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Three Sunday shows ignored NYT report on botched drone strike Pentagon now admits killed 10 Afghan civilians

FOX News

Fox News anchor Bret Baier offers analysis on that and other breaking news stories, on'Your World'. Three of the five prominent Sunday morning newscasts avoided the explosive New York Times report about the botched U.S. drone strike the Pentagon finally admitted killed Afghan civilians rather than ISIS-K terrorists the Biden administration previously touted. During a Friday press conference, the Pentagon confirmed that the Aug. 28 drone strike was a "tragic mistake" that killed ten civilians, including seven children, which was meant to be in response to the Aug. 26 terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport that left 13 U.S. servicemen dead. This came one week after the Times published a stunning visual investigation that came to the same conclusion. The Biden administration had announced that "two high profile" ISIS-K fighters who were dubbed as "planners and facilitators" of the suicide bombing were killed in the strike.


ABC, NBC, CNN's Sunday shows avoid drone strike killing Afghan civilians, not terrorists Biden admin touted

FOX News

Kentucky Republican weighs in on the Biden admin's handling of the Afghanistan crisis on'The Ingraham Angle' The majority of the Sunday morning newscasts on the liberal networks avoided addressing the explosive New York Times report that the drone strike touted by the Biden administration in response to the deadly terrorist attack in Afghanistan did not actually kill the terrorist plotters. Days after 13 U.S. service members were murdered from a suicide bombing outside of the Kabul airport, the Pentagon announced a drone strike that successfully targeted "two high profile" ISIS-K fighters who were dubbed as "planners and facilitators" of the Aug. 26 attack. The Biden administration praised the Pentagon's swift action to support President Biden's rhetoric that those responsible for the terror attack will be brought to justice. However, the Times published the results of a bombshell investigation on Friday outlining video evidence that not only were ISIS-K terrorists not killed in the drone strike but that Zemari Ahmadi, who was described by the Times as a "longtime worker for a U.S. aid group" was one of ten civilians who were killed, seven children among them. The controversy was apparently not newsworthy enough for ABC's "This Week," NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "State of the Union," all avoiding the damning report.


Survey XII: What Is the Future of Ethical AI Design? – Imagining the Internet

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Results released June 16, 2021 – Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center asked experts where they thought efforts aimed at ethical artificial intelligence design would stand in the year 2030. Some 602 technology innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists responded to this specific question. The Question – Regarding the application of AI Ethics by 2030: In recent years, there have been scores of convenings and even more papers generated proposing ethical frameworks for the application of artificial intelligence (AI). They cover a host of issues including transparency, justice and fairness, privacy, freedom and human autonomy, beneficence and non-maleficence, freedom, trust, sustainability and dignity. Our questions here seek your predictions about the possibilities for such efforts. By 2030, will most of the AI systems being used by organizations of all sorts employ ethical principles focused primarily on the public ...


How family of a Myanmar junta leader are trying to cash in

The Japan Times

BANGKOK/LONDON – A week after the Myanmar military seized power, a Twitter account that had lain dormant for nearly a decade flickered back into life. The Twitter user mocked anti-coup protesters, hundreds of whom have been killed in a crackdown by security forces since the Feb. 1 coup. After a police truck fired high-pressure water cannons on demonstrators in the capital city of Naypyidaw on Feb. 8, he made a trolling reference to the nation's traditional April new year celebration: "Water festival come earlier for them lol." A few weeks later, the user wrote "#fuckthereds," making a dismissive reference to the political party of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize-winning civilian leader who had been overthrown and arrested in the coup. A review of an archived version of the account, which has since been shut down, revealed the username was a pseudonym belonging to Ivan Htet, the 33-year-old son of a leading figure in the coup: the chief of the air force, Maung Maung Kyaw. But Ivan Htet hasn't just been an enthusiastic supporter on social media of the Tatmadaw, the name for the Myanmar military, which has dominated political life since independence in 1948 for Myanmar, then called Burma. He is also trying to cash in, helping equip the military, along with his wife Lin Lett Thiri, who co-founded a private firm to supply Myanmar's armed forces, Reuters has found.


India needs tech moonshots to power $10 tn ai-driven economy

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Eight years after Kennedy's initial so-called moonshot challenge, two American astronauts took the famous "one giant leap for mankind"--walking on the Moon for the first time. However, the bigger impact of that moonshot was the resultant building of a massive military and industrial innovation complex that propelled the US to the top of the industrial economy. The industrial economy, in simple terms, grew by selling excess production from one place to another by connected pathways. By 1975, the industrial economy was at its peak, with more than 1 billion places connected by rail, road and airways dominated by multinational companies born in the US, selling technology developed during the moonshot. The other spinoff of this moonshot was ARPANET, kicked off in 1966, which eventually became the internet. The internet gave rise to the knowledge economy driven by connecting people via the world wide web.


20 AI Influencers You NEED To Be Following - The AI Journal

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Rachel earned her math PhD at Duke University. She is a popular writer and keynote speaker, on topics of data ethics, AI accessibility, and bias in machine learning. Her writing has been read by nearly a million people; has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Korean, & Portuguese; and has made the front page of Hacker News 9x.


Apple meeting Toyota bosses in Japan to discuss building its electric car, report says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple is in Japan meeting with Toyota executives about producing its long-rumored Apple Car by 2024, according to a media report. Executives at Apple, the world's most valuable company by market cap, are meeting with the Japanese automaker in Asia, as it tries to lay the groundwork for suppliers to help build the vehicle in the next few years, DigiTimes reported. The firm, led by Tim Cook, is also said to have met with South Korea's SK Group and LG Electronics last month on the secretive project. Apple has been working on a car project since 2014 under the code name Project Titan. Cook, who helms the normally secretive company, confirmed in 2017 that Apple was working on a car-related project.


Designers as Stewards of AI

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We have a lot to be grateful for. The average life expectancy in Liverpool during the industrial revolution was 28 years old. Nowadays, we have extraordinary advances in technology that have resulted in artificial hearts and mRNA Covid vaccines; the internet, self-driving cars, and personal computing. Within the next decade, the AI (artificial intelligence) revolution will propagate through everything, and it is predicted by some that it will be a more dramatic shift in technology than the use of the personal computer. However, AI has become an over-hyped buzzword across many industries, and the design world is no exception.


Pentagon will launch drone strikes in Afghanistan 'if and when we need to,' spokesman says

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The Pentagon will continue to conduct drone strikes against ISIS-K militants and other targets within Afghanistan when necessary even after the permanent withdrawal of the U.S. military presence within the country, spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday. The U.S. launched deadly drone strikes against an individual described as an "ISIS-K planner" as well as a suspected suicide car bomber in recent days after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 13 U.S. service members. Kirby indicated the Pentagon would utilize drone strikes if threats arose in the future.


AIhub monthly digest: August 2021 – IJCAI, RoboCupJunior, and happy birthday to arXiv

AIHub

Welcome to our August 2021 monthly digest where you can catch up with any AIhub stories you may have missed, get the low-down on recent events, and much more. In this edition we cover IJCAI 2021, find out about new grants for climate research, hear about RoboCupJunior, and celebrate a significant birthday. The big event this month was the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-21), held virtually from 19-26 August. Gathertown played host to proceedings and participants were treated to eight invited talks, panel discussions, poster sessions, and more. We're covering the invited talks in a series of articles.