Friday, July 22, 2016
Japan will continue buying weapons from the U.S. as tensions with China over the South China Sea reach a boiling point.
The U.S. approved Japan’s request to buy hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles Tuesday, a sale that could be worth as much as $821 million. The U.S. Navy announced earlier this week that four more Bell V-22 Osprey helicopters will be delivered to Japan in the next four years.
Japan is eligible to purchase up to 246 SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles from U.S. defense manufacturer Raytheon. The missiles “will be used for anti-air warfare at sea,” and loaded on one of Japan’s four destroyers, according to the Department of State’s announcement. Japan is also building two more destroyers that will be capable of launching the missiles.
Bell Boeing, a joint project between Bell Helicopter and Boeing, sold five V-22 Ospreys to Japan last year, which marked the first international sale of the helicopter. The Osprey boasts the “vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft,” and has become the primary aircraft used by U.S. Marines for operations in the Middle East.
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Artificial intelligence research is approaching a major development that would enable scientists to create machines capable of understanding human emotions, Moscow-based National Research Nuclear University MEPhl Cybernetics Department Professor Alexei Samsonovich told Sputnik. Samsonovich made the comments while attending the 2016 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) in New York City, which takes place from July 16-19.
The conference was sponsored by MEPhl and attracted more than 200 participants. “We are on the verge of a major breakthrough that was discussed since the fifties of the previous century,” Samsonovich said on Tuesday.
The breakthrough, according to Samsonovich, is the creation of free thinking machines capable of feeling and understanding human emotions, understanding narratives and thinking in those narratives, as well as being capable to actively learn on their own.
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Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on his policies of purging Turkish society of suspected dissidents in an interview yesterday (Wednesday) with Al-Jazeera, addressing the criticisms of several world leaders directly.
Erdogan's efforts have focused mainly on rooting out all supporters of rival Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who he blames for masterminding Friday night's failed coup. Gulen denies any involvement.
The Turkish President spoke in the interview about the efforts to extradite Mr. Gulen from the US, saying that if the Americans refused to hand Gulen over, it would be a "big mistake." Erdogan claimed that the investigation into the coup has turned up substantial evidence that Gulen was behind it, and that all this evidence has been presented to the Obama administration.
The Turkish government hasn't waited for Gulen's arrival before closing down many of the schools associated with the exiled cleric's religious organization.
"The coup was an attempt by a minority, Gulen's supporters, to impose itself on the majority," said the President.
Erdogan went on to address the criticism which has come his way from many quarters vilifying his methods as authoritarian, first objecting to the claim that he was taking control of the press and destroying its ability to criticize the administration. "I didn't censor the media, they stood by me because they knew they stood to lose a lot if the rebellion succeeded," the President claimed.
He denied that he had the power to decide to bring back the death penalty to Turkey, saying that it was in parliament's hands, but had little patience with comments made by the German Foreign Minister to the effect that Turkey would not be allowed to join the European Union if it implemented the death penalty.
"The world is not just the EU," Erdogan retorted, "the death penalty exists in countries like the US, in Russia, and in China."
The Turkish President didn't withhold his ire from his French and Egyptian critics either. To the French Foreign Minister, who has harshly denounced the "purge", the President offered advice that he should "deal with the French's own problems and stay out of our business."
As to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - an opponent and critic of Erdogan's ever since he overthrew Mohammed Morsi in Egypt's own, successful, military coup - the Turkish President had harsher things to say. "How can we respect the behavior of someone who came into power by a military coup himself?" Erdogan asked, "al-Sisi has nothing to do with democracy."
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