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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

You don’t always need to build fancy algorithms to tamper with image recognition systems – adding objects in random places will do the trick. In most cases, adversarial models are used to change a few pixels here and there to distort images so objects are incorrectly recognized. A few examples have included stickers that turn …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Aug 2018
3D printed gun

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring the online distribution of CAD files for 3D printed guns, upholding a temporary injunction issued in late July. "We just won a preliminary injunction in federal court, continuing to block the Trump admin from allowing the distribution of 3D-printed gun files," said …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Aug 2018

Smut slinger dreams of AI software to create hardcore flicks with your face – plus other machine-learning news

Roundup It's a long weekend in England and Wales, with many Reg vultures taking time out and making the most of what's left of the quiet August month. We haven't forgotten you, though, so here's a roundup of artificial intelligent software related tidbits. Oh dear, a porn company wants to monetize the deepfakes craze: Hey, remember …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Aug 2018

Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

Updated to add Are you a bad dancer? Do you want to pirouette like a ballet pro? Don’t worry you can fake it until you make it – with the help of artificial intelligence. Some clever cookies at the University of California, Berkeley, in the US have developed machine-learning software that use generative adversarial networks (GANs) that can …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Aug 2018

Game over, machines: Humans defeat OpenAI bots once again at video games Olympics

OpenAI’s bots were knocked out of The International – the Dota 2 computer game's annual Olympics – on Thursday after they lost to human pros 2-0 in a best-of-three contest. Dota 2 is a hugely popular online battle strategy game (think Command and Conquer meets Tolkien) played by several hundred thousand people worldwide. The …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Aug 2018
Magic Leap Teardown

Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

Screwdriver botherers at iFixit have turned their attention to the hugely hyped and hugely late Magic Leap One headset and reduced it to its component parts. The Magic Leap One mixed-reality headset purports to "free your mind" while also freeing your wallet of a hefty $2,295. Sadly, while it succeeds at the latter, it has …
Richard Speed, 23 Aug 2018
IBM drone patent

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

IBM has filed a patent for mood-sensing coffee delivery drones, because what the world really needs is piping hot liquids flying around over everyone's noggins. Big Blue's plans for aerial hot beverage deliveries not only include deliveries of pre-ordered brews but also taxi-style flagging down of aerial drinks. The US Patent …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Aug 2018

OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

The International In the past hour, OpenAI's artificially intelligent bots lost their first match against professional players at smash-hit computer game Dota 2 at The International – the video game's annual championship tournament. It's the first bout in a best-of-three competition between human professional players versus OpenAI's code, the …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Aug 2018
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Network monitoring is hard... If only there was some kind of machine that could learn to do it

Comment It's difficult not to wish for the "good old days" when workloads stayed put, packets behaved, and firewalls just did basic port-level filtering. Admins knew where they stood. The cloud has changed that. Workloads and the resources they run have become malleable, virtual machines can be shunted from place to place, traffic …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Aug 2018
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UK.gov agencies told to drop fancy tech or risk 'reinventing the wheel'

British government agencies have been warned they risk wasting time and effort trying out new tech projects without central coordination – and can expect a shiny new strategy next year. A report (PDF) commissioned by the Government Digital Service to assess the public sector's use of innovative technologies found various …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2018
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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

A 21 year old man from Mexico is facing more than two-dozen money laundering charges in the US for running an unlicensed Bitcoin exchange. Jacob Burrell Campos was said to have shifted nearly $1m in funds by both buying and selling Bitcoins to people around the world. Campos, who lives in Mexico's Baja California state, was …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2018
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Gartner's Great Vanishing: Some of 2017's emerging techs just disappeared

There's been a tragedy on the fields of emerging technology and nobody seems to have noticed. Once-promising trends that were toiling for recognition a year ago have simply vanished. Where have they gone? Let us explain. Every year Gartner publishes its annual "Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle". For two decades this has …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Aug 2018
Jensen Huang of Nvidia

Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

Roundup Here's your quick roundup of AI news beyond what we've already written about this week. Crypto-mining is bust for Nvidia: Nvidia reported strong growth in its second quarter financial results, emitted this week, in areas expected like the data center and gaming – but not for cryptocurrency mining. Here is a quick snapshot of …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Aug 2018

DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling

DeepMind’s artificially intelligent algorithms are directly controlling the cooling systems within Google’s data centers to improve efficiency. Google’s vast warehouses are filled with hundreds of thousands of heat-generating servers, chugging away to keep all those adverts, Gmail messages, YouTube videos, and Google Search …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Aug 2018
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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

The British government this week unveiled plans for an ambitious AI simulator to be used to test self-driving cars. It's part of a stated mission to make the UK the world's leading destination for testing autonomous vehicles. The simulator, called OmniCAV, recreates a virtual version of 32km of Oxfordshire roads. "It's a …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2018
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Early bird tickets for our AI and ML Conference end tonight!

Our early bird ticket offer for Minds Mastering Machines expires this evening, so act now if you want to enjoy three days of conference and workshops showing how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence. Our independent programme committee has lined up two superb keynote speakers, 36 …
Joe Fay, 17 Aug 2018
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Pyspark, TensorFlow, Python: What's in your machine learning toolbox?

Events We’ve got four workshops running on October 17, covering different technologies and approaches to getting machine learning to work for your organisation. And places for all of them are filling fast. Oliver Zeigermann returns to take you through the basics of machine learning, before diving into neural networks and deep …
Team Register, 16 Aug 2018
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London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

London police are scaling up their use of mobile fingerprint scanners, with 600 shiny new devices due to be doled out by early 2019. The Metropolitan Police said the new devices – the software for which was developed in-house – would save about £200,000 in support costs each year, allowing many more cops to use them. Fewer …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Aug 2018
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You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?'

Updated It has taken the best part of a year, but from today Microsoft fans can talk to Cortana through the vaguely creepy ears of Amazon’s Echo devices and vice versa. Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing READ MORE Originally announced last August, with a tentative delivery date towards the end of last year, the …
Richard Speed, 15 Aug 2018

IoT shouters Chirp get themselves added to Microsoft Azure IoT

Audio IoT networking firm Chirp has convinced Microsoft to integrate its tech into the Azure IoT platform. Chirp’s hookup with Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform comes a few weeks after it rolled out a free tier for SDK access. CTO James Nesfield told us: “We’re able to add a really elegant onboarding capability without adding to …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018
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Meet the LPWAN clan: The Internet of Things' low power contenders

Analysis LPWAN - low power wide area network - is the proposed connectivity tech of choice for powering the Internet of Things - and it comes in many flavours. An IDTechEx Research report put it into perspective recently, when it predicted that there will be 2.7 billion LPWAN IoT connections by 2029. What we are already seeing is that …

Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaoice does a lot more than other bots. She has presented the weather on live TV and now even composed a book of poems. Xiaoice has written 12 million of poems in fact. In a paper on arXiv, researchers from Microsoft, National Taiwan University, and the University of Montreal explained that all text …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2018
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Boffins: Confusing distributed ledger tech definitions create 'unrealistic expectations' about what it can do

Poorly defined and inconsistent terminology for distributed ledger technology systems has led to misconceptions and unrealistic expectations, academics have said. In a published report, the University of Cambridge Judge Business School researchers propose a new formal definition – and say that using it would render a number of …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Aug 2018

Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals

Hackers may be able to falsify patient vitals by messing with the traffic on hospital networks. Research from McAfee shows it’s possible to emulate and modify a patient’s vital signs in real time on a medical network using a patient monitor and a central monitoring station. Most patient monitoring systems comprise a minimum …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2018

