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Russia Praises Chinese Drone Maker On Weibo; Deletes Post Following Protest

International Business Times

The Russian Embassy in Beijing has pulled down a controversial post on Weibo, praising China's top drone maker DJI for its products, which allegedly helped Kremlin in "modern warfare." The post went missing after DJI rebuffed the claim, stating its drones were not meant for military specifications. The embassy's post on Weibo cited a report from Russian state media Sputnik, based on a new book by Army General Yuri Baluyevsky, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, according to South China Morning Post. In his book, Baluyevsky said Chinese commercial drones have brought "a real revolution" to traditional artillery weapons. "When drones hover over a target area to guide the artillery, its pinpoint accuracy and efficiency are comparable to precision-guided missiles, according to the Russian embassy's Weibo post quoting Baluyevsky. "The Mavic quadcopter drone made by China's DJI has become a true symbol of modern warfare," he said. However, the post soon snowballed into a major controversy, as many netizens called out Russian Embassy for uploading something with "malicious intent." "What do you want by saying this?


Putin calls Russian arms 'significantly superior' to rivals

Al Jazeera

Russia is ready to sell advanced weapons to allies globally and cooperate in developing military technology, President Vladimir Putin said, adding its latest arms are far superior to those of rival nations. With the Russian leader's forces beaten back from Ukraine's two biggest cities and making slow headway at a heavy cost in the east, the five-month war in Ukraine has so far not proved to be a convincing showcase for Russia's weapons industry. However, the Kremlin leader, addressing an arms show outside Moscow, insisted Russian armaments were years ahead of the competition. Russia cherishes its strong ties with Latin America, Asia and Africa, "and is ready to offer partners and allies the most modern types of weapons – from small arms to armoured vehicles and artillery, combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles", said Putin. "Almost all of them have been used more than once in real combat operations," he added.


Iran hosts drone tournament with Russia, Belarus and Armenia

Al Jazeera

Tehran, Iran – A military drone tournament has been launched in central Iran with Russia, Belarus and Armenia in attendance. Iranian state television showed footage from a ceremony on Monday in the city of Kashan, where dozens of representatives from the four countries gathered to inaugurate the tournament that is judged by members from all delegations. The 2022 "Falcon Hunting" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition, part of the seventh iteration of wider annual military games launched by Russia in 2015, was hosted by the aerospace division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a city where many of the elite force's drone tests are conducted. Ali Balali, top adviser to IRGC aerospace chief Amir Ali Hajizadeh and the tournament's spokesman, said the competition would be judged based on performance and consistency in aerial reconnaissance during both day and night, in addition to how the UAVs could help guide precise artillery fire. The more than 70 military personnel who participated will also undergo physical readiness and shooting tests during the competition, which is expected to end on August 28, Balali told the state-affiliated Tasnim news website.


AI for Ukraine is a new educational project from AI HOUSE to support the Ukrainian tech community - KDnuggets

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"AI for Ukraine" is a series of workshops and lectures held by international artificial intelligence experts to support the development of Ukraine's tech community during the war. Montreal), Alex J. Smola (Amazon Web), Sebastian Bubeck (Microsoft), Gaël Varoquaux (INRIA), and many other well-known specialists have joined the initiative. This is a non-commercial educational project by AI HOUSE – a company focused on building the AI/ML community in Ukraine and is part of the Roosh tech ecosystem. All proceeds collected upon registration will be donated to the biggest Ukrainian charity fund "Come Back Alive". It's been five months of a completely new reality for every single Ukrainian, one with sirens, bombings, pain, and war.


From Albumentations to Image Search

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I need to admit that it is unclear how image search will work with other domains. At the moment, everything is designed to work on natural images. To be applied to medical or satellite, I will need new models, and I do not have them in front of me. If there is interest, we can explore this option. I have a request -- if you have an idea how your product may benefit from an image search, do me a favor, and write in the comments or message on LinkedIn.


CBS News deletes tweet claiming only 'like 30%' of US military aid for Ukraine ever reaches the front lines

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. CBS News announced changes to its upcoming Ukrainian documentary after deleting a tweet suggesting that only 30% of U.S. aid has been reaching the front lines of the war against Russia. On Friday, the news organization originally tweeted a promotion for its documentary "Arming Ukraine" which reportedly tracked the billions of dollars in U.S. aid and weaponry being sent to the country to fight Russia's invasion. The tweet revealed a claim by a nonprofit founder who reported a majority of the funding does not reach Ukrainian front lines.


Ayman al-Zawahiri and the Taliban

The New Yorker

During his long career as a polemicist and a strategist of terror, Ayman al-Zawahiri often taunted the United States. He hewed to the familiar theme that America was an apostate power at war with Islam. But he also described it as a spent force. In a video released this spring, he said that "U.S. weakness" was responsible for the war triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and he mocked the country's standing "after its defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan, after the economic disasters caused by the 9/11 invasions, after the coronavirus pandemic, and after it left its ally Ukraine as prey for the Russians." The U.S. drone strike in Kabul last Saturday that killed Zawahiri, who was seventy-one, added a punctuation mark to the long search for justice for the victims of 9/11 and of other deadly attacks that Zawahiri directly approved, such as the bombing of two U.S. Embassies in Africa in 1998, which killed twelve Americans and more than two hundred Africans.


'Killer robots': Will they be banned?

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These aren't the drones that deliver your online order. Loaded with cameras, sensors, and explosives, their mission is to drive themselves to a target with an algorithm in the driver's seat. They destroy themselves along with the target, leaving behind just a pile of electronic detritus. Increasingly, these sorts of weapons are the stuff of a manufacturer's promotional materials rather than science fiction movies. From today, a United Nations conference of 80 countries gathers in Geneva to debate whether to ban them or at least regulate them more strictly.


'Artificial intelligence in rubber value chain will be a game changer'

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The application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the rubber value chain will be a game changer in the nearest future and the sector can realise more value through predictive analytics, said Saji Gopinath, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology. The aggressive use of data transformation tools has resulted in new business models, facilitating new products and services that can generate greater utility and a new culture of management. Th Vice-Chancellor was speaking on'Efficient use of Artificial Intelligence and Block Chain Technology in Rubber Marketing' at the Indian Rubber Meet here during the weekend. John Baffes, Senior Agricultural Economist, Development Economics Prospects Group, World Bank, pointed out that non-energy prices are expected to rise 20 per cent in 2022, with the highest increase in commodities where Russia or Ukraine are key exporters. He further said the outlook depends on the duration of the war and the severity of disruptions to commodity flows.


Turkey's Baykar drone company 'will never' supply Russia: CEO

Al Jazeera

The CEO of Turkey's Baykar, which makes the drones being widely used by Ukraine against Russian forces, has ruled out supplying the Bayraktar TB2 to Moscow. In an interview with CNN on Monday, Haluk Bayraktar said Ukraine is "under very heavy aggression and disproportionate attacks". When pressed by CNN presenter Julia Chatterley, who repeatedly asked, "Would you supply Russia?", Bayraktar responded: "We have not delivered or supplied them with anything, [and] we will as well never do such a thing because we support Ukraine, support its sovereignty, its resistance for its independence." Bayraktar said he is proud that Bayraktar TB2 has become one of the symbols of the Ukrainian resistance against Russia. "It's very touching," he said, hailing "years of cooperation" and "strong bonds" with Ukraine.