17 Mar 2016

How the CIA is Making Sense of Big Data

“In a rare public appearance at Tuesday’s Cloudera Federal Forum, which was hosted by the custom events unit of Nextgov’s parent company, Government Executive Media Group, Hallman said the CIA’s old information collection strategies couldn’t ‘withstand the accelerating rate of information’ produced globally or ‘keep pace with policymakers’ more rapid need

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13 Mar 2016

US Bets $100 Million on Machines That Think More Like Humans

“And now the government is pushing forward what is perhaps the most high-risk, high-reward project of our time: brain-like artificial intelligence. And they’re betting $100 million that they’ll succeed in next decade. Led by IARPA and a part of the larger BRAIN Initiative, the MICrONS (Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks)

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13 Mar 2016

At Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex, robots aiding the cleanup after 2011 disaster

“Experts say that more than 100 types of robots are active at Fukushima, including scores of modifications on a handful of basic designs. They’ve been likened to scorpions, snakes, giraffes and amphibians. They fly, walk, crawl and make underwater maneuvers, braving dust, debris and doses of radiation that could kill

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10 Mar 2016

Google’s artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, just won its second Go match against a human

“Go is an ancient game—invented, legend has it, by the mythical First Emperor of China, for the instruction of his son. It is played all over East Asia, where it occupies roughly the same position as chess does in the West. It is popular with computer scientists, too. For AI

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02 Mar 2016

DOD to Establish Innovation Advisory Board

“Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced plans to establish a Defense Innovation Advisory Board. The new board is an effort to enhance DoD’s culture, organization and processes by tapping innovators from the private sector, in Silicon Valley and beyond. It represents Secretary Carter’s enduring commitment to building lasting partnerships

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02 Mar 2016

Hacker Says He Can Hijack a $35K Police Drone a Mile Away

“At the RSA security conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, security researcher Nils Rodday will show how flaws in the security of a $30,000 to $35,000 drone’s radio connection allow him to take full control over the quadcopter with just a laptop and a cheap radio chip connected via USB.

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02 Mar 2016

Buzz Aldrin calls for human colony on Mars

” 6 Comments 1.4K Shares Tweet Stumble Email Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, thinks that mankind’s next big objective in space should be to colonize Mars. Speaking at an event at the Science Museum in London, Aldrin projected that by 2040, Earthlings will set foot

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15 Feb 2016

Lasers should be classed as offensive weapons – pilots’ union

“Laser pointers should be classed as ‘offensive weapons’, the British Airline Pilots Association has said. The call comes after a New York-bound plane was forced to turn back to London Heathrow Airport after a laser beam hit the cockpit after take off, causing a ‘medical issue’ for one of the

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14 Feb 2016

FBI Steps Up Pursuit of Terror Threats on Social Media

“As the U.S. government tries to root out homegrown jihadists, the FBI’s campaign to identify budding terrorists via the Internet before they can carry out violence is playing an increasingly prominent role.” Source: FBI Steps Up Pursuit of Terror Threats on Social Media – WSJ

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12 Feb 2016

Falcon Shield Counter-Drone System Safely Captures Rogue Drones

“More importantly from a public safety perspective, the system also packs an electronic warfare capability that can either disrupt the communications link between the operator and the drone or even allow Falcon Shield’s operators to take control of the aircraft and land it safely away from people and property. The

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