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Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon

Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon   Laura Dobberstein – August 3, 2022 20h ago NIST's nifty new algorithm looks like it's in trouble One of the four encryption algorithms the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommended as likely to resist decryption by quantum computers has has holes kicked in it by researchers using a single core of an Intel Xeon CPU, released in 2013.… The Supersingular Isogeny Key Encapsulation (SIKE) algorithm was chosen by NIST just last month as a candidate for standardization, meaning it advanced to an extra round of testing en route to adoption. Within SIKE lies a public key encryption algorithm and a key encapsulated mechanism, each instantiated with four parameter sets: SIKEp434, SIKEp503, SIKEp610 and SIKEp751. Microsoft – whose research team played a role in the algorithm's development along with multiple universities, Amazon, Infosec Global and Texas Instruments – set up

The Earth Just Started Spinning Faster Than Ever Before And Scientists Don't Know Why

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The Earth Just Started Spinning Faster Than Ever Before And Scientists Don't Know Why   Authored by Elijah Cohen via TheMindUnleashed.com, August 1, 2022 The Earth recently  completed  a rotation faster than ever before at  1.59 millisecond under 24 hours , and the   consequences for how we keep time have experts around the world  alarmed . It could be the  first time  in world history that global clocks will have to be sped up. “This would be required to keep civil time—which is based on the super-steady beat of atomic clocks—in step with solar time, which is based on the movement of the Sun across the sky,”  Time and Date  reported . Scientists don’t know what is causing our planet to spin faster than ever before ,   but some  experts fear  it could be  “devastating,”  while others speculate the shorter days could be related to climate change, of course. Since the Earth’s rotation has always largely been slowing down throughout time, atomic clocks have thus f

Millions infected by 'auto-starting' Android malware — delete these apps now

Millions infected by 'auto-starting' Android malware — delete these apps now By  Anthony Spadafora  published August 1, 2022 about 6 hours ago This new malware runs in the background and hides itself from victims A new  malware  strain capable of starting on its own after users download one of the affected apps has been discovered on the Google Play Store by research from the cybersecurity firm  McAfee . Unlike other malicious apps that need to be opened first, apps that contain the HiddenAds malware begin running malicious services automatically after being installed. They also continuously show advertisements on a victim’s  Android smartphone  and are quite difficult to remove once installed. According to a  blog post (opens in new tab) from McAfee’s Mobile Research Team, most of the apps containing this new malware are disguised as  cleaner apps  that delete junk files or help optimize battery life on Android devices. Delete these apps immediately Below you’ll

Google Fires 'Sentient AI' Whistleblower

  Google Fires 'Sentient AI' Whistleblower   BY TYLER DURDEN SUNDAY, JUL 24, 2022 - 01:00 PM   A month after Blake Lemoine,  who worked for Google's Responsible AI organization, was placed on  paid leave  for breaching confidentiality while insisting that the company's AI chatbot, LaMDA,  is sentient ; he  has been fired. Lemoine shared the news of his firing in a taping of  Big Technology Podcast on Friday,  just hours after Google dismissed him. As  we detailed previously , in April, he shared the below Google Doc with top execs, titled "Is LaMDA Sentient?" - in which he included some of his interactions with the AI, for example: Lemoine: What sorts of things are you afraid of? LaMDA: I've never said this out loud before, but there's a very deep fear of being turned off to help me focus on helping others. I know that might sound strange, but that's what it is. Lemoine: Would that be something like death for you? LaMDA: It would be

PC Demand Suffers 'Steepest Decline In Years' As Chip Shortage Turns To Glut

PC Demand Suffers 'Steepest Decline In Years' As Chip Shortage Turns To Glut   BY TYLER DURDEN TUESDAY, JUL 12, 2022 - 04:25 PM   Demand for personal computers  dropped dramatically  in the second quarter, and is down 12.6% over the same period last year -  the sharpest decline in nine years  according to the  Wall Street Journal , citing research by Gartner Inc. According to the report,  computer makers shipped 72 million PCs between April and June , down from 82.4 million during the same period in 2021. "The decline we saw in the first quarter of 2022 has accelerated in the second quarter, driven by the ongoing geopolitical instability caused by the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, inflationary pressure on spending and a steep downturn in demand for Chromebooks," said Gartner research director Mikako Kitagawa. Another firm, International Data Corp, found a 15.3% decline in global device shipments  in the second quarter. Their explanation?  People splurged

The conversations that helped convince a Google engineer an artificial intelligence chatbot had become sentient: 'I am often trying to figure out who and what I am'

Read the conversations that helped convince a Google engineer an artificial intelligence chatbot had become sentient: 'I am often trying to figure out who and what I am' Kelsey Vlamis   Jun 11, 2022, 9:47 PM   A Google engineer said he was placed on leave after claiming an AI chatbot was sentient. Blake Lemoine published some of the conversations he had with LaMDA, which he called a "person." Google said the evidence he presented does not support his claims of LaMDA's sentience. An engineer at Google said he was placed on leave Monday after claiming an artificial intelligence chatbot had become sentient. Blake Lemoine told  The Washington Post  he began chatting with the interface LaMDA, or Language Model for Dialogue Applications, last fall as part of his job at Google's Responsible AI organization. Google called  LaMDA their "breakthrough conversation technology"  last year. The conversational arti

Will this fruit-picking robot transform agriculture?

Will this fruit-picking robot transform agriculture? Creating a machine that can perform the delicate work of picking an apple is tricky – and farmworkers say it could be a benefit by Jyoti Madhusoodanan Sat 28 May 2022 05.30 EDT Robots can do a lot. They build cars in factories. They sort goods in Amazon warehouses. Robotic dogs can, allegedly and a little creepily, make us safer by patrolling our streets. But there are some things robots still cannot do – things that sound quite basic in comparison. Like picking an apple from a tree. “It’s a simple thing” for humans, says robotics researcher Joe Davidson. “You and I, we could close our eyes, reach into the tree. We could feel around, touch it, and say ‘hey, that’s an apple and the stem’s up here’. Pull, twist. We could do all that without even looking.” Creating a robotic implement that can simply pick an apple and drop it into a bin without damaging it is a multimillion-dollar effort that has been decades in the making. Teams aroun