Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making sure countries subject to nuclear disarmament treaties are actually decommissioning real, not fake, nuclear weapons has always posed a problem, this breakthrough will no longer let the fakers get away with it.   In past negotiations aimed at reducing the arsenals of the world’s...

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Deadly new “Cyber RAT” turns any factory, power plant or oil rig into a bomb

Deadly new “Cyber RAT” turns any factory, power plant or oil rig into a bomb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One thing about the future is certain, all of our digital and physical systems are going to come under increasing attack, and it’ll be a war without end.   Hacks that can jump between and steal data from ultra-secure air gapped systems, fileless malware that...

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Hackers use electromagnetic attack to steal data from air gapped systems

Hackers use electromagnetic attack to steal data from air gapped systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faraday cages are supposed to be the ultimate in stopping air gapped computer systems from being attacked and their data exfiltrated, but hackers in Israel have just proved that’s no longer the case.   Two common methods of physical cybersecurity, air gapping and Faraday cages,...

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Elon Musk warns that AI could “become an immortal dictator”

Elon Musk warns that AI could “become an immortal dictator”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Musk has a point that an all controlling AI could become the embodiment of an immortal dictator, but hopefully it’s a vision that won’t come to pass.   By definition Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI), is a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that isn’t just smarter...

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AI starts reading sentences directly from people’s brains

AI starts reading sentences directly from people’s brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes increasingly adept at helping unlock the secrets of the brain it’s also becoming more adept at helping decode and visualise complex thoughts onto TV’s and other devices.   The capabilities and accuracy of Artificial Intelligence (AI) “mind reading” systems, as they are increasing...

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MIT and DeepMind’s new AI can’t be tricked with weird lighting

MIT and DeepMind’s new AI can’t be tricked with weird lighting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we produce more systems that rely on machine vision to do their jobs or keep people safe, systems that can’t see the world accurately pose both a danger and a risk.   Machine Vision has come a long way since Imagenet, a large repository of labelled...

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New graphene filter turns filthy water into drinking water

New graphene filter turns filthy water into drinking water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world don’t have regular access to clean drinking water, and this breakthrough could help them.   Every year millions of people around the world die from diseases they’ve contracted from drinking unclean water but now researchers in Australia have developed...

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AI helps emergency dispatchers diagnose heart attacks by listening in on phone calls

AI helps emergency dispatchers diagnose heart attacks by listening in on phone calls

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans can only detect a narrow range of sound, but the sounds that AI can detect and analyse are only limited by the sensors they use, now sound is being used to diagnose health conditions in new ways.   Emergency dispatchers have a tough job,...

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New Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

New Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Water scarcity is one of the greatest worries facing the modern age, and as the world watches one of its great cities face the real prospect of running out of water in months, not years, the search for new water filtration systems has never been...

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Hitachi’s newest surveillance AI can follow you through a crowd

Hitachi’s newest surveillance AI can follow you through a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You might not care too much about your privacy today, but what about your children’s privacy tomorrow? The technologies to track and analyse our every thought and move have already been assembled, the next step is deployment.   Not only can a new Artificial Intelligence...

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Harvard revolutionises camera technology, invents Metalense

Harvard revolutionises camera technology, invents Metalense

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Centuries after they were first invented most lenses are still made of plastic or glass and Harvard’s new metalense will revolutionise the industry and let us make cameras and lenses that, eventually, will be just atoms thick.   Metalenses, flat surfaces that use nanostructures to...

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Ingenious new bot discovers hacks companies haven’t told their users about

Ingenious new bot discovers hacks companies haven’t told their users about

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of your online accounts have already likely been compromised but very few companies own up to the fact, putting you and your data at risk,but now a bot can tell you which companies have been hacked – even if they don’t want you to...

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DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is being strapped into everything from self-driving cars and autonomous weapons systems and until now we had no way to assess how dangerous, or how much of a threat, those AI’s could become.   Earlier this year a group of world experts convened to...

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China’s surveillance network found a BBC reporter in under 7 minutes

China’s surveillance network found a BBC reporter in under 7 minutes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As nation states roll out increasingly advanced and sophisticated surveillance networks, how we use them and the agenda of those who control them become increasingly important to understand.   It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its...

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Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is changing the world of law enforcement and it’s important to experiment with new ideas that provide low visibility but highly effective policing.   A couple of weeks ago, and following on from the deployment of the regions first robot police officer at the Dubai...

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First of a kind AI malware learns and mimics its target systems behaviours to prevent detection

First of a kind AI malware learns and mimics its target systems behaviours to prevent detection

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Powered and fuelled by AI cyber attacks are about to go full auto and noone is prepared for what’s coming. Every second of every day cyber security experts around the world are engaged in a virtual war with criminals, hackers and wayward foreign governments, and...

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AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS This new breakthrough will let our Connected Home devices hear us better, but on the other it also gives organisations the ability to eavesdrop on everyone.   Devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home can normally deal with requests from a single person, but like us they often still...

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ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

WHY IT MATTERS Over the coming decades trillions of devices will become smart and connected and, unless companies and individuals come together to tackle the issue, we could be heading for a cyber security armageddon   Cyber security today is bad, very bad, and as we all buy more devices,...

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Nvidia’s newest AI is creating scarily realistic photos of fake celebrities

Nvidia’s newest AI is creating scarily realistic photos of fake celebrities

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence is getting more creative and better at creating realistic images and photos that fool even the most cynical experts, and it will bring about a new era in content creation.   One of the more unexpected outcomes of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution...

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Researchers are trying to create a rating system for cybersecurity software

Researchers are trying to create a rating system for cybersecurity software

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With cybersecurity at the top of most people’s minds how do you know just how good the cybersecurity product you just bought to protect your company or home devices really is?   Cybersecurity is obviously front of mind for a lot of people, which is...

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