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Singularity University Summit Europe 2013

Dates: Nov 15 – 16, 2013; Location: Budapest, Hungary Join technology experts, global CEOs, CTOs and Chief Strategists at the first Singularity University (SU) European Summit on Exponential Technologies 2013 is the year that Singularity University will expand its presence abroad. In November of this year, SU will launch the Summit Europe, bringing together thought leaders and high […]

Take back the Internet – by Bruce Schneier

September 17, 2013 by Bruce Schneier Bruce Schneier (credit: Geoffrey Stone) Government and industry have betrayed the Internet, and us. By subverting the Internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our Internet infrastructure, the companies that […]

Cheap spying tool with a high creepy factor

With a handful of plastic boxes and over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters and a USB hub, Brendan O’Connor, a security researcher, was able to monitor all the wireless traffic emitted by nearby wireless devices (credit: Brendan O’Connor) How easy would it be to monitor the movement of everyone on the street by a private citizen […]

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the Internet’

NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches of emails, social media activity, and browsing history A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals — its “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence from the […]

Detecting DNA in space

Gene-sequencing chip can survive space radiation on Mars, MIT scientist finds Is there DNA on Mars? (credit: NASA) If there is life on Mars, it’s not too farfetched to believe that such Martian species may share genetic roots with life on Earth, based on RNA or DNA. That’s because more than 3.5 billion years ago, […]

Introducing ATLAS, DARPA’s most advanced robot

Let’s get ready to rescue DARPA’s Atlas robot. You got a problem with that? Talk to the (four) hands. (Credit: DARPA) He stands at 6′ 2, 330 pounds. His name: ATLAS — possibly the most advanced humanoid robot every built. Move over Petman. The mighty ATLAS, Boston Dynamics‘ new robot, sports an on-board real-time control computer, 28 hydraulically actuated […]

Wi-Fi signal used to track moving humans — even behind walls

Tracking human motion with Wi-Vi. Left: traces for one human; center: for two humans; and right: for three humans moving behind the wall of a closed room. (Credit: Fadel Adib and Dina Katabi) ‘Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.are developing a system called “Wi-Vi” that transmits a low-power Wi-Fi signal and uses its reflections to track […]

Fear of thinking war machines may push US to exascale

Tianhe 2 (credit: National University of Defense Technology, China) China’s retaking of the global supercomputing crown was discussed at a congressional forum this week on cognitive computing, Computerworld reports. Unlike China and Europe, the U.S. has yet to adopt and fund an exascale development program. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), who talked about China’s new 33.89-petaflop system, Tianhe-2, is finalizing a […]

Edward Snowden: NSA whistleblower answers reader questions

Edward Snowden took readers’ questions on why he revealed the NSA’s top-secret surveillance of U.S. citizens, the international storm that has ensued, and the uncertain future he now faces, The Guardian reports. [A few  excerpts — Editor.] Q: Some skepticism exists about certain of your claims, including this: “I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities […]

Google calls for greater transparency and challenges surveillance gag order

Google has called on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Tuesday to relax its gag order on tech companies targeted in U.S. security investigations, The Guardian reports. The legal filing cites the first amendment’s guarantee of free speech and follows on from a letter to attorney general Eric Holder asking for permission to disclose the number of requests Google […]