Eye eye! DeepMind teams up with doctors to ogle eyeballs for illness

AI can help ophthalmologists diagnose more than 50 common eye diseases from retinal scans, according to a paper published in Nature Medicine on Monday. Researchers from DeepMind, University College London (UCL), and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, have developed a system based on two neural networks that analyses 3D optical …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Aug 2018

Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

Machine-learning software has been trained to suggest the frequency and dosage of chemotherapy for patients suffering from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. We know what you’re thinking: this sounds like a horrifically bad idea. It gets worse when you find out that the model was trained using reinforcement …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Aug 2018

Train ImageNet for $40 in 18 mins, a robot that can play Where's Wally? etc

Roundup Hello, here are a few bits of AI news for the weekend. You don't always need a ton of cash to buy a wad of GPUs to train your models super quickly. You can do it pretty cheaply on cloud platforms. There's also a robot that can play Where's Waldo (Wally in the UK), and Microsoft's computer that is trying to tell if you've found a …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Aug 2018

Work at a startup? Think US military isn't good enough at killing? We've got the program for you

The Pentagon has upgraded to permanent status a previously temporary and experimental program that bankrolls technology startups. Known as the Defense Innovation Unit, the program allows tech upstarts to obtain contracts with the US government to develop military-focused software and hardware in areas including AI, IT …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Aug 2018
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Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

Doug Field, Tesla's VP of engineering, and the man in charge of the Tesla Model 3 until May, is to rejoin Apple, the tech titan confirmed this week. The move strengthens the view that Apple's stalled car initiative may have been pushed back onto the road. Unofficial Apple PR conduit Daring Fireball said it believed that " …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2018
Ji Soo Yi, Samsung

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

Comment When Samsung's veep of artificial intelligence strategy, the enigmatic Ji Soo Yi, demonstrated Bixby 2.0 at the chaebol's Galaxy event yesterday, he had to prompt the audience for applause. "You can clap," he urged the attendees after stunned silence met another new feature. This earned instant derision on Twitter, but let's …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2018

Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

Finding people's social media profiles can be a slow and manual business – so why not get facial recognition to help? That's the pitch coming from Trustwave's SpiderLabs, which wants to make life easier for penetration testers trying to infiltrate clients' networks and facilities using social engineering and targeted hackery …

America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

Analysis America's largest manufacturer of body cameras – and the biggest supplier to police forces across the United States – says today's facial recognition technology is not safe for making serious decisions. Speaking during its second-quarter earnings call with investors this week, the CEO of Axon, Rick Smith, answered a question …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Aug 2018
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Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

Analysis Apple may have finally concluded that its attempt to force people to use only its technology to control their smart-home automation equipment is doomed to failure. This week, the computing giant popped up as a member of the Google-led Thread Group, sparking speculation over whether Apple's HomeKit will support the low-power …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Aug 2018

Oomm-tsss, oomm-tsss, Oomm-tsss, oomm-tsss... it's an AI beatbox

Vid AI can now beatbox for you for hours on end using your voice, if you're into that kind of thing. Nao Tokui – a visiting associate professor at Kyushu University in California and a CEO of Qosmo, an AI and music startup – has developed a neural-network-based system that collects about 20 seconds of any sound to produce a custom …
Katyanna Quach, 09 Aug 2018
Magic Leap

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

The day has finally arrived! After years of delays and endless over-hyping, Magic Leap has launched its augmented-reality goggles. And it costs a cool $2,295. Plus $60 for a hub to connect it to a PC. Plus $30 for a shoulder strap. Plus $40 for foam inserts. Plus $500 a year if you want its "priority service plan." Which …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Aug 2018

Reckon you deserve a Wikipedia entry? Try getting this bot's notice

Boffin-loving bots are penning potential new Wikipedia pages to recognize the work of notable scientists who are missing from the online encyclopedia. Any human with an internet connection can submit new Wikipedia entries, or edit existing ones. Heck, even AI software can tweak and update the encyclopedia's pages – they even …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Aug 2018

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