How AI adds new horizons to cybersecurity


From improving customer service to automating work processes and providing predictive analysis, artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the way organisations operate. AI is also bringing significant advantage to cybersecurity in uncovering vulnerabilities and responding to threats. Security correspondent Daniel Bardsley speaks to Paul O'Brien, Director of AI, Service, Security and Operations Lab Applied Research, BT Technology and Professor Nader Azarmi, Emirates ICT Innovation Centre (EBTIC) director and head of BT Global Research Centres to discuss how advancements in AI spells the future of security in the Middle East. There is no shortage of money being invested in cybersecurity research as the threats from attackers appear to grow. Microsoft, for example, spends more than $1 billion annually in cybersecurity research and development, with the firm having said that the amount is increasing as activity migrates to the cloud.

HHS awards $49m contract to Ernst & Young LLP for IAAI products and services


Ernst & Young LLP (EY) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $49 million IDIQ (indefinite delivery indefinite quantity) contract vehicle to the EY US Government & Public Sector practice for intelligent automation and artificial intelligence (IAAI) products and services. The Health and Human Services Program Support Center is managing a government-wide contract vehicle for IAAI services. The intent of the vehicle is to promote innovation in this space through funding support for rapid prototyping and proof of concepts leveraging robotic process automation, natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and blockchain. "We're honored we've been selected and are presented with the opportunity to share our IAAI capabilities to help HHS and other agencies transform their operations," said Mike Herrinton, Partner and US Government & Public Sector Leader at Ernst & Young LLP. "EY implements digital solutions with modern technologies that can help agencies unlock the potential of their data and assets, and change the way customers interact with the government."

How AI and Machine Learning Can Help With Governmental Cybersecurity Strategies


An ever-present threat to any given country's national security is that of cybersecurity. There are always hackers that want to use technology for malicious purposes, not to say the long list of adversaries that a country can pile up along the years. That's so as what it is at stake is millions of sensible data from citizens, companies, directories, senior officers and members of the government, state's information and more. Unfortunately, not all Governments take this peril as seriously as they should, and the efforts towards creating cyber-defense strategies – in most countries – lack budget, personnel and even real, field knowledge. Before this absence of real policies, Artificial Intelligence might be well seen as a good starting point where to build the walls that keep out any possible threats.

Not going anywhere: How to handle the world's growing trash problem

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SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR - The stench of curdled milk wafted from a shipping container of waste at Malaysia's Port Klang as Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin told a group of journalists in May she would send the maggot-infested rubbish back where it came from. Yeo was voicing a concern that has spread across Southeast Asia, fueling a media storm over the dumping of rich countries' unwanted waste. About 5.8 million tons of trash was exported between January and November last year, led by shipments from the U.S., Japan and Germany, according to Greenpeace. Now governments across Asia are saying no to the imports, which for decades fed mills that recycled waste plastic. As more and more waste came, the importing countries faced a mounting problem of how to deal with tainted garbage that couldn't be easily recycled.

Alan Turing, Computing Genius And WWII Hero, To Be On U.K.'s New 50-Pound Note

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The Bank of England's new 50-pound note will feature mathematician Alan Turing, honoring the code-breaker who helped lay the foundation for computer science. The Bank of England's new 50-pound note will feature mathematician Alan Turing, honoring the code-breaker who helped lay the foundation for computer science. Alan Turing, the father of computer science and artificial intelligence who broke Adolf Hitler's Enigma code system in World War II -- but who died an outcast because of his homosexuality -- will be featured on the Bank of England's new 50-pound note. The new note will be printed on polymer and will bear a 1951 photo of Turing, the bank announced Monday. It's expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021.

Should the Governments Regulate Artificial Intelligence?


Government AI regulation is necessary, AI experts and policymakers agree. But, there is no clear accord on how much regulation by the government is necessary and what to do if the state begins to infringe upon privacy. FREMONT, CA: As enterprises begin moving AI technologies out of testing and research and into deployment, technologists, consumers, policymakers, and businesses likewise have started to understand that government regulation of digital intelligence is necessary. AI has been dramatically boosting productivity, helping connect people in new ways, and improving healthcare. When used carelessly, AI can also do the opposite as it has the potential to harm human life.

Taking the lead on digital and AI - Education Technology


From TED Talk speakers, to a futurologist's keynote at an event, those who make predictions about the future usually live safe in the knowledge they won't retrospectively be pulled up on forecasts that don't come to pass. The picture is very different for those in government, who must ensure citizens and businesses are adequately prepared for challenges. Government predictions must convert to real-world planning that puts building blocks for future success and prosperity in place – it can't be a'finger in the air'. Education is at the foundations of preparation. Governments and educators must identify trends early enough to update curriculums, develop the right courses, and equip people with skills that put us in a strong position to compete on the world stage.

Rethink government with AI


Artificial intelligence could one day be used to tailor education to the needs of each individual child.Credit: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe/Getty People produce more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day. Businesses are harnessing these riches using artificial intelligence (AI) to add trillions of dollars in value to goods and services each year. Amazon dispatches items it anticipates customers will buy to regional hubs before they are purchased. Thanks to the vast extractive might of Google and Facebook, every bakery and bicycle shop is the beneficiary of personalized targeted advertising. But governments have been slow to apply AI to hone their policies and services.

As artificial intelligence threatens human rights


Artificial intelligence makes our life easier and more comfortable. But he, rather, uses of them are a threat to our rights and freedoms. Back in the 1970-ies, when even the word "Internet" had not yet been invented, radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse predicted the emergence of certain new technologies, can change the world. On the one hand, they open new prospects for freedom, but will create new forms of exclusion and will give the government and corporations new mechanisms of control over people. But today his prophecy seem to have been carried out.

A Chinese AI startup is tracking lost dogs using their nose prints


Megvii, a Chinese AI startup that supplies facial recognition software for the Chinese government's surveillance program, is expanding its technology beyond humans to recognize different faces of pets. As reported by Abacus News, Megvii's new program is trained to recognize dogs by their nose prints -- much like how humans have unique fingerprints. Using the Megvii app, the company says it can register your dog simply by scanning the snout through your phone's camera. Just like how a phone registers your fingerprint for biometric unlocks, the app asks you to take photos of your dog's nose from multiple angles. Megvii says it has an accuracy rate of 95 percent and has reunited 15,000 pets with their owners through the app.