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US Announces Plan For New ‘Exascale’ Supercomputer But Timeline May Fall Behind China’s Schedule

The supercomputing race between the world’s two largest economies escalated after the US unveiled plans for its first machine to cross the “exascale” performance threshold by 2021, putting it roughly a year behind a similar plan from China.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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Facebook’s Vulnerabilities Highlighted During A Terrible Week

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has had a very bad week, even in the context of a very bad year. The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies…But the ultimate blow came on Friday with the massacre of 50 people in New Zealand, live streamed on Facebook.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Also read: Why Tech Didn’t Stop The New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Whoever Predicts The Future Will Win The AI Arms Race

Governments are motivated to pursue leadership in AI by the promise of gaining a strategic advantage. At this early stage, it’s tough to tell what sort of advantage is at stake, because we don’t know what sort of thing AI will turn out to be. Since AI is a technology, it’s natural to think of it as a mere resource that can assist in attaining one’s goals, perhaps by allowing drones to fly without supervision or increasing the efficiency of supply chains.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Why 5G, A Battleground For US And China, Is Also A Fight For Military Supremacy

Apart from its tremendous commercial benefits, 5G – the fifth generation of mobile communication – is revolutionising military and security technology, which is partly why it has become a focal point in the United States’ efforts to contain China’s rise as a tech power and its allegations against Chinese companies.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China Rattles Washington’s Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology. The worry that China is preparing to eat America’s lunch is the subtext for nearly all policy discussions on next-generation tech like quantum computing that can break encryption, artificial intelligence that can spy on or supplant humans, and super-fast wireless networks that can power an advanced digital economy.

Read Here – Politico

A Big Choice For Big Tech

Over the last two decades, a few technology giants have come to dominate digital markets. Google performs about nine out of every ten Internet searches worldwide. Facebook, the world’s leading social media platform, has well over two billion users… Apple, originally a computer manufacturer, now runs the world’s largest mobile app store in terms of revenue, with about 80 percent of the market, and the second-largest music streaming business, approaching a third of the market. And Amazon captures close to every other dollar spent online in the United States.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Deepfakes Are Coming. And They’re Dangerous

Technology is making it easier and easier to create the impression that someone said or did something that, in reality, they did not. For malicious actors armed with that impersonation software, the possibilities for havoc are endless: political sabotage, humiliating fake sex videos, or unparalleled interference in another country’s politics.

Read Here – The Weekly Standard

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

Russian President Vladimir Putin says whoever becomes the leader in artificial intelligence will become the ruler of the world.

 

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin. “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind,” he said, via live video beamed to 16,000 selected schools. “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.” Putin’s advice is the latest sign of an intensifying race among Russia, China, and the US to accumulate military power based on artificial intelligence.

Read Here – Wired

Move Over, China: Latin America May Welcome India

There is a little-noticed phenomenon in the world economy that helps explain why Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim — the world’s richest man after Bill Gates — reportedly made a quiet visit to India last month: for the first time in recent memory, India will grow more than China this year.

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