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Peering Inside an Ai's Brain Will Help ­S Trust Its Decisions
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Peering Inside an Ai's Brain Will Help ­S Trust Its Decisions

Oi, AI—What do you think you're looking at? Understanding why machine learning algorithms can be tricked into seeing things that aren't there is becoming more important...

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa
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Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa...

Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not If You're Drunk
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Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not If You're Drunk

Rochester Institute of Technology have found that although brainwave readings can accurately authenticate someone's identity about 94% of the time, there could...

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter
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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist
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Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.

Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich
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Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have designed eyeglasses with patterned frames that can obscure the identity of the wearer to facial-recognition algorithms...

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound
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Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By ­ltrasound

This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing...

Germany to Create World's First Highway Code For Driverless Cars
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Germany to Create World's First Highway Code For Driverless Cars

The first legal framework for autonomous vehicles was outlined in a recently proposed bill in Germany governing how such cars perform in potentially deadly crashes...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
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The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

Is. Isn't. Is. Isn’t. Is. Isn't.

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores
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Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores

Humble bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from...

Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse
From ACM TechNews

Troll Hunters: The Twitterbots That Fight Against Online Abuse

Researchers are working to automate the detection of harassment, but one says humans do not agree on what constitutes harassment.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet giant, has shown what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions
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Baidu ­ses Millions of ­sers' Location Data to Make Predictions

Baidu, China's internet search giant, has shown just what you can learn when you have access to enough location data.

Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories
From ACM TechNews

Hololens Augmented Reality to Foil Hack Attacks in Factories

An augmented reality "IT help desk" could allow factories to identify and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems.

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

At least one U.S. bank has started supplying its customers with credit and debit cards that contain a physically unclonable function. 

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable
From ACM News

Silicon Fingerprint on Chips Could Make Any Gadget Unhackable

Has your bank recently sent you a credit or debit card with a chip in it? If so, you may now be in possession of a little piece of tech that is quietly helping...

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare For Evil AI

University of Louisville researcher Roman Yampolskiy and hacktivist Federico Pistono are examining worst-case scenarios for a potential malevolent artificial intelligence...

The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are
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The Buzz of Your Skull Can Be ­sed to Tell Exactly Who You Are

You will know me by the buzz in my head. Biometric systems, which identify people by their physiological features, can use everything from ear shape to walking...
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