AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

To protect the cognitive autonomy of individuals and the political health of society at large, we need to make the function and application of algorithms transparent, and the FDA provides a useful model.

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

A Remote-Start App Exposed Thousands of Cars to Hackers

Based on a scan of MyCar's exposed database—and Jmaxxz says he was careful not to access anyone else's private data—he estimates that there were roughly 60,000 cars left open to theft by those security bugs, with enough exposed data for a hacker to even choose the make and model of the car they wanted to steal.

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

In Follett's software, Demirkapi says he found bugs that would have given a hacker access to student data like grade point average, special education status, number of suspensions, and passwords.

This Tesla Mod Turns a Model S Into a Mobile 'Surveillance Station'

This Tesla Mod Turns a Model S Into a Mobile 'Surveillance Station'

The tool uses open source image recognition software to automatically put an alert on the Tesla's display and the user's phone if it repeatedly sees the same license plate.

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

The two MAX jet crashes—on Lion Air in October and Ethiopian Airlines in March, which together killed 346 people—happened just minutes into each flight, while the planes were climbing to their cruising altitude.

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Alphabet’s AI Might Be Able to Predict Kidney Disease

Using Streams, physicians could be alerted to predictions of acute kidney injury, says Dominic King, a former surgeon who leads DeepMind’s health effort—and eventually other conditions as well, like sepsis or pancreatitis.

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

When Open Source Software Comes With a Few Catches

Taking a slightly different tack, MongoDB relicensed its flagship database product last year under a new "Server Side Public License" (SSPL) that requires companies that sell the database system as a cloud service also release the source code of any additional software they include.

Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

The film documents how London nonprofit Forensic Architecture is developing machine learning software that could help uncover where Triple Chaser grenades are being launched or thrown. A mesmerizing sequence at the film’s heart strobes through images that Forensic Architecture used to train machine learning software to recognize Triple Chaser grenades.

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Distributed largely through the third-party Android app store 9Apps, the adware was originally a more clunky, obvious type of malware that masqueraded as legitimate apps but asked for a suspicious number of device permissions to run and displayed a lot of intrusive ads.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner

How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner

Now five seasons old , Formula E is meant to utilize racing —long a rolling laboratory for automotive development, yielding advancements like antilock brakes, traction control, and dual-clutch transmissions—to help EV manufacturers and suppliers like BMW, Nissan, Audi, Panasonic, Mahindra, and Jaguar move their battery-powered products forward .

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

After a month, I was able to convince a colleague with deep cryptocurrency knowledge, someone who’d followed every twist and turn of the Satoshi saga, that Le Roux was the odds-on solution to the mystery of who created bitcoin.

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Security News this Week: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families. If you happened to buy the Blue Smart hair straightener from Glamorizer—perhaps not even realizing it had Bluetooth capability, because why would it?—then TechCrunch is sorry to report but hackers could totally seize your device, and well, change the temperature of the hot iron remotely, if they wanted to.

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

This New Poker Bot Can Beat Multiple Pros—at Once

“If you sit this bot down with five elite professional humans, it is going to beat them and make money off them,” says Noam Brown, a researcher in Facebook’s AI lab and co-creator of Pluribus.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina

It’s a framework that allows developers to easily port iOS apps over to the Mac, which means mobile apps like Twitter—and many others once app makers have time to tool around with this—can now run as MacOS apps.

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

In March, following a research report from the threat intelligence firm Kaspersky, computer maker Asus disclosed a supply chain attack sometime in the second half of 2018 that had compromised the company's Live Update tool to push malware to almost 1 million customers.

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Presumably not many people purchased ebooks from Microsoft; that’s why it’s pulling the plug in the first place. More than anything, Microsoft’s ebook rapture underscores the hidden dangers of the DRM system that underpins most digital purchases.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

Investors Love Slack—for Now

Investors Love Slack—for Now

But Slack's public listing followed two less hyped, but likewise successful, business-to-business IPOs: video conferencing company Zoom in April and network and security company Fastly in May. Together these IPOs suggest that even as the consumer tech market is dominated by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, companies that sell to businesses can still find ways to compete with the big guys.

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi has voluntarily recalled some of its first electric vehicles, over battery issues that could cause fires, though none have yet been reported. The E-tron system monitors the battery for moisture, and Audi says a yellow battery warning light should appear if the vehicle’s sensors find something has gone wrong inside.

IPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple

IPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple

App Expose, the macOS feature which shows you all of your open apps, will soon work on the iPad. The Files app will have a column view, with a preview window, similar to the way Finder works on the Mac. The iPadOS demo at WWDC reached a kind of crescendo when a virtual thumb drive appeared on the giant screen behind Federighi, illustrating that the Files app on iPad will now recognize external drives and devices.

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

For anyone still looking to interact with a fellow human being while wearing AirPods, Apple announced a sound-sharing feature, which allows multiple users to connect to the same audio source.

WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple's Big Developer Show

WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple's Big Developer Show

Marzipan is the code name for Apple’s years-long project of porting iOS apps to the Mac. The company doesn’t like to say it is unifying or “merging” its mobile and desktop operating systems.

We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

Desperate farmers have taken to hanging out in shady internet forums, looking for software that will get around John Deere's locks, trying to assert their right to repair the tractors they ostensibly own.

Bosch Settles German Diesel-Engine Probe for $100 Million

Bosch Settles German Diesel-Engine Probe for $100 Million

Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to pay 90 million euros (US$100 million) to end a probe by German prosecutors into rigged diesel engines, following much more costly settlements by its customer Volkswagen AG.

GitHub ‘Sponsors’ Now Lets Users Back Open Source Projects

GitHub ‘Sponsors’ Now Lets Users Back Open Source Projects

But even though you can technically host any type of file on GitHub, Friedman says the company probably won't allow people to use Sponsors for non-software projects for the time being.

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

What Tech Companies Pay Employees in 2019

But Facebook reported that the compensation of its median employee declined almost 5 percent last year, to $228,651—the biggest decline among the companies in WIRED’s analysis. A spokesperson says median pay for Amazon’s US employees last year was $35,096; on November 1, the company lifted its minimum US wage to $15 an hour.

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

GM's Big Upgrade, ‘Game of Thrones’' Unsatisfying End, and More News

General Motors is upgrading the soul of its lineup, our political parties are still vulnerable to cyberhacking, and Game of Thrones has reached the finish line. A new report details political parties in both the US and EU still have obvious and ongoing security flaws that are leaving them vulnerable to attack.

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