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AI just flawlessly beat a human pilot in a simulated dogfight

  • An artificial intelligence program developed by Heron Systems went head-to-head against a seasoned Air Force F-16 pilot in a simulated dogfight Thursday.
  • Heron’s AI achieved a flawless victory with five straight wins. The human pilot never scored a single hit, according to multiple reports.
  • The “WWII-style” dogfight was part of DARPA’s AlphaDogfight competition, which is designed to advance the agency’s efforts to build trust in AI and develop manned-unmanned teaming capabilities.
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An AI algorithm piloting an F-16 Fighting Falcon in a simulated dogfight against a seasoned US Air Force pilot achieved a flawless victory with five straight wins in a fierce competition Thursday, according to multiple reports.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held the final round of its third and final AlphaDogfight competition Thursday, putting an AI system designed by Heron Systems against a human pilot in a “simulated within-visual-range air

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The human cost of a year of internet blackouts in Kashmir

Exactly a year ago, the Indian government scrapped the controversial Article 370 from the country’s constitution to strip the northernmost state of Jammu & Kashmir of its autonomy. With that, it also cut off internet access for millions of people in the region, with a view to maintaining law and order situation in the state.

It’s been a year since that day and internet connectivity, including broadband usage, has been restored in the region just a few months ago. However, mobile users still have to use 2G connectivity and there are frequent shutdowns that cut them off.

Here’s a look at how this has affected people in the region over the past year, as well as during the pandemic — and what it tells us about the power governments wield over people by controlling access to digital service

A history of Kashmir leading up to the scrapping of Article 370

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A history of internet shutdowns in Africa and their impact on human rights

It’s broadly accepted that there’s a close relationship between development and access to information. One of the first economists to make the link was Amartya Sen, who won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his contributions to welfare economics.

Increasingly over the past two decades, the internet has been a major factor affecting the right to development. The United Nations definition of this right is that:

Every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development.

Today, all African countries have access to the internet, though the digital divide remains huge within and between countries.

In a recent research paper, one of us (Ilori), together with colleagues, examined the effect of network disruptions on human rights and democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The paper concluded that internet shutdowns have impeded the right to development and posed threats to democratic

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Virginia Beach nonprofit holding a virtual ‘race’ to raise awareness about human trafficking

The Virginia Beach nonprofit group EnJEWEL is holding a “virtual” walk/run Saturday through Wednesday to promote the United Nation’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Thursday.

EnJEWEL, which stands for Equality and Justice for Every Woman Every Land, started more than a decade ago to raise awareness about human trafficking, which includes sex slaves, forced labor on farms and in sweatshops.

With the virtual fundraiser, participants can register at enjewel.org and receive a printable runner’s bib via email. Registration is $30.

Participants need to log 5 kilometers through walking, running (including on a treadmill) and have a witness sign the bib stating that they completed the goal. They will upload a photo or video of the bib to EnJEWEL’s Facebook page. Those who complete the 5K will receive a T-shirt and baller or runner’s wrist band.

People are also asked to record themselves in short videos stating why they

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