Ben Armour
Ben Armour
Correspondent, The Yuan

Ben Armour is a London-based journalist, editor, attorney, and translator with decades of experience in journalism, law and education and many years’ residence in China under his belt. He holds a JD from Temple University School of Law and a BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ben is a trenchant social commentator who pulls no punches when discoursing on a wide array of themes that encompasses law, IT, business and finance, economics, politics, literature, art, culture, and any other topic that comes within reach of his inquisitive and acquisitive pen. He can be reached at

‘Terminator’ Is Back With US Intel Arm’s AI-Powered ‘Project MARS’
New Era
'Terminator' said, I'll be back," and now indeed returns in this report on the US Defense Intelligence agency's 'Project MARS.' Let Machine Learning (ML) and Neural Network expert Pawel Maksymiak show you the ins and outs of this chilling system, which like Skynet in the movie, deploys the ultimate assassins on AI-targeted kills, among the many other robotic weapons in its arsenal. This story is de rigueur reading for all fans of the film franchise.
Pawel Piotr Maksymiak,Ben Armour,  |  Sep 10, 2021
Health Takes Center Stage at WAIC in Shanghai as AI Steals the Show at Health Fairs in Dubai
New Era
All eyes were on AI+Medical at the recent World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2021 in Shanghai, while AI+Healthcare also came under the spotlight at last month’s Arab Health and its intertwined Medlab Middle East in Duba. Differing in theme, the three events still have much in common and highlight the ever-closer marriage of AI and medicine.
Ben Armour,  |  Jul 21, 2021
‘Lazy’ AI Is a Problem in Some Cases, but a Solution in Others
‘AI Says Men Are Lazy,’ a headline proclaimed last year. This may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black. AI absorbs the worst traits of its human minders, and indolence is no exception. Slothful AI can be harmful or beneficial in different scenarios. Thus, one AI application took shortcuts in diagnosing COVID-19, with potentially dire consequences. Lazy AI also solved a big problem for the bike-sharing business – the ‘rebalancing problem’ by simply doing nothing.
Ben Armour,  |  Jun 30, 2021