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Chart: The Companies With the Most AI Patents

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Chinese enterprises increased patent filings for artificial intelligence products rapidly in the past couple of years. The companies holding the most active AI and machine learning patent families are now tech giant Tencent and search engine provider Baidu, ahead of U.S. firm IBM, South Korea's Samsung, Chinese insurance provider Ping An and former AI patent leader Microsoft. The latter company has been seeing one of its major AI investments come to fruition recently, as conversational AI bot ChatGPT by Microsoft partner OpenAI has been making waves. Microsoft swiftly announced another round of funding for OpenAI, rumored to be to the tune of $10 billion. As this chart based on the LexisNexis PatentSight directory shows, Tencent and Baidu became the largest patent owners in machine learning and AI in 2021, each holding more than 9,000 active patent families.


A Link to News Site Meduza Can (Technically) Land You in Russian Prison

WIRED

When you run a major app, all it takes is one mistake to put countless people at risk. Such is the case with Diksha, a public education app run by India's Ministry of Education that exposed the personal information of around 1 million teachers and millions of students across the country. The data, which included things like full names, email addresses, and phone numbers, was publicly accessible for at least a year and likely longer, potentially exposing those impacted to phishing attacks and other scams. Speaking of cybercrime, the LockBit ransomware gang has long operated under the radar, thanks to its professional operation and choice of targets. But over the past year, a series of missteps and drama have thrust it into the spotlight, potentially threatening its ability to continue operating with impunity.


Russian shelling leaves 10 Ukrainian civilians dead, 20 injured, Zelenskyy says

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A new barrage of Russian shelling killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and wounded 20 others in a day, the office of Ukraine's president said Friday as the country worked to recover from an earlier wave of Russian missile strikes and drone attacks. Regional officials said towns and villages in the east and in the south that are within reach of the Russian artillery suffered most. Six people died in the Donetsk region, two in Kherson, and two in the Kharkiv region.


Japan tightens Russia sanctions, expands export ban list

Al Jazeera

Japan has tightened its sanctions against Russia following its latest wave of missile attacks in Ukraine, adding goods to an export ban list and freezing the assets of Russian officials and entities. The decision on Friday comes after Russia launched missile attacks across Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least 11 people, following a pledge by Germany and the United States to supply tanks that could help Kyiv counter a new Russian offensive. "In light of the situation surrounding Ukraine and to contribute to international efforts to secure peace, Japan will implement export bans in line with other major nations," Japan's Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry said in a press release. Among the new sanctions, Japan will prohibit shipments of items to 49 organisations in Russia from February 3 that could be used to enhance Moscow's military capability. Those will include products ranging from water cannons, gas exploration equipment and semiconductor equipment to vaccines, X-ray inspection equipment, explosives and robots, the ministry said.


Drone delivery service using Starlink launched in Japan

The Japan Times

Telecommunications company KDDI, map-maker Zenrin and others in Japan launched a drone delivery service using U.S. aerospace company SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet access service in Chichibu, a mountainous city in Saitama Prefecture, on Thursday. By connecting a drone to the Starlink service that provides a stable communication environment even in mountain areas, the new delivery service allows residents in a district of Chichibu affected by a road closure following a mudslide in September last year to receive food and other supplies on a regular basis. According to KDDI, it is the first time that a regular drone delivery service using the Starlink service by SpaceX, officially called Space Exploration Technologies, has been launched in Japan. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.


I'm an AI expert – there are several jobs I wouldn't trust artificial intelligence to do as fears over ChatGPT grow

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ARTIFICIAL intelligence chatbot ChatGPT is causing controversy over its creepy ability to write just like a human. Students are using it to cheat on exams, copywriters are fearing for their jobs, and some people are even using its advice as a replacement for dentists and counselors. AI expert Lisa Palmer spoke exclusively to The U.S. Sun about ChatGPT concerns and the jobs she wouldn't trust it to do right now. Palmer has largely positive views on the AI chatbot and thinks we all should be using it. However, she thinks we need to be wary of its limitations right now and not put pure faith in it to do human jobs.


Hi-Fi Rush is a colorful beat-em-up that lacks variety, but oozes personality

PCWorld

Yesterday's Xbox Developer Direct presentation was a bit of a staid affair. But there was one standout. Hi-Fi Rush is a pop-rock breath of fresh air, a rhythm-based beat-em-up with all the color and attitude of a post-Pokemon kid's anime. And you can play it…right now, on PC and Xbox. Hi-Fi Rush comes from Tango Gameworks, a Japanese studio best known for The Evil Within and Ghotswire: Tokyo.


Russia Launches Air Battle As US Agrees To Send M1 Abrams Tanks To Ukraine

International Business Times

Ukrainian officials said the country's air defense systems were activated Thursday as Russia launched more than 30 missiles in several oblasts. The move comes as the United States agreed to send dozens of M1 Abrams tanks to the Ukrainian military. Throughout Thursday morning, Russia carried out air attacks, but no casualties were reported so far. "About six Tu-95 bombers took off and launched missiles presumably from Murmansk Oblast (Russia). We expect approximately 30 missiles that have already started appearing in various oblasts. Air defence systems are operating. Yes, there were explosions in several oblasts, including Vinnytsia. Obviously, you need to stay in shelters," Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Air Force of Ukraine, said, according to Pravda.


North and South Korea violated armistice with drones: UN Command

Al Jazeera

North Korea and South Korea violated the armistice that governs their shared border by sending drones into each other's airspace in December, the US-led United Nations Command says. Five North Korean drones crossed into the South on December 26, prompting South Korea's military to scramble fighter jets and helicopters as well as send surveillance aircraft into the North to photograph its military installations. The UN Command, which has helped oversee the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas since an armistice ended fighting in the 1950-1953 Korean War, said on Thursday that it had conducted a special investigation of the airspace incursions to determine whether there were any violations of the ceasefire. The drone incursions by the two countries constituted violations, but South Korea's efforts to shoot down the drones in its airspace did not violate the armistice, the UN Command said in a statement. Seoul and Pyongyang remain technically at war because no permanent peace treaty has ever been reached to end the Korean War.


Will Artificial Intelligence and 'war robots' be part of the next stage in the war in Ukraine?

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Soon soldiers in Ukraine could be fighting robots on the battlefield. Russia's Advanced Research Foundation and the Russian-based Android Technics company have announced the launch of the'Marker' robot, which they claim can destroy Abrams and Leopards tanks and their crews. In a message posted on Telegram, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Tsar Wolves group said Marker robots'trained' in reconnaissance and also strike versions will be delivered to the air defence zone in February. The Marker robots would take part in combat operations after a test run at the training ground. The Marker combat models are also said to be equipped with anti-tank missile systems, which are an effective tool against modern tanks.