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Elon Musk said his AI brain chips company could ‘solve’ autism and schizophrenia

“Elon Musk believes his neural technology company Neuralink will be able to “solve” schizophrenia and autism” writes Isobel Asher Hamilton for businessinsider.com. Speaking on the Artificial Intelligence podcast with Lex Fridman, published Tuesday, Musk was asked what he thinks are the most exciting impacts he foresees for his company Neuralink.This year the company has been more vocal: it published a white paper in July about its design for a brain chip, and Elon Musk excitedly announced that the company had begun animal testing on monkeys.Musk founded Neuralink in 2016, and for…

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Microsoft is losing a key AI exec during a crucial moment that could shape the future of the company

“Microsoft is losing a key executive who helped the Redmond-based company turn artificial intelligence research into products just as its AI business is getting off the ground” writes Ashley Stewart for businessinsider.com. One result was the Azure AI platform, helping developers use Microsoft’s artificial intelligence tech in their own cloud computing apps. Source: businessinsider.com

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A top State Department official blew a hole through one of Trump’s main talking points in the impeachment hearing

“A top State Department official effectively dismantled one of President Donald Trump’s main talking points on Wednesday during the first public impeachment hearing” writes Michelle Mark for businessinsider.com. He continued: “I think it’s amply clear that Russian interference was at the heart of interference in the 2016 election cycle.”. On both topics, Kent blew a hole in Trump’s allegations, telling the House Intelligence Committee that neither the accusations against Biden nor the conspiracy theory about the 2016 election held any water. Source: businessinsider.com

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Country’s former military intelligence chief missing in Spain

“The former military intelligence chief of Venezuela has gone missing in Spain days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the US on drug trafficking charges” writes Agence France-presse In for theguardian.com. In September, Spain’s national court had rejected a US extradition request, instead ordering the release of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez. Carvajal has denied any “links to drug trafficking and the Farc”, Spanish judicial sources said at the time.Carvajal has long been sought by US Treasury officials…

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Google’s healthcare ambitions now involve patient data

“Google, for its part, has built a significant healthcare team and is experimenting with using artificial intelligence to improve healthcare” writes Bloomberg Delivers Business for latimes.com. As part of the work, Google employees may have had access to data including hospital records and patient names, but the company declined to elaborate.All sharing of information complies with federal privacy laws and Ascension’s strict requirements for data handling, the healthcare company said in the statement.The partnership hadn’t previously been disclosed, including to patients whose data may have been involved, the Journal reported.The…

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John Durham interviewed Australian diplomat whose tip prompted Trump-Russia investigation

“U.S. Attorney John Durham reportedly interviewed the Australian diplomat whose tip about George Papadopoulos effectively started the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s campaign in July 2016” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Under the supervision of Attorney General William Barr, Durham is conducting an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, examining the conduct of the Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence community. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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‘Money-making enterprise’: Intelligence officer files complaint over whistleblower donations

“He is now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The complaint was filed last week by an intelligence officer to the Intelligence Community inspector general, focusing on a GoFundMe page for the whistleblower that has raised more than $227,000.Mark Zaid, the whistleblower’s lead attorney, denied the fundraising effort ran afoul of federal law. “Any fundraising efforts for the Intelligence Community Whistleblower have complied with federal laws, including ethics requirements. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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New book claims that Trump was ‘surprised’ when Nikki Haley confronted him over his head-scratching Helsinki summit with Putin

“During the press conference, the president sidestepped questions about Russian election interference, despite US intelligence assessments that pointed to Russian election meddling” writes Rosie Perper for businessinsider.com. “No one around him had characterized the press conference in that way.”. “I told the president what he said in the press conference made me very uncomfortable,” she wrote. Source: businessinsider.com

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Clinton slams UK delay of Russia report containing Steele evidence

“The report from former special counsel Robert Mueller corroborated the central tenet of the dossier: that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election to undermine Clinton and boost Trump” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “Who do they think they are that they would keep information like that from the public, especially before an election?”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Google signs healthcare data and cloud computing deal with Ascension

“(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare yet, according to an announcement on Monday, gaining with the deal datasets that could help it tune potentially lucrative artificial intelligence tools” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Google has spent several years developing artificial intelligence to automatically analyze MRI scans and other patient data to identify diseases and make predictions aimed at improving outcomes and reducing cost.Google Cloud Chief Executive Officer Thomas Kurian has made it a priority in his first year on the job to…

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