IBM injected a virus into a neural net to create an undetectable cyberweapon

IBM injected a virus into a neural net to create an undetectable cyberweapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Even today’s cutting edge cybersecurity products have no defence against virus laden, weaponised neural networks.   It’s been a very busy few weeks in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and neural networks with the creation of the world’s first DNA neural network, and the world’s...

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IBM finds a way to watermark AI’s to protect them from theft and sabotage

IBM finds a way to watermark AI’s to protect them from theft and sabotage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating complex neural networks and AI’s takes a lot of expertise, money and resources so being able to watermark them will help protect them from theft.   What if machine learning models, much like photographs, movies, music, and manuscripts, could be watermarked nearly imperceptibly to denote...

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IBM’s AI wins debates in San Francisco against champion debating team

IBM’s AI wins debates in San Francisco against champion debating team

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The art of debating often helps humans learn new things and see topics from new perspectives, so an AI that can debate with humans on a vast range of topics could be incredibly useful.   Checkmate is a simple concept. It’s a final, decisive move...

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IBM joins Sovrin Foundation to give individuals back control of their data

IBM joins Sovrin Foundation to give individuals back control of their data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there is no way you can control who uses or shares your information, despite regulations like GDPR, but Self-Soverign ID systems like this one gives users the power to control their own online information.   It looks almost inevitable that Facebook will be punished,...

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200 Quadrillion calculations per second, Summit, world’s most powerful AI supercomputer goes live

200 Quadrillion calculations per second, Summit, world’s most powerful AI supercomputer goes live

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As supercomputers become increasingly powerful they will increasingly help us realise new breakthroughs in everything from drug discovery and energy generation, through to materials and space travel, and everything in between.   It’s the most powerful computing platform on Earth, for now at least –...

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Tech giants prepare for the next giant leap in quantum computing

Tech giants prepare for the next giant leap in quantum computing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the race to build quantum computers heats up it could be the company who has the most accurate quantum computer, not the one who has the largest, that wins the game.   The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology...

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IBM wants to combine AI and blockchain to transform healthcare

IBM wants to combine AI and blockchain to transform healthcare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI and blockchain are two incredibly powerful technologies, but for different reasons, however, when they’re combined their significance, and impact, becomes even greater.   The combination of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) “could bring significant improvements to a healthcare sector plagued by interoperability problems and...

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IBM breaks the record for the world’s smallest computer

IBM breaks the record for the world’s smallest computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As computers continue to shrink it allows organisations to dream up new ways of using them, and in IBM’s case they want to use their new tech to help cryptographically secure the Internet of Things.   Each year IBM showcases “5 in 5” technologies coming...

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Daimler hires Soul Machine’s lifelike Avatar to answer customer queries

Daimler hires Soul Machine’s lifelike Avatar to answer customer queries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bots are evolving and increasingly it’s going to get more difficult to tell bots from real people, whether they’re just text bots or, in this case, life like looking avatars.   New Zealand based company Soul Machines, the company behind a sophisticated high definition digital...

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IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the space industry steps looks to explore more space and even colonise and mine new planets the demands on astronauts is increasing, so CIMON and its descendents will be used to help lighten their load and make them more productive.   IBM Watson is...

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IBM’s AI learns how to predict the outcomes of chemical reactions

IBM’s AI learns how to predict the outcomes of chemical reactions

WHY THIS MATTERS BRIEF Chemistry is the basis and foundation of everything on Earth and being able to predict the outcomes of new chemical reactions will help industries create new compounds and new materials faster than ever before.   By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words an...

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IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are on track to be the most powerful form of computing ever and once we start seeing systems that go beyond the 50 qubit mark we will be able to use them to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems.   At...

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DTCC wants to put hundreds of trillions of dollars of securities transactions on the blockchain

DTCC wants to put hundreds of trillions of dollars of securities transactions on the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Vice Chairman of the DTCC argues that a lack of standards is holding back blockchains adoption in the financial services industry, and he wants to change that.   Last week Larry Thompson, the Vice Chairman of the US Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC),...

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IBM and Hyperledger launch enterprise ready blockchain

IBM and Hyperledger launch enterprise ready blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most disruptive technologies, and IBM wants everyone to have access to it   Following hot on the heels of announcing that it wants to be the first company to offer the world’s first universal “Quantum Computing...

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IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom

IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of information society is creating every day is leaving today’s storage technologies creaking at the seams, and our only option is to go smaller.   The building blocks of today’s modern computers have been getting progressively smaller ever since they were first invented,...

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IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hailed as the next evolution of computing that promise immense performance increases over today’s systems and by 2020 they may be ready for prime time.   Having laid the groundwork for offerings in other emerging technology categories such as artificial intelligence (AI),...

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World first as two quantum computers go head to head

World first as two quantum computers go head to head

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until recently it hasn’t been possible to directly compare the performance of two or more quantum computing systems, but that barriers just been smashed.   Scientists recently published the world’s first open source blueprint for a quantum computing device, and sure enough, no sooner...

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Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence

Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more companies are experimenting with AI as a way to automate away jobs, and as the human toll continues to increase this is just the beginning   Fukoku Mutual Life, a Japanese insurance company with a turnover of $6.8 Billion in 2016, announced...

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Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every business is becoming a technology business and nowhere is that truer than in the financial services industry, now as banks try to compete with start ups and established technology companies for tech talent they could find themselves getting into warm water…   Want to...

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Walmart improves public safety by putting pork on the blockchain

Walmart improves public safety by putting pork on the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global supply chains are complex and can be easy for criminals to exploit by putting pork onto the blockchain Walmart are able to ensure and query the integrity of their supply chains, identify problems and pull tainted batches off of the shelves faster.   Walmart...

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