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This Dystopian Device Warns You When AI Is Trying to Impersonate Actual Humans

This Dystopian Device Warns You When AI Is Trying to Impersonate Actual Humans AI is turning against itself.
PETER DOCKRILL 29 MAY 2017
Scared of a future where you can no longer discern if you're dealing with a human or a computer? A team of Australian researchers have come up with what they call the Anti-AI AI.
The wearable prototype device is designed to identify synthetic speech and alert the user that the voice they're listening doesn't belong to a flesh-and-blood individual. Developed as a proof of concept in just five days, the prototype makes use of a neural network powered by Google's Tensorflow machine learning software.
As artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technology rapidly evolve, we're facing an uncertain future where machines can seemingly do all sorts of things better than people can – from mastering games to working our jobs, and even making new, more powerful forms of AI.
While the gravest concerns envision a future dystopia where unregula…

Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach

Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach
By Lisa Baertlein Fri May 26, 2017 | 9:03pm EDT
Hackers used malware to steal customer payment data from most of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's (CMG.N) restaurants over a span of three weeks, the company said on Friday, adding to woes at the chain whose sales had just started recovering from a string of food safety lapses in 2015.
Chipotle said it did not know how many payment cards or customers were affected by the breach that struck most of its roughly 2,250 restaurants for varying amounts of time between March 24 and April 18, spokesman Chris Arnold said via email.
A handful of Canadian restaurants were also hit in the breach, which the company first disclosed on April 25.
Stolen data included account numbers and internal verification codes. The malware has since been removed.
The information could be used to drain debit card-linked bank accounts, make "clone" credit cards, or to buy items on certain less-secure…

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens
BY TIM JOHNSON MAY 26, 2017 6:37 PM
U.S. intelligence agencies conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens over a five-year period, a practice that earned them a sharp rebuke from a secret court that called the matter a “very serious” constitutional issue.
The criticism is in a lengthy secret ruling that lays bare some of the frictions between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and U.S. intelligence agencies obligated to obtain the court’s approval for surveillance activities.
The ruling, dated April 26 and bearing the label “top secret,” was obtained and published Thursday by the news site Circa.
It is rare that such rulings see the light of day, and the lengthy unraveling of issues in the 99-page document opens a window on how the secret federal court oversees surveillance activities and seeks to curtail those that it deems overstep legal authority.
The document, signed by Judge Rosemary M. C…

Acquisitions accelerate as tech giants seek to build AI smarts

Acquisitions accelerate as tech giants seek to build AI smarts
By Julia Love | SAN FRANCISCO Fri May 26, 2017 | 3:26pm EDT
A total of 34 artificial intelligence startups were acquired in the first quarter of this year, more than twice the amount of activity in the year-ago quarter, according to the research firm CB Insights.
Tech giants seeking to reinforce their leads in artificial intelligence or make up for lost ground have been the most aggressive buyers. Alphabet Inc's Google has acquired 11 AI startups since 2012, the most of any firm, followed by Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and Intel Corp, respectively, according to CB Insights.
The companies declined to comment on their acquisition strategies. A spokesman for Apple did confirm the company's recent purchase of Lattice Data, a startup that specializes in working with unstructured data.
The first quarter also saw one of the largest deals to date as Ford Motor Co invested $1 billion in Argo AI, founded by former executives on…

Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms
By Dustin Volz | WASHINGTON Fri May 26, 2017 | 11:56am EDT
Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency.
The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them.
Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.
"We are writing to express our support for re…

'Bot Dylan' AI writes its own catchy folk songs after studying 23,000 tunes

The future of music: 'Bot Dylan' AI writes its own catchy folk songs after studying 23,000 tunes
Computer composes new tunes after being trained on 23,000 Irish folk songs This allowed AI to learn the patterns and structures that make for a catchy tune So far it has created over 100,000 new machine 'folk tunes', researchers say It marks a significant step forward for the capabilities of artificial intelligence
By RICHARD GRAY FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 05:01 EDT, 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:02 EDT, 26 May 2017
Researchers have created a 'Bot Dylan' computer that is capable of writing its own folk music.
The system uses artificial intelligence to compose new tunes after it was trained using 23,000 pieces of Irish folk music.
This allowed the machine to learn the patterns and structures that make for a catchy tune before it created its own pieces of music that we showcased at a concert in London this week.
It marks a significant step forward for the capabilities o…

