Predictive analytics for smarter border security -- GCN


Since 9/11, border patrol agencies around the world have focused on improving their abilities to quickly assess threats from passengers and cargo entering the country. Based on its work with several countries on border protection, Unisys developed the LineSight software, which uses advanced analytics that assesses risk in near real time. Rather than relying solely on pattern recognition based on historical data, LineSight assesses risk from the initial intent to travel and refines that assessment as current information becomes available -- beginning with a traveler's visa application, reservation, ticket purchase, seat selection, check-in and arrival, the company said. The software provides similar risk assessments for cargo shipments based on manifest forms, customs declaration or airline bills. "It became clear more recently that statistical methods and analytical tools would be a better approach than trying to consolidate watch lists to find patterns."

Pakistan Taliban chief's son among 20 killed in 'US drone strike'

Al Jazeera

Islamabad, Pakistan - At least 20 members of the Pakistani Taliban, including the son of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, have been killed in a US drone strike in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, according to a Taliban statement. The fighters, including Abdullah, were killed in a strike on a TTP camp, the group said in a statement texted to local journalists in Pakistan's Bajaur district, which borders Kunar, on Wednesday. According to the statement, 20 fidayeen, or suicide bombers, were killed, while another six fighters were wounded in the strike. Prominent TTP commander Gul Muhammad and fidayeen trainer Yaseen were also killed in the strike, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported. Pakistan has often accused US and Afghan forces of not doing enough to target TTP forces resident on the Afghan side of the volatile Pakistan-Afghanistan border, where they fled following a series of military operations by Pakistan.

Interpretable Machine Learning through Teaching


We've designed a method that encourages AIs to teach each other with examples that also make sense to humans. Our approach automatically selects the most informative examples to teach a concept -- for instance, the best images to describe the concept of dogs -- and experimentally we found our approach to be effective at teaching both AIs and humans.

Officials: US drone strike kills 7 in Pakistani tribal area

FOX News

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing seven militants from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Man who used drone to smuggle drugs into US sentenced to 12 years in jail, officials say

FOX News

Agents found Jorge Rivera in possession of 13 pounds of methamphetamine in Aug. 2017 when he was trying to use a drone to smuggle drugs across the border.

John Fund: To stop a government shutdown and protect Dreamers, let's listen to problem-solvers

FOX News

The debate over what to do about the approximately 700,000 Dreamers – immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children – has often been conducted at a playground level. Democrats are threatening to shut down the government at midnight Friday night unless the Dreamer issue is resolved on their terms. President Trump is reported to have used some kind of obscenity to describe his view of some of the countries Dreamers and other immigrants come from. Immigration activists have freely and openly accused the president of being a "racist" or worse. In this kind of a toxic environment, it will be amazing if both sides can bridge the enormous gap between them.

Drug cartels using drones to smuggle drugs at border

FOX News

AUGUST 2008: Border agents recovered this 2-foot-high drone that was seen swooping over the border fence in southern California.

Suspected U.S. Drone Kills Militants on Pakistan-Afghan Border

U.S. News

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone attack along the Pakistani-Afghan border killed an Islamist militant commander and one of his associates on Tuesday, a Pakistani official in the remote area said.

Why Google Is Opening an Artificial Intelligence Lab in China


Humans don't get to do much with Google in China, where the world's most popular search engine has been unavailable for more than five years. But artificial intelligence is another matter entirely, as Google announced Wednesday plans to open an AI research center in Beijing.

Israel Has Built a Robot Army -- and It Should Scare the Sh*t Out of You


As Israel prepares for yet another war directly on its border, the truth about Israel's vast military capabilities has been largely absent in the corporate media.