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.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

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.

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn't Manmade

Kicking white nationalists and other extremists off of your platform also seems like it shouldn't be controversial, and yet Steam continues to give neo-Nazis and other bad actors a wide berth .We also took a look at a hacking group that managed to sneak malware into the Google Play Store repeatedly over several years.

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.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

New research from Microsoft shows that ransomware attackers are actively making that crisis worse, forcing health care and critical infrastructure organizations to pay up when they can least afford downtime.The Microsoft researchers often observed attackers getting their initial network access by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in victims' web infrastructure.

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

But today, the global map of zero-day hacking has expanded far beyond the United States, Russia, and China, as more countries than ever buy themselves a spot on it.

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.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

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.

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Outside the chess world, however, Kasparov is best known for losing to a machine.What’s important is how we deal with our mistakes, with negative experience.1997 was an unpleasant experience, but it helped me understand the future of human-machine collaboration.

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

As Richard Grenell, the current US ambassador to Germany, starts his second day on the job as the nation’s acting director of national intelligence, his arrival also marks the ouster of not only his predecessor, Joseph Maguire, but reportedly also of DNI principal executive Andrew Hallman.

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

And, of course, as there are now roughly six streaming television services per adult in the continental United States, NBC is also planning to roll out an ambitious line-up of originals in order to compete with rivals like Disney+, CBS All Access, and Quibi .To that end, it has ordered dozens of pilots and several full seasons of new shows to lure viewers into adding yet another paid subscription into their monthly budget.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it.Anadol used machine learning to group photos and morph between them, creating flickering images of the city as recorded by many different people.

This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday.

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said the International Panel on Artificial Intelligence would be established by the Group of Seven leading western economies and play a role in “addressing some of the ethical concerns we will face in this area.” It was to be modeled on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which helped establish consensus on the world’s climate crisis and recommends possible responses.

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

CES 2020, then, will be an opportunity for tech makers to demonstrate that 5G will be an actual thing this year, and they’re not going to hold back.

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

If you could press a button to merge your mind with an artificial intelligence computer—expanding your brain power, your memory, and your creative capacity—would you take the leap?“I would press it in a microsecond,” says Sebastian Thrun, who previously led Stanford University’s AI Lab. Turning yourself into a cyborg might sound like pure sci-fi, but recent progress in AI, neural implants , and wearable gadgets make it seem increasingly imaginable.

Uninstall ToTok, an Alleged Emirati Spy App, From Your Phone Now

Uninstall ToTok, an Alleged Emirati Spy App, From Your Phone Now

And the app was especially appealing to users in the UAE, because it didn't have the functionality restrictions that the Emirati government places on many other communication apps like Skype and Whatsapp in the country.

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

Learning that the disease could have been detected earlier if doctors had recognized the signs on previous mammograms, Barzilay, an expert in artificial intelligence , used a collection of 90,000 breast x-rays to create software for predicting a patient’s cancer risk.

Facebook Removes Accounts With AI-Generated Profile Photos

Facebook Removes Accounts With AI-Generated Profile Photos

A report by Graphika and DFRLab researchers, found that the majority of The BL network’s fake accounts were used to maintain a cluster of over 80 groups and pages promoting President Trump.

The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle

The Pentagon's AI Chief Prepares for Battle

Jack Shanahan describes as the “lower consequence missions” that the Pentagon is using to demonstrate how it can integrate artificial intelligence into its weapons systems.

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

The US government must spend $25 billion on artificial intelligence research by 2025, stem the loss of foreign AI talent, and find new ways to prevent critical AI technology from being stolen and exported, according to a policy report issued Tuesday.

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

He also lamented the limitations of that technology, which involves designing software called artificial neural networks that can get better at a specific task by experience or seeing labeled examples of correct answers.“We’re kind of like the dog who caught the car,” Aguera y Arcas said.

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Facebook's Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’

Jerome Pesenti: Moderating automatically, or even with humans and computers working together, at the scale of Facebook is a super challenging problem.Recently there’s been a lot of progress in the field of language , allowing us a much more refined understanding of interactions through the language that people use.