Disney CEO Bob Iger: Hacker Threat About Stolen Movie Was a Hoax

Disney CEO Bob Iger: Hacker Threat About Stolen Movie Was a Hoax
By Todd Spangler MAY 25, 2017 | 01:57PM PT
Disney chief Bob Iger confirmed the company received a threat from cybercriminals who claimed to have stolen the digital copy of a movie — but that the studio believes the claims were false.
“To our knowledge we were not hacked,” Iger said in an interview with Yahoo Finance published Thursday. “We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required.”
Iger added, “We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened.”
According to some reports, the movie in question was Johnny Depp-starrer “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” But piracy-news site TorrentFreak, citing an email exchange with someone purporting to be behind the extortion attempt, reported that the hackers told Disney they stole an incomplete cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The unid…

10 percent of Americans trading in a car plan to use Uber and Lyft instead of buying a new one

10 percent of Americans trading in a car plan to use Uber and Lyft instead of buying a new one
Mike Coppola May 25, 2017
Wally Nowinski got his first car when he turned 16 in Michigan, the home of the U.S. auto industry. But after two years of living in New York City, he sold his wheels, using ride services, carsharing and bike sharing to get around.
"My mom didn't think I could do it. She thought I would buy a new car in six months," he said. But that was more than a year ago, and his car budget of $820 per month fell to $250 for carsharing and ride services last year. "I take Uber like pretty frivolously," he said.
Nowinski, 32, is not alone.
Nearly a quarter of American adults sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Thursday, with most getting another car. But 9 percent of that group turned to ride services like Lyft Inc and Uber Technologies Inc as their main way to get around.
About the sam…

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring universal basic income during his Harvard Commencement Speech

Mark Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just wrapped up his Harvard Commencement speech
Zuckerberg touched on America's economics, health care system and the need to "modernize democracy"
Zuckerberg also called for universal basic income, echoing other elite members of Silicon Valley
Todd Haselton May 25, 2017 1 Hour Ago
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.
Zuckerberg's comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator.
"Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract," Zuckerberg said during his speech. "We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a ro…

Hackers are hiding computer viruses in film subtitles, security experts warn

Hackers are hiding computer viruses in film subtitles, security experts warn
By James Titcomb 25 MAY 2017 • 8:55AM
Hackers can hide computer viruses in online video subtitles and use them to take control of computers, security experts have warned.
The attacks are embedded within the subtitle files that accompany many illegally downloaded films, and easily bypass security software and antivirus programs designed to keep computers safe.
Check Point, the security group that discovered the flaw, said millions of people who use video software including to stream or play films and TV shows on computers could be at risk.
They warned that the attack lets hackers take "complete control" over any type of device using the software, including smart TVs. It identified four programs - VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time and Stremio - but said there could be more.
"We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this…

Amazon Opens Grocery Pickup Kiosks to Rival Wal-Mart

Amazon Opens Grocery Pickup Kiosks to Rival Wal-Mart
by Spencer Soper May 25, 2017, 8:30 AM PDT May 25, 2017, 9:45 AM PDT
Amazon.com Inc. opened two grocery pickup kiosks in Seattle, part of its latest effort to enter the $800 billion grocery market and compete with “click and collect” shopping options from big box competitors like Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
The “AmazonFresh Pickup” spots let shoppers buy groceries online and pick them up in as little as 15 minutes rather than having them delivered to their homes. The service is open to Amazon Prime members who pay $99 a year for delivery discounts and video and music streaming. Each location has parking spaces beneath canopies similar to those seen at gas stations.
Grocery sales have been slow to shift online, unlike books and electronics, leaving Amazon at a disadvantage to competitors like Wal-Mart, Target Corp. and supermarket chain Kroger Co. Amazon is experimenting with brick-and-mortar concepts to get a toehold in grocery sales whil…

Reality Check: What Does, and Doesn’t, Protect Your Smartphone

Reality Check: What Does, and Doesn’t, Protect Your Smartphone
By BRIAN X. CHEN MAY 24, 2017
Once you get a smartphone, what’s the first thing you might want to go along with the device? For many people, it’s probably a case.
That’s because carrying a smartphone without a case is like driving a car without bumpers — and no one wants a new gadget to shatter, crack or get dented. Spending on mobile phone accessories is expected to reach $107.3 billion by 2022, according to Allied Market Research, up from about $61 billion in 2014. Protective cases are the hottest sellers in the category.
Yet here’s the truth about those accessories: Some products that purport to protect your smartphones are useless. It’s unclear, for one, whether a screen protector — a thin plastic or glass film for your phone display — actually prevents glass from shattering upon impact. Sales clerks at cellphone stores also often pressure people into purchasing expensive extended warranty plans for their devices, man…

In Modern Cyber War, the Spies Can Become Targets, Too

In Modern Cyber War, the Spies Can Become Targets, Too
Former intelligence officials fear hackers are taking a new tack: exposing the identities of the NSA computer-hacking team
By Robert McMillan and  Shane Harris May 24, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET
The mysterious hacking group that supplied a critical component of the WannaCry “ransomware” software attack that spread across the globe in mid-May has been releasing alleged National Security Agency secrets for the past eight months.
Former intelligence officials now fear that the hackers, who go by the name Shadow Brokers, are taking a new tack: exposing the identities of the NSA’s computer-hacking team. That potentially could subject these government experts to charges when traveling abroad.
The Shadow Brokers on April 14 posted on a Russian computer file-sharing site what they said were NSA files containing previously unknown attack tools and details of an alleged NSA hack affecting Middle Eastern and Panamanian financial institutions.
But so…

Robo-Advisers Battle Wall Street for Rich Investors

Robo-Advisers Battle Wall Street for Rich Investors
Betterment wants to stake a claim on the wealthy before big banks do.
by Julie Verhage May 24, 2017, 5:30 AM PDT May 24, 2017, 5:32 AM PDT
Citigroup Inc. doesn’t think its richer customers will drop their high-priced money managers in favor of automated investing, but Betterment LLC is betting it can prove the big bank wrong.
The robo-adviser—the largest among independent digital advice startups that popped up after the 2008 financial collapse—has overhauled its entire brand. The shift in marketing and advertising strategy is aimed at attracting more affluent customers just now becoming aware of the option. It’s also not a coincidence that Betterment’s pivot comes as more traditional players such as Vanguard Group Inc., Charles Schwab Corp., and even JPMorgan Chase & Co. are starting to use more technology when offering investment advice.
In other words, the robo-adviser pie is about to expand, and Betterment wants to make sure …

How Facebook flouts Holocaust denial laws except where it fears being sued

How Facebook flouts Holocaust denial laws except where it fears being sued
Leaked guidelines for moderators also reveal refugees are not protected by hate speech rules because they are a ‘hot topic’
Facebook says it ‘does not welcome local law that stands as an obstacle to an open and connected world’. Composite: Getty Images
By Nick Hopkins Wednesday 24 May 2017 01.00 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 24 May 2017 06.20 EDT
Facebook’s policies on Holocaust denial will come under fresh scrutiny following the leak of documents that show moderators are being told not to remove this content in most of the countries where it is illegal.
The files explain that moderators should take down Holocaust denial material in only four of the 14 countries where it is outlawed, if reported.
One document says the company “does not welcome local law that stands as an obstacle to an open and connected world” and will only consider blocking or hiding Holocaust denial messages and photographs if “we face the…

Comcast accused of trying to censor anti-Comcast site

Comcast accused of trying to censor anti-Comcast site
The cable giant accuses pro-net neutrality site Comcastroturf of trademark infringement. Internet
by Steven Musil May 23, 2017 7:02 PM PDT
A digital rights advocacy group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after launching a website that is organizing an investigation into allegedly fake anti-net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC.
Fight for the Future, which operates Comcastroturf.com, accused the cable giant of censorship on Tuesday after receiving a cease and desist letter that said the group was infringing on its trademark. The letter, sent by LookingGlass Cyber Security Center, demanded the Comcastroturf domain name be reassigned to Comcast because it violates the law by using a domain name that is "identical or confusingly similar to someone else's trademark.
"Our client, however, is prepared to resolve this matter amicably and without pursuing its claims for damages, but only if you immediately com…

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years
by John Solomon and Sara Carter May 23, 2017
The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.
More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.
The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Tr…