Category: Middle East

Israel builds survey-reading AI that predicts coronavirus outbreaks

As coronavirus cases in Israel surge past 1,200, researchers in the country are predicting where it will spread next analyzing responses to questionnaires with AI. After members of the public report their condition, algorithms evaluate their answers to connect symptoms to locations. The results are then displayed on a map showing the clusters of infection where the virus is spreading. Public healthcare officials can use these insights to focus on areas where another outbreak is likely. Governments outside of Israel are already using the system, according to the Weizmann Institute of Science, which developed the method alongside the Hebrew University…

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UN will use AI to learn what people want from peace deals

The UN will help people in warzones to influence peace deals through an AI conversation tool they can access through their smartphones. The system will be launched within the next year, the Financial Times reports. The technology was developed by UN officials alongside a startup called Remesh, which produces a tool that creates online conversations with up to 1,000 participants. Their thoughts are analyzed in real-time through polls and open-ended questions to provide insights at scale. The product is typically used for market research and employee engagement. But the UN believes it could also improve public participation in peace negotiations. Using the AI conversation…

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Everything you need to know about the drone used by the US to assassinate an Iranian general

Meet the Reaper, a $64M death-dealing assassination drone straight out of a science-fiction nightmare. Designated the MQ-9 Reaper multi-purpose drone, it’s widely considered the deadliest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the sky. And for good reason. On 3 January 2020, US President Donald Trump authorized the military’s use of an MQ-9 in the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleiman, a Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who served as the commander of its clandestine operations division since 1998. According to the White House, Soleiman was targeted because he represented an “imminent threat.” As of the time of this…

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