Tag Archives: Web

IBM to announce low-cost, more-powerful cloud-based Watson

] IBM Watson (credit: IBM) On Thursday, IBM will announce that Watson will be available to companies, academics and individual software developers as a cloud product that is “more than twice as powerful via the Internet … and at a small fraction of the previous cost,” The New York Times revealed Wednesday. In October,  IBM announced that “organizations gaining competitive […]

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 […]

Minority Report-style pre-crime prediction using Twitter data: possible?

Retweet graph of Project X dataset (snapshot at 2012-09-26 04:32:15). (credit: Marijn ten Thij/University o Twente) It’s the year 2054, where “PreCrime,” a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs.” That’s the premise of the Minority Report film. Now University of Twente (UT) mathematics student Marijn ten Thij* has developed a mathematical model that he says […]

First Google Glass use for real-time location of where multiple viewers are looking

“What you are seeing here is the first use of Google glass and another device — an Android phone in this case — for real-time focus between multiple users,” CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher explained to KurzweilAI in an exclusive interview. Left: two users (red dots) are looking at the Transamerica building (“22″) in San Francisco. Their intersecting lines of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pentagon aircraft, missile defense programs target of China cyber threat

(Credit: iStockphoto) New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on U.S. leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches, The Washington Post reports. The disclosure, which was included in a Defense Science Board report released […]

Warrior Web to augment soldiers’ endurance

A Soldier carries a 61-pound load while walking in a prototype Warrior Web system during an independent evaluation by the U.S. Army. (credit: DARPA) DARPA‘s Warrior Web program seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain. DARPA envisions Warrior […]

How the Internet amplifies irrational group behavior

Social network graph (credit: DarwinPeacock/Wikimedia Commons) New research from the University of Copenhagen combines formal philosophy, social psychology, and decision theory to understand and tackle these phenomena. “Group behavior that encourages us to make decisions based on false beliefs has always existed. However, with the advent of the Internet and social media, this kind of behavior is more […]

Expanding beyond 3D printed guns

3D printed gun (credit: DEFCAD) At a panel discussion at SXSW Monday, Defense Distributed (DEFCAD) founder Cody Wilson unveiled that DEFCAD is working on plans to expand its efforts beyond just firearms to any controversial object users feel like uploading, including grenades and patented ones,VentureBeat reports. Cody: Can 3D printing be subversive? If it can, it will be because it […]