China is reportedly building a $2 billion AI park as it looks to become a world leader in the field


xi jinpingXi Jinping, the president of China.
  • China is reportedly building a new artificial intelligence (AI) park in west Beijing.
  • The park is being built by a state-owned developer called Zhongguancun Development Group.
  • Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that in the future, the country that leads in AI could dominate the world.

The Chinese government is building a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) artificial intelligence (AI) research park as it looks to become a world leader in the field by 2025, Reuters reports , citing local news agency Xinhua.

The AI research park – to be located in west Beijing – will reportedly be able to accommodate 400 companies and that are expected to generate 50 billion yuan (£5.6 billion) each year.

The park’s developer, state-owned Zhongguancun Development Group, is hoping to partner with foreign universities and build a “national-level” AI lab in the area, according to Reuters. It will reportedly aim to attract companies working on big data, biometric identification, deep learning, and cloud computing.

The AI race could cause tensions

Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that in the future, the country that leads in AI could dominate the world, while tech billionaire Elon Musk thinks AI will be the most likely cause of WWIII  (although his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt).

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, warned in November that China is poised to overtake the US in the field of AI if the US government doesn’t act soon.

Speaking at the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit, the former Google CEO said: “Trust me, these Chinese people are good.”

He added: “They are going to use this technology for both commercial as well as military objectives with all sorts of implications.”

China published its AI strategy in July and said that it wanted to be the world leader in AI by 2025.

“It’s pretty simple,” said Schmidt, who claims to have read the report. “By 2020 they will have caught up. By 2025 they will be better than us. And by 2030 they will dominate the industries of AI. Just stop for a sec. The [Chinese] government said that.”

While the US has Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, OpenAI and others, China has its own enormous tech giants aggressively pursuing AI research. Examples include Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent, to name but a few.

Garry Kasparov on why Vladimir Putin hates chess.


Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in August 2012. (Mikhail Metzel/AP)

Vladimir Putin said last week that he wants to normalize relations with the United States, and that the two countries should join efforts to fight international terrorism.

During the campaign, Donald Trump praised Putin as a leader, which raised some alarms among those who see Putin as an authoritarian ruler who poses a serious threat to the United States and its Western allies.

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63), chairman of the pro-democracy Human Rights Foundation and a Putin critic, talks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about Putin, Trump and the relationship between Russia and the United States. Kasparov is also author of the book “Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped.”

Interview Highlights

On Trump’s presidency

“It’ll take time to judge Donald Trump as a president, but from what we heard during the campaign and from what we can learn from his biography, I mean it didn’t give me much comfort because he acted more like an oligarch — somebody who just believed that he would be above the law, and he could break all the rules. And he showed very little respect to the existing democratic institutions. And I think also psychologically Putin probably also felt the same way, because Trump showed no respect for institutions that secured European peace and prosperity over the last six decades.”

On Trump’s transition and potential foreign policy

“It will be a disaster if Trump doesn’t change his rhetorics, and he tries to stick with his promises to continue the retreat that started under Obama. During the last eight years, the reputation of the U.S. presidency, and the U.S. as a global power, has dwindled. And America needs now just to recover its place in the world. And I don’t want to sort of pre-judge the American future foreign policy, because Donald Trump has yet to pick his secretary of state. I would be very happy if Mitt Romney is appointed, because he definitely has a balanced view of the world. And four years ago he was correct stating that Russia under Vladimir Putin was America’s No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

“All of Trump’s statements about NATO and about traditional American alliances, it was like music for Putin’s ears.”

 Garry Kasparov

On Putin’s public admiration of Trump

“There are three possibilities: one is that he might have something tangible on Trump. I think it’s unlikely, but I wouldn’t exclude it completely. And he believes that Trump will be… restricted in his actions. Second I think is most likely — Putin liked what he saw in Trump. He’s a KGB guy, and he proved to be a very good, savvy operator while negotiating with the foreign leaders. He totally outplayed George W. Bush, who also admired Putin at the beginning of their relations. So I think Putin believed — whether he believes it or not now I don’t know — that Trump could help him create more chaos globally. All of Trump’s statements about NATO and about traditional American alliances, it was like music for Putin’s ears. Because Putin needs a weaker Europe, divided Europe, and if America decides to withdraw completely, that will help Putin to continue his aggressive foreign policy.”

On how Russia may have influenced the U.S. presidential election

“Anything that happens in Russia, it cannot happen without Putin’s direct approval. Anti-American propaganda for years is a core of Putin’s domestic agenda. And attacking Hillary Clinton, I mean that for Putin was a compensation for what he believed what was a betrayal of Obama’s administration. Putin thought that policy of reset meant that he could do whatever he wanted in post-Soviet territories, and also globally. And the fact America eventually showed some teeth made Putin quite upset. And there’s no doubt that the operation to discredit Hillary Clinton, and to hack the DNC server and to go off to some of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers, like John Podesta, it was all sanctioned by Putin, and was a part of the KGB operation to influence American elections, because it also helped Putin to boost his image as a strong man, who could even meddle with U.S. elections.”

 

Russia Has Decided To BAN The Use Of Genetically Modified Ingredients


Russia has announced a game-changing move in the fight against Monsanto’s GMOs, completely banning the use of genetically modified ingredients in any and all food production.

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In other words, Russia just blazed way past the issue of GMO labeling and shut down the use of any and all GMOs that would have otherwise entered the food supply through the creation of packaged foods (and the cultivation of GMO crops).

“As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich revealed during an international conference on biotechnology.

This is a bold move by the Russian government, and it sits in unison with the newly-ignited global debate on GMOs and the presence of Monsanto in the food supply. It also follows the highly-debated ruling by the World Health Organization that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup is a ‘probable carcinogen.’

But I also want to put it into perspective for you. If this announcement were to be made in the United States, for example, it would mean a total transformation of the food manufacturing industry. But in Russia, the integration of GMOs is not close to the same level as in the U.S.

We know that, in the United States, 90 plus percent of staple crops like corn are genetically modified, along with 94 percent of soybeans and 94 percent of cotton. A ban on GMOs in food production would radically change the entire food supply. In Russia, however, the country is much more poised for a GMO food revolution.

As RT reports:

“According to official statistics the share of GMO in the Russian food industry has declined from 12 percent to just 0.01 percent over the past 10 years, and currently there are just 57 registered food products containing GMO in the country. The law ordering obligatory state registration of GMO products that might contact with the environment will come into force in mid-2017.”

 

President Vladimir Putin believes that he can keep GMOs out of the country, even while staying in compliance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) commandments. In a past meeting addressing the members of the Board of the Russian Federation Council he stated:

“We need to properly construct our work so that it is not contrary to our obligations under the WTO. But even with this in mind, we nevertheless have legitimate methods and instruments to protect our own market, and above all citizens.”

 Russia to Develop Teleportation Within the Next 20 Years


Vladimir Putin is once again in the spotlight after revealing his daring plan to successfully develop teleportation and other novel technologies by 2035.


With all this new technology at hand, Russia is following an ambitious plan that has captivated numerous prominent figures in the last century. We’re talking about the possibility to travel from point A to point B in a matter of seconds, or in one word – teleportation.

A new Kremlin project is looking at this initiative with keen eyes, as the technological means available at this time seem to make way for more breakthrough discoveries, not in the near future, but possibly as soon as 2035.

This futuristic approach has been put into work by Vladimir Putin who aims at invigorating Russia’s IT sector by spending a few trillions – $2.1 trillion more precisely – on technologies such as quantum computing, teleportation and neural computing, which creates a direct link between the human brain and computers.

It sounds fantastic today, but there have been successful experiments at Stanford at the molecular level. Much of the tech we have today was drawn from science fiction films 20 years ago,” Alexander Galitsky, a top investor in the country’s technology sector stated in an interview for Russia’s Kommersant Daily.

 

 This outlandish initiative is listed in the National Technological Initiative, a development plan sponsored by the Russian state. Besides the technologies highlighted above, their aim in the short run is to improve areas such as computer programming language and secure cybernetic communications.

Teleportation might sound a little bit out of reach, but this concept has been experimented back in 2014, when scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands successfully teleported bits of information encoded into sub-atomic particles between two points located three meters from one another. Their experiment innovated the field of teleportation and has made way for further tests with promising results.

 Although most scientists look at this idea of developing teleportation within the next few decades with skepticism, they believe that significant progress can be done in quantum computing and neural interfaces. After all, there was a rumor circulating on the internet about how two daring Americans were planning to plug into the ‘matrix’ using special brain implants. Furthermore, since this technology is fairly new and unstable it can pose a serious risk for your health, that’s why such interventions are illegal worldwide and doctors willing to perform them are really hard to find, if not impossible.

In an interview for the Mirror, Zoltan Istav, the global leader of the Transhumanist movement and US Presidential candidate, said he knows the pair of daredevils personally, and that he supports their initiative because humans should make use of this new technology to artificially boost their intelligence and physical capabilities.

I have friends who are buying tickets to Central America to perform this kind of surgery,” Istvan said. “I know two people who are doing this, but it’s secretive because even getting a doctor to do this in Central America is difficult.”

Besides these novel concepts, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is also following a similar goal by trying to boost the body and mind of soldiers through specially implanted chips. DARPA is an agency belonging to the US Department of Defense responsible for the development of sophisticated technologies for the military. Considering they already possess technology way ahead of our time, it’s easy to imagine how such remarkable and almost unbelievable appear on the official governmental list and receive massive funding.

We don’t know what to precisely expect from these world superpowers in the future, but it’s likely that projects seen only in sci-fi movies will come to life sooner rather than later. After all, the future is (almost) here.

Russia’s brand new cosmodrome launches first-ever rocket.


Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome has conducted its first space launch on Thursday. A Soyuz rocket boosted three scientific and distance viewing satellites into orbit.

Vostochny is located in a desolate area of the Amur Region in Russia’s Far East, which allows spent stages to safely land in the taiga or neutral waters. Its construction was launched in 2012, as Russia saw the need for a domestic launch site for civilian rockets.

Russia has the large military launch facilities Plesetsk and Kapustin Yar, but for civilian launches has to rely primarily on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Vostochny is located in a desolate area of the Amur Region in Russia’s Far East, which allows spent stages to safely land in the taiga or neutral waters. Its construction was launched in 2012, as Russia saw the need for a domestic launch site for civilian rockets.

Russia has the large military launch facilities Plesetsk and Kapustin Yar, but for civilian launches has to rely primarily on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Watch the video. URL:https://www.rt.com/news/341192-vostochny-cosmodrome-first-launch/?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C2779544997

The real facts of Vladimir Putin


Born in Leningrad in 1952, Vladimir Putin is Russia’s current president. The former Prime Minister started his political career as an officer in the Soviet Union’s secret police, the KGB. It was in 1999 when Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired his prime minister to promote Vladimir Putin in his place. After Yeltsin resigned, he made Putin president, who was re-elected in 2004 and 2012. Currently, he’s caught in several global crises, in Syria and Ukraine, so it should be interesting to have a closer look at surprising facts about Russia’s notorious leader.

Watch the slideshow. URL:http://www.speakingtree.in/slideshow/the-real-facts-of-vladimir-putin

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