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Artificial Intelligence Will Change War, But Not In The Way You Think

AI will change how wars are fought, but not the nature of war. War is still, and will forever be, applied violence to achieve a political goal. Like human nature itself, the fundamental qualities that define the nature of warfare are impervious to change. AI will, however, cause a shift in the character of war.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

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Big Tech’s Harvest Of Sorrow?

At the same time that science and technology have vastly improved human lives, they have also given certain visionaries the means to transform entire societies from above. Ominously, what was true of Soviet central planners is true of Big Tech today: namely, the assumption that society can be improved through pure “rationality.”

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Web Of Deceit: Disinformation Could Prove The Most Powerful Weapon Of All

Freedom of speech, increasingly accepted of late as a general good, becomes problematic when coupled with deception, anonymity and the power of vast wealth to magnify some voices 1,000-fold over others. And for many spreaders of disinformation, getting a reader/viewer/voter actually to believe your untruths is not the only measure of success. Simply confusing them, encouraging them to doubt opposition truths, is just as good.

Read Here – The Spectator

From Google To Facebook And beyond: New Generation Of Elites, Superpowered By AI

Elites have always used their privileged position and access to resources for self-serving purposes, not for the greater good of humanity. And this abuse continues, disguised, as elites harness artificial intelligence and other new technologies to reach new levels of power previously undreamed of. A new breed of elites is born: “ailites”.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

The Global Data War Heats Up

World leaders who gather in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 summit this week will begin a conversation on worldwide data governance—and though they are deeply divided on the question of who should control data, some nations could seek to devise a system that excludes China.

Read Here – The Atlantic

The Real Dangers Of An AI Arms Race

Artificial Intelligence promises to bring both enormous benefits, in everything from health care to transportation, and huge risks. But those risks aren’t something out of science fiction; there’s no need to fear a robot uprising. The real threat will come from humans.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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

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

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