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Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria

Al Jazeera

United States officials believe Iran was behind a drone attack last week at a military outpost at al-Tanf in southern Syria where American troops are based. Officials said Monday the US believes that Iran provided resources and encouraged the attack, but that the drones were not launched from Iran, The Associated Press news service reported. The drones were Iranian, and Iran appears to have facilitated their use, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not been made public. Officials said they believe the attacks involved as many as five drones laden with explosive charges, and that they hit both the US side of al-Tanf garrison and the side where Syrian opposition forces reside. There were no reported injuries or deaths as a result of the attack but it comes in a period of rising tensions between the US and Iran.

Apple selects Chinese giant for critical iPhone role - California News Times


This article is an on-site version of the #techAsia newsletter.sign up here Send newsletter directly to your inbox every Wednesday Hello, Kenji from Tokyo this week is currently undergoing home quarantine for Covid-19. For our big story, there is another scoop about Apple from Nikkei Asia. China's state-owned enterprise has become a supplier of the latest flagship iPhone displays. This shows how advanced China's technology, including artificial intelligence, has advanced, as warned by a former Pentagon chief software officer (Mercedes Top 10). Meanwhile, China is building and diversifying its sources of strategic mineral resources, including lithium, a key component of the world's leading electric vehicle industry (our views, smart data and spotlights).

NATO agrees new plan to deter Russian attacks

Al Jazeera

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.

Seeq Expands Machine Learning Support to Democratize Data Science Innovation


Seeq Corporation, a leader in manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software, announces the expansion of its efforts to integrate machine learning algorithms into Seeq applications. These improvements will enable organizations to operationalize their data science investments, and their open source and third-party machine learning algorithms, for easy access by front-line employees. Seeq customers include companies in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries. Investors in Seeq, which has raised over $100 Million to date, include Insight Ventures, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Altira Group, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Cisco Investments. Seeq's strategy for enabling machine learning innovation provides end user access to algorithms from a variety of sources, rather than forcing users to rely on a single machine learning vendor or platform.

Singapore government kicks off 5G trials across multiple sectors


Singapore's public sector has kicked off 5G pilots involving uses cases for various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and construction. The government is targeting to run 15 live trials on the southern island of Sentosa by yer-end, before ramping this figure up to at least 30 by the first half of 2023. The first set of 10 already had started at Sentosa, with multiple agencies including the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technologies (Chart) under Changi General Hospital. These trials would see the use of 5G for autonomous robots, tele-operated vehicles, and augment reality applications, according to Government Technology Agency (GovTech), which is the public sector's CIO. Industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority has set aside S$40 million (US$29.53 million) to support research and development efforts and drive adoption of 5G, which include initiatives focused on key verticals such as urban mobility and maritime.

Digital Tech, Private Sector Participation to Boost India's Space Sector


The Government of India is bringing in reforms to allow private enterprises to participate in end-to-end space activities and help achieve the country's goal of enhancing its share in the global economy. The government officials also highlight the importance of space robotics and artificial intelligence in the space domain. "India is revising its existing policies and is also in the process of bringing in new ones to increase industry participation in the space sector," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K. Sivan said, via a video message during the inaugural session on'Future of Space-International Participation and Collaborations' at The India Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. He emphasized that the recent reforms in the sector has ensured that the role of the private sector has evolved from being just suppliers to partners in the process. He also highlighted that space is one of the significant areas that India is looking at for international cooperation.

The Rapid Expansion of AI Surveillance: What You Need to Know


AI surveillance is increasing at a rapid pace around the world. The East Asia/Pacific, Americas, and the Middle East/North Africa regions are robust adopters of these tools. Even liberal democracies in Europe have installed automated border controls, predictive policing, "safe cities", and facial recognition systems. China is the biggest supplier of these technologies which can be found in 63 countries. Huawei alone is responsible for providing AI surveillance technology to at least fifty countries and its leadership has strong ties with the Chinese government.

Top Ten Issues on Liability and Regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems


Key Takeaways: - New Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is being integrated into all industries. I have written a few articles regarding the liability of autonomous systems under the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) law, regarding the liability of autonomous systems under the UAE's Civil Code, available remedies, comparing to other regimes, and recommendations for law, policy and ethics. I focused mainly on the liability and regulation of autonomous or Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems under the laws of the UAE, but I also compared the UAE's legal system to other regimes, including the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU). I concluded that generally speaking, when it comes to AI, the issues are similar across the globe. In the near future, every single one of us will be dealing in some shape or form with an autonomous system or an AI-powered system.

China crackdown on Apple store hits holy book apps, Audible

Boston Herald

Amazon's audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, the latest examples of the impact of the country's tightened rules for internet firms. Audible said Friday that it removed its app from the Apple store in mainland China last month "due to permit requirements." The makers of apps for reading and listening to the Quran and Bible say their apps have also been removed from Apple's China-based store at the government's request. A spokesperson for China's embassy in the U.S. declined to speak about specific app removals but said the Chinese government has "always encouraged and supported the development of the Internet." "At the same time, the development of the internet in China must also comply with Chinese laws and regulations," an emailed statement from Liu Pengyu said.

China publishes code of ethics to regulate Artificial Intelligence, what would Isaac Asimov say?


China's Ministry of Science and Technology published a code of ethics that aims to regulate existing or developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) models. With this, the Asian country is ahead of Europe, which already had a prototype regulation in the same sense. Last April, the European Union presented the preliminary draft of a regulation to ensure that humans have control over AI. However, this has not materialized and now China is a pioneer in launching a regulation for these booming technologies. As reported by The South China Morning Post, the document entitled Ethical Specifications for New Generation Artificial Intelligence starts from a very clear premise: "Ensure that AI is always under the control of human beings" and that they have "full decision-making power " About AI. "Ultimately, China is opting for a heavy-handed model, where the state is thinking very seriously about the long-term social transformations that AI will bring, from social alienation to existential risks, and actively trying to manage and guide these transformations, "Rebecca Arcesati, analyst at the German think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies, told the same media.