Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Facebook’s project comes as more AI researchers, including the social network’s VP of artificial intelligence , say the field needs to broaden its horizons if computers are to become capable of handling complex, real world situations.

Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

Arm, located in Cambridge, England, licenses designs known as instruction-set architectures for central processing unit (CPU) chips, an alternative to those made by Intel , to companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Huawei.Only recently have some companies, including Amazon , begun adapting Arm’s designs to make more efficient new data center chips.

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

The targets include many election-adjacent organizations, according to researchers at Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, including political campaigns, advocacy groups, think tanks, political parties, and political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats.

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

Should you buy an Intel-based Mac now, or wait for one with Apple’s new custom silicon?.In other words, even if you bought a new Intel-based Mac today, it would likely still receive OS updates, qualify for service, and have spare parts available in 2026.

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

Even as senior government officials continue to raise alarms about foreign actors seeking to attack the election, the major entities of federal government that share responsibility for election security—the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees and coordinates the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies—have taken steps that appear to undermine or compromise the nation’s ability to conduct a fair and free election in November and combat foreign interference.

Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI

Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI

Google’s cloud division will soon invite customers to outsource something less tangible than CPUs and disk drives—the rights and wrongs of using artificial intelligence .The company plans to launch new AI ethics services before the end of the year.

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

Branching Out. As in the Twitter hack, the perpetrators don't appear to be state-sponsored hackers or foreign cybercrime organizations, but young, English-speaking hackers organizing on forums like the website and the chat service Discord, says Zack Allen, the director of threat intelligence at security firm ZeroFox, who has also worked with the industry group tracking the incidents.

ATM Hackers Have Picked Up Some Clever New Tricks

ATM Hackers Have Picked Up Some Clever New Tricks

Criminals have increasingly tuned their malware to manipulate even niche proprietary bank software to cash out ATMs, while still incorporating the best of the classics—including uncovering new remote attacks to target specific ATMs. During Black Hat, Kevin Perlow, the technical threat intelligence team lead at a large, private financial institution, analyzed two cash-out tactics that represent different current approaches to jackpotting.

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever

Here’s the thing: Although the global response to this violation was furious, producing the largest intelligence scandal of the modern age, mass surveillance itself continues to work today, virtually unimpeded.

Russia Tested a Space Weapon Last Week

Russia Tested a Space Weapon Last Week

This week, WIRED broke the news of a Russian military intelligence hacking campaign that dates all the way back to December 2018.

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

My Glitchy, Glorious Day at a Conference for Virtual Beings

Lars Buttler is a real person, but he is the CEO of AI Foundation, a company that makes fake ones: trainable, artificially intelligent agents that might one day take the place of a human personal assistant, a customer service representative, or you yourself (if you aspire to omnipresence or digital deathlessness).

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

“Deep neural networks are very computationally expensive,” says Song Han, an assistant professor at MIT who specializes in developing more efficient forms of deep learning and is not an author on Thompson’s paper.

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC

Rumors that Apple would ditch Intel’s x86 chip architecture for its own ARM-based processors in Mac computers have persisted for years.

A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency's Worst Hack

A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency's Worst Hack

"The lax cybersecurity practices documented in the CIA's WikiLeaks Task Force report do not appear to be limited to just one part of the intelligence community," Wyden wrote.

Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties

Baidu Breaks Off an AI Alliance Amid Strained US-China Ties

Chinese search giant Baidu has left The Partnership on AI (PAI), a US-led effort to foster collaboration on the ethical challenges raised by artificial intelligence .Baidu is said to have cited the cost of membership and recent financial pressures for the move.

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

Last spring, artificial intelligence research institute OpenAI said it had made software so good at generating text—including fake news articles—that it was too dangerous to release .Machine-learning algorithms are directed to analyze vast collections of text scraped from the web to discover the statistical patterns in language use.

NSA: Russia's Sandworm Hackers Have Hijacked Mail Servers

NSA: Russia's Sandworm Hackers Have Hijacked Mail Servers

On Thursday, the NSA issued an advisory that the Russian hacker group known as Sandworm , a unit of the GRU military intelligence agency, has been actively exploiting a known vulnerability in Exim, a commonly used mail transfer agent—an alternative to bigger players like Exchange and Sendmail—running on email servers around the world.

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director of national intelligence isn’t the fact that he embellished his résumé, nor that only a minority of the US Senate would vote to confirm him, nor that the first time he was floated for the post last summer he was so soundly rejected that he withdrew almost immediately.

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

"These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with Covid-19-related research," the joint announcement says.

Thunderbolt Flaws Expose Millions of PCs to Hands-On Hacking

Thunderbolt Flaws Expose Millions of PCs to Hands-On Hacking

Now one Dutch researcher has demonstrated how that sort of physical access hacking can be pulled off in an ultra-common component: The Intel Thunderbolt port found in millions of PCs. On Sunday, Eindhoven University of Technology researcher Björn Ruytenberg revealed the details of a new attack method he's calling Thunderspy.

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

A chatbot developed by artificial intelligence researchers at shows that combining a huge amount of training data with a little artificial empathy, personality, and general knowledge can go some way toward fostering the illusion of good chitchat.

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology

A leading anxiety in both the technology and foreign policy worlds today is China’s purported edge in the artificial intelligence race.

An Unfixable Flaw Threatens 5 Years of Intel Chips

An Unfixable Flaw Threatens 5 Years of Intel Chips

Crew suffered a so-called credential stuffing attack that impacted the the online accounts of fewer than 10,000 customers.It also reportedly got hit by a ransomware attack that resulted in the theft of at least some of its data.

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

This kind of spontaneous yet coherent storytelling is extremely difficult for artificial intelligence , even as AI has mastered more constrained board games such as chess and Go. The best text-generating AI programs too often produce confused and disjointed prose.

Clearview AI's Massive Client List Got Hacked

Clearview AI's Massive Client List Got Hacked

A declassified study by the intelligent community’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board shared with Congress this week revealed that the metadata program cost $100 million, and only on two occasions produced information that the FBI didn’t already possess.

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

Data Centers Aren't Devouring the Planet's Electricity—Yet

Data Centers Aren't Devouring the Planet's Electricity—Yet

At the same time, the report warns that there’s no guarantee that the efficiency drive will continue in the face of data-hungry new technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G.Some previous analyses have suggested data center energy use has doubled, or more, over the last decade.

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft already offers Windows Secure Boot, a feature that checks for cryptographic signatures to confirm software integrity.Instead of relying on firmware, Microsoft has worked with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to make new central processing unit chips that can run integrity checks during boot in a controlled, cryptographically verified way.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

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