South China Airlines swaps boarding cards for facial recognition
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometrics is quickly becoming the security tool of choice for a vast number of governments and organisations, and increasingly I’m seeing them being used to create new “contactless” borders and “frictionless” customer experiences   Earlier this year I reported that Australia had decided to... Read more
World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black... Read more
Lockheed’s new camera puts a space telescope in your pocket
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly we’re using new, and advanced, optical systems to monitor everything that goes on around us, both on Earth and in space, and the more the sensors improve the more we can watch   Today’s space telescopes, like the Hubble or the newest kid on... Read more
AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability of “unethical actors” to create realistic looking video and audio of famous people to generate “Fake news!” is accelerating exponentially and politicians are already way behind the curve   Over the past couple of years, even before “Fake news!” became the monster... Read more
Virtual reality lets cyber security experts patrol their networks Matrix style
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual reality will give cybersecurity analysts the ability to patrol their networks like cops On the beat in the real world, and it could lead to significant gains in productivity and protection   The future of the workplace is, understandably, a hot topic for... Read more
Blockchain experts are putting a stop to governments putting backdoors in software
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Governments want backdoors in software and criminals want to exploit them to spread malware, now a blockchain based system from Switzerland could put a stop to both   A new blockchain based software update framework from the team at the Decentralized-Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the... Read more
DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly sharing our DNA data online, and sometimes you don’t want everyone to see everything, so now researchers have developed the world’s first DNA Encryption product   When we talk about “security” it’s probably fair to say that not many people think... Read more
World first as researchers hack a computer using modified DNA
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we increasingly become masters of manipulating the makeup of life criminals will find new, innovative ways, to breach computer systems and cause havoc   We are increasingly becoming masters of manipulating the building blocks of life, whether it’s creating new “alien” life forms... Read more
Skynet booted as Pentagon straps “Mayhem” autonomous AI into critical systems
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that the AI will play an increasingly important, automatic and autonomous, role in defending a country’s critical infrastructure and systems and this is the Pentagon’s first step, but as some will say, “First step to what…?”   After seeing the raw... Read more
New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine a camera that can see and analyse every part of the visible and non-visible spectrum at the same time, now imagine it’s in a search and rescue drone, or a hunter killer robot…   Hey, I know you like hearing about the grand... Read more
MIT tests the future of cybersecurity, pits AI’s against AI’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future cybersecurity will be almost fully automated using AI, and many say we’ve already entered into a new AI fuelled digital arms race   Hot on the heels of DARPA’s Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition that they held last year, where thirteen... Read more
Is this the first recorded incident of Robo-Suicide?
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI and robots might actually have feelings, and then this won’t be as funny…   Most science fiction films are famous for portraying Androids as wannabe humans, whether it’s Data from Star Trek, the freaky one from Aliens, or the nerdy looking... Read more
Researchers set a staggering new Quantum teleportation record
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The techniques and devices used to set a new quantum teleportation record will one day allow us to build the robust quantum repeaters that we need to build secure, internet scale quantum networks   Mention teleportation and real sci-fi fans jump out of their... Read more
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their... Read more
Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are well on the path to creating a society shaped and guided by digital, and genetic, profiling and that can be a good, and a bad, thing   Dangerous dystopian tech, or a must have pre-crime tech in an increasingly dangerous world? I’ll... Read more
Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are finding that their latest and greatest biometric security systems are easier to hack than the password systems they replaced   Criminals know you love taking selfies, and they love your... Read more
Terrorists are using ‘Photo morph’ fraud to circumvent border security
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies race to create new biometric security systems, criminals are busy finding new ways to beat them and the Photo Morph is the latest example   Biometric systems, like the ones being rolled out in the airports in Australia,  were supposed to be... Read more
Dreamcatchers, researchers announce they can see into people’s dreams
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We already have the nascent technology that allows us to stream live movies from people’s minds but streaming dreams has been illusive because we didn’t know where they originated, until now   Throughout the Millennia our dreams, and our ability to dream, has fuelled... Read more
Clinton, Obama and Trump just endorsed a scarily accurate AI mimic
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is gaining new skills all the time, and now it’s creating scarily accurate impressions of celebrities   The Lyre Bird is a unique bird that lives in the Amazon Rainforest because it’s especially skilled at copying the sound of its surroundings. It’s... Read more
US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also... Read more
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