Announcing VentureBeat's 'AI and Security' special issue

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Today we're launching the second of a series of special issues, "AI and security." It's a package of articles that explores a central topic from a variety of angles, with voices from industry, academia, and our newsroom.

Cybersecurity is a battlefield, and AI is creating new fronts in that war, with new weapons and means of defense. There's a great deal of fear caused by the gravity and seemingly intractable technology around both cybersecurity and AI, but the reality is less dire and more nuanced. In this special issue, we took a less charged approach to the subject, pulling from dozens of interviews with vendors and researchers to understand what's really going on with AI and security and how we should think about it.

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Talek: A private messaging system that hides message contents and user communication patterns

The experimental observation of echoes in a single molecule

Deep reservoirs of 'sleeper' viruses are roadblocks to HIV cure

Cannabis use consistently leads to increase in susceptibility to false memories

Double nuclei in the galaxy IC 676 investigated by researchers

Study reveals details of 'golf ball asteroid'

How some mammals pause their pregnancies

Atom or noise? New method helps cryo-EM researchers tell the difference

Combining viral genomics and public health data revealed new details about mumps outbreaks

A happy partner leads to a healthier future

Adapting to climate change: We're doing it wrong

New method offers more stable, efficient electrocatalytic reactions

Cyclist and driver middle-finger wars: Enter the emoji jacket

Using sound and light to generate ultra-fast data transfer

Artificial atoms create stable qubits for quantum computing

Physics news

The experimental observation of echoes in a single molecule

Echoes, sounds that are repeated or reverberate as a result of waves reflected back to the listener, occur in several physical systems. In physics research, echoes are typically used to eliminate the effects of dephasing caused by a system's interactions with the environment, as well as to unveil the inherent properties of certain objects.

Using sound and light to generate ultra-fast data transfer

Researchers have made a breakthrough in the control of terahertz quantum cascade lasers, which could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second—around one thousand times quicker than a fast Ethernet operating at 100 megabits a second.

Artificial atoms create stable qubits for quantum computing

Quantum engineers from UNSW Sydney have created artificial atoms in silicon chips that offer improved stability for quantum computing.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosis improved by simple accelerometers

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common type of muscular dystrophy, affecting more than 10,000 males at birth per year in the United States with severe physical disability, chronic wasting and muscle deterioration.

Simulations show effects of buoyancy on drift in Florida Current

Acquiring a better understanding for how objects drift in the ocean has importance for a wide range of uses, like tracking algae, predicting the locations of wreckage and debris and better focusing how to clean up ocean litter. Most ways researchers model such movements have largely been put together piece by piece and lack a systematic approach. One new effort looks to provide a clearer alternative.

Astronomy & Space news

Double nuclei in the galaxy IC 676 investigated by researchers

Chinese astronomers have carried out spectroscopic observations of the lenticular galaxy IC 676. Results of these observations provide more insights into the nature of the galaxy's double nuclei. The study was detailed in a paper published January 31 on the arXiv pre-print repository.

Study reveals details of 'golf ball asteroid'

Asteroids come in all shapes and sizes, and now astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have observed an asteroid so heavily cratered that they are dubbing it the "golf ball asteroid."

Technology news

Talek: A private messaging system that hides message contents and user communication patterns

Encrypted messaging services, which prevent cyberattackers from reading the contents of messages exchanged by their users, have become increasingly popular over the past decade or so. While these services hide message content, malicious users can often use the network metadata to infer other information, such as the identity of users exchanging messages, when they are communicating, where their messages are sent, and how much data is transferred between them.

Cyclist and driver middle-finger wars: Enter the emoji jacket

Think Europe, think bicycles, as adults of all ages off to work or daily errands are on the road shared with automobiles. In 2020, bikes have become even more popular as environmental concerns have led to governments eager to promote clean air.

