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Sri Lanka shakes up intelligence agency after Easter attacks

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

It is the first time that a military officer has filled the position, and the appointment comes 3 weeks after Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president promising better security

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Online, Chinese social media users react with a mix of support and worry over the December 1 facial verification notice, with some voicing concerns their biometric data could be leaked or sold

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Robredo to seek help of U.S. intelligence to go after drug lords

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'The problem of drugs is not unique to us. We won’t be able to solve this on our own. We really need to work with other countries, especially those near us,' the Vice President says

NOT JUST WITH U.S. Vice President Leni Robredo continues consulting with various local and international groups on how to reform President Rodrigo Duerte's drug war. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Afghanistan to release senior Taliban prisoners in apparent swap

Nov 12, 2019 - 6:59 PM

The 3 Taliban prisoners include Anas Haqqani, who was seized in 2014 and whose older brother is the deputy Taliban leader and head of the Haqqani network, a notorious Taliban affiliate

SWAP. In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on November 6, 2018. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

From farming to finance: 3 promising examples of AI-enabled tools

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

These 3 projects make use of AI to speed up processes or efficiently monitor data in various fields


[OPINION] Dear politicians, love A.I.

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:23 AM

'We know that the Chinese government is already developing machine learning algorithms for foreign policy'

Human intelligence: Have we reached the limit of knowledge?

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Human brains are the product of blind and unguided evolution

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'Sense of urgency' as top tech players seek AI ethical rules

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'We are the first generation of people who have the power to build machines with the capability to make decisions that have in the past only been made by people,' says Microsoft president Brad Smith

 AI. "Han the Robot" waits on stage before a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017. Photo for illustration purposes only. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP


Ma vs Musk: Tech tycoons spar on future of AI

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The hot topic in the hour-long talk between Elon Musk and Jack Ma is artificial intelligence, which has provoked increasing concern among scientists

SPIRITED DEBATE. Elon Musk (R), Co-founder and CEO of Tesla, and Jack Ma, co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, speak onstage during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on August 29, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Duterte's office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military

Students show how AI can predict airline delays, drug vulnerability

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:59 PM

AIM's data science students present 16 artificial intelligence solutions to real-world problems

South Korea says will share military intel with Japan through U.S.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

South Korea will 'actively utilize the trilateral information-sharing channel with the United States as the intermediary' in place of the accord with Japan

TRILATERAL. In this file photo, Korean minister Kim Hyun-chong arrives in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 25, 2018. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Duterte gov't wants to almost double Malacañang confidential, intel funds for 2020

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte administration seeks P4.5 billion for the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds, a P2-billion hike from the previously requested P2.5 billion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some members of the cabinet on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI' – study

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years

Silicon Valley wants to read your mind – here's why you should be worried

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Elon Musk's Neuralink is developing a brain implant to connect people's minds directly to a computer. These mind-reading systems could affect our privacy, security, identity, equality, and personal safety.

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Iran announces arrests, death sentences as CIA spy ring busted

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The agencies 'successfully dismantled a (CIA) spy network,' the head of counter-intelligence at the Iranian intelligence ministry, whose identity was not revealed, tells reporters in Tehran

Kitchen disruption: better food through artificial intelligence

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Increasingly, players in the food industry are embracing artificial intelligence to better understand the dynamics of flavor, aroma and other factors that go into making a food product a success

Iran executes 'defense ministry contractor' over spying for CIA

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Iran news agency ISNA reports that Jalal Haji Zavar was convicted by the military court and was executed at an unspecified time

EXECUTED. Iran executes Jalal Haji Zavar. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Artificial intelligence-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the future of the knowledge economy

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM

One common question as intelligent technologies infiltrate various industries is how work and labor will be affected. In this case, who – or what – will do journalism in this AI-enhanced and automated world, and how will they do it?

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

The future of work in the age of automation

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:11 AM

A McKinsey Global Institute report released at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference examines the impact of automation in 6 mature economies and 4 emerging economies

JOB SURIVIVAL. For workers to survive the age of automation and artificial intelligence, they have to acquire new skills and be more tech-savvy, says a June 2019 McKinsey Global Institute report. Image from Shutterstock

Islamic State make first claim of Mozambique presence – SITE

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

But an insurgency expert who has declined to be named says Islamic State are unlikely to have direct contact with the local fighters

New laws of robotics needed to tackle AI – expert

May 17, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The world has changed since sci-fi author Isaac Asimov in 1942 wrote his 3 rules for robots. Today's omnipresent computers and algorithms demand up-to-date measures.

ROBOTS AND AI. A group of students pose for a photo around a interactive robot guide at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

How to prepare students for the rise of artificial intelligence in the workforce

May 11, 2019 - 1:42 PM

How do universities respond to the challenge of artificial intelligence at the workplace?

