05 Jun 2017

Facebook wants to be ‘hostile’ to terrorists

“Facebook says it wants to make its platform ‘hostile’ to terrorists after an attack in London left at least seven people dead this weekend. Simon Milner, the company’s director of policy, issued a widely reported statement Sunday that said the social media platform works ‘aggressively’ to remove terrorist content. ‘We

Read More
05 Jun 2017

Forget far-right populism – crypto-anarchists are the new masters

“The rise of crypto-anarchism might be good news for individual users – and there are plenty working on ways of using this technology for decent social purposes – but it’s also bad news for governments. It’s not a direct path, but digital technology tends to empower the individual at the

Read More
13 May 2017

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.25m trucks over software error

“Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide over a software error that ‘may be related’ to a death and two injuries. The faulty code could potentially disable the side air bag and seat belt locking mechanism when a vehicle rolls over during a crash, the firm

Read More
29 Apr 2017

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

“Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Officials said ‘an administrative measure’ had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers ‘supporting terror’.” Source: Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason – BBC

Read More
10 Apr 2017

Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT ‘cowboys’ ride into sunset

“Bill Hinshaw is not a typical 75-year-old. He divides his time between his family – he has 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – and helping U.S. companies avert crippling computer meltdowns. Hinshaw, who got into programming in the 1960s when computers took up entire rooms and programmers used punch cards, is

Read More
07 Apr 2017

Facebook AI Chief Yann LeCun Says Machines Are Decades Away From Matching the Human Brain

“Despite AI’s seeming pervasiveness in almost every industry, Dr. LeCun says researchers are still decades away from building machines that can match the intelligence of humans. Even less probable is the Hollywood-like idea that nefarious robots will be unleashed on humanity. ‘We’re still quite far from building artificial general intelligence,

Read More
07 Apr 2017

DARPA Wades into Murky Multimedia Information Streams to Catch Big Meaning

“The goal of AIDA is to develop a multi-hypothesis ‘semantic engine’ that generates explicit alternative interpretations or meaning of real-world events, situations, and trends based on data obtained from an expansive range of outlets. The program aims to create technology capable of aggregating and mapping pieces of information automatically derived

Read More
09 Mar 2017

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Countries will fight over big data

“If big data really is the ‘new oil,’ does this mean that countries will fight over it? This is what Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, suggested in a speech at the company’s Google Cloud Next conference on Wednesday. ‘I think big data is so powerful that nation

Read More
04 Mar 2017

Researchers can predict terrorist behaviors with more than 90 percent accuracy

“Researchers at Binghamton have proposed a comprehensive new framework, the Networked Pattern Recognition (NEPAR) Framework, by defining the useful patterns of attacks to understand behaviors, to analyze patterns and connections in terrorist activity, to predict terrorists’ future moves, and finally, to prevent and detect potential terrorist behaviors. Using data on

Read More
04 Mar 2017

Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things

“Innovation has become a defining ideology of our time. Be disruptive, move fast, break things! And everyone knows – right? – what innovation looks like. Just Google the word. You’ll see lots of lightbulbs. Lightbulbs represent a sudden flash of inventiveness experienced by Thomas Edison or other mythic geniuses. Innovation,

Read More