Computer scientists design a tool to identify the source of errors caused by software updates

We've all shared the frustration—software updates that are intended to make our applications run faster inadvertently end up doing just the opposite. These bugs, dubbed in the computer science field as performance regressions, are time-consuming to fix since locating software errors normally requires substantial human intervention.

Samsung unveils its new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung on Tuesday unveiled a new foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, its second attempt to sell consumers on phones with bendable screens and clamshell designs.

The curious case of OpenBazaar

A year after the infamous Silk Road darknet marketplace was shut down by the FBI in 2013 for facilitating the sales of all things from guns to cocaine, a group of programmers developed a new darknet market, aptly naming it "DarkMarket." Shortly after its launch, DarkMarket rebranded itself with a more innocuous name, "OpenBazaar."

UK approves high-speed railway despite soaring cost

Britain said Tuesday it will begin full construction work on its new high-speed railway line in April following years of delays, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the project despite soaring costs.

Google HR chief stepping aside as worker activism rises

Google on Monday confirmed that head of human resources Eileen Naughton was stepping away from her job as "vice president of people operations" at the internet company.

737 MAX test flight not yet scheduled: FAA

A certification flight for Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft is not yet scheduled as there are still a few "issues to resolve", a top US air safety regulator said Tuesday.

Inside the mind of a hacker: Psychological profiles of cybercriminals

Whether cracking digital security for good or ill, hackers tend to be people who are manipulative, deceitful, exploitative, cynical and insensitive, according to research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

Electricity's past and future in America

As Americans integrate renewable energy resources into the nation's power supply, a new research paper from the Baker Institute for Public Policy reviews how the country's electrical system developed and says that an understanding of its past can offer insights about its future.

Go local: How to keep the power on when disaster hits

Bushfires, storms and floods regularly leave thousands of Australian homes and businesses without power.

T-Mobile, Sprint near finish line for wireless megadeal

T-Mobile and Sprint said Tuesday they were taking the final steps to complete a tie-up that reshapes the US wireless industry after a federal court turned aside an antitrust challenge.

Deep learning can fool listeners by imitating any guitar amplifier

A study from the Aalto Acoustics Lab demonstrates that digital simulations of guitar amplifiers can sound just like the real thing. The implications are that as the software models continue to improve, they can replace traditional analogue guitar amplifiers, which are bulky, fragile and expensive.

Social robots teach cybersafety to elementary students

Fifth graders from The College School on the University of Delaware's Newark campus recently learned important lessons about safeguarding information online from an unusual teacher—Zenbo, the social robot.

London police deploy face scan tech, stirring privacy fears

London police started using facial recognition cameras on Tuesday to automatically scan for wanted people, as authorities adopt the technology that has raised concerns about increased surveillance and erosion of privacy.

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh US review

A US regulatory agency said Tuesday it would review acquisitions made by five Big Tech firms over the past decade—opening the door to a wave of potential antitrust investigations.

Boeing reports no new jet orders in January

Boeing reported Tuesday no new plane orders in January and a drop in jet deliveries as the protracted grounding of the 737 MAX continued to weigh on the company.

Daimler profits plunge in 2019 on 'dieselgate' costs

Daimler chief executive Ola Kallenius suffered a grim first year in 2019 as profits tumbled at Mercedes-Benz's parent company due to billions in costs from the "dieselgate" scandal, and thousands of job cuts now lie ahead.

Intel, Vivo latest to drop out of tech show over virus fears

U.S. chip maker Intel and Chinese smartphone maker Vivo are among the latest companies to pull out of a major European technology fair over virus worries.

Artificial intelligence for machine tool maintenance

In mechanical engineering, maintaining and replacing defective components timely in machine tools is an important part of the manufacturing process. In the case of ball screw drives, such as those used in lathes to precisely guide the production of cylindrical components, wear has until now been determined manually.

Man killed in Tesla crash had complained about Autopilot

An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X hit a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway had complained before his death that the SUV's Autopilot system would malfunction in the area where the crash happened.


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