You can take a crack at the world's best 'Dota 2' AI from April 19-22

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:42 PM

OpenAI Five is a system that has recently defeated top Dota 2 team OG

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European Union unveils ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The European Commission unveils a framework aimed at boosting trust in artificial intelligence by ensuring, for example, data about EU citizens are not used to harm them

Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong rank as world's priciest cities

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Paris climbs to the top of the 'World's Priciest Cities' list, tying first with both Singapore and Hong Kong

By the time you are 20

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Learning is more complex than just going to school, getting a job, and playing Sudoku or crossword puzzles to keep your mind together later in life

Former Trump lawyer back in Congress for third day of testimony

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Unlike the riveting nationally televised public testimony on February 27, Michael Cohen's appearance on February 28 before the House Intelligence Committee is being held behind closed doors

THIRD DAY. In this file photo, Michael Cohen exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Trump orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The order however stops short of specific funding or a detailed strategy for deployment of artificial intelligence

AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:45 AM

'It can mimic a human pediatrician to interpret and integrate all types of medical data – patient complaints, medical history, blood and imaging tests – to make a diagnosis,' says lead researcher Kang Zhang

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Norway intelligence service issues Huawei warning

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'One has to be attentive about Huawei as an actor and about the close connections between a commercial actor like Huawei and the Chinese regime,' says the head of Norway's domestic intelligence unit

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP


U.S. intel chiefs at odds with Trump claims on North Korea, ISIS, Iran

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:26 AM

The Coats report also highlights the broad and increasing threat to the United States from China, a point of agreement across the board in the Trump administration

EU sanctions Russia military intel chief over Skripal

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The EU accuses the Russians – two agents and the deputy head of the GRU – of orchestrating the 'possession, transport and use' of the nerve agent used in the attack in Salisbury, England last March

SPY ATTACK. British Military personnel wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

China takes lead in some military tech, says Pentagon study

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:46 PM

A report entitled 'China Military Power' says because of its 'multifaceted approach to technology acquisition' the People's Liberation Army is 'on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world'

A Chinese J-20 stealth fighter performs at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong province on November 6, 2018.  WANG ZHAO / AFP

15 killed in ongoing Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We still believe there are two or 3 attackers in specific locations,' the first police officer says. 'The situation is far from over.'

DEADLY ATTACK. A man walks past bullet marks on a glass outside the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya, after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel and office complex. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Google chief trusts AI makers to regulate the technology

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Tech companies building AI should factor in ethics early in the process to make certain artificial intelligence with 'agency of its own' doesn't hurt people, Google chief Sundar Pichai says

SUNDAR PICHAI TALKS AI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The hackers, who stole data of around 500 million Marriott customers, are believed to have been working for China's Ministry of State Security

New Zealand intelligence bans China's Huawei from 5G rollout

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The move follows reports the United States is urging its allies to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from 5G rollouts over cybersecurity fears.

Senate panels back gov't shutdown of social media accounts

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, under the Office of the President, wants the DICT to be authorized to shut down social media accounts that are deemed 'inimical to national interest'

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Test how well you can imitate emojis with new Microsoft app

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:38 PM

How good are you at contorting your face?

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ISIS-aligned groups warn of more attacks after Melbourne rampage

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:52 PM

'Australia, don't think you are away from our attacks,' reads one poster, which shows a photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his November 9 attack

RAMPAGE. A burnt vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

WWI event may have been target for suspected plot against Macron – sources

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The attack plot did not seem to have been fully worked out, but the November 11 commemorations appear to have been its background,' a source says

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron attends a dinner on June 20, 2017. File photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

Could an artificial intelligence be considered a person under the law?

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:56 AM

The author believes human rights and dignity would suffer if artifiical intelligence is given personhood under the law for a number of a reasons

ROBOTS WITH CITIZENSHIP. Sophia, a robot granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. MSC/wikimedia, CC BY Roman V. Yampolskiy, University of Louisville

Facebook launches Portal, an AI video-calling device

Oct 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The device, which will be available for pre-order in the United States from Monday, is designed to allow users to make video calls at home without having to stand immediately in front of the screen or hold a phone at arm's length.

PORTAL, BY FACEBOOK. Facebook's Portal is a video calling device that has Alexa and artificial intelligence built-in. Image from Facebook.

UK accuses Russian spies of global cyber attacks campaign

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Britain's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) identifies operatives from Russia's GRU arm as being behind various high-profile computer attacks, according to the Foreign Office

'Major terrorist attack' foiled in Netherlands, 7 arrested

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Police arrested 7 men on Thursday... suspected of being at a very advanced stage of preparation for a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands,' says the public prosecutor's office

FOILED. Police officers conduct an investigation at the residence of an alleged jihadist in Rotterdam on September 27, 2018. Photo by Robin Utrecht/AFP

Villarin worries over President’s P2B intelligence, confidential funds

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says at the House plenary that he hopes the more than P2 billion budget of the Office of the President for confidential and intelligence funds won't be used vs critics

DEALING WITH CRITICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. File photo by REne Lumawag/Presidential Photo

2 days before martial law anniversary, Duterte meets with intel agencies

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the meeting was a 'regular intel briefing' and downplays the threat posed by supposed September 21 sabotage 'plans'

#MartialLaw45 protesters occupy EDSA Quezon Avenue for #DayOfProtest. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler