New airborne city wide surveillance systems watch your every move

New airborne city wide surveillance systems watch your every move

Google Earth with TiVo capability was the pitch and security forces around the world are starting to snap the technology up

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Police use DNA to create photofits of criminals

Police use DNA to create photofits of criminals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many crimes go unresolved because there are no witnesses but now a new technique can create photofits from fragments of DNA.   A murder has been committed, and all the cops have to go on is a trace of DNA left at the scene. It doesn’t...

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The US airforce will rule the air with swarms of drones

The US airforce will rule the air with swarms of drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mother drones that can control and coordinate swarms of drones could have applications in the military and civilian sectors, for warfare, as well as for deliveries and aid relief.   The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a...

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China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China recently launched the world’s first quantum satellite, heralding in a new era of ultra-secure communications.   “The satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was...

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Researchers secure the Internet of Everything with Dark Web tech

Researchers secure the Internet of Everything with Dark Web tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The TOR network protects the anonymity of users in the Dark Web, now researchers think it’s the perfect tool to secure the Internet of Things.   The privacy software Tor has helped everything from drug dealing marketplaces to whistleblowing websites evade surveillance on the Darknet, the shadowy under...

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DARPA’s king Robo-hacker “Mayhem” proves no match for humans

DARPA’s king Robo-hacker “Mayhem” proves no match for humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DARPA’S Cyber Grand Challenge is over but the winner is still no match for humans.   The Heartbleed security bug existed in many of the world’s computer systems for nearly two-and-a-half years before it was discovered and a fix circulated in the spring of 2014,...

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MIT’s latest Human-AI hybrid cybersecurity platform blitzes trials

MIT’s latest Human-AI hybrid cybersecurity platform blitzes trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are in the middle of a tug of war that pits Human security experts against autonomous AI “Robo-Hackers” but MIT’s found a middle ground that out performs them all.   Today’s security systems usually fall into one of two categories – Human or Machine. So...

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The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy’s trials of their first autonomous warship platform have been wildly successful.   The US Navy’s new unarmed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter has completed its first round of sea trials and it aced all of its tests for speed, manoeuvrability,...

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US military funds cameras that can see round corners

US military funds cameras that can see round corners

It’s getting harder and harder to hide these days thanks to sensors, such as those from Camero Tech’s line of Xaver tactical radars, that can see through walls and let law enforcement officials and the military detect anyone inside a closed room and their distance from the camera. Now DARPA wants...

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The White House just issued a Defcon scale for cyber attacks

The White House just issued a Defcon scale for cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an increasingly connected society cyber attacks can wreak more havoc than ever before and now the US has a plan.   In a sign of the times White House officials have finally gotten around to writing out a plan to deal with future cyber attacks...

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DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans can no longer keep up with the tusnami of cyber threats but the robo-hackers can.   Could you invent an autonomous hacking system that could find and fix vulnerabilities in computer systems before criminals could exploit them, and without any human being involved?  ...

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One camera to watch an entire city, meet WAMI

One camera to watch an entire city, meet WAMI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s like combining Google Maps with Tivo, authorities can watch an entire city with just a one camera.   An unblinking sentinel will watch over the Olympic Games from high above Rio de Janiero this summer. No, not the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, but...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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Bomb sniffing UAV’s can thwart terrorist bombs

Bomb sniffing UAV’s can thwart terrorist bombs

Security forces are about to get a new tool in the fight against terror Scientists at a US university have developed “bomb sniffing drones” which are being lauded as the ultimate weapon against terror attacks involving explosives. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison have managed to miniaturize a Gamma...

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Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Let us salute the end of criminal line ups and berate the loss of our future privacy.   If you only remember one thing about technology then remember this – over time it gets faster and it gets better and for those of you who...

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Researchers listen in to crack 4096-bit encryption

Researchers listen in to crack 4096-bit encryption

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have used sound to break the worlds’ toughest encryption standard.   Security researchers have successfully broken one of the most secure encryption algorithms, 4096-bit RSA, by listening — yes, with a microphone — to a computer as it decrypts some encrypted data. The attack is...

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America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering the age of fully autonomous warfare and inevitably, one day, humans will not be in the loop   The US military have launched their first experimental, fully autonomous self-driving warship, dubbed Sea Hunter, and representing a major advance in robotic warfare, which...

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