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NATO Defense Ministers approve first Artificial Intelligence strategy at Brussels Summit

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On Friday, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) defence ministers approved the alliance's first artificial intelligence strategy and the creation of the NATO Innovation Fund. Following the second day of the NATO defence ministerial conference in Brussels, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO allies have signed an agreement to establish the alliance's first Innovation Fund. He stated that NATO's new innovation fund will guarantee that organisations do not miss out on the most cutting-edge technology and capabilities that are crucial for its security, reported Anadolu Agency. With approximately $1 billion in funding from 17 NATO member states, the programme will promote research and development on new and disruptive technologies. NATO defence ministers also approved the alliance's first Artificial Intelligence Strategy, which establishes guidelines for the use of AI in accordance with international law.


NATO launches AI strategy and $1B fund as defense race heats up

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the military alliance of 30 countries that border the North Atlantic Ocean, this week announced that it would adopt its first AI strategy and launch a "future-proofing" fund with the goal of investing around $1 billion. Speaking at a news conference, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the effort was in response to "authoritarian regimes racing to develop new technologies." NATO's AI strategy will cover areas including data analysis, imagery, cyberdefense, he added. NATO said in a July press release that it was "currently finalizing" its strategy on AI" and that principles of responsible use of AI in defense will be "at the core" of the strategy. Speaking to Politico in March, NATO assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges David van Weel said that the strategy would identify ways to operate AI systems ethically, pinpoint military applications for the technology, and provide a "platform for allies to test their AI to see whether it's up to NATO standards."


NATO defense ministers adopt strategy on artificial intelligence

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NATO defense ministers on Friday approved the alliance's first strategy on artificial intelligence and the establishment of the NATO Innovation Fund. NATO allies signed an agreement on setting up the alliance's first Innovation Fund, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced following the second day of the NATO defense ministerial meeting. "NATO's new innovation fund will ensure us to not miss out on the latest technology and capabilities that will be critical to our security," he added. The initiative, financed by 17 NATO member states, will support research and development on emerging and disruptive technologies with over $1 billion. NATO defense ministers also adopted the alliance's first Artificial Intelligence Strategy that sets the standards for the use of this technology with the respect of international law.


EXCLUSIVE - Draghi's strategy for Italy's AI - Decode39

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Italy is accelerating on artificial intelligence (AI). The government is set to publish its new strategy: on October 11th a meeting of the Interministerial Committee for Digital Transition (made up by the Ministries for the Digital Transition, Economic Development and Education) approved a draft of the final document. Prime Minister Mario Draghi himself announced the turning point to the Senate. This strategy, he said on Wednesday, will be "the framework for improving the country's competitive positioning." The 27-page document outlines a roadmap from 2022 to 2024 and is divided in two parts: an assessment of the Italian public-private ecosystem and an indication of the sectors requiring urgent intervention.


Study: AI Predicts Immediate Rainfall Better than Existing Systems

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British researchers say they have created an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is highly effective at predicting rainfall within the next 90 minutes. The model was built by scientists at Google-owned research company DeepMind in London. The team says tests of the system showed it produced more accurate predictions, or forecasts, for short-term rainfall than other existing systems. The paper recently appeared in the publication Nature. The scientists centered on a kind of weather prediction known as "precipitation nowcasting."


NATO agrees new plan to deter Russian attacks

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NATO defence ministers have agreed upon a new master plan to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts, reaffirming the alliance's core goal of deterring Moscow despite a growing focus on China. The confidential strategy aims to prepare for any simultaneous attack in the Baltic and Black Sea regions that could include nuclear weapons, hacking of computer networks and assaults from space. "We continue to strengthen our alliance with better and modernised plans," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting on Thursday, which also agreed a $1bn fund to provide seed financing to develop new digital technologies. Officials stressed that they do not believe any Russian attack is imminent. Moscow has denied any aggressive intentions and said it is NATO that risks destabilising Europe with such preparations.


NATO to Adopt Its First Artificial Intelligence Strategy

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NATO will adopt its first strategy on artificial intelligence and launch an innovation fund this week with the aim of investing $1 billion to "futureproof" the 30-nation security pact, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. "We see authoritarian regimes racing to develop new technologies, from artificial intelligence to autonomous systems," Stoltenberg said at a news conference at the alliance's Brussels headquarters. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will join his NATO member counterparts Thursday in Brussels to formally approve the plans during two days of talks. Stoltenberg said he expects the new NATO fund to invest in emerging and disruptive technologies. New headquarters and test centers will be set up in both Europe and North America to support the effort, he said.


Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

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She has been described as "a vision of the future" who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da – the world's first ultra-realistic robot artist – hit a temporary snag before her latest exhibition when Egyptian security forces detained her at customs. Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in thousands of years. But because of "security issues" that may include concerns that she is part of a wider espionage plot, both Ai-Da and her sculpture were held in Egyptian customs for 10 days before being released on Wednesday, sparking a diplomatic fracas. "The British ambassador has been working through the night to get Ai-Da released, but we're right up to the wire now," said Aidan Meller, the human force behind Ai-Da, shortly before her release. According to Meller, border guards detained Ai-Da at first because she had a modem, and then because she had cameras in her eyes (which she uses to draw and paint).


Vatican meeting explores challenge of artificial intelligence - Vatican News

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The symposium on Artificial Intelligence – or AI – organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture, in cooperation with the German Embassy to the Holy See, will open in Rome on Thursday. The theme for the gathering is, "The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence for Human Society and the Idea of the Human Person". The aim of the meeting is to promote a better awareness of the profound cultural impact AI is likely to have on human society. The symposium will feature six experts from the fields of neuroscience, philosophy, Catholic theology, human rights law, ethics and electrical engineering. Experts from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Goethe University, Boston College, and Google will discuss questions regarding AI and whether it can reproduce consciousness, AI and philosophical challenges, and AI and religion, and what it would mean in relation to Catholic doctrine.


Facebook is getting a new name, report claims

The Independent - Tech

Facebook is going to change its name later this month in order to reflect its intention to build the metaverse. The social media company's rebranding, according to a report from The Verge, would put the Facebook app under the same umbrella as WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as Oculus and other services that Facebook owns. The purported move coincides with mounting scrutiny by the US government over its reported politically driven business practices and criticism over failure to tackle hate speech and misinformation on the platform. Whistleblower Frances Haugen recently came forward alleging that the company put its own profits ahead of the public good. Haugen leaked hundreds of company documents to The Wall Street Journal and testified before Congress.