Russia has begun manufacturing a prototype of its first strategic stealth heavy bomber, which is expected to be completed next year, a report says.
When operational, the new aircraft will be capable of carrying a wide range of advanced missiles and bombs, including hypersonic weapons, reported Russia’s TASS ass news agency on Tuesday, citing two unnamed sources from the state-run United Aircraft Corporation as saying.
According to the report, the military-industrial complex is overseeing the project of building the new bomber, known as the PAK DA, which will compete with the US Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, which entered service in 1997.
The TASS report added that the material had been shipped for the project and that work had begun on the cockpit of the heavy bomber.
“The final assembly of the entire machine should be complete in 2021,” one of the sources told TASS.
Other reports indicated that the PAK DA would feature a flying wing design similar to American stealth bombers.
Russia has already developed its own stealth warplane, known as Sukhoi Su-57, which is a single-seat, twin-engine, multirole, fifth-generation jet fighter. It first flew in 2010 but has yet to be manufactured in large numbers.
Meanwhile, China is also developing its own long-range subsonic stealth bomber, known as the Xian H-20, which reportedly might make its first public appearance at an air show in November.
Russia begins building first strategic stealth bomber
‘The Donald’ shut down by Reddit as Twitch suspends Trump
US social news aggregation website Reddit shuts down ‘The Donald,’ a pro-Trump subreddit as video live streaming service Twitch temporarily suspends US President Donald Trump.
“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a post on the site on Monday.
Amazon’s Twitch, meanwhile, cited his “hateful conduct” for the suspension.
“In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,” a Twitch spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules.”
Twitch suspends Trump
At a recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump made comments about immigration of “hombres” from Mexico into the country, which was cited as one of the two instances of hate by Twitch.
“Hey, it’s 1:00 o’clock in the morning and a very tough, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, “I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.” By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping,” said the Republican president.
The latest development comes a day after Trump had to delete a tweet because it promoted white power.
ELON MUSK: I’M RESTARTING TESLA PLANT … Go Ahead, Arrest Me!!!
Elon Musk is playing chicken with officials in Cali … restarting production at a Tesla factory in open defiance of an official order … daring authorities to handcuff him.
Here’s the deal … the Tesla honcho reopened his factory in Fremont, CA Monday despite Alameda County officials ordering the plant to remain shuttered due to coronavirus restrictions.
Elon seems ready and willing to buck the law … he says he’s willing to be arrested for his act of defiance.
But, law enforcement sources tell TMZ … authorities are NOT planning to arrest Elon or anyone else working at the plant. We’re told cops are aware of Elon’s announcement and are currently working on a plan forward.
Musk just tweeted to his 33 million followers, “Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
As you know … Elon’s beefing with Alameda County over orders to keep the plant closed, and he’s already threatened to move the factory to Nevada or Texas and sued the county.
ELON MUSK I’M RESTARTING TESLA
France is using AI to check whether people are wearing masks on public transport
The technology won’t be used to identify and punish individuals
France is integrating new AI tools into security cameras in the Paris metro system to check whether passengers are wearing face masks.
The software, which has already been deployed elsewhere in the country, began a three-month trial in the central Chatelet-Les Halles station of Paris this week, reports Bloomberg. French startup DatakaLab, which created the program, says the goal is not to identify or punish individuals who don’t wear masks, but to generate anonymous statistical data that will help authorities anticipate future outbreaks of COVID-19.
“We are just measuring this one objective,” DatakaLab CEO Xavier Fischer told The Verge. “The goal is just to publish statistics of how many people are wearing masks every day.”
The pilot is one of a number of measures cities around the world are introducing as they begin to ease lockdown measures and allow people to return to work. Although France, like the US, initially discouraged citizens from wearing masks, the country has now made them mandatory on public transport. It’s even considering introducing fines of €135 ($145) for anyone found not wearing a mask on the subway, trains, buses, or taxis.
The introduction of AI software to monitor and possibly enforce these measures will be closely watched. The spread of AI-powered surveillance and facial recognition software in China has worried many privacy advocates in the West, but the pandemic is an immediate threat that governments may feel takes priority over dangers to individual privacy.
DatakaLab, though, insists its software is privacy-conscious and compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company has sold AI-powered video analytics for several years, using the technology to generate data for shops and malls about the demographics of their customers. “We never sell for security purposes,” says Fischer. “And that is a condition in all our sales contracts: you can’t use this data for surveillance.”
The software is lightweight enough to work on location wherever installed, meaning no data is ever sent to the cloud or to DatakaLab’s offices. Instead, the software generates statistics about how many individuals are seen wearing masks in 15-minute intervals.
France is using AI to check whether people are wearing masks
The company has already integrated the software into buses in the French city of Cannes in the south of the country. It added small CPUs to existing CCTV cameras installed in buses, which process the video in real time. When the bus returns to the depot at night, it connects to Wi-Fi and sends the data on to the local transport authorities. “Then if we say, for example, that 74 percent of people were wearing a mask in this location, then the mayor will understand where they need to deliver more resources,” says Fischer.
Although technology like DatakaLab’s is only being tested right now, it’s likely it will become a staple of urban life in the near future. As countries begin to weigh the economic damage of a lockdown against the loss of life caused by more COVID-19 infections, greater pressure will be put on mitigating measures like mandatory masks. In countries in the West where mask-wearing is more unfamiliar, software like DatakaLab’s can help authorities understand whether their messaging is convincing the public.
Fischer says that although the pandemic has certainly created new uses cases for AI, it doesn’t mean that countries like France need to abandon their values of privacy and embrace invasive surveillance software. “We respect the rules of Europe,” says Fischer. “This technology is very useful but can be very dangerous … [But] we have our values and they are part of our company.”
France is using AI to check whether people are wearing masks