Today’s Tech Sightings:
The rapidly-evolving field of artificial intelligence (AI) has raised concern either because of fears that robots will take over jobs or because of uncertainty about ethics and best practices, among other issues. The new nonprofit alliance includes Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM, in addition to AI research groups. The goal is to educate the public about artificial intelligence as it continues to pervade everyday life and to facilitate collaboration on best practices with experts from other fields, such as philosophers and ethicists.
IBM’s neuromorphic chips, called TrueNorth, imitate the structure of the human brain in that they have a million computer neurons working in parallel across 256 million inter-neuron connections. Existing chips use billions of transistors all in a line to process data, but the new generation of processors allows for faster and more efficient computing.
Researchers at Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox internet browser, say Chinese firm WoSign has been issuing weak security certificates to people who shouldn’t have them and backdating them to get around security protocols. The web certificates in question are those that make a lock appear next to a website address, implying that the site is secure for sensitive data traffic.
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- White House/NCSA Launch ‘Lock Down Your Login’ Awareness Campaign
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- Google AI Gives More Context to Chinese-to-English Translations
- Report: Apple’s Messaging System Logs Contact Information
- Chinese Media, Government Confirm Apple Research Center in Beijing Tech Corridor
- New ‘Hyperelastic’ Material Could Let Doctors 3-D-print Implants on Demand
- All Twitter Users Can Now Create Moments
- Dutch Take Pokemon GO Makers to Court as Gamers Flood Protected Beaches