How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Network Health


Artificial intelligence can improve network health by building a "pattern of life" for every device, user and network, says Justin Fier, director of cyber intelligence and analytics at Darktrace. Fier is the director of cyber intelligence and analytics at Darktrace, based in Washington. With over 10 years of experience in cyber defense, Fier has supported various elements in the U.S. intelligence community, holding mission-critical security roles with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and Abraxas.

All the cool gifts are made for spying on you


It's the gift-giving season, and high-tech gadgets are more exciting than ever. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and even "Okay Google" are ready to come over for holiday ham, ready to help you turn on a light or play you some Spotify. Those always-on microphones, cameras, and WI-FI connected devices are cheaper, cooler, and more convenient than ever. Yet, you still feel a little weird about their, you know, baser functions. Google and Amazon only record what they need to.

'Need to follow processes with artificial intelligence'


National Cyber Security coordinator Gulshan Rai feels that while artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are far reaching innovations, there is a need to strictly follow cyber security processes as hackers can use information through these technologies to breach systems. Rai termed machine learning and AI as a double-edged technology, which although helps in identifying background processes, also provides hackers with information to breach systems. "If we follow processes and properly interpret the results of AI or machine learning, we would be able to enhance the resilience of our digital systems and minimise impact of many cyber attacks," he said. Rai was of the view that companies in the domain of cyber security must work more closely with government organisations like Indian Computer Emergency Response Team and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre to secure