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World must keep lethal weapons under human control, Germany says

Reuters | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:38 PM
  • Germany’s foreign minister on Friday called for urgent efforts to ensure that humans remained in control of lethal weapons, as a step towards banning “killer robots”.
  • The United Nations and the European Union have called for a global ban on such weapons.
  • Human Rights Watch’s Mary Wareham, coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, urged Germany to push for negotiations on a global treaty, rather than a non-binding declaration.

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How the Christchurch terrorist attack was made for social media

CNN | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:32 PM
  • He footage is grainy and has a video-game aesthetic.
  • In a widely shared article on the Bellingcat website Friday, the journalist Robert Evans notes that the document contains many white supremacist reference points that are likely accurate representations of the shooter’s views.
  • The fact that the document is laced with internet in-jokes, references and memes underlines that many white supremacists are radicalized by socializing with each other online, he adds.

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Design and validation of world-class multilayered thermal emitter using machine learning: Selection of an optimum structure from approximately eight billion candidates may make society more energy efficient

ScienceDaily | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:31 PM
  • NIMS, the University of Tokyo, Niigata University and RIKEN jointly designed a multilayered metamaterial that realizes ultra-narrowband wavelength-selective thermal emission by combining the machine learning (Bayesian optimization) and thermal emission properties calculations (electromagnetic calculation).
  • The joint research group developed a method of designing metamaterial structures with optimum thermal radiation performance using a combination of machine learning and the calculation of thermal emission properties.
  • This research demonstrated the effectiveness of machine learning in developing highly efficient thermal emission metamaterials.

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XGenomes is bringing DNA sequencing to the masses

TechCrunch | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM
  • As healthcare moves toward genetically tailored treatments, one of the biggest hurdles to truly personalized medicine is the lack of fast, low-cost genetic testing.
  • Running a startup focused on conducting gene sequencing at population scales is not where Mir thought he’d be when he was growing up in Yorkshire in Northern England.
  • Xgenomes technology works by unzipping strands of DNA and then sequencing the strands concurrently.

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Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are raging against the machine (intelligence)

Venture Beat | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:26 PM
  • Beto is running.
  • Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, who came in second in primary victories in 2016 behind Hillary Clinton, may have been the first major candidate to make AI part of his campaign platform.
  • Senators Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts each signed letters last fall demanding federal agencies that regulate job discrimination and economic opportunity, as well as the FBI, address questions related to facial recognition software and algorithmic bias.

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New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can’t control viral tragedies

CNET | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:26 PM
  • For every video of the mass shooting in New Zealand that YouTube and Facebook block, another two or three seem to replace it.
  • The video-streaming giant uses algorithms, such as Content ID, that automatically detect when copyrighted materials like songs and movie clips are uploaded onto its platform so they can be taken down by copyright owners.
  • In 2016, The Guardian reported that Facebook and Google used algorithms similar to Content ID to automatically remove videos linked to ISIS.


Ukrtransgaz Invites 10 Tenders For Procurement Of 1.17 Billion Cubic Meters Of Gas For UAH 8.5 Billion

Ukrainian News | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:24 PM
  • This is evidenced by data in the ProZorro public procurement system, Ukrainian News Agency reports.
  • Ukrtransgaz invited 5 tenders for the procurement of 80 million cubic meters of gas to meet production and technology needs and own needs for UAH 580 million each.
  • Also, Ukrtransgaz invited 5 tenders for the procurement of 154 million cubic meters of natural gas to meet production and technology needs and own needs for UAH 1.116 billion.

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Facebook’s new AI tool will help battle revenge porn

CNET | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  • Facebook is taking on revenge porn.
  • The social network has added new detection technology and an online resource hub to help prevent non-consensual intimate images, also known as revenge porn.
  • The company has been using AI on top of photo matching for years to prevent the sharing of known child exploitation images.