A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging from computer security to stock trading. If the technique works in those areas, it could create new opportunities but also displace some workers. Deep learning, as the technique is known, involves applying layers of calculations to data, such as sound or images, to recognize key features and similarities. It offers a powerful way for machines to recognize similarities that would normally be abstruse to a computer: the same face seen from different angles, for instance, or a word spoken in different accents (see "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013: Deep Learning"). The mathematical principles that underlie deep learning are relatively simple, but when combined with huge quantities of training data and computer systems capable of powerful parallel computations, the technique has resulted in dramatic progress in recent years, especially in voice and image recognition.
Massachusetts General Hospital is buying into deep learning artificial intelligence, and it will use Nvidia's new DGX-1 deep-learning supercomputer that was announced today. Nvidia is partnering with the MGH Clinical Data Science Center, which wants to advance health care with AI to improve the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases. "Deep learning is revolutionizing a wide range of scientific fields," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, at the company's GPUTech event in San Jose, California, today. "There could be no more important application of this new capability than improving patient care. Massachusetts General Hospital runs the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, and is the top-ranked hospital on this year's U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" list.
There was a devastating security flaw in the OpenSSL implementation of the SSL / TLS protocol (CVE-2014-0160). The vulnerability occurs in what is known as the heartbeat extension to this protocol, and it specifically impacts version 1.0.1 and beta versions of 1.0.2 of OpenSSL. Even though OpenSSL is just one implementation of the SSL / TLS protocol, it is the most widely deployed implementation.
Members of the hacker collective known as Crackas With Attitude are heading straight to a courthouse. Two members of the group, Andrew Boggs and Justin Liverman (known online as Incursio and D3f4ult, respectively), have been arrested, the FBI says. Three other members located in the UK are being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). SEE ALSO: Hacker breaches CIA director's email, threatens to hack Trump and Clinton Boggs, 22, from North Wilkesboro, NC, and Liverman, 24, from Morehead City, NC, were arrested Thursday "on charges related to their alleged roles in the computer hacking of several senior U.S. government officials and U.S. government computer systems," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Between October 2015 and February 2016, the group used "social engineering" hacking techniques including victim impersonation, the related affidavit says, to gain access to the personal online accounts of senior U.S. government officials and their families.