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Quantum Computers Could Solve Countless Problems--And Create a Lot of New Ones

TIME - Tech

One of the secrets to building the world's most powerful computer is probably perched by your bathroom sink. At IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York State's Westchester County, scientists always keep a box of dental floss--Reach is the preferred brand--close by in case they need to tinker with their oil-drum-size quantum computers, the latest of which can complete certain tasks millions of times as fast as your laptop. Inside the shimmering aluminum canister of IBM's System One, which sits shielded by the same kind of protective glass as the Mona Lisa, are three cylinders of diminishing circumference, rather like a set of Russian dolls. To work properly, this chip requires super-cooling to 0.015 kelvins--a smidgen above absolute zero and colder than outer space. Most materials contract or grow brittle and snap under such intense chill.

DARPA wants AR goggles to help soldiers with complex tasks


DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is developing a new system to help military personnel perform complex tasks. Perceptually-enabled Task Guidance (PTG) technology uses sensors to see and hear what the user sees and hears, guiding them through AI-produced instructions displayed in augmented reality (AR). PTG combines sensors (a microphone and head-mounted camera) with AI and AR headsets to integrate into the user's environment. The idea is to help soldiers and other military personnel enhance their skills, complete complicated tasks and perform them better. DARPA has narrowed its focus to three areas: battlefield medicine (like untrained personnel helping medics in the field), sustainment (keeping military equipment up and running) and co-piloting (especially helicopters).

UAB cybersecurity program ranked No. 1 - Yellowhammer News


Fortune ranked the University of Alabama at Birmingham's in-person master's degree in cybersecurity as the No. 1 program in the country. According to Fortune, there are nearly 770,000 cybersecurity job openings in the United States. "We are proud to be recognized for academic excellence by Fortune and named the nation's leading institution for graduate studies in cybersecurity," said UAB Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Pam Benoit. "UAB's Department of Computer Science has created an outstanding collaborative master's degree program that prepares students to lead careers solving the world's most challenging cybersecurity problems." Fortune's first-ever ranking of in-person cybersecurity master's degree programs compared 14 programs across the United States in three components: Selectivity Score, Success Score and Demand Score.

Drone attack hits US-led coalition base in southern Syria

Al Jazeera

A drone attack hit a US-led coalition base in southern Syria, the US military's Central Command has said. "Three one-way attack drones attacked the al-Tanf Garrison in Syria," a CENTCOM statement said on Friday. Two of the drones were shot down by the coalition, but the third hit the compound, wounding two allied Syrian opposition fighters who received treatment, the statement added. "Attacks of this kind are unacceptable," CENTCOM spokesperson Joe Buccino said, without specifying who carried it out. "They place our troops and our partners at risk and jeopardise the fight against ISIL." There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

'Kamikaze' drones attack US, coalition forces at Syria outpost; no Americans injured

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Three one-way drones, sometimes called "kamikaze" drones, targeted a U.S. garrison at an outpost in Syria's Al-Tanf region U.S. Central Command said Friday, noting that no Americans were injured in the attack. Two members of the Syrian Free Army received medical attention after they were injured in the strike when one of the drones hit the compound. The other two drones were shot down by Coalition Forces, the U.S. military confirmed.

Bluescape Achieves FedRAMP Authorization on Amazon Web Services


Bluescape announced that it has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization on Amazon Web Services (AWS) at the Moderate Impact Level through sponsorship of the US Air Force. Agencies from across the public, industry, and academic sectors, can now confidently leverage Bluescape's virtual workspaces to improve their agility, coordination, and outcomes regardless of their mission. "The government is increasingly demanding access to secure visual tools to support employees and distributed teams who now need to collaborate virtually on everything from simple whiteboarding and brainstorming sessions, to more complex incidence response programs and training AI/ML models," said John Greenstein, GM, Global Public Sector at Bluescape. "We are grateful to everyone at the GSA and DoD, especially the US Air Force, not only for sponsoring us at Impact Level 4 to meet their own needs, but also going the extra step to help us achieve FedRAMP Moderate, which brings this new capability to Civilian Agencies, too." With FedRAMP authorization status, Bluescape is now certified by the federal government to satisfy cloud security requirements and help accelerate federal agencies' digital transformation.

Python for Signal Processing


This idea of a data scientist who can work with textual data, signals, images, tabular data and legos is an old-fashioned way of seeing this profession. This book focuses on the core, fundamental principles of signal processing. The code corresponding to this book uses the core functionality of the scientific Python toolchain that should remain unchanged in the foreseeable future. For those looking to migrate their signal processing codes to Python, this book illustrates the key signal and plotting modules that can ease this transition. For those already comfortable with the scientific Python toolchain, this book illustrates the fundamental concepts in signal processing and provides a gateway to further signal processing concepts.

Biblioracle: Will artificial intelligence like ChatGPT bring the end for all writers?


When I was a much younger person, there were a couple of popular movies offering warnings about the dangers of unchecked artificial intelligence. The first is 1983′s "WarGames," in which a young computer hacker played by Matthew Broderick accidentally triggers a countdown to the launch of the full arsenal of the United States nuclear stockpile at the Soviet Union because the Pentagon had handed control of the intercontinental ballistic missile system to a computer program, following the failure of humans to execute launch orders during a training exercise. The second one is 1984′s "The Terminator," where killer robot Arnold Schwarzenegger is dispatched back in time by the sentient artificial intelligence (called Skynet) in order to assassinate the hero of the resistance that is fighting the artificial intelligence in the future. I think I have that right. I honestly never understood the whole time travel aspect of the "Terminator" franchise.

Program teaches US Air Force personnel the fundamentals of AI


A new academic program developed at MIT aims to teach U.S. Air and Space Forces personnel to understand and utilize artificial intelligence technologies. In a recent peer-reviewed study, the program researchers found that this approach was effective and well-received by employees with diverse backgrounds and professional roles. The project, which was funded by the Department of the Air Force–MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, seeks to contribute to AI educational research, specifically regarding ways to maximize learning outcomes at scale for people from a variety of educational backgrounds. Experts in MIT Open Learning built a curriculum for three general types of military personnel -- leaders, developers, and users -- utilizing existing MIT educational materials and resources. They also created new, more experimental courses that were targeted at Air and Space Forces leaders.

NATO tests AI's ability to protect critical infrastructure against cyberattacks


Autonomous intelligence, artificial intelligence (AI) that can act without human intervention, can help identify critical infrastructure cyberattack patterns and network activity, and detect malware to enable enhanced decision-making about defensive responses. That's according to the preliminary findings of an international experiment of AI's ability to secure and defend systems, power grids and other critical assets by cyber experts at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Cyber Coalition 2022 event late last year. The simulated experiment saw six teams of cyber defenders from NATO allies tasked with setting up computer-based systems and power grids at an imaginary military base and keeping them running during a cyberattack. If hackers interfered with system operations or the power went down for more than 10 minutes, critical systems could go offline. The differentiator was that three of the teams had access to a novel Autonomous Intelligence Cyberdefense Agent (AICA) prototype developed by the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, while the other three teams did not.