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Chinese rocket debris photographed in space

FOX News

FOX News' Phil Keating reports pieces of the vessel that don't burn in the atmosphere could splash down in the ocean or land in inhabited areas An Italian astrophysicist has captured the almost 100-foot Chinese rocket core that is expected to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere over the weekend. Gianluca Masi, who runs the online Virtual Telescope Project, took a 0.5-second exposure photo of the fast-moving Long March 5B rocket from Italy using the "Elena" 17-inch Paramount robotic telescope. "At the imaging time, the rocket stage was at about 700 km from our telescope, while the sun was just a few degrees below the horizon, so the sky was incredibly bright: these conditions made the imaging quite extreme, but our robotic telescope succeeded in capturing this huge debris," Masi wrote in a release. In addition, he noted the "typical CCD blooming effect" -- when shooting a bright light source that appears as a halo or line defects -- due to the extreme brightness of the debris. Masi said he would attempt to photograph the core again.


How State's Disinformation-Fighting Arm Uses Artificial Intelligence

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Emerging technologies--and partnerships promoting their use--have proven instrumental for the State Department's Global Engagement Center, a hub that steers federal efforts to counter state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining the U.S. "Artificial intelligence and the tools that it offers are really helping us to understand what's happening in the environment, and to identify coordinated activity," the GEC's Acting Coordinator Daniel Kimmage said Thursday. "There's obviously a much broader range of activity across the State Department, but for us it's a powerful way to better understand what's happening in the environment, and identify coordinated activity." The center was mandated by Congress several years ago to help tackle challenges around diplomacy in the digital age. At an event hosted by Foreign Policy, Kimmage offered a glimpse into how technology is impacting and enabling GEC's work, particularly as online disinformation campaigns led by U.S. adversaries grow in sophistication. "We've got what you might describe as our traditional sources of information--we have the cables, our diplomatic colleagues out in the field. We have an analysis from our colleagues in the intelligence community, and we have a huge and growing ocean of open-source information," he explained.


Creating "Unbiased News" Using Data Science

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I scrapped all their webpages categorized under "stories". AllSides is a brilliant initiative that takes a news event and collects articles written on it by a left leaning, right leaning and center leaning media outlet. They write a summary on this event and briefly mention what is being emphasized on by each of the three outlets. An example of this can be viewed here. They publish pre-established metrics for the contemporary political bias of all major media outlets.


China and U.S. to work on climate, Beijing says after rancorous meeting

The Japan Times

Beijing – China and the United States will set up a joint working group on climate change, China's official Xinhua News Agency said, in a potentially positive takeaway from what was an unusually rancorous high-level meeting. The top Chinese and U.S. diplomats, in their first meeting of Joe Biden's presidency on Thursday and Friday, publicly rebuked each other's policies at the start of what Washington called "tough and direct" talks in Alaska. But the Chinese delegation said after the meeting the two sides were "committed to enhancing communication and cooperation in the field of climate change," Xinhua said on Saturday. They would also hold talks to facilitate the activities of diplomats and consular missions, "as well as on issues related to media reporters in the spirit of reciprocity and mutual benefit," the report said. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Sunday.


How AI enables reporters, photo-journalists and broadcasters to humanise content

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AI has played a role in breaking some of the biggest international news stories of recent years. A key example is the'Panama Papers' exposé, where machine learning helped an international team of researchers to identify loan agreements in more than 13 million records that were leaked to the press. Journalists were able to'follow the money', exposing the practices of offshore tax havens and the businesses taking advantage of tax loopholes. Machine learning also played a valuable role in the Implant Files investigation. Here, it sifted through reports sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and helped to uncover patient deaths potentially caused by faulty medical devices.


The AI Index 2021 Annual Report

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to the fourth edition of the AI Index Report. This year we significantly expanded the amount of data available in the report, worked with a broader set of external organizations to calibrate our data, and deepened our connections with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). The AI Index Report tracks, collates, distills, and visualizes data related to artificial intelligence. Its mission is to provide unbiased, rigorously vetted, and globally sourced data for policymakers, researchers, executives, journalists, and the general public to develop intuitions about the complex field of AI. The report aims to be the most credible and authoritative source for data and insights about AI in the world.


Is Clover Health Stock a Buy?

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The company sells Medicare Advantage plans, focusing on customer experience and leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to …


3 Kansas police officers injured by modified shotgun inside vacant home: cops

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Authorities in Wichita, Kan., said Sunday that they are investigating a shooting that injured three police officers this weekend and working to determine if the shotgun was rigged to the door. A "modified, loaded shotgun" discharged as the officers entered a home in the city on Saturday, according to a release by Wichita Police Department spokesman Officer Trevor Macy. "Apparently there were several modifications made to this one," Macy told The Wichita Eagle.


Fact-Finding Mission

Communications of the ACM

Seeking to call into question the mental acuity of his opponent, Donald Trump looked across the presidential debate stage at Joseph Biden and said, "So you said you went to Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college. Biden chuckled, but viewers may have been left wondering: did the former vice president misstate where he went to school? Those who viewed the debate live on an app from the London-based company Logically were quickly served an answer: the president's assertion was false. A brief write-up posted on the company's website the next morning provided links to other fact-checks from National Public Radio and the Delaware News Journal on the same claim, which explain that Biden actually said his first Senate campaign received a boost from students at the school. Logically is one of a number of efforts, both commercial and academic, to apply techniques of artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning and natural language processing (NLP), to identify false ...


FTC Chairwoman Slaughter Sets Sights on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Oversight

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Conclusion. In light of these priorities, it is critical that companies managing big data or developing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine …