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IN THE NEWS | 1 October 2017




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IN THE NEWS
1 October 2017


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OWON: When dealing with innovation, prepare for a new AI aided nation.




Robots and artificial intelligence could destabilise the world, warns UN research institute

Leading technology luminaries have already flagged the risks associated with the development of AI.

In a fresh warning about AI, a UN research institute has said that machine intelligence and robotics could destabilise the world, according to a report in the Guardian.

The scary-as-hell warning from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) comes ahead of the opening of Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in The Hague – UN's first centre focused towards artificial intelligence as well as the possible risks that could arise from such technologies.

Highlighting the need for the office in an interview with Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf, Irakli Beridze, senior strategic adviser at UNICRI, said, AI developments were associated with great risks that need addressing. "If societies do not adapt quickly enough, this can cause instability".

Over past few years, advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence have led to some breathtaking developments in various fields.

However, the same technology has also raised a plethora of legal, ethical and societal concerns, some of which may even prove hazardous for the well-being and safety of humans – for instance, mass unemployment or the rise of autonomous 'killer robots'. To address these, the new UN office will be tasked to look and predict AI-related threats...


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OWON: Who will end the US arms games?

Confrontations and skirmishes between Russia and the US both in field and in delivered personal warnings have already occurred with not just the attack mentioned in the article but also in the killing of a Russian General several days ago and a missile strike the other day which is rumoured to have killed at least two dozen special forces types who were meeting with ISIS leaders. Whether really true or not, we will not hear that from the general media so we are left to read such articles and wonder how long such hegemony based on covert weapon supplies will exist when found out by affected parties who want no part of this.

It is not just a real confrontation or more that seems at risk, we are watching fading US hegemony in the Middle East with a rapidly changing cast of characters from Qatar to Turkey. Just today, Putin was in Turkey meeting with Erdogan.

The shifting sands of Middle East are definitely in play as is the moral high ground of all the participants.

We are left to ponder the wisdom of it all as the global economy continues to slide downwards.




US and terrorist groups in desperate rearguard actions in Syria

While the attention of the world has been focused on the increasingly strident rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, a rather different and potentially more dangerous series of moves has been playing out in Syria. In that context there have also been some significant revelations reflecting the true nature of the US’s tactics in Syria which the mainstream media have for the most part ignored.

Some commentators pointed to Trump’s pre-election statements about disengaging the US from endless wars as evidence of a change of policies should he be elected. Some even suggested that his post election posturing bellicosity was camouflage to his actual agreements with Russia and China. Such views ignore the long history of US foreign policy, and the fact that regardless of who occupies the White House, certain verities remain constant. Foremost amongst these is the maintenance of American hegemony, and the willingness to use force to ensure its longevity. Events of recent days have forcefully confirmed the realities of US foreign policies.

An organization called the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) have revealed the results of an extended investigation into the various terrorist groups in Syria, and more particularly, how and from whom they receive their seemingly endless flow of weapons and ammunition.

The weapons and ammunition used by the terrorists, the study revealed, have been organized by the CIA and the Pentagon, using two channels in particular, the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and a little known weapons supply company, Picatinny Arsenal, based in New Jersey.

The weapons are purchased in a number of East European countries, all with NATO membership, and they are all weapons described as “non-standard” which is the NATO euphemism for weapons manufactured in East Europe, primarily Russia and the Czech Republic. These non-American sources give an added layer of deniability when the weapons are captured from the terrorists...


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OWON: What a joke. We fund these Clowns?




UN tells Canada to pay reparations for slavery

In yet another stunning display of arrogance, political correctness, and ignorance, the United Nations Human Rights Council is advising Canada to apologize for black slavery and pay reparations for their role in the slave trade and other forms of “anti-black racism.” In a report that was published this week, the special UN group said this about Canada’s current systemic racism:

“History informs anti-black racism and racial stereotypes that are so deeply entrenched in institutions, policies and practices, that its institutional and systemic forms are either functionally normalized or rendered invisible, especially to the dominant group.”

Canada, of course, did not become a self-governing country until well after Britain had banned slavery, and their participation in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves to escape the south, is well documented in the history books. But the UN’s recommendations show that there is nothing Canada or any other North American province can do to wash themselves free of culpability in the eyes of the left – which the UN most certainly is a part of. For globalist groups like this Human Rights Council, it’s better to spend time and money on the problems of the past than to focus on the serious human rights violations in North Korea, Syria, and a dozen other modern-day countries. Far better to once again blame white Westerners for evil than to shine a bright light on the shameful practices of an Islamic theocracy like Iran.

And they say Donald Trump is a divider?!...


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OWON: Scary where this may lead. Markets change, and people needs are less.




Artificial intelligence could make brands obsolete (GOOGL, AMZN, AAPL)

Brands are dead, or they might be in the future.

According to Aaron Shapiro, the CEO of the marketing firm Huge, brands will take a backseat as technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning become more prevalent.

"As machines start to take more decisions for people it makes it harder for marketers to figure out how to enter into that equation and how to influence consumer behavior," Shapiro told Markets Insider. "It's very disruptive for many companies."

Artificial intelligence powers technology like Apple's new face-recognition unlock tool and Google's smart assistant. AI is in its infancy, but it already is showing up in users' lives in a big way, which could be a big problem for marketing firms like Shapiro's.

Shapiro says to understand AI's impact on brands, picture a futuristic smart fridge. The fridge has cameras to track the food inside, and it sees that your milk is running low. Because it's connected to your credit card and your preferred online grocery store, it automatically orders new milk based on data it has gathered about your previous shopping habits. The fridge already knows which kind of milk you prefer based on what it's already seen you buy, so you don't have to pick the brand or even type of milk to reorder.

"You're already locked into your preferences, and you're done," Shapiro said. "You're not even deciding what food you want to buy anymore."...


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OWON: Now the Russians find that ISIS terrorist cells they are killing are part American contractors or Agencies. Hopefully Russia kills the lot and does the world a big favor. DC next?




Very dangerous escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack. Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack. To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially accusing the Americans of actively collaborating with ISIS:

US Special Operations Forces units enable US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces units to smoothly advance through the ISIS formations. Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates towards Deir-ez-Zor. The aerial photos made on September 8-12 over the ISIS locations recorded a large number of American Hummer vehicles, which are in service with the America’s SOF. The shots clearly show the US SOF units located at strongholds that had been equipped by the ISIS terrorists. Though there is no evidence of assault, struggle or any US-led coalition airstrikes to drive out the militants. Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them. This suggests that the US troops feel safe in terrorist controlled regions.

These are the maps and aerial photos provided by the Russians (for higher resolution, click here)

What this all seems to point to is that the Pentagon has now apparently decided to attack Russian forces directly, albeit unofficially. From the Pentagon’s point of view, this (almost) makes sense.

First, by now it is pretty darn clear that the “good terrorists” and the “bad terrorists” have lost the civil war in Syria. Simply put, the USA has been defeated, Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have won and the Israelis are now freaking out.

Second, the American plan to use the Kurds as foot-soldiers/canon-fodder has failed. The Kurds are clearly too smart to be pulled in such a losing proposition...


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