Today’s Tech Sightings:
AlphaGo, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) program, won a second round in the ancient Chinese board game Go against grandmaster Lee Sedol. No machine has ever beaten humans at Go, a complex strategy game where players vie for more ground. AlphaGo needs only one more victory to claim the tournament.
Google’s AlphaGo program is only one part of the company’s artificial intelligence efforts. The company’s DeepMind division, which has been developing a neural network to emulate – and exceed – human learning, has ambitious plans for the future that could go beyond board games to medicine and healthcare.
A new report from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro warns that hack attacks increasingly targeting businesses could ultimately lead to injuries and perhaps fatalities. The company’s Annual Security Roundup report cites autonomous cars as an example. Hackers could potentially take command of driverless cars in the middle of traffic, thereby endangering public safety.
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- AI App Uses Social Media to Spot Public Health Outbreaks
- France Votes to Penalize Companies for Refusing to Decrypt Devices, Messages
- Locky Ransomware Activity Ticks Up
- What You Need to Know About Encryption on Your Phone
- Google Fixes Severe Vulnerabilities in Chrome Browser Update
- The Strange Love-hate Relationship Between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
- iMom Is the Perfect Robot Nanny – Unless She Malfunctions