07 Aug 2019

DARPA Is Taking On the Deepfake Problem

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching an initiative to battle the growing threat of deepfakes, which are images or videos doctored by artificial intelligence (AI) that show individuals saying and doing things they never said or did. According to the agency, deepfakes are increasingly used

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01 Aug 2019

Companies struggle with the slow, unpredictable nature of AI projects

A new survey by Dotscience sheds light on the current state of artificial intelligence (AI) adoption by businesses. The findings point to some promising and some discouraging trends. On the bright side, 63.2% of firms currently invest between $500,000 and $10 million in AI projects and the overwhelming majority (88%)

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30 Jul 2019

Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings

Apple lets contractors listen to “a small portion of Siri requests” in order to “improve Siri and dictation,” the company acknowledged after a whistleblower working for the tech giant reported that Apple contractors routinely hear highly sensitive information that was accidentally recorded by the digital assistant. While Siri should only

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22 Jul 2019

AI, quantum computing and 5G could make criminals more dangerous than ever, warn police

A new Europol report[pdf] sheds light on the way emerging technology is shaping the cyber crime economy as well as law enforcement efforts to fight cyber crime. The research states that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) can vastly improve the success of cyber attacks and make it easier for

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19 Jul 2019

Elon Musk’s Secretive Brain Tech Company Debuts a Sophisticated Neural Implant

Neuralink founder Elon Musk on Tuesday announced a new system that can “record from and stimulate [signals called] spikes in neurons” in the human brain at an unprecedented magnitude. The firm aims to start human trials for the sophisticated neural implant as early as next year. If successful, the system

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19 Jul 2019

Researchers Easily Trick Cylance’s AI-Based Antivirus Into Thinking Malware Is ‘Goodware’

Security researchers with Skylight Cyber have found a surprisingly easy way to let malware bypass Cylance’s AI-based anti-malware solution. The research shows that while artificial intelligence holds great potential for cybersecurity, AI-driven security offerings can be far from bulletproof.  In order to deceive Cylance’s algorithm, all the researchers had to

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18 Jul 2019

Federal and SLED IT managers say AI will be a game changer

A new survey by MeriTalk indicates that 90% of IT managers in Federal, state, local, and higher education (SLED) organizations say that in over the past two years, a shift has taken place toward the adoption of AI technologies. Despite this, only 14% of respondents stated that AI has been

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12 Jul 2019

69% of organizations believe they can’t respond to critical threats without AI

Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) organizations need artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in order to be able to respond to cyberattacks, while 61% can’t detect critical threats without AI, a new Capgemini Research Institute report indicates. A majority of executives (56%) state that their cybersecurity analysts cannot effectively detect and prevent

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12 Jul 2019

Google defends letting human workers listen to Assistant voice conversations

In response to a report by Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS showing that Google lets human workers listen to audio captured by Google Assistant software, the tech giant acknowledges that its language experts review 0.2 percent of all audio snippets recorded by its virtual assistant. Google justifies this practicing by

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08 Jul 2019

AI for Fraud Detection to Triple by 202

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) projects that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for fraud detection will triple by 2021. At the moment a mere 13% of firms use AI for detecting fraud, but an additional 25% plan to introduce this technology over the next two years. The

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