U.S. Says It Won't Discuss Withdrawing Troops From Iraq, as Iraq's Leader Requested

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"But as times change and we get to a place where we can deliver up on what I believe and the president believes is our right structure, with fewer resources dedicated to that mission, we will do so," he added. Mr. Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin also announced new sanctions on Iranian officials and on a few companies, including two in China, involved in the production and export of Iranian steel and other metals. The Trump administration had already imposed major sanctions on Iran's metals industry after Mr. Trump's withdrawal in 2018 from a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, so analysts said the new sanctions would have little additional impact. Iraqi lawmakers voted on Sunday to expel United States forces after the American drone strike that killed 10 people in a two-car convoy -- Maj. The prime minister has not signed the bill yet, but had been criticizing the American troop presence in Iraq since a series of recent actions by the United States military.

Dawn of a Decade: The Top Ten Tech Policy Issues for the 2020s


For the past few years, we've shared predictions each December on what we believe will be the top ten technology policy issues for the year ahead. As this year draws to a close, we are looking out a bit further. It gives us all an opportunity to reflect upon the past ten years and consider what the 2020s may bring. As we concluded in our book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, "Technology innovation is not going to slow down. The work to manage it needs to speed up." Digital technology has gone longer with less regulation than virtually any major technology before it. This dynamic is no longer sustainable, and the tech sector will need to step up and exercise more responsibility while governments catch up by modernizing tech policies. In short, the 2020s will bring sweeping regulatory changes to the world of technology. Tech is at a crossroads, and to consider why, it helps to start with the changes in technology itself. The 2010s saw four trends intersect, collectively transforming how we work, live and learn. Continuing advances in computational power made more ambitious technical scenarios possible both for devices and servers, while cloud computing made these advances more accessible to the world. Like the invention of the personal computer itself, cloud computing was as important economically as it was technically. The cloud allows organizations of any size to tap into massive computing and storage capacity on demand, paying for the computing they need without the outlay of capital expenses. More powerful computers and cloud economics combined to create the third trend, the explosion of digital data.

Constitution has to prevail, its values should remain sacrosanct: Former CJI Dipak Misra India News - Times of India


COIMBATORE: The nation's constitution is what prevails and has to prevail and it was the duty of every citizen to see that the constitutional values, norms and nuances remain sacrosanct, said former Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra on Saturday. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the fourth edition of the Indian Cyber Congress held at a private college in the city. "Question arises that who is sovereign amongst the three wings of the state -- executive, legislative or judiciary. On occasions there you will find there are certain utterances that there is'parliamentary sovereignty'. But the Supreme Court time and again has reiterated that there is'constitutional sovereignty', meaning thereby it's the Constitution that prevails and that has to prevail. It's the duty of every citizen to see that the constitutional values, norms and nuances are remain sacrosanct," said Misra.



Today, we live in a world where technology is redefining the way we work, live and play. Significantly, our future is quickly being reshaped by digital transformation technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and Edge Computing. Indeed, data management is going through profound changes, opening up countless opportunities. More so, as businesses are looking for comprehensive services and process thousands of scenarios, spanning considerations hinge on everything from central storage to frontier-edge computing. As we step into 2020, here's my take on the top five technology trends that will impact businesses, society, and the world.

EU Fights Corporatization of AI and Blockchain With Massive Investment :: bitsmart


Blockchain technology has the promise to radically transform the way society handles data as well as how AIs are trained and taught with this data. It has the potential to create a world in which control over and reward from data and AI is distributed more broadly across various stakeholders, including the people who generate the data. By using this data to train and teach AI systems, these companies have been able to create unprecedentedly effective advertising machines, with extraordinary capabilities of using the patterns mined from personal data to influence peoples' decisions about purchasing, political elections or anything else. It seems likely that no Western company, not even Google, has aggregated the amount and diversity of data that Tencent has, which also has the ability to crunch all this data for various purposes on its huge server farms. If the West is to go in the direction of greater data sovereignty, enabling individuals to control their own data and the way it's used by AIs -- and if it wants to maintain this respect for sovereignty without falling behind in the AI race -- then it will need to aggressively develop tools that allow AI to learn from data without compromising data sovereignty.

Strategic sovereignty: How Europe can regain the capacity to act


As the world descends into geopolitical competition, other powers increasingly challenge European countries' ability to defend their interests and values. Russia is willing to weaponise energy supplies, cyber capabilities, and disinformation; China invests strategically and uses state capitalism to skew the market; Turkey instrumentalises migration; Saudi Arabia leverages its energy resources. And the Trump administration is willing to exploit European dependence on the transatlantic security alliance and the dollar to achieve short-term policy goals. What unites these disparate powers is their unwillingness to separate the functioning of the global economy from political and security competition. The EU has the market power, defence spending, and diplomatic heft to end this vulnerability and restore sovereignty to its member states.

The case against national strategies on artificial intelligence


Efforts to develop artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly being framed as a global race, or even a new Great Game. In addition to the race between countries to build national competencies and establish a competitive advantage, firms are also in a contest to acquire AI talent, leverage data advantages, and offer unique services. In both cases, success will depend on whether AI solutions can be democratized and distributed across sectors. The global AI race is unlike any other global competition, because the extent to which innovation is being driven by the state, the corporate sector, or academia differs substantially from country to country. On average, though, the majority of innovations so far have emerged from academia, with governments contributing through procurement, rather than internal research and development.

Reasserting cyber sovereignty: how states are taking back control

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Amid the hand-wringing about the rise of nationalism and populism, it's easy to miss that the past two years have also produced surprising and useful shifts in global opinion. Even Donald Trump can be good news for the world. Nowhere is this gestalt shift more evident than in how we approach policy dilemmas related to technology. The idea of "digital" as a magic, untouchable realm that was to bring prosperity to all, one disruption at a time, is now dead. The thorny questions are no longer the prerogative of affluent hippies at Wired magazine or TED talks; instead, they are returning to their original realms of international trade, national economic development and security.

Bernard MICHEL on LinkedIn: "We need european Venture and Long Term Capital to defend our sovereignty #RealEstech #AI #innovation"


While Europe ranks second in the global artificial intelligence start-up landscape, no single European country achieves critical mass on its own. Europe needs to consolidate its efforts in order to compete against China and the US.

Artificial Intelligence: How Much Are You Affected By It?


Have you ever wondered what AI or Artificial Intelligence is all about? It's the deliberate reprogramming of the human race to think and to act according to controllers who want to have absolute control over every aspect of our abilities to think and to act other than the way they approve and program us to act! Is that happening already with some of the counter-culture crimes in order to steer humans into a'mental slave corral'? Following are excerpts taken from the source link below, which indicates certain aspects of where the NWO controllers are directing the future of humankind into becoming technological slaves to Artificial Intelligence, which most tech-addicted humans are not aware of, in my opinion. CG are the initials for Corey Goode, a person who worked with high tech and had extremely highly classified credentials, as I understand, which included interactions with extraterrestrial beings of higher intelligence than we, who are working with the U.S. tech companies and government agencies on ET projects.