Clearview AI, which has facial recognition database of 3 billion images, faces data theft

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Facial recognition software firm Clearview AI, which has been criticized for scraping together a database of as many as 3 billion online images, has been hit with a data breach. The New York-based firm apparently had its list of customers including numerous law enforcement agencies stolen, according to The Daily Beast, which first reported the incident. The news site reported it had obtained a notice sent to Clearview's customers that an intruder had "gained unauthorized access" to its customer list, the number of searches customers have conducted and other data. Clearview said in the notice that the company's servers were not breached and that there was "no compromise of Clearview's systems or network." Video game legacy:Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the'Konami Code' for video games, has died However, Clearview's attorney Tor Ekeland said, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, "Security is Clearview's top priority. Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century. Our servers were never accessed. We patched the flaw, and continue to work to strengthen our security."


Before Nintendo and Atari: How a black engineer changed the video game industry forever

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Each evokes memories of the golden age of video games, which brought the first wave of consoles you could connect to your home television. But there's an oft-forgotten person from that era whose contributions to the industry still resonate today: a black engineer named Jerry Lawson. Lawson oversaw the creation of the Channel F, the first video game console with interchangeable game cartridges – something the first Atari and Magnavox Odyssey systems did not use. Those initial consoles had a selection of games hardwired into the console itself. But Lawson, an engineer and designer at Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp., led a team at the Silicon Valley semiconductor maker charged with creating a game system using Fairchild's F8 microprocessor and storing games on cartridges.


Arm Cortex-M MCUs Can Get an Instant Machine Learning and Inference Facelift with NanoEdge AI - News

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Cartesiam, a startup focused on AI at the edge, has announced NanoEdge AI Studio, the first integrated development environment (IDE) that enables easy machine learning (ML) and inference directly on Arm Cortex-M MCUs. NanoEdge AI Studio makes it easy to build a machine learning static library to embed within programs running on Arm Cortex-M MCUs. MCUs embedded within edge devices can be empowered to locally learn, infer, and predict from directly inside the microcontroller, interfacing with the physical environment in the most direct manner possible. NanoEdge AI Studio runs entirely on the user's Windows or Linux PC. The studio offers heightened security, simply because no data is transmitted to the cloud where it might be intercepted.


Detecting attackers using anomalous patterns in machine learning

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As antivirus and machine learning-based malware detection have increased their effectiveness in detecting file-based attacks, adversaries have migrated to "living off the land" techniques to bypass modern security software. This involves executing system tools preinstalled with the operating system or commonly brought in by administrators to perform tasks like automating IT administrative tasks, running scripts on a regular basis, executing code on remote systems, and much more. These binaries are inherently benign and commonly used in most environments, so attackers can trivially bypass most first-line defenses simply by blending in with the noise of what's executing on a recurring basis. Detecting patterns like this post-compromise requires sifting through millions of events with no clear starting point. In response, security researchers have begun authoring detectors to target suspicious parent-child process chains.


The Rise of Robot Inventors

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Inventions becoming inventors… It might sound like sci-fi, but it's not really such a far-fetched idea. In fact, it's a prospect that's already becoming reality, given the recent news that an AI-created medicine for the treatment of OCD will be tested on humans for the first time. While the world's first patent applications for machine-designed inventions were rejected in January by the EPO, this development brings fresh attention to the AI-inventor debate. What may seem to many like simply an interesting experiment might well have far-reaching implications. Could this be the tipping point when technology goes from being a facilitator and an enhancer of human endeavour, to a developer of innovation in its own right?


How Artificial Intelligence Is Impacting Banking UK Waracle

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a seismic impact across the banking industry. Its utilisation is broad and diverse, ranging in application from chatbots and virtual assistants to profiling customers, streamlining processes, identifying trends and patterns in customer behaviour and risk management. If you're new to the world of AI, getting to grips with the terminology can seem daunting, but getting started in AI is way more straightforward than you might think – and the rewards for taking action early can be vast in terms of keeping your customers happy, providing a unique competitive edge for your business and reaping the associated commercial rewards. According to industry analysts, AI has the potential to drive one of the greatest and most profound technological revolutions in modern history. Artificial Intelligence, or AI as its more commonly referred, relates to the design and creation of systems, machines or applications that possess the ability to undertake complex tasks traditionally performed by humans.


Learn what's new in Azure Cognitive Services Azure Friday

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Christina Lee joins Scott Hanselman to show what's new in Azure Cognitive Services. Cognitive Services bring AI within reach of every developer--without requiring machine-learning expertise. All it takes is an API call to embed the ability to see, hear, speak, search, understand, and accelerate decision-making into your apps. Create a free account (Azure) https://aka.ms/azfr/592/free


AI and Public Standards Silicon UK Tech News

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As AI – notably, Machine Learning continues to expand, government departments will increasingly use this technology to deliver advanced services to the public. In their recent report Committee on Standards in Public Life concluded: "Our message to government is that the UK's regulatory and governance framework for AI in the public sector remains a work in progress and deficiencies are notable. "The work of the Office for AI, the Alan Turing Institute, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) are all commendable. But on the issues of transparency and data bias, in particular, there is an urgent need for practical guidance and enforceable regulation." In addition: "This review found that the Nolan Principles are strong, relevant, and do not need reformulating for AI.


How AI can bridge the gap between business and IT

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Within an enterprise, connectedness means effective use of the Internet to improve operational efficiency, productivity, and leverage from systems. Outside the enterprise, connectivity leads to better customer experiences that customers cherish and value. Effective processes and seamless operations within an enterprise reflect outside in the form of a wholesome experience and service delivered to customers in a timely fashion. Business leaders need revenue and higher operating profits, while IT departments look for a better infrastructure to run applications on. Both of these intents meet to deliver a superior CX that enhances a business' bottom line and differentiates it from the competition.