Lithium and cobalt : the new gold and silver

The age of motor vehicles and heavy industries was fueled by oil and gas – and in the coming age of electric movement and intelligent industries the fuel will be the lithium, cobalt, nickel and zinc.  If we look at the energy source for the movement, oil is proportional to electricity as a fuel for…

Satellites are spying on… other satellites

An alleged case of hi-tech espionage begun to circulate in the media after Florence Parly, the French defence minister claimed that a Russian satellite, named “Luch” or “Olymp” steered itself in the open space into a position where it was able to sniff communications emanated from the French-Italian satellite called “Athena-Fidus”. The alleged affair happened…

Software agents: between man and machine

In the contemporary world the ‘souls’ and ‘minds’ of intelligent machines are the so-called software agents. This is because software agents are those parts of the systems which decide which, if any, action to be taken under given circumstances. A software agent is a complex software entity that is capable of acting with a certain…

Forget Big Data: All Data is here

The term Big Data means capturing, storaging, analysing, transferring, querying and visualizing big and complex data sets, in order to extract value from data. The value of the extracted data is that it could be used by algorithmic behavior analytics to factually describe the essential elements of the activity of an individual and make predictions…

Are you rich or poor? Facebook AI knows it better.

Our household bulletin board, the one we call Facebook built a system that collects users’ personal data, such as education, homeownership and internet usage, in order to predict their socioeconomic status. This is not necessarily new or interesting, but what it is, that the AI then classifies people as belonging to one of 3 pre-determined…

One-time pad: the only unbreakable encryption

Using one-time pad encryption is employing an equation with two unknowns, one of which is truly random – and henceforth making the equation is mathematically unsolvable. Which is good news, if you happen to use one-time pads. And which is bad news if you don’t. So, according to a well-known expert on encryption, “even infinite…

High-altitude pseudo-satellites are now a thing

A new class of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is on the rise: the prayer mantis-like creatures called High-altitude pseudo-satellites (HAPS). These are solar-electric propeller-driven drones resembling classic air gliders. The most widely known of the HAPS lineup is the Airbus/Qinetiq Zephyr. According to its maker it is “the first unmanned aircraft of its kind to…

What’s next? AI is trained to tell whether you’re straight or gay

A few decades back Hitler and his cronies experienced with measuring human heads and determine who was worthy to live. A World War was fought to eradicate such researches, but now it seems that such scientific activities are back in full swing. In a paper called “Deep neural networks are more accurate than humans at…

AI might predict your choice before you make it

An artificial intelligence model was able to predict the choices of 20 humans by analysing their EEG brainwaves – according to Auckland University of Technology’s Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute. “20 participants were told to watch a video of different beverage logos. They recorded their brain data using an EEG headset. The recorded data then…

The hack-anything mouse & keyboard combo

Whatever system you are using, if it is having some sort of data input interface, an external power supply and potentially a connection to the net – it can be hacked. Period.     What I describe here is a simple method to circumvent most protective means, let these be software or hardware-based ones. It needs…

The CIA Recognized the need to fight technology

We reached a milestone of the digital society, some sort of an enlightenment, which is the recognition of the need to fight technology in order to survive.     A few days ago the Deputy Director of the CIA, Dawn Meyerriecks delivered a keynote address at the GEOINT2018 conference, claiming that advancements of the use of…

The ISO 27000 series mitigate threats – and create them as well

One of the main contemporary standards of how to conduct IT security is the ISO/IEC 27001 (the other widely spreading standards system being the PA-DSS / PCI-DSS). The current trend is that without such a certificate, only small players can stay on the market. It contains a number of well thought out approaches that are…

Do smartphones record all the conversations?

Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US Congress just recently sent letters to Apple and Google asking for clarification, because “actions raise questions about how Apple device users’ data is protected and when it is shared and compiled” and because “Google still permitted third parties to access the contents of users’ emails,…

China’s strategic AI is ‘immune to fear or favour’

Chinese scientists, diplomats and intelligence experts packed together a nice dataset out of cocktail-party gossip, diplomatic cables, intelligence collected by various means, directives, OSINT, etc. according to a source (and other sources citing this sole source). And once they had the dataset, they let their previously developed AI to train on this dataset and it…

Farewell to wiretaps – the lip reading AI is here

It seems that not a single day could pass without yet another method to surveil humans entering the fray. This time it is a lip-reading AI, that is allegedly “ outperform professional lip readers and the best AI to date” (there are some, like LipNet and of Watch, Attend, and Spell (WAS)). According to the…

