The role of emerging technologies in military conflictsBy Izumi Nakamitsu In an address to the fourth annual Stockholm Security Conference at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) STOCKHOLM: Throughout history, technology has transformed armed conflict. The carnage of First World War battlefields is a stark example of what happens when advances in weaponry outpace the normative frameworks around its use.Today, we are experiencing a technological revolution that holds incredible promise for human development and welfare. From genome editing to quantum computing and artificial intelligence, emerging technologies offer us powerful new ways to achieve our shared commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Our networked society is promoting a “democratization” of technological dissemination. Ease of understanding and using technology is greater than ever before. Yet these benefits also bring with them clear risks for international … [Read more...] about The role of emerging technologies in military conflicts
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Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers and said they hope to begin testing on people next year. Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats." Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more. "Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interface," Musk said. "Achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence." Neuralink unveiled an early version of a tiny sensor with hair-thin strands that could be implanted in a brain through a small incision by a robot built for the high-precision task. "They are tiny electrodes … [Read more...] about Elon Musk unveils plan to link human brains with computers
New UK research has found that despite concerns about spending time on social media, using the text-based messaging app WhatsApp could actually be good for our well-being. Carried out by researchers at Edge Hill University, the new study looked at 200 male and female WhatsApp users with an average age of 24, and asked them to complete an online questionnaire measuring their WhatsApp use, reasons for using the app, online bonding, quality of relationships, and group identity. The findings, published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, showed that on average, participants reported using WhatsApp for around 55 minutes each day, with participants reporting that they largely use it because of its popularity and group chat function. The researchers also found that the number of minutes per day spent using WhatsApp was positively related to quality of relationships, and that the more time people spent on WhatsApp each day, the less lonely they felt and the higher … [Read more...] about Could using WhatsApp actually be good for our health?
IBM’s quantum ambassador, Robert Loredo, recently met staff at the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec) to ask what the company could do to help Thailand solve problems through quantum computing and advise how the Kingdom could benefit from its quantum hub partner in Asia. Loredo, who was also promoting the IBM Q system and IBM Q Network while on the trip, explained to The Nation Weekend that the quantum computer allows for more collaboration than does the classic computer system. It can computer many things not possible through using the classic computer and is able to get results much faster because of the increased quantum speed. “In what areas the quantum computer can help is something we are open to,” said Loredo. “Because right now IBM has been working with different partners in different industries such as intelligent offices, chemistry, finance, automation and energy. For example, it announced … [Read more...] about Computing on the edge of tomorrow
SYDNEY: Passengers at international airports across Australia are facing severe delays after a computer outage on Monday (Apr 29), the Australian Border Force (ABF) said.In a Facebook post on Monday morning the ABF said it is working with the Department of Home Affairs to fix the problem, and advised passengers to arrive earlier than they normally would for their flights.“The ABF is working with the Department of Home Affairs to resolve an IT systems outage impacting inbound and outbound passenger processing at international airports,” it said.“Additional ABF staff have been deployed to process passengers and to minimise delays. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at airports early to allow additional time for processing.”A tweet by Melbourne Airport identified the issue as an “e-gate system outage”.The e-gate, or SmartGate system, is an automated self-service border control system used at immigration checkpoints in 10 Australian … [Read more...] about Computer outage causes delays, long queues at Australian airports