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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

It is now possible to do facial recognition – in the darkness.

A team of researchers of the US Army “have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person’s face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions” – according to news widely circulating on the Web. The claim is based on a peer-reviewed technical paper…