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Is our machine learning? Ars takes a dip into artificial intelligence

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Every day, some little piece of logic constructed by very specific bits of artificial intelligence technology makes decisions that affect how you experience the world. It could be the ads that get served up to you on social media or shopping sites, or the facial recognition that unlocks your phone, or the directions you take to get to wherever you're going. These discreet, unseen decisions are being made largely by algorithms created by machine learning (ML), a segment of artificial intelligence technology that is trained to identify correlation between sets of data and their outcomes. We've been hearing in movies and TV for years that computers control the world, but we've finally reached the point where the machines are making real autonomous decisions about stuff. Welcome to the future, I guess.


US cancels crucial $10B military AI project because Trump is a baby

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The Pentagon yesterday announced it was scuttling its long-doomed "Project JEDI," a cloud-services AI contract that was awarded to Microsoft in 2019. Up front: Project JEDI is a big deal. The US military needs a reliable cloud-service platform from which to operate its massive AI infrastructure. Unfortunately the project was mishandled from the very beginning. Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) canceled the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud solicitation and initiated contract termination procedures.


Former White House physician says Democrats should follow through on cognitive demands and test Biden

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. EXCLUSIVE: Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician for Donald Trump, called on Democrats to follow through with their prior demands regarding a president's cognitive ability and have President Joe Biden assessed. Following speculation on Trump's mental aptitude one year into his presidency, he agreed to take the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) – a 30 point exam that tests for memory impairment. "The far left and the mainstream media were demanding that be the new standard for anybody who's going to lead our country and be our Commander-in-Chief and our head of state," Jackson said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday.


Top PMs and Presidents Who Support Artificial Intelligence

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The importance of artificial intelligence is known around the world and every nation is on its way to win the AI race as they realize that acquiring excellence in AI technology would make them the biggest superpower. Tesla king, Elon Musk has recently tweeted that "Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3". Recently India along with Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and others have come together to establish the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) for responsible evolution and use of AI. The PMs and presidents of the nations are supporting artificial intelligence in their speeches as well as their establishment of various policies regarding AI and it is demonstrated in the following. In 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a virtual summit on artificial intelligence called'RAISE 2020'.


Dr. Ronny Jackson calls on Biden to immediately undergo cognitive test to assess 'mental impairment'

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Former White House physician explains why the president needs a cognitive test on'Hannity' Dr. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician, called on President Biden to immediately undergo a cognitive test so the commander-in-chief can prove to the American public sound mental capabilities. "We can't sit on this any longer," Jackson told "Hannity" Thursday night, citing Biden's "embarrassing" performance overseas this week with world leaders. "He's not physically or cognitively fit to be our president right now," Jackson added. The freshman Texas congressman and 13 other GOP members of Congress sent a letter to Biden Thursday expressing "concern" with his cognitive state and cited several examples of potential memory lapses, including apparently forgetting the name of his Defense Secretary, telling an Amtrak story with a timeline that didn't add up and seemingly blanking on the often-quoted first line of the Declaration of Independence. "Unfortunately, your mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past 18 months," Jackson and the GOP reps wrote in a letter to Biden, the White House physician and Dr. Anthony Fauci.


Big Tech is fueling an AI "arms race": It could be terrifying -- or just a giant scam

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Early in the 2020 presidential campaign, Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang tried to build political momentum around the claim that the United States is losing ground in a new arms race with China -- not over nuclear missiles or conventional arms but artificial intelligence, or AI. Around the same time, former President Trump launched the American AI Initiative, which sought to marshal AI technologies against "adversarial nations for the security of our economy and our nation," as Trump's top technology adviser put it. Buttigieg, Yang and Trump may have agreed about little else, but they appeared to go along with the nonpartisan think tanks and public policy organizations –– many of them funded by weapons contractors –– that have worked to promote the supposedly alarming possibility that China and Russia may be "beating" the U.S. in defense applications for AI. Hawkish or "centrist" research organizations like the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation, despite their policy and ideological differences in many areas, have argued that America must ratchet up spending on AI research and development, lest it lose its place as No. 1. Just last week, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) published a sweeping 756-page report, culminating two years of work following the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, asking Congress to authorize a $40 billion federal investment in AI research and development, which the NSCAI calls "a modest down payment."


The Church of AI is dead… so what's next for robots and religion?

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The Way of the Future, a church founded by a former Google and Uber engineer, is now a thing of the past. It's been a few months since the world's first AI-focused church shuttered its digital doors, and it doesn't look like its founder has any interest in a revival. But it's a pretty safe bet we'll be seeing more robo-centric religious groups in the future. Perhaps, however, they won't be about worshipping the machines themselves. The world's first AI church "The Way of the Future," was the brainchild of Anthony Levandowski, a former autonomous vehicle developer who was convicted on 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. In the wake of his conviction, Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison but his sentence was delayed due to COVID and, before he could be ordered to serve it, former president Donald Trump pardoned him.


Expert.ai adds emotion, style detection tools to natural language API

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Enterprises and investors are increasing their use of natural language APIs to assist processing in tasks like data mining for sales intelligence, tracking how marketing campaigns change over time, and better defending against phishing and ransomware attacks. Still, AI products that use natural language engines to analyze text have a long way to go to capture more than a fraction of the nuance humans use to communicate with each other. The company this week announced new advanced features for its cloud-based natural language API designed to help AI developers "[extract] emotions in large-scale texts and [identify] stylometric data driving a complete fingerprint of content," Expert.ai said in a statement. Based in Modena, Italy and with U.S. headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, Expert.ai The company's customers include media outlets like the Associated Press, which uses NL software for content classification and enrichment; business intelligence consultants like L'Argus de la Presse, which conducts brand reputation analysis with NL processing; and financial services firms like Zurich Insurance, which uses Expert.ai's


Israel shared Iranian General Soleimani's cell phones with US intelligence before drone strike: report

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Israel shared three cell phone numbers used by Qasem Soleimani with U.S. intelligence in the hours before American drones unleashed Hellfire missiles on the Iranian general last year, Yahoo News reported Saturday. The revelation sheds new light on the role that Israel played in the killing of Soleimani, who the State Department says was responsible for hundreds of U.S. troop deaths as the head of the Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force. The drone strike occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 2, 2020, as Soleimani and his entourage were leaving Baghdad's international airport.


The Morning After: Disney reveals a better kind of lightsaber

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It's amazing that the Star Wars juggernaut (enabled by the Disney industrial complex) has managed to ringfence one entire day each year to peddle new shows, movies, toys and the rest. If you survived yesterday without seeing Gandalf doing the Spock salute with some white text saying May The Fourth Be With You, you're living a better life than me. Sneering aside, I got something out of May 4th -- the briefest glimpse of a'working' lightsaber that extends and retracts a blade of what looks like light. The device definitely looks far more expensive than my double-edged Dark Maul saber from 1999, and there doesn't appear to be a plastic tube in sight. Patents unearthed after Disney showed off the saber suggest the blade is composed of LED-illuminated plastic, bright enough to obscure the fact it isn't actually a laser that could cut a robot in half.