No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer
Two research papers argue that the risk of AI-driven automation isn't so much the destruction of jobs as the amplification of wealth inequality.
Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years
A computer programmer has been accused of hacking, committing identity theft, and creating child pornography after allegedly developing custom malware to take control of thousands of computers.
Juniper scores dubious honour of owning CVE-2018-0001
Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001.
GPU teleportation: 2018’s first virtual pissing match
The wonderful world of x86 server virtualization is so settled that analyst firm Gartner last year decided it no longer needed to bother with a magic quadrant comparing the handful of remaining suppliers. But the big players are still finding a few ways to advance their wares and niggle each other at the same time, and 2018’s kicked off with a little battle around moving VMs that use NVIDIA GPUs.
Apple hands Chinese iCloud to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry
Apple has announced it will hand over iCloud operations in China to government-owned local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GBCD) on February 28.
Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload
Boeing’s revealed it hastily-cobbled-together a cargo drone.
Dark matter on the desktop: Dark Energy Survey publishes data
If you've got a penchant for lots of data, astrophysics, and mystery, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) has announced its first public data release.
Audio tweaked just 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines
The development of AI adversaries continues apace: a paper by Nicholas Carlini and David Wagner of the University of California Berkeley has explained off a technique to trick speech recognition by changing the source waveform by 0.1 per cent.
Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett
Famed investor Warren Buffett has predicted a nasty landing for cryptocurrencies.
Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space
A neutron star or a massive black hole may be the source of mysterious and highly energetic radio pulses that light up skies across the universe.
Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic
Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent campus and office routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.
Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'
InterviewDive beneath the hype and the dry ice of CES, and it becomes apparent. The connected cars and electric cars being shown off in Las Vegas this week are not self-driving cars; and it has proved a lot harder to make an autonomous car than to sell the idea to an AI-obsessed think tank.
UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production
The British government has put a seven-year-old boy's design for a submarine into production, saying the lad had "really thought about" his work.
Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city
Lurking just outside the Polish village of Sierpnica is a relic of World War II Nazi ambition. The Osówka complex is the largest and most accessible remnant of the huge Project Riese (translation: “Giant”), an effort to create an underground city capable of housing 20,000 or more Nazi troops and workers.
Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity
ExclusiveIBM has indicated to senior Global Technology Services management that a third of the global workforce will be “productively redeployed” in 2018 with tens of thousands of personnel “impacted”.
Think tank: Never mind WannaCry, update NHS IT systems for RoboDoc
The Reform think tank has told the UK government to improve the quality of NHS data and stop relying on paper-based systems to take advantage of the purported benefits of artificial intelligence.
Shared services plan: UK.gov hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering
Another year, another government shared services strategy. This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture.
Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...
The security of mobile apps that tie in with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems has deteriorated over the last two-and-a-half years, according to new research.
Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price
CommentLet no one say that America's political elites are losing their talent for hypocrisy. Washington DC has welcomed the New Year with a display of selective Sinophobia – and it likely spoiled Huawei's CES.
UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers
The Information Commissioner's Office has fined four businesses £600,000 for spamming customers millions of times.
Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces
Heathrow Airport's local council has effectively prohibited the flying of drones anywhere within the borough's public spaces – including parks near airfields.
Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report
A no-deal Brexit scenario could scrap 92,000 science and technology jobs across the UK, a report has claimed.
Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding
A butcher channelled the power of Ecky-Thump to escape being locked in his freezer when he saved his skin by using black pudding.
What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...
Comment"Don't ruin the moment. Asking to sign a contract to have sex can be awkward."
US House reps green-light Fourth Amendment busting spy program
The US House of Representatives has passed a six-year extension to the controversial Section 702 spying program, rejecting an amendment that would have required the authorities to get a warrant before searching for information on US citizens.
Intel top brass smacked with sueball for keeping schtum about chip flaws
An Intel stockholder filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday accusing the chipmaker of artificially inflating its stock prices by omitting to tell anyone about the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in its products.
On the defensive after a malware kerfuffle last year, code registry npm shot first before asking questions over the weekend – and is now apologizing for the errant execution.
Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body
YouTube has revealed where decency standards lie in the internet era: mocking suicide victims while standing next to a corpse.
Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence
Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police.