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Hala Rharrit explains why she quit Biden administration over Gaza war

Hala Rharrit explains why she quit Biden administration over Gaza war

Hala Rharrit was a veteran U.S. diplomat who had always operated in the corridors of power, not the limelight, when she opted for a change two years ago to become one of the faces of U.S. diplomacy for Arab media. “I thought it would be quite thrilling,” Rharrit explained in one of her first interviews after resigning last week from her 18-year career at the State Department because, she said, she could not defend the Biden administration’s Gaza policy. “I did not anticipate this ending at all.” Source link

Hala Point: Intel reveals world’s biggest ‘brain-inspired’ neuromorphic computer

Hala Point: Intel reveals world’s biggest ‘brain-inspired’ neuromorphic computer

The Hala Point neuromorphic computer is powered by Intel’s Loihi 2 chips Intel Corporation Intel has created the world’s largest neuromorphic computer, a device intended to mimic the operation of the human brain. The firm hopes that it will be able to run more sophisticated AI models than is possible on conventional computers, but experts say there are engineering hurdles to overcome before the device can compete with the state of the art, let alone exceed it. Expectations for neuromorphic computers are high because they are inherently different to traditional machines. While a regular computer uses its processor to carry out operations and stores data in separate memory, a neuromorphic device uses artificial neurons to both store and compute, just as our brains do. This removes the need to shuttle data back and forth between components, which can be a bottleneck for current computers. This architecture could bring far greater energy efficiency, with Intel claiming its new Hala Point neuromorphic computer uses 100 times less energy than conventional machines when running optimisation problems, which involve …

“Nothing has compared to what we’re seeing”: Hala Gorani on the toll of covering Gaza war

“Nothing has compared to what we’re seeing”: Hala Gorani on the toll of covering Gaza war

Award-winning journalist Hala Gorani was “born in one country” and “raised in another with parents from somewhere else entirely,” as she tells us in her new book “But You Don’t Look Arab: And Other Tales of Unbelonging.” Gorani, who became the first Arab-American to host a primetime cable news show, told me in our recent “Salon Talks” conversation how this unique background has informed both her decades-long career as a journalist — sometimes covering devastating conflicts in the region of her ancestry — and her personal search “to try to figure out who I am.” Gorani, who is Syrian-American, worked at CNN for decades and now reports for NBC News, had recently returned from the Middle East, where she covered an evacuation flight of wounded Palestinian children from Gaza who she describes as “completely traumatized.” She said that while previous conflicts between Israel and Hamas have been brutal, “nothing has compared to what we’re seeing now.”  She cited the unprecedented scale of death among women and children in Gaza, along with the massive destruction of civilian infrastructure. But Gorani also noted …