Online porn: the largest dataset with the most benefits

A while back I met with a friend of mine who lamented the lack of usefulness on most machine learning experiments. Her train of thought was like “if you really want to show usefulness, you gotta make your AI trained on a real and meaningful dataset. But all you have is of dubious value. But…

Drone swarms are now officially a thing

The last decade saw the experiments and the fielding of various drones, large and small, armed and unarmed. There has been some ethical chitchat about the use of these, but without much echoing in the media. The drones that has been used lately to kill people (a.k.a. “neutralize high value targets”) were controlled by human…

Some are smarter than others: researchers call AI no other than alchemy

The artifical intelligence field, which is based on irreproducible machine learning caused quite a few sceptic remarks over the years, but this time some researchers finally started to speak some truth. The main problem that puts ML/AI outside of the rigid scientific boundaries is -“that researchers often can’t replicate their own results – and virtually…

Hanging the hangmen? Someone just leaked the secrets of WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks, a franchise which is built on receiving secrets from covered-up faced chaps and releasing it to the general public at times that are, well, right. Wikileaks has earned such a reputation, that Julian Assange still does not live in a Swedish prison but in an embassy building in London’s City. But recently it seems…

Taking over planes and ships via satellite comms

Ships and aircraft of civvie and military owners are often equipped with stellite communication systems, enabling the crew to send and receive messages or orders, and the Internet while traveling. It turns out some of these systems are deeply insecure and allow for attackers to access and interfere with communication and – if integrated –…

Enjoy your flight – while we analyse you

In yet another revelation, it appears that all passengers on domestic US flights are routinely tracked and analysed by facial and motion recognition systems. The program named ‘Quiet Skies’ is designed to help “thwarting threats to commercial aircraft posed by unknown or partially known terrorists”. The Transportation Security Administration, and the US Federal Air Marshal…

Spoofing facial recognition – the easy way

It is now widely discussed that faking media with FakeApp is pretty much possible. Some even calls it a grave danger to the security of nations. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Why? Because it is as easy to fool the surveillance systems as to make a revenge porn video, that’s why.    …

Oops! Amazon’s AI just identified 28 congressmen as convicted felons

In a bizarre experiment, the US human rights watchdog American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) built a dataset from 25.000 publicly available arrest mughsots and then matched these with the pictures of congressmen. And they were shocked to see that the ‘Rekognition’ app falsely identified 28 of them as being those on the arrest mugshots. The…

Facial recognition systems spread like wildfire: Vienna is on the list

Secunet, one of the leading contenders in the facial recognition business, just installed its second facial recognition system in an international airport, this time in Vienna, Austria (the other being in Keflavik, Iceland). The  Secunet EasyGate solution is – according to the manufacturer – a good-for-all stuff, precisely it is stated, that “The secunet easygate…

Now this: a heart implant provides evidence in a criminal case

It started as a usual criminal investigation in an aggravated arson and insurance fraud case, in which a suspect needed to be cleared. But then the authorities revealed that the chap is having a pacemaker, a heart implant. According to the news, “the police obtained the data from the suspect’s artificial heart implant and asked…

Good news: open-source hardware exists

Perhaps sometimes it seems that the shady news overweighting the better ones, but to entertain you with a bit of a hope into the future, here’s a brief rundown of what  hardwares are available for device builders nowadays. To check out the latest, you could pay a visit to the sites of the Open Source…

Military follows in tech giants’ footsteps to create brain-computer interfaces

Lately all players started to spend real money on brain-computer interfaces and mating of the two in some ways. Amongst them there is Neuralink of Elon Musk, the 100 million-dollars Kernel of Braintree, the works of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), and Facebook’s own Building 8 project. But the joint intelligence and military…

Facebook Sez: Gimme All Your Body!

We are trough a bumpy road with Facebook’s ethical standards when it comes to the privacy of its Users, with the Cambridge Analytica affair (where 87 million people had their personal information improperly given out by Facebook to Cambridge Analytica) being the one sounding the loudest. We are in the know now, that they used…

Swiss Bank Secrets : End Of

Sometime in the past two decade the developed countries decided to share a large amount of the financial informations of its residents. Buzzwords were anti-terror, crime, narcotics, corruption, etc. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries have committed to exchange bank data among themselves. As of now, the OECD Common Reporting Standard (CRS)…

Now We Have Remote-Controlled Contraceptive Implants

Reportedly noone else, but Bill Gates of Microsoft gave his approval to back a remote-controlled contraceptive implant. According to the news, “during a visit to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) lab, Gates and his colleagues asked Robert Langer, professor at MIT, whether it was possible to create birth control that a woman could turn off…