14 May 2014

VITAL Named To Board

“A Hong Kong VC fund has just appointed an algorithm to its board. Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and regenerative medicine projects, says the program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.” Source: VITAL

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18 Apr 2014

The New Cop on the Beat May Be a Bot

“The Knightscope K5 is a five-foot-tall autonomous robot (one presumes that its resemblance to a Dalek is merely coincidental) that roams around your neighborhood, observing and gathering data and trying to predict where and when criminal activity will occur. It carries no weaponry, but it has a pretty complete sensor

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18 Apr 2014

Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising

“‘We show that these systems are likely to behave in anti-social and harmful ways unless they are very carefully designed. Designers will be motivated to create systems that act approximately rationally and rational systems exhibit universal drives towards self-protection, resource acquisition, replication and efficiency. The current computing infrastructure would be

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14 Feb 2014

DARPA , NSA & Forecasting the Future Technology

“The program can be used to predict what would happen in the event of a large scale tsunami, revolutions, uprisings, conflicts, riots or how people would react during a bioterror attack. Businesses can use the models to predict how a new product would fare in the market, what kind of

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10 Jan 2014

The Potential of Social Network Analysis in Intelligence

By Kristan J. Wheaton and Melonie K. Richey The legality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) use of US citizens’ metadata to identify and track foreign intelligence organizations and their operatives is currently a subject of much debate. Less well understood (and consequently routinely misreported) are the capabilities and limitations

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09 Jan 2014

Silicon Valley’s New Spy Satellites

“Imagine an energy company which manages a pipeline through Canada’s taiga. The company’s charged with maintaining that pipeline, with making sure it isn’t leaking and hasn’t been compromised. So, every day, the company pays a local to get in a plane and fly over the otherwise inert, massive metal tube,

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04 Jan 2014

US military report predicts drone swarms, highly autonomous UAVs

Autonomous drone software is already here if you know where to look. “The US military hopes that drones will be capable of changing their own missions, altering course without a human command, and buzzing through the skies in coordinated groups within the next 25 years, according to a new Defense

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30 Dec 2013

FAA picks six states for drone testing

“The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday said it had selected sites in six states to test unmanned aircraft systems, a decision that could bring billions in economic development as the number of drone manufacturers grows in coming years. The FAA selected teams based in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota,

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04 Dec 2013

African mobile penetration hits 80% (and is growing faster than anywhere else)

For many markets there will be no Post-PC evolution. There will only be Post-PC. “A new report on the African telecommunications market highlights that mobile penetration in Africa hit 80 percent in the first quarter of this year and is still growing at 4.2 percent annually. That’s faster than anywhere

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09 Nov 2013

Computer model predicts crime hot spots: Truants sometimes also are burglars

“And in a recent study from the University of California, Riverside, you might be interested in a new computer model that anticipates crime hot spots, according to the November 4, 2013 news release, ‘Computer model anticipates crime hot spots.’ Collaboration between a University of California – Riverside (UCR) sociologist and

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