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The Meteorologist's Lament

Slate

Meteorologists on television and companies like AccuWeather provide the forecasts, while the government maintains the common meteorological infrastructure and provides storm warnings to the public at large. Businesses that require tailored forecasts and storm warnings receive them from private-sector companies. That way, the public is not subsidizing specialized services for business. The budget of the National Weather Service is $1,124,149,000 per year, or $3.45 per person.


Facebook strategist rejects PM's claim over extremist material

The Guardian

Artificial intelligence programs are being created to identify such material, and hundreds of people are employed to search for content that should be removed, said Brian Fishman, who manages the company's global counter-terrorism policy. "Because of the way end-to-end encryption works, we can't read the contents of individual encrypted messages on, say, WhatsApp, but we do respond quickly to appropriate and legal law enforcement requests. "We do respond quickly to appropriate and legal law enforcement requests," he said. Asked whether metadata is shared following such requests, he said: "There is some limited data that's available, and WhatsApp is working to help law enforcement understand how it responds to their requests, especially in emergency situations."


Pentagon Turns to DAVE for More Efficient Buying

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The Defense Department is known as the biggest spender among agencies in the federal government, but it'd like to be known as one of the more efficient agencies at some point. The undersecretary then uses that data to oversee programs, make decisions on them and report to Congress various spending data, Krzysko said. DAVE's API-driven nature "gives us the ability to move that data around" and ultimately provide better spending information to program managers and senior executives across the Pentagon. "That translates to a data management framework and infrastructure together that can support what you're trying to do."


US military creating microchips for killer robots

Daily Mail

But rising manufacturing costs and the limitations of existing chip technologies mean that new avenues of research are needed for this pace of growth to continue in the future. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative's will create six new programs over the next four years. Their research hopes to ensure the predictions made by Moore's law, that computing power would double roughly every two years, will continue In 1965, Moore famously predicted that the transistor-count of integrated circuits would double every year or two while the cost per transistor would decrease. But rising manufacturing costs and the limitations of existing chip technologies mean that new avenues of research are needed for this pace of growth to continue in the future.


China's Baidu to Invest $1.5 Billion in Autonomous Driving

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Chinese search engine Baidu (bidu) announced a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) autonomous driving fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with U.S. rivals. The "Apollo Fund" will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects over the next three years, Baidu said in a statement. After years of internal development, Baidu in April decided to open its autonomous driving technology to third parties, a move it hopes will accelerate development and help it compete with U.S. firms Tesla (tsla) and Google (googl) project Waymo. Baidu's Apollo project - named after the NASA moon landing - aims to create technology for completely autonomous cars, which it says will be ready for city roads in China by 2020.


Chinese internet search engine Baidu sets up $1.5bn self driving car fund

The Independent

Chinese search engine Baidu announced a 10bn yuan ($1.1bn) self-driving car fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with US rivals. The "Apollo Fund" will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects over the next three years, Baidu said in a statement. After years of internal development, Baidu in April decided to open its autonomous driving technology to third parties; a move it hopes will accelerate development and help it compete with US firms Tesla and Google project Waymo. Baidu's Apollo project - named after the NASA moon landing - aims to create technology for completely autonomous cars, which it says will be ready for city roads in China by 2020.


Chris Cillizza's Twitter Ratio is so bad, we're not sure his account can survive

Mashable

They call it the Ratio, and it's coming for CNN political pundit Chris Cillizza. For a long time, Cillizza, a pundit who has mastered the art of the bad take, was accused of having one of the highest Ratios on the political internet and some of the least popular tweets. Previously, Fast Forward discovered that Paul Ryan had the highest Twitter Ratio of the seven major politicians they studied--a fact that brought tears of joy to some tired #Resistance eyes. We had the lab analyze Chris Cillizza's tweets and compare them to pundits with similarly sized followings across the political spectrum: Joy Reid, David Frum, Meghan McCain, Matthew Yglesias, Ana Navarro, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and Jonathan Chait.


Machine Learning Brings Accuracy to Climate Forecasts

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The increasing number of satellites and advancements in climate models has improved the weather forecasting over the last many years. The UK Met Office and the National Weather Service's climate data archive contains 45 petabytes of information. The researchers have used AI systems to rank spot cyclones, climate models, and extreme weather events using modeled and real-climate data. Machine Learning, slowly but surely, seems to be gaining ground for weather forecast and climate change study.


The Plimp is a plane-blimp mashup that promises safe air transport

Popular Science

With a rigid, winged body held underneath a massive helium-containing envelope, their craft is billed as a fusion of both airplane and blimp technology. Egan Airships, the company formed by twin brothers James and Joel Egan, debuted their Plimp at the InterDrone exposition earlier this month. The first model is unmanned, making it a plane blimp drone, built within FAA limits. Because half of the weight of the vehicle is offset by the helium envelope (the big, blimp-like pouch on the top of the vehicle), the craft is larger than a typical drone: 28 feet long, and 7 feet in diameter.


US Army reveals video of laser weapon shooting down drones

Daily Mail

Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kW Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN). Army bosses hope the radical weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars. Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) to optimize efficiency and lethality, according to the firm. Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) to optimize efficiency and lethality, according to the firm Army bosses hope the radical weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars.