N. Korea sets sights on Fourth Industrial Revolution technologyThrilling! chasing a bull Lost in the forest, looking for food far from the park boundary

North Korea appears to be setting its sights on Fourth Industrial Revolution technology, such as artificial intelligence, in a bid to explore ways to expand its applications. The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's main newspaper, reported Dec. 24 that global competition for science and technology has been intensifying, citing efforts to apply AI to the education sector and the increased use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. The Korean Central Broadcasting Station, the country's state-run radio network, said in November last year that other countries are actively using AI to ramp up agricultural production. Last year, Korean Central Television also aired footage introducing a newly developed VR-based education program that enables users to learn about North Korea's history and culture around the third to the fourth century B.C. North Korea's state media appears to introduce global trends of new technologies in a bid to explore ways to expand their use in the agricultural and educati on fields. But the isolated nation also may attempt to use Fourth Industrial Revolution technology for military purposes. Kim Hyuk, a research fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said in a report that North Korean researchers have applied AI and its sub-field machine learning (ML) for "sensitive applications, such as wargaming and surveillance and continued scientific collaboration with foreign scholars until recently." In his report carried by 38 North, a U.S. website monitoring North Korea, Kim said, "North Korea's conceived wargaming environment might be actual conflicts at a tactical level involving artillery shells." Kim said given that AI/ML technology could be transferred via intangible means, it is important to monitor the North's activities and implement measures to mitigate potential sanctions risks within the academic and private sectors, if necessary. Source: Yonhap News Agency Nakhon Ratchasima Thrilling! A male bull wandered along Highway 304, Ban Non Sanga, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Officials together with villagers spent 2 hours helping push it back into the Khao Phu Luang forest. Thap Lan Park officials and officials of the Khao Phu Luang Non-Hunting Area Join the villagers in pushing a 2-year-old male wild bull that wandered along Highway 304, Ban Non Sanga, Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, back to the Khao Phu Luang Non-Hunting Area. At some times the road must be closed. And there were times when the bull was frightened of the car. He ran into the back of the village. must be framed and use firecrackers to chase away The operation lasted two hours and no one was hurt. The headman of Non Sa-nga village said that this incident was the first time that a bull had strayed into this area. Even though the surrounding area is a national park area. - Thai News Agency Source: Thai News Agency

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