DARPA propose creating an AI that can monitor the whole world for threats

DARPA propose creating an AI that can monitor the whole world for threats

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI capable of monitoring the whole world for threats, of any kind, is a huge undertaking and could become the world’s first “global” intelligence platform.   DARPA already has a reputation as the mad scientist lab of the US military, thanks to a range of...

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Breakthrough AI hacking tool cracks millions of user passwords in minutes

Breakthrough AI hacking tool cracks millions of user passwords in minutes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence is a cyber security game changer, for better and worse, and we need to be better prepared for what’s coming.   Last year the credit reporting agency Equifax announced that malicious hackers had leaked the personal information of over 143 million people after their system...

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Joint China-Russia atmospheric experiment spikes temperatures over Europe by 100 Celcius

Joint China-Russia atmospheric experiment spikes temperatures over Europe by 100 Celcius

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways we can modify our atmosphere but microwave manipulation produces some of the most extreme results.   China and Russia have jointly announced that they modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe in order to test a controversial new military...

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UK and Singapore set 2021 deadline to launch world’s first quantum communications cubesat

UK and Singapore set 2021 deadline to launch world’s first quantum communications cubesat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unlike traditional communications technologies quantum communications are unhackable, so countries are racing to deploy them.   Highly secure global communication based on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a secure communications cryptographic protocol that’s based on the eerie phenomenon of quantum mechanics, could eventually be made possible...

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US military genetics program to turn marine life into giant living sensor networks

US military genetics program to turn marine life into giant living sensor networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we learn more about the genetic code and how to modify it organisations around the world are starting to look into new ways of turning nature to their advantage.   A few months ago I wrote about how DARPA, the bleeding edge research arm...

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US military identifies virtual nations as a potential security threat to US sovereignty

US military identifies virtual nations as a potential security threat to US sovereignty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The internet means citizens can now become part of large, virtual collectives, or nations, and there are fears these nations, with their own rules, welfare and support systems, could threaten the power and influence of sovereign nations.   When is a nation not a nation?...

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Inside Google’s plan to make sure AI is safe

Inside Google’s plan to make sure AI is safe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes more deeply embedded into our every day lives it is imperative that there are safeguards in place to make sure it’s safe.   Making sure Artificial Intelligence (AI) does what we want and behaves in predictable ways will be crucial as the...

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Snowdens smartphone app turns security on its head to protect “people at risk”

Snowdens smartphone app turns security on its head to protect “people at risk”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When it comes to security and surveillance governments hold all the cards, Edward Snowden wants to change that.   In today’s world digital security is just as important as physical security to those who find themselves constantly online in hostile countries or environments, and while...

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MIT trained an AI to spot fake and biased news stories

MIT trained an AI to spot fake and biased news stories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect and weed out fake news is quickly rising up the political agenda, and companies are in an arms race to try to find solutions fast.   Any fact-checker who works in the media has a straightforward but challenging job – make...

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Futurist Keynote, Antwerp: Investing in the Future, Infosys Finacle

Futurist Keynote, Antwerp: Investing in the Future, Infosys Finacle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the pace of change continues to accelerate many companies find keeping up with it a daunting prospect, and it’s no less of an issue for the financial services community.   Firstly, thank you to Bharadwaj and the team for inviting me to be this...

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“Sticky, evolving botnet” gets top cyber experts worried about the future

“Sticky, evolving botnet” gets top cyber experts worried about the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of modular, multi-stage malware that’s capable of infecting anything and almost everything is getting cybersecurity experts worried.   A dangerous and potentially destructive new IoT malware sample has recently surfaced that for the first time this year is not just another cheap...

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An immune system for the internet, new good samaritan malware surprises experts

An immune system for the internet, new good samaritan malware surprises experts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyber attacks are getting out of control, but evolving, roving “good samaritan” forms of malware could become the new cops of the internet and the future of cybersecurity.   Security researchers have discovered a very odd new botnet that, rather than posing a threat, seems...

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Unhackable “Quantum Alphabet” encryption ushers in new era in cybersecurity

Unhackable “Quantum Alphabet” encryption ushers in new era in cybersecurity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone likes hackers, so everyone is trying to find ways to create the ultimate unhackable system, and this breakthrough in quantum mechanics could be one of the most promising.   In the wake of countless data breaches there has been a dramatic rise in the...

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Estonia becomes the world’s first virtual nation capable of rebooting itself

Estonia becomes the world’s first virtual nation capable of rebooting itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is showing us how ancient the concept of the traditional nation state is, and as virtual nations take shape being able to reboot them in times of war is crucial.   How do you reboot an entire country? It’s an odd question, but in...

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Telepathic warfare takes center stage as US military bets big on neuro tech

Telepathic warfare takes center stage as US military bets big on neuro tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s brain machine interfaces are rudimentary or require invasive surgery, this program could bring brain interfaces to the masses and be the next step in human-technological evolution.   Until now the advanced and cutting edge neuroscience programs at DARPA, the self proclaimed mad science wing...

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IBM boosts the speed of homomorphic encryption by 75 percent

IBM boosts the speed of homomorphic encryption by 75 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Homomorphic encryption gives organisations a secure and easy way to run analytics on data without having to first decrypt it, but up until now it’s been oh so slow…   IBM has announced that it’s rewritten its C++ Homomorphic encryption library and claims that it...

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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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Hackers use data science to evade state of the art AI cybersecurity systems

Hackers use data science to evade state of the art AI cybersecurity systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By figuring out what data sets cybersecurity are training their AI’s on hackers have found a way to create malware that can’t be detected.   Walking around the exhibition floor at this week’s massive Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas many people were struck...

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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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Blackhat hackers discover a way to turn satellites into “microwave weapons”

Blackhat hackers discover a way to turn satellites into “microwave weapons”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Satellites are ubiquitous and a newly discovered exploit could let hackers turn them into high frequency weapons that fry electronics on the ground.   As I discussed in a recent keynote on the future of cybersecurity, even air gaps, thought to be the ultimate in...

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