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Star motorcyclist takes break from track to become volunteer firefighter in blaze-hit California - metro

Star motorcyclist takes break from track to become volunteer firefighter in blaze-hit California

Jayson Aribe is a professional motorcycle racer who has been helping to fight fires in California.
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Joe Biden is Crushing Trump in Pennsylvania, New Polls Show - vice

Joe Biden is Crushing Trump in Pennsylvania, New Polls Show

Trump won Pennsylvania by a hair in 2016, and right now he's polling 10 points behind Biden.
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Corrections Officer Who Called Black Inmate the N-Word Is Getting Fired — for the Third Time - vice

Corrections Officer Who Called Black Inmate the N-Word Is Getting Fired — for the Third Time

A deputy in the same Georgia county was fired after video of him repeatedly punching a Black man pinned to the ground went viral.
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Boys aged 5 and 7 lived with granny’s corpse for a week after she suddenly dropped dead - metro

Boys aged 5 and 7 lived with granny’s corpse for a week after she suddenly dropped dead

Connie Taylor's grandsons - who she'd just adopted - were able to fend for themselves for five days after her sudden death
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Turkey denies claims that its F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet - rt

Turkey denies claims that its F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet

Yerevan’s claims that a Turkish F-16 attacked and destroyed an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet are false, a Turkish presidential spokesman insisted, echoing the position voiced by the Azeri Defense Ministry.
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Pardon my French! EU ‘screwed’ if Covid-weary European Parliament only meets in Brussels, Macron warns - rt

Pardon my French! EU ‘screwed’ if Covid-weary European Parliament only meets in Brussels, Macron warns

French President Emmanuel Macron has used colorful language to describe what would happen if EU lawmakers remained in Brussels indefinitely, arguing that concerns about Covid-19 should not stop them from meeting in Strasbourg.
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French police clear Calais migrant camp in biggest op since ‘jungle’ dismantling - rt

French police clear Calais migrant camp in biggest op since ‘jungle’ dismantling

Police on Tuesday dismantled a camp of at least 700 migrants in the French port city of Calais, the biggest such operation since the ‘jungle’ shantytown was broken up four years ago.
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Cheerleader, 17, stormed by 10 cops in ‘racist’ swatting incident - metro

Cheerleader, 17, stormed by 10 cops in ‘racist’ swatting incident

Christin Evans was the victim of a 'racist' swatting incidents where officers stormed her dorm room over false reports.
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Kuwait's ruling Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dies aged 91 – state media

The Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who ruled the oil-rich Gulf country for 14 years, has died at the age of 91, state television reported on Tuesday.
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The White House Reportedly Pressured the CDC to Downplay COVID Risk in Schools - vice

The White House Reportedly Pressured the CDC to Downplay COVID Risk in Schools

While children have shown a stronger immune response to the coronavirus, more than 600,000 kids in the U.S. have tested positive so far.
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Transgender boy wins court case against school who made him use private locker room - metro

Transgender boy wins court case against school who made him use private locker room

Judges ruled that the boy had been unfairly discriminated against by staff who refused to let him use the boys' locker room
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Mail-In Ballots Are Already a Mess in New York - vice

Mail-In Ballots Are Already a Mess in New York

Some voters received return envelopes with someone else's name and address on them.
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Israel’s Covid-19 mortality rate per capita surpasses US for 1st time since start of pandemic – army intelligence report - rt

Israel’s Covid-19 mortality rate per capita surpasses US for 1st time since start of pandemic – army intelligence report

The Covid-19 per-capita death rate in Israel is higher than that of the United States for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, that country’s military intelligence reported on Tuesday.
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Australia sends troops to help contain Covid-19 outbreak on ore ship near Port Hedland - rt

Australia sends troops to help contain Covid-19 outbreak on ore ship near Port Hedland

Australia is deploying defense personnel to Port Hedland on its northwest coast to help contain a coronavirus outbreak on a bulk carrier, where 17 of the 21 crew members have tested positive.
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‘A terribly difficult and lonely death’: WHO laments 1 million Covid-related deaths worldwide but says virus can be suppressed - rt

‘A terribly difficult and lonely death’: WHO laments 1 million Covid-related deaths worldwide but says virus can be suppressed

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its grief over the global death toll from coronavirus surpassing one million, while adding that the illness could be reined-in with time.
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Covering up ’their own failed efforts’: Tehran debunks Saudi claims of busting Iranian-trained terrorist cell - rt

Covering up ’their own failed efforts’: Tehran debunks Saudi claims of busting Iranian-trained terrorist cell

Saudi Arabia claims to have uncovered an Iranian-trained terrorist cell, arresting 10 people and seizing a stash of weapons and explosives in a farmhouse. However, Tehran has dismissed the report as “complete fabrication.”
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Don’t drag China into US internal politics, Beijing warns Washington, ahead of presidential debate - rt

Don’t drag China into US internal politics, Beijing warns Washington, ahead of presidential debate

Beijing has urged US politicians not to use China to score cheap points before November’s election, lamenting that America’s leaders are conjuring up imaginary threats, including allegations of election interference.
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‘Everybody dies’: Musk says neither he nor his family will take Covid-19 vaccine, blasts Bill Gates as ‘knucklehead’ - rt

‘Everybody dies’: Musk says neither he nor his family will take Covid-19 vaccine, blasts Bill Gates as ‘knucklehead’

SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk has said that neither he nor his family will likely take future coronavirus vaccines even when they are readily available, saying the pandemic has “diminished [his] faith in humanity.”
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Coronavirus deaths rise for second week in a row in England and Wales - metro

Coronavirus deaths rise for second week in a row in England and Wales

The number of people dying from cornavirus in England and Wales has risen for the second week in a row, worrying new figures show.
metro - 7 hours ago
WATCH: Police bombarded with pigs’ heads in Catalonia over regional president’s removal - rt

WATCH: Police bombarded with pigs’ heads in Catalonia over regional president’s removal

Following the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the suspension of regional president Quim Torra, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, some of whom pelted heavily armed police with pigs’ heads.
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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 - 7 months 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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