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'Fontgate': Microsoft, Wikipedia and the scandal threatening the Pakistani PM | World n... - 0 views

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    "Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri.

    But the font was only made commercially available in 2007, leading to suspicions that the documents are forged."
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In China, Daydreaming Students Are Caught on Camera - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "School officials see the cameras as a way to improve student confidence and crowdsource the task of catching misbehaving pupils. Parents use the feeds to monitor their children's academic progress and spy on their friendships and romances. But many students see live-streaming as an intrusion, prompting a broader debate in China about privacy, educational ethics and the perils of helicopter parenting."
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AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs | New Scientist - 0 views

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    "DeepCoder uses a technique called program synthesis: creating new programs by piecing together lines of code taken from existing software - just like a programmer might. Given a list of inputs and outputs for each code fragment, DeepCoder learned which pieces of code were needed to achieve the desired result overall.

    "It could allow non-coders to simply describe an idea for a program and let the system build it""
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Internet-connected teddy bear leaked kids' data online / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, Security researcher Troy Hunt reports that the snuggly spies, from Spiral Toys, "represents the nexus" of the problem with internet-connected appliances and toys: children being recorded, data being leaked, and the technical possibility of surreptitious access to children through networked toys. "The best way to understand what these guys do is to simply watch the video [advertisement for the toy].""
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AI system as good as experts at recognising skin cancers, say researchers | Technology ... - 0 views

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    "Computers can classify skin cancers as successfully as human experts, according to the latest research attempting to apply artificial intelligence to health."
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Ransomware creeps steal the entire St Louis library system / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back.The criminals who took over the library system want $35,000 in Bitcoin to give it back. The FBI is investigating. The library does not store sensitive patron data, so the hack does not expose patrons to data-breach risks."
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The Mirai Botnet Isn't Easy to Defeat | WIRED - 0 views

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    ""It's accelerating because there's a wide-open, unprotected landscape that people can go to," says Chris Carlson, vice president of product management at Qualys. "It's a gold rush to capture these devices for botnets.""
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This is the fastest way to alphabetize 1,000+ books (or anything else) / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "How can you sort the books quickly? Chand John shows how, shedding light on how algorithms help librarians and search engines speedily sort information."
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Basic common sense is key to building more intelligent machines | New Scientist - 0 views

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    "At Imperial College London, Murray Shanahan and colleagues are working on a way around this problem using an old, unfashionable technique called symbolic AI. "Basically this meant an engineer labelled everything for the AI," says Shanahan. His idea is to combine this with modern machine learning.

    Symbolic AI never took off, because manually describing everything quickly proved overwhelming. Modern AI has overcome that problem by using neural networks, which learn their own representations of the world around them. "They decide what is salient," says Marta Garnelo, also at Imperial College."
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'This is awful': robot can keep children occupied for hours without supervision | Techn... - 0 views

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    ""Robots are a great educational tool for children. It inspires them to learn about science and engineering," Sharkey told the Guardian in March. "But there are significant dangers in having robots mind our children. They do not have the sensitivity or understanding needed for childcare." "
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MarsJoke ransomware threatens to permanently encrypt files if a ransom is not paid - 0 views

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    "A new strain of ransomware has been targeting government agencies and educational institutions in the United States, through scam emails that pretend to be something important.

    The malware, dubbed as 'MarsJoke' by Proofpoint security researchers, reportedly began a large-scale email campaign which distributed the cryptomalware last week. The developers are sending out emails which seems to be masked as a message from an airline company."
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Stealing an AI algorithm and its underlying data is a "high-school level exercise" - Qu... - 0 views

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    "Researchers have shown that given access to only an API, a way to remotely use software without having it on your computer, it's possible to reverse-engineer machine learning algorithms with up to 99% accuracy. In the real world, this would mean being able to steal AI products from companies like Microsoft and IBM, and use them for free. Small companies built around a single machine learning API could lose any competitive advantage."
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Microsoft apologises after Bing translates 'Daesh' into 'Saudi Arabia' | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "Najjar told the Huffington Post that the error was most likely due to Bing's use of crowdsourced translations. The service can promote alternative translations to the top spot if they receive suggestions from about 1,000 people, which means that without manual correction it is possible to manipulate the system and substitute the correct translation for an alternative."
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'Dalek' commands can hijack smartphones - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Researchers have demonstrated how garbled speech commands hidden in radio or video broadcasts could be used to control a smartphone.

    The clips, which sound like the Daleks from Doctor Who, can be difficult for humans to understand but still trigger a phone's voice control functionality.

    The commands could make a smartphone share its location data, make calls and access compromised websites."
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Fansmitter: malware that exfiltrates data from airgapped computers by varying the sound... - 0 views

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    "demonstrate a fiendishly clever procedure for getting data off of airgapped computers that have had their speakers removed to prevent acoustic data-transmission: instead of playing sound through the target computer's speakers, they attack its fans, varying their speeds to produce subtle sounds that humans can barely notice, but which nearby devices can pick up through their microphones."
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Death by GPS: are satnavs changing our brains? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Anyone who has driven a car through an unfamiliar place can attest to how easy it is to let GPS do all the work. That GPS can have a transformative effect on a society is undeniable. We have come to depend on a technology that, in theory, makes it impossible to get lost. But not only are we still getting lost, we may actually be losing a part of ourselves."
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Facewatch 'thief recognition' CCTV on trial in UK stores - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""The people who are on the list are not guilty until they've been prosecuted and taken to court, and the system makes that very clear", Simon says - and under the Data Protection Act "if anyone misuses that data there are very significant fines".

    Simon is also sanguine about the risk of misidentification. Images from the watch list will be sent with alerts so staff can check that there's a good match, he says. "
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