30 Jan 2019

How the Pentagon’s fear of risk is stifling innovation

A “go slow” approach and an emphasis on accountability in tech acquisitions and beyond is well-intentioned and important, but it has the unintended consequence, according to some leaders in the private sector, of stifling innovation. According to this thinking, the pentagon’s continued desire to remain with past winners results not

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29 Jan 2019

Cybersecurity investment set to level out after years of historic growth

Investment in cybersecurity companies has grown by a factor of 5 over the past five years, a rate of growth that industry experts have called “unsustainable” at the macro level. Reaching over $5 billion USD in venture capital in 2018, some are predicting a 2019 taper to the massive growth.

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29 Jan 2019

Treasury sanctions Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm

The U.S. has announced targeted sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA. Rather than imposing a complete embargo on Venezuelan oil exports, however, the sanctions target only sales whose funds could be accessed by the Maduro regime. The sanctions, therefore, are working to transfer oil wealth away from the Maduro regime, where

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29 Jan 2019

The Pentagon Wants to Stop Enemies From ‘Poisoning’ AI

Through a “Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception” program, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to guard against malicious manipulation of A.I. systems. In its project solicitation, DARPA writes that “the growing sophistication and ubiquity of ML [Machine Learning] components in advanced systems dramatically…increases opportunities for new, potentially

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28 Jan 2019

Why Google, Infosys & Amazon Are Betting High On Open-Source AI

American tech giants Google and Amazon, along with the Indian Infosys, are increasingly “open-sourcing” their artificial intelligence projects. This approach, in contrast to the more competitive and secretive approach being pursued by many companies China, may help to reduce some risks of A.I. and improve development of the entire field.

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25 Jan 2019

Budget Office: U.S. to spend projected $494 billion on nuclear weapons programs over next 10 years

The estimate for total U.S. spending on nuclear arsenal modernization and maintenance has been increased to $494 billion over the next 10 years, increasing 23% over the 2017 estimate. This rise will likely become a point of significant debate in the next year in the relevant congressional committees, and could

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25 Jan 2019

US Military Eyes Tiny Nuclear Reactors for Deployed Troops

The U.S. military is funding research towards small, mobile nuclear power stations for forward operating bases. The military has been conducting research on small nuclear reactors since the 1950s, but funding has come and gone during periods of sequestration. Now, with the immense energy requirements and logistical difficulties in securing

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24 Jan 2019

Global Talent Shortage is Top Emerging Risk Facing Organizations

Talent shortage has clinched the top spot in the latest version of Gartner’s Emerging Risks Survey, which is based on data from the fourth quarter of 2018. The other top entries in the list of emerging risks for businesses were accelerating privacy regulation, the rapid pace of change, lagging digitization, and misconceptions

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23 Jan 2019

The future of China’s AI industry is in the hands of just three companies

How is A.I. developing differently in the U.S. and in China? One aspect is the investment landscape. In a new MIT Technology Review article, the massive concentration of Chinese A.I. development in the hands of the three largest companies is emphasized and explored. While the country boasts 190 major A.I.

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17 Jan 2019

Hackers Take Control Of Giant Construction Cranes

Researchers with a security firm have demonstrated severe cyber vulnerabilities across cranes and other construction equipment, showcasing give different kinds of possible attacks. In a replay attack, hackers are able to copy commands being sent to the machines and then send these copied commands to the machine in the future.

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