22 Sep 2017

Putin reveals fears that robots will one day ‘eat us’

“Vladimir Putin has expressed his fears over artificial intelligence by asking Russia’s largest technology firm how long it will be until smart robots ‘eat us’. The Russian president was speaking to Arkady Volozh, chief of internet firm Yandex, during a tour of the company’s Moscow headquarters.  Volozh was discussing the

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21 Sep 2017

Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

“An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany,

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19 Sep 2017

First Bitcoin-Only Real Estate Transaction Completed in Texas

“In a new and interesting twist, an entire real estate transaction has taken place via Bitcoin. In other words, you can now buy your house with Bitcoin…at least in Texas. The transaction was for the purchase of a newly built custom home, and the full purchase price was transferred to the

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07 Sep 2017

US Air Force’s next drone to be driven by data

“The U.S. Air Force’s future model for developing and acquiring unmanned aerial vehicles will likely be much different than how it has conceptualized drones in the past, with less emphasis on the platform and sensors and more attention to the data a UAV collects and how it is analyzed and

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05 Sep 2017

Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller

“By changing the way microchips measure light, researchers are shrinking the size of space-based telescopes.” Source: Future Spy Satellites Just Got Exponentially Smaller – Defense One

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01 Sep 2017

IBM is teaching AI to behave more like the human brain

“DeepMind is even working on a system that ‘remembers’ important information and applies that accrued knowledge to future queries. But IBM is taking that concept and going two steps further. In a pair of research papers presented at the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Melbourne, Australia

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11 Aug 2017

Artificial Intelligence: Putting Machines to Work for the Spies

“‘Industry is behind the curve right now with cyber defense not keeping pace with offense,’ says Matt Devost, managing director at Accenture Security and frequent adviser to the government on cyber security issues. ‘We have a shortage of human capital, so we don’t have enough skilled people to engage in

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10 Aug 2017

Ethereum Is Coding’s New Wild West

“How can Ethereum be a cryptocurrency and a computer at the same time? Instead of running on a laptop or a server, it runs on thousands of individual computers at once, all kept in sync with blockchain technology. In its simplest form, a blockchain is an ordered list of items

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10 Aug 2017

Malware Encoded Into DNA Hacks the Computer that Reads It

“A team of researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle have demonstrated the first successful DNA-based exploit of a computer system that executes the malicious code written into the synthesised DNA strands while reading it.” Source: Malware Encoded Into DNA Hacks the Computer that Reads It

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09 Aug 2017

US embassy employees in Cuba possibly subject to ‘acoustic attack’

“The US believes several State Department employees at the US embassy in Havana were subjected to an ‘acoustic attack’ using sonic devices that left at least two with such serious health problems they needed to be brought back to the US for treatment, several senior State Department officials told CNN.

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