin's birthday in October read, "Parents of a maniac, take him to your place. He causes so much pain and trouble. You raised a freak and a killer."

'Ludicrous': US denies involvement in Moscow drone attack

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Washington, DC – The United States has dismissed as "ludicrous" Russia's claim that it was responsible for a drone attack against the Kremlin, an incident that risks inflaming international tensions. White House National Security spokesman John Kirby denied on Thursday any US involvement in the attack on Wednesday, which Moscow said targeted President Vladimir Putin. Kirby stressed that Washington is not even aware of the details of what happened. The United States had nothing to do with this," Kirby told CNN. "We don't even know exactly what happened here, but I can assure you the United States had no role in it whatsoever." Earlier on Thursday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the US, a key ally of Ukraine, was "undoubtedly" behind the attack.

Never Give Artificial Intelligence the Nuclear Codes

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No technology since the atomic bomb has inspired the apocalyptic imagination like artificial intelligence. Ever since ChatGPT began exhibiting glints of logical reasoning in November, the internet has been awash in doomsday scenarios. Many are self-consciously fanciful--they're meant to jar us into envisioning how badly things could go wrong if an emerging intelligence comes to understand the world, and its own goals, even a little differently from how its human creators do. One scenario, however, requires less imagination, because the first steps toward it are arguably already being taken--the gradual integration of AI into the most destructive technologies we possess today. Check out more from this issue and find your next story to read. The world's major military powers have begun a race to wire AI into warfare.

US Navy sails first drone boat through Strait of Hormuz between Iran, Oman

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The U.S. Navy sailed its first drone boat through the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, a crucial waterway for global energy supplies where American sailors often faces tense encounters with Iranian forces. The trip by the L3 Harris Arabian Fox MAST-13, a 41-foot speedboat carrying sensors and cameras, drew the attention of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, but took place without incident, said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Two U.S. Coast Guard cutters, the USCGC Charles Moulthrope and USCGC John Scheuerman, accompanied the drone.

Putin and Xi seek to weaponize Artificial Intelligence against America

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Rebekah Koffler discusses if the U.S. is prepared to simultaneously provide aid to Ukraine and Taiwan. An open letter recently signed by Elon Musk, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and more than a thousand other prominent people set off alarm bells on advances in artificial intelligence (AI). The letter urged the world's leading labs to hit the brakes on this powerful technology for six months because of the "profound risks to society and humanity." A pause to consider the ramifications of this unpredictable new technology may have benefits. But our enemies will not wait while the U.S. engages in teleological discourse.

CENTCOM eyeing artificial intelligence to counter Iran's drones, says Kurilla - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East


WASHINGTON – Last month, at two newly minted military facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, US and Royal Saudi air defense units teamed up for live-fire drills to shoot down a series of training drones mimicking the speed and altitude of a variety of Iranian attack UAVs. In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Army Gen. Michael "Erik" Kurilla, the top commander of US forces in the Middle East, described the first Red Sands counter-drone experimentation exercise as "very successful." But not everything went smoothly -- and that was the point. One Saudi-owned defense system proved unable to engage at the necessary range, forcing soldiers to improvise. Other weapons hit the targets successfully, including LIDS (Low, Slow, Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat System) and Coyote counter-drone systems brought in by the US Army.