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Full text: Zelenskyy's speech to the UN General Assembly

Al Jazeera

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy travelled to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly in person for the first time since Moscow began its full-scale invasion of his country in February 2022. Dressed in his trademark khaki green shirt, he urged member states to come together to oppose Russian aggression and stressed the need for a peace recognising Ukraine's territorial integrity. Here is the full text of Zelenskyy's speech from September 19. I welcome all who stand for common efforts! And I promise – being really united we can guarantee fair peace for all nations.

Fukushima wastewater has been released, but other challenges, like removing melted nuclear fuel, remain

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on At a small section of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant's central control room, the treated water transfer switch is on. A graph on a computer monitor nearby shows a steady decrease of water levels as treated radioactive wastewater is diluted and released into the Pacific Ocean. In the coastal area of the plant, two seawater pumps are in action, gushing torrents of seawater through sky blue pipes into the big header where the treated water, which comes down through a much thinner black pipe from the hilltop tanks, is diluted hundreds of times before the release.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 540

Al Jazeera

Here is the situation on Thursday, August 17, 2023. Ukraine said Russia carried out a series of drone attacks on grain silos and warehouses at a Danube River port near the border with Romania. Kyiv said its forces liberated the settlement of Urozhaine in the southeast, but top general Oleksandr Syrskyi warned the situation around Kupiansk on the northeastern front was deteriorating amid Russian counterattacks. Video obtained by Al Jazeera suggests a controversial unit of Chechen troops has been policing the town of Enerhodar near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Russia's Ministry of Defence said it shot down three Ukrainian drones southwest of Moscow and one over Crimea.

Russia deploys feared Chechen unit to police Ukrainian nuclear town

Al Jazeera

One has a walkie-talkie, another, a gun, and behind them are jeeps and silver minibuses. Most of the men are about to leave. One wants to be photographed. "Take a picture instead of filming," he tells the invisible cameraman in Chechen. The camera turns to another man who is checking his smartphone.

The Carbon Footprint of Artificial Intelligence

Communications of the ACM

The growing utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) is apparent across all facets of society, from the models used to enable semi-autonomous cars, to models that serve up recommendations on streaming or e-commerce sites, and in the language models used to create more natural, intuitive human-machine interaction. However, these technological achievements come with costs, namely the massive amounts of electrical power required to train AI algorithms, build and operate the hardware on which these algorithms are run, and to run and maintain that hardware throughout its life cycle. The cost of the electricity is not the only impact; traditional power plants that use fossil fuels (as well as some geothermal processes) to create power emit relatively high amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) as they generate electricity, compared with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or nuclear plants, which do not. That emitted CO2 has a direct impact on the environment. While all software has a carbon footprint--the amount of CO2 directly related to its use--large and complex AI models have a significant environmental cost and are increasingly coming under scrutiny.

Big Tech took your data to train AI. We're suing them for it

FOX News

People in Texas sounded off on AI job displacement, with half of people who spoke to Fox News convinced that the tech will rob them of work. On a crisp autumn day in 1992, President George H.W. Bush's reelection campaign arrived at my hometown of Wixom, Michigan. Speaking from the rear of a train, President Bush deservedly extolled his achievement of cementing the end to the Cold War through his Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (SALT), which eased people's fear of nuclear war after an unnerving decades-long arms race. The nuclear narrative traces back to 1945 when J. Robert Oppenheimer's Manhattan Project yielded the world's first atomic bomb. It took more than a decade for the world to come together to create the International Atomic Energy Agency to address nuclear safety and security, but by that time, it was too late.

Russia blames U.S. and NATO allies for enabling 'terrorist' drone attacks

The Japan Times

Moscow – Moscow has said that Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian territory would "not be possible" without U.S. and NATO help, escalating its rhetoric after reporting it had downed five drones near the capital on Tuesday. Ukraine meanwhile accused Russia of planning "dangerous provocations" at the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, while Russia in turn claimed Kyiv was planning to attack the facility -- Europe's largest. Moscow said the West had enabled Ukraine to carry out the drone attacks, after earlier condemning what it called a "terrorist act." This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add and to your list of allowed sites.

UN chief Guterres backs proposal to form watchdog to monitor AI

Al Jazeera

The United Nations secretary-general has warned that artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to spread disinformation and hate, as he backed a proposal for the creation of an international watchdog to monitor the technology. Speaking at the launch of a new policy on disinformation on Monday, Antonio Guterres said that while technological advancement has been used for some good, the risks posed by AI threatens democracy and human rights. Guterres said he backs a proposal by some artificial intelligence executives for the creation of a watchdog body similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Generative AI technology – which can perform natural language processing tasks such as answering questions, summarising text and even generating lines of code – has captivated the public since ChatGPT launched six months ago. AI has also become a focus of concern over its ability to create misinformation and deep fakes, which are AI-generated images and videos that mimic people.

AI should be licensed like medicines or nuclear power, Labour suggests

The Guardian

The UK should bar technology developers from working on advanced artificial intelligence tools unless they have a licence to do so, Labour has said. Ministers should introduce much stricter rules around companies training their AI products on vast datasets of the kind used by OpenAI to build ChatGPT, Lucy Powell, Labour's digital spokesperson, told the Guardian. Her comments come amid a rethink at the top of government over how to regulate the fast-moving world of AI, with the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, acknowledging it could pose an "existential" threat to humanity. One of the government's advisers on artificial intelligence also said on Monday that humanity could have only two years before AI is able to outwit people, the latest in a series of stark warnings about the threat posed by the fast-developing technology. Powell said: "My real point of concern is the lack of any regulation of the large language models that can then be applied across a range of AI tools, whether that's governing how they are built, how they are managed or how they are controlled."

AI will eventually need an international authority, OpenAI leaders say

FOX News

Sam Altman, the CEO of artificial intelligence lab OpenAI, told a Senate panel he welcomes federal regulation on the technology "to mitigate" its risks. The artificial intelligence field needs an international watchdog to regulate future superintelligence, according to the founder of OpenAI. In a blog post from CEO Sam Altman and company leaders Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever, the group said – given potential existential risk – the world "can't just be reactive," comparing the tech to nuclear energy. To that end, they suggested coordination among leading development efforts, highlighting that there are "many ways this could be implemented," including a project set up by major governments or curbs on annual growth rates. "Second, we are likely to eventually need something like an IAEA for superintelligence efforts; any effort above a certain capability (or resources like compute) threshold will need to be subject to an international authority that can inspect systems, require audits, test for compliance with safety standards, place restrictions on degrees of deployment and levels of security, etc." they asserted.