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Axios Future: AI goes to war

Bryan Walsh       PRESENTED BY WEWORK   Axios Future By Bryan Walsh ·Nov 14, 2020 Welcome to   Axios   Future,  . Send feedback, tips and recipes for roast capon to . Today's Smart Brevity count: 1,759 words or about 6 1/2 minutes.     1 big thing: The military calls in AI for support Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios   For all our fears  about Terminator-style killer robots, the aim of AI in the U.S. military is likely to be on augmenting humans, not replacing them. Why it matters:  AI has been described as the " third revolution " in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear weapons. But every revolution carries risks, and even an AI strategy that focuses on assisting human warfighters will carry enormous operational and ethical challenges. Driving the news:  On Tuesday, Armenia accepted a cease-fire with its neighbor Azerbaijan to bring a hopeful end to their brief war over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan dominated the conflict

The Syrian Prime Minister was a double agent who gave crucial intelligence to David Ben-Gurion

Syria Comment Posted: 14 Nov 2020 10:34 AM PST Jamil Mardam with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince (later king) Faisal By Meir Zamir First  published in Haaretz  newspaper on November 13, 2020 In the summer of 1945, no one was more hated by French officials in Syria and Lebanon than Jamil Mardam. Intelligence information obtained by France revealed that Mardam, the prime minister of Syria under the French mandate there, had been recruited by Brig. Iltyd Clayton, head of MI6 in the Middle East, and by Nuri Sa’id, the Iraqi prime minister. Mardam had also reportedly agreed to a plan whereby Syria, after the expulsion of France from its mandated territories, would unite with Iraq and with Transjordan under the Hashemite family, and Britain – which controlled those two countries – would enjoy hegemony in Damascus as well. For Mardam’s part in what was called the “Greater Syria” plan, he received handsome sums and was promised that he would rule in Syria, under the Hashemite monarch. T

Missing Scholars: Social Exclusion at the Indian Institutes of Management

Author(s) Name:  Siddharth Joshi and Deepak Malghan, 2017 Working Paper No :  554 Abstract :  The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) suffer from an acute social diversity deficit in the composition of their faculty bodies. Using administrative data obtained under Right to Information Act (RTI), we show that one of the central drivers of this diversity deficit is the IIMs’ failure to pay attention to questions of diversity and inclusion in their doctoral programmes that account for a third of all current faculty members across IIMs. We document the omissions and commissions of IIM doctoral programmes across four decades and conclude that IIMs are responsible for a phenomenon we describe as “missing scholars.” A conservative estimate of missing scholars suggests that this phenomenon accounts for at least 130% of IIM-trained scholars currently on the faculty of IIMs.  We argue that IIMs must take immediate ameliorative actions as part of a programme of restorative, rather than retribu

Beijing’s CPEC is the new East India Company in Balochistan

In ‘Balochistan’, Francesca Marino writes that Pakistan is turning Gwadar and other coastal areas of Balochistan into a Chinese Kaliningrad. FRANCESCA MARINO 14 November, 2020 Members of the security forces stand guard at an entrance to Gwadar Port in Gwadar, Balochistan | Photographer: Asim Hafeez | Bloomberg T he words ‘colonialism’ and ‘neocolonialism’ are becoming more frequently heard in discussions about Balochistan and not without a reason. ‘Before it was the white colonists, now it is the brown colonists, it is the colony of the army establishment. It can’t be like that in today’s world, you can’t be colonised,’ said Suleman Khan once. But in Balochistan, even this is happening. The Balochs maintain, and many international observers agree, that the CPEC, to put it simply, is the new millennium’s incarnation of the East India Company, and is adopting all its strategies of conquest. First come the merchants, then the soldiers and in no time at all one finds oneself a province of