By Dina Bass Bloomberg Thu., Jan. 3, 2019 Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, the admin wasn’t on vacation. A hacker had broken in. Microsoft quickly alerted its customer, and the attack was foiled before the intruder got too far. Chalk one up to a new generation of artificially intelligent software that adapts to hackers’ constantly evolving tactics. Microsoft, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Amazon.com Inc. and various startups are moving away from solely using older “rules-based” technology designed to respond to specific kinds of intrusion and deploying machine-learning algorithms that crunch massive amounts of data on logins, behaviour and previous attacks to ferret out and stop hackers. “Machine learning is a very … [Read more...] about Artificial Intelligence Vs. The Hackers . . .
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Seth Shostak, SETI Updated 4:52 pm PST, Monday, December 17, 2018 Photo: Seth Shostak Photo: Seth Shostak Image 1 of / 45 Caption Close Image 1 of 45 Photo: Seth Shostak Don't rule out alien intelligence in UFO sightings, says scientist 1 / 45 Back to Gallery Is Earth being visited by space aliens? A lot of people think so, although few of them are scientists. Professional researchers are not easily persuaded by eyewitness testimony, blobby photos, or claims that evidence for itinerant aliens has been stashed away by a paranoid government. Put more succinctly, academia doesn’t give a whole lot of credence to the incessant claims that some of the thousands of UFOs sighted … [Read more...] about Don’t rule out alien intelligence in UFO sightings, says scientist
Five years ago, the coders at DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence company, watched excitedly as an AI taught itself to play a classic arcade game. They’d used the hot technique of the day, deep learning, on a seemingly whimsical task: mastering Breakout,1 the Atari game in which you bounce a ball at a wall of bricks, trying to make each one vanish. 1 Steve Jobs was working at Atari when he was commissioned to create 1976’s Breakout, a job no other engineer wanted. He roped his friend Steve Wozniak, then at Hewlett-Packard, into helping him. Deep learning is self-education for machines; you feed an AI huge amounts of data, and eventually it begins to discern patterns all by itself. In this case, the data was the activity on the screen—blocky pixels representing the bricks, the ball, and the player’s paddle. The DeepMind AI, a so-called neural network made up of layered algorithms, wasn’t programmed with any knowledge about how Breakout … [Read more...] about How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense
A neural network named "Norman" is disturbingly different from other types of artificial intelligence (AI). Housed at MIT Media Lab, a research laboratory that investigates AI and machine learning, Norman's computer brain was allegedly warped by exposure to "the darkest corners of Reddit" during its early training, leaving the AI with "chronic hallucinatory disorder," according to a description published April 1 (yes, April Fools' Day) on the project's website. MIT Media Lab representatives described the presence of "something fundamentally evil in Norman's architecture that makes his re-training impossible," adding that not even exposure to holograms of cute kittens was enough to reverse whatever damage its computer brain suffered in the bowels of Reddit. [5 Intriguing Uses for Artificial Intelligence (That Aren't Killer Robots)] This outlandish story is clearly a prank, but Norman itself is real. The AI has learned to respond with violent, gruesome scenarios when … [Read more...] about Meet ‘Norman,’ the Darkest, Most Disturbed AI the World Has Ever See
If you’re tired of asking you Amazon Echo speaker's Alexa voice assistant for boring stuff, like what the time is or how long to cook an egg, it’s time to scrub up on the Easter eggs that she’s been hiding all this time. No, not real life Easter eggs of the chocolate variety, but the secret commands and inside jokes you can ask her to get a reply that’s sometimes informative, often laugh out loud funny or at times just downright dismissive. I mean, what did you really expect her to say when you asked her out on a date? Or whether Siri is better than her? Mind your manners!From classic Star Trek lines and memes to getting to know Alexa a bit better, here are some of our favorite old and new Alexa Easter eggs for Amazon Echo or Echo Dot owners to feast on.Just a quick note before we continue - we decided not to include Alexa’s responses to these fun questions, because we didn’t want to spoil the fun of you hearing them for yourselves. Enjoy!Easter … [Read more...] about 80 Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Fun tips and tricks for your Echo speaker