The US-China over artificial intelligence is heating up, but some warn the US could be over-reacting. "China is betting on AI and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing," says Abishur Prakash, a futurist and author of books about the effect of artificial intelligence (AI) on geopolitics. As developments in AI accelerate, some in the US fear that the ability of China's powerful central government to marshal data and pour resources into the field will push it ahead. The country has announced billions in funding for start-ups, launched programmes to woo researchers from overseas and streamlined its data policies. It has announced news-reading robots and AI-powered strategy for foreign relations. Perhaps most alarming to the US are its efforts to incorporate it into its military. In the last few years, Washington has toughened oversight of Chinese investments, banned US firms from doing business with certain Chinese companies and increased criminal … [Read more...] about Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?
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Lenovo Tech World 2019 The annual event, which attracts thousands of partners, customers, and consumers, began with an impressive keynote from Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo Group, focusing on smarter life in a connected world. “Over the past two years, we have been trying to imagine what a brighter future in the intelligent era will look like, and now – after all our hard work – we have truly entered the age of intelligence, where data intelligence is powering industry transformation at large,” he said. According to the CEO, smart cities, smart transportation, smart retail, smart finance, and smart healthcare – these transformative technologies are enabling broader accessibility to the government and social services by ensuring that the services provided are equal and as efficient as possible. Focusing on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo is developing world-changing technologies that create a more inclusive, … [Read more...] about Lenovo Tech World 2019 explores future for intelligent transformation
While tracing the signal of one space mystery, called a fast radio burst, it led astronomers to another intriguing observation. These fast radio bursts are only millisecond-long radio flashes, and such rapid bursts themselves aren't rare in space. But finding out where they came from is incredibly difficult. In the last year, two have been traced back to their host galaxies. And astronomers still don't know exactly what causes the pulses. People love to believe that they're from an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, and this hypothesis hasn't been ruled out entirely by researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a scientific research program dedicated to finding evidence of intelligent life in the universe. Follow-up observations of a fast radio burst designated FRB 181112, originally pinpointed in November 2018, revealed that the pulses traveled through a massive galactic halo while heading towards Earth. The astronomers were able to study the radio signal itself to learn more about the … [Read more...] about Mysterious radio burst reveals tranquil halo of a galaxy
Korean Air and Boeing leaders at the MoU signing ceremony Korean Air signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 18 to purchase 30 Boeing wide-body aircraft at Le Bourget Airport, where the 2019 Paris Air Show is currently being held. Present at the signing ceremony were Walter Cho, chairman and CEO of Korean Air; Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Ihssane Mounir, senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company; and John L. Plueger, CEO and president of Aircraft Leasing Corporation. The decision reflects Korean Air’s continuous efforts to modernise the fleet, and the new 787 aeroplanes will replace its existing aeroplanes, such as A330s, B777s, and B747s. The 68 metres long 787-10 is 5 metres longer than 787-9 aeroplanes. As the largest version of the 787 family, the 787-10 offers around 15 per cent more space for passengers and cargo than the 787-9. The aeroplane can accommodate up to 330 passengers, 40 … [Read more...] about Korean Air to introduce Boeing 787-10 for first time in Korea