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Russia unveils new 'Checkmate' stealth fighter jet at air show

FOX News

Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson has the details from the Pentagon on'Special Report' Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the country's newly unveiled "Checkmate" warplane on Tuesday. The prototype of the Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter was revealed at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon, Reuters reported. The show opened Tuesday in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Fifth-generation refers to the jet's stealth characteristics, a capability to cruise at supersonic speed as well as artificial intelligence to assist the pilots, among other advanced features. "What we saw in Zhukovsky today demonstrates that the Russian aviation has a big potential for development and our aircraft making industries continue to create new competitive aircraft designs," Putin said in a speech at the show.


Podcast: How Russia's everything company works with the Kremlin

MIT Technology Review

Russia's biggest technology company enjoys a level of dominance that is unparalleled by any one of its Western counterparts. Think Google mixed with equal parts Amazon, Spotify and Uber and you're getting close to the sprawling empire that is Yandex--a single, mega-corporation with its hands in everything from search to ecommerce to driverless cars. But being the crown jewel of Russia's silicon valley has its drawbacks. The country's government sees the internet as contested territory amid ever-present tensions with US and other Western interests. As such, it wants influence over how Yandex uses its massive trove of data on Russian citizens. Foreign investors, meanwhile, are more interested in how that data can be turned into growth and profit. For the September/October issue of MIT Technology Review, Moscow-based journalist Evan Gershkovich explains how Yandex's ability to walk a highwire between the Kremlin and Wall Street could potentially serve as a kind of template for Big Tech.


Vladimir Putin calls for set of 'moral rules' to guide interaction between humans and AI

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Vladimir Putin has called for'moral rules' on the development of artificial intelligence - urging companies'technology must not be invented for the sake of technology'. Speaking at an event on AI technology in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, the Russian president called for safeguards, setting out rules for how humans should interact with the robots. President Putin said: 'Discussion is currently underway on social aspects and implications of the use of artificial intelligence. It is a very important issue. 'I suggest that the professional community and companies should contemplate drawing up a set of moral rules for interaction between humans and artificial intelligence.


Putin suggests drafting moral standards for human interaction with artificial intelligence

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Moral standards of human interaction with artificial intelligence should be drawn up, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the AI Journey conference in Moscow on Saturday. "Discussion is currently underway on social aspects and implications of the use of artificial intelligence. It is a very important issue," the Russian president said. "I suggest that the professional community and companies should contemplate drawing up a set of moral rules for interaction between humans and artificial intelligence," he said recalling that "human beings are the highest value." "Technology must not be invented for the sake of technology," he stressed.


Russia's National AI Center Is Taking Shape

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A famed Russian technical university is helping to lead the government's push for public-private efforts to develop AI technologies and applications -- including a joint project with China's Huawei -- and to stop top talent from flowing to the West. In December 2017, three months after Vladimir Putin predicted that artificial intelligence could produce "global domination," the Russian government picked the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technologies to host a new Center for Artificial Intelligence. Today, this center aims to foster partnerships among the nation's leading state-run and private companies and universities. This year's events of note include: The Amazon prize, in particular, shows an international recognition of Russian talent, as well as an acknowledgement by one of the world's leading AI players that it needs international input to develop products to be marketed globally. Be the first to receive updates.


Russia's quest to lead the world in AI is doomed

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In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin famously stated that whoever becomes the leader in artificial intelligence "will become the ruler of the world." Most experts on technology and security would agree with Putin about the importance of AI, which will ultimately reshape healthcare, transportation, industry, national security, and more. Nevertheless, Moscow's recognition of AI's importance will not produce enough breakthroughs to obtain the technological edge that it so deeply desires. Russia will ultimately fail in its quest to become a leader in AI because of its inability to foster a culture of innovation. Russia's anxieties about competing in the information age are far from new.


Putin Orders Moscow to Create National Strategy on AI

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to put together a national strategy on artificial intelligence technology as Moscow is hustling to catch up on the research and development of the creation and implementation of intelligent machines, Defense One reports. "The Government of the Russian Federation, with the participation of Sberbank of Russia and other interested organizations, should develop approaches to the national strategy for the development of artificial intelligence and submit appropriate proposals" says an instruction sheet released by the Kremlin and approved by Putin. Their deadline is Feb. 25. China and the United States are far ahead of global competitors on the AI front, according to a report by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization that found U.S. firms IBM and Microsoft had the highest number of patents related to artificial intelligence. "The U.S. and China obviously have stolen a lead," WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry said during a news conference, per Reuters.


Russian Security Service Searches Space Agency Over Suspected Treason: TASS

U.S. News

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Federal Security Service has searched a research facility controlled by the country's space agency Roskosmos over the suspected leaking of secrets about new hypersonic weapons to Western spies, the TASS news agency reported on Friday.


'I was shocked it was so easy': meet the professor who says facial recognition can tell if you're gay

The Guardian

Vladimir Putin was not in attendance, but his loyal lieutenants were. On 14 July last year, the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and several members of his cabinet convened in an office building on the outskirts of Moscow. On to the stage stepped a boyish-looking psychologist, Michal Kosinski, who had been flown from the city centre by helicopter to share his research. "There was Lavrov, in the first row," he recalls several months later, referring to Russia's foreign minister. "You know, a guy who starts wars and takes over countries." Kosinski, a 36-year-old assistant professor of organisational behaviour at Stanford University, was flattered that the Russian cabinet would gather to listen to him talk. "Those guys strike me as one of the most competent and well-informed groups," he tells me. Kosinski's "stuff" includes groundbreaking research into technology, mass persuasion and artificial intelligence (AI) – research that inspired the creation of the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Five years ago, while a graduate student at Cambridge University, he showed how even benign activity on Facebook could reveal personality traits – a discovery that was later exploited by the data-analytics firm that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.


Putin warns: AI will be the ultimate weapon for world domination… (and Google is working on it)

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The Russian president has become the latest person to warn of the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), actually predicting that whoever masters the technology first can rule the world. Addressing students last week, Vladimir Putin said that there are legitimate concerns about AI and that its development will produce "colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now." Going further, Putin warned that "the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world." He added: "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind," according to Russia Today. Putin added that he does not want to see the technology "monopolized," and added that Russia would share it with the world if Moscow develops advanced AI first.