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Italy becomes Europe’s largest coronavirus hot spot with 76 cases & 2 deaths - rt

Italy becomes Europe’s largest coronavirus hot spot with 76 cases & 2 deaths

The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 76 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.
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Tesla has defeated “tree pirates” and resumed plowing down a forest in Germany - quartz

Tesla has defeated “tree pirates” and resumed plowing down a forest in Germany

It's clearing the land for a new Gigafactory.
quartz - 2 hours ago
Warren Buffett just explained the problem with today’s corporate boards - quartz

Warren Buffett just explained the problem with today’s corporate boards

For starters, board members are paid too much.
quartz - 4 hours ago
Sharp rise in coronavirus cases alarms world health officials - channel 4

Sharp rise in coronavirus cases alarms world health officials

World health officials are growing alarmed by the new cases in South Korea, Italy and Iran.
channel 4 - 6 hours ago
Coronavirus outbreak has been ‘politicised’ by some countries, says China state TV correspondent Zhou Jiaxin - channel 4

Coronavirus outbreak has been ‘politicised’ by some countries, says China state TV correspondent Zhou Jiaxin

We spoke this afternoon to Zhou Jiaxin in Wuhan, a correspondent for the China Global Television Network, which is owned by the national broadcaster. I began by asking him what the WHO had learned on their visit to the city.
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The Mongolian metal band taking throat singing global - channel 4

The Mongolian metal band taking throat singing global

They've even been awarded Mongolia's highest state award for promoting national culture.  
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Yorkshire Dales hit by further floods as government pledges £4bn for defences - channel 4

Yorkshire Dales hit by further floods as government pledges £4bn for defences

The Government has pledged to spend another £4 billion over the next five years on flood defence schemes.
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Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light (VIDEO) - rt

Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light (VIDEO)

Residents of a small Russian town in the northern Republic of Karelia marveled at a bright blue sphere lighting up the town with an otherworldly blue light as a meteorite fell in the area.
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Amazon is already scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day—in July - quartz

Amazon is already scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day—in July

Amazon and its third-party vendors rely heavily on China's factories.
quartz - 7 hours ago
Autobahnkirche: The surprising rise of roadside chapels in Western Europe - quartz

Autobahnkirche: The surprising rise of roadside chapels in Western Europe

Motorist churches are particularly attractive for their anonymity.
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Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over - rt

Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over

A Turkish soldier has been killed in the Syrian northwestern Idlib province in an airstrike by the Syrian Army, Turkish local authorities have said amid the ongoing crisis between Ankara and Damascus in the region.
rt - 10 hours ago
Patient who recovered from coronavirus tests positive again - metro

Patient who recovered from coronavirus tests positive again

The patient contracted the virus 10 days after being discharged
metro - 11 hours ago
Bloomberg is playing by the rules. And that’s the problem - quartz

Bloomberg is playing by the rules. And that’s the problem

Mike Bloomberg entered the race late but has already spent more on his campaign than the top four other Democratic contenders combined.
quartz - 14 hours ago
‘Send somebody in the morning, by evening he returns as trained terrorist’ – Indian police chief on Kartarpur Corridor - rt

‘Send somebody in the morning, by evening he returns as trained terrorist’ – Indian police chief on Kartarpur Corridor

Extremist groups are trying to “woo” and radicalize those arriving to Pakistan through the long-awaited visa-free Kartarpur Corridor launched several months ago, India’s police chief warned.
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Trump to confront Modi on ‘religious freedoms’, Kashmir, tariffs & other US ‘concerns’ during India visit - rt

Trump to confront Modi on ‘religious freedoms’, Kashmir, tariffs & other US ‘concerns’ during India visit

On his first visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump is expected to wade into several domestic controversies, challenging his Indian counterpart on the state of religious freedom in the country, as well as Kashmir.
rt - 19 hours ago
EU poised to create massive transatlantic facial-recognition database, link with US - rt

EU poised to create massive transatlantic facial-recognition database, link with US

The EU is laying the groundwork for a massive international facial recognition database that may someday hook into the one maintained by the US, according to leaked internal documents.
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Italy locks down TEN towns after 1st coronavirus death as cases jump to 17 - rt

Italy locks down TEN towns after 1st coronavirus death as cases jump to 17

Public spaces across 10 Italian cities have been placed on lockdown, as the first Italian patient succumbed to the illness, amid a spate of new coronavirus cases – bringing the total in the country to 17 infections.
rt - 1 day ago
Bloomberg Caves to Elizabeth Warren and Says He

Bloomberg Caves to Elizabeth Warren and Says He'll Release Women From 3 NDAs

The presidential candidate called the non-disclosure agreements “consensual” at a debate earlier this week.
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Trump Cannot Believe He's Been Endorsed by the Kremlin Again: 'Hoax Number 7!'

He's really not keen on new reports from U.S. intel agencies that Russia is working hard to get him reelected.
vice - 1 day ago
Coronavirus is the last thing the global smartphone industry needs - quartz

Coronavirus is the last thing the global smartphone industry needs

Global smartphone shipments will be slashed as a result of the outbreak.
quartz - 1 day ago
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The White House wants more AI research for less money

The White House wants more AI research for less money

quartz - 1 week ago

The White House released a budget proposal this week that at first glance, looks like a big win for the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The budget for fiscal year 2021 (which begins in October) would ramp up spending for AI research at DARPA (the Pentagons research arm) and the National Science Foundation by roughly $549 million. The budget request, which still needs to be approved by Congress, increases AI funding from $50 million to $249 million at DARPA, and from $500 million to $850 million at NSF.

But while technologists applaud the increased investment in AI, the White House budget proposal is giving many in the science community pause. Overall, the budget proposes $142.2 billion in spending for research and development, a 9% cut from current levels. In other words, the White House isn’t boosting AI spending as much as asking federal agencies to spend an already shrunken budget on more AI research.

All the agencies tasked with carrying out the Trump administrations ambitious plans for AI would be forced to do so with decreased overall funding. Under the new request, NSF faces a cut of $424 million, or nearly 6%. Pentagon research and defense spending would decline under the request from $64.5 billion to $59 billion. NIH, which is also being asked to prioritize AI, will have to do so with $2.9 billion fewer dollars. The Department of Energys research and development division faces a cut of $2.2 billion.

The Presidents budget is very disappointing from the broader scientific perspective. While AI is an important factor for US innovation, underfunding of US basic research hurts US innovation, global competitiveness and economic growth. Thankfully, the US Congress has consistently recognized, on a bi-partisan basis, the importance of basic research and made increases to federal agency budgets year over year, said Glenn Ruskin, Vice President of External Affairs & Communications at the American Chemical Society, in a statement to Quartz.

Less research funding for disciplines outside of AI may be a loss for all. The field of AI borrows heavily from other fields, such as mathematics, engineering, and computer science. Martijn Rasser, a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, found it “disappointing and concerning” that funding for basic research would be down. We just dont know where the next breakthroughs will come from,” said Rasser in an interview with Wired.

Its no surprise that the White House wants science agencies to prioritize AI and machine learning. Both fields are vital to national security and military intelligence, and have amped up their lobbying presence in Washington in recent years. President Trump last year signed an executive order that would make AI a national priority, responding to concerns that China was outpacing the US in AI development. While some estimates suggest that the US has fallen behind China in civilian AI spending, nothing is certain given the lack of precise data from the Chinese government.

Since 2017, Congress has spared most science agencies from deep cuts proposed by the Trump administration. At the eleventh hour, lawmakers have increased budgets for major science agencies or at least funded them at current levels. But as Science notes, a 2019 budget deal puts caps on both civilian and defense spending, which will give Congress very little wiggle room with federal science funding.

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