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Artificial Intelligence Prediction and Counterterrorism

9 August 2019 The use of AI in counterterrorism is not inherently wrong, and this paper suggests some necessary conditions for legitimate use of AI as part of a predictive approach to counterterrorism on the part of liberal democratic states. Download PDF(opens in new window) Authors Kathleen McKendrick British Army Officer, Former Visiting Research Fellow at Chatham House Surveillance cameras manufactured by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. at a testing station near the company’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Getty Images Summary The use of predictive artificial intelligence (AI) in countering terrorism is often assumed to have a deleterious effect on human rights, generating spectres of ‘pre-crime’ punishment and surveillance states. However, the well-regulated use of new capabilities may enhance states’ abilities to protect citizens’ right to life, while at the same time improving adherence to principles intended to protect other human rights, such as t

Psychologists Explain How To Stop Overthinking Everything

Image from  rawpixel.com Medium.com Overthinking can lead to serious emotional distress and increase your risk of mental health problems Thomas Oppong Nov 16  · 6 min read Thinking about something in endless circles — is exhausting. While everyone overthinks a few things once in a while, chronic over-thinkers spend most of their waking time ruminating, which puts pressure on themselves. They then mistake that pressure to be stress. “There are people who have levels of overthinking that are just pathological,” says clinical psychologist Catherine Pittman, an associate professor in the psychology department at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. “But the average person also just tends to overthink things.” Pittman is also the author of  “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry.” Overthinking can take many forms: endlessly deliberating when making a decision (and then questioning the decision), attempting to read

Rohingyas: Malaysia, Turkey and Pakistan

Rohingyas and Malaysia https://www.news18.com/news/world/rohingya-in-malaysia-warn-against-fleeing-from-bangladesh-2393295.html Malaysia is a Muslim Majority Nation with Islam as the Official Relegion. On the world stage Malaysia alongwith Pakistan and Turkey are trying to become leaders of Ummah OIC Muslim World, but when it comes to providing Asylum to Rohingya and other Muslims fleeing the Middle East - They want none of it. They are not ready to accept any of the Rohingya Muslims. Why is India expected to take care of the Rohingyas ? It's a malacious campaign by Muslims and supported by the pseudo secular lobby for pure vote bank politics. We have too many of the Bangladeshis to worry about and we should understand that they are all Security Threat. Already the demographic composition of the  border district's of West Bengal Assam has changed. The State Machinery hardly has the wherewithal to even address the issues.

CHINA: Li Keqiang urges investment in water infrastructure

Source: TRIVIUM CHINA On Monday, Premier Li Keqiang sat down with other top officials to discuss one of China’s most pressing challenges – water scarcity. Li was blunt that this is a big problem (Gov.cn): “Water resource shortages and uneven distribution in time and space make up one of the major bottlenecks that hinder China’s economic and social development, especially in northern and western regions.” He then rattled off some of the major concerns: “Water ecological restoration is very challenging in North China due to serious groundwater overdraft and loss.” “Persistent drought in some southern provinces also makes urgent demands to intensify water conservancy construction to solve water shortages.” The government’s solution? You guessed it – build more infrastructure. In particular, Li urged colleagues to speed up work on projects related to the country’s South-to-North Water Diversion Project that brings water from the Yangtze River to northern China. And there’s one more r

Punjab and Sikh Gurus

When Indira Gandhi ruled 18 states, Punjab wasn’t in those 18. Now when Modi is ruling 19 states, Punjab isn’t in those . When British ruled all over India Punjab was the last one to come under that rule and immediately started struggle for freedom. In the freedom struggle against British, the contribution of Punjabis is more than 80%. When Mughal ruled India and converted Hindus to Islam, one and only one Punjab stood against them and Guru Teg Bahadur Ji ( 9th Guru & father of Guru Gobind Singh ji ) laid down his life at Chandni Chowk in Delhi for their support & Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed all his four sons of the age of 7,9,14 & 17 years against the conversion to Islam. His Elder two sons (Sahibzade) sacrificed their lives in war against Mughals at Chamkaur Sahib(Pb) & younger two sons (Sahibzade) were bricked alive at Sirhand (Pb) by the  Mughal ruler of that State. Even when Sikander conquered all, only King Porus of Punjab dared to stop him. I salute to t

Neglected and decaying, the original ‘Arthashastra’ may soon be lost forever

Livemint.com 3 min read   .  Updated: 17 Nov 2019, 11:19 PM IST M. Raghuram This palm-leaf document is currently housed in Mysuru's cash-strapped Oriental Research InstituteThe Arthashastra is one of the oldest books on governance, military strategy, politics, economics, justice, and the duties of rulers Topics Arthashastra Oriental Research Institute Kautilya Mysuru:  In a room without an air conditioner or a dehumidifier in Mysuru, an age-old manuscript lies locked, withering and uncared for. This palm-leaf document, housed in the city’s cash-strapped Oriental Research Institute (ORI), is the original manuscript of Kautilya’s  Arthashastra. “It is just kept in a cushioned box and wrapped in a cloth," said S.A. Krishnaiah, a member of the institute’s committee. “You feel proud when you see it, but that’s quickly overcome by pain at how little it is cared for." The  Arthashastra , written in Sanskrit and dating back to the time of the Mauryan Empire, is one of the o

AI washing

AXIOS FUTURE Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios   Zealous marketing departments, capital-hungry startup founders and overeager reporters are casting the futuristic sheen of artificial intelligence over many products that are actually driven by simple statistics — or hidden people. Why it matters:  This "AI washing" threatens to overinflate expectations for the technology, undermining public trust and potentially setting up the booming field for a backlash. The big picture:  The tech industry has always been infatuated with the buzzword du jour. Before AI landed in this role, it belonged to "big data." Before that, everyone was "in the cloud" or "mobile first." Even earlier, it was "Web 2.0" and "social software." About three years ago, every company became an "AI company," says Frank Chen, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a leading Silicon Valley VC firm.Now, investing in a purported AI startup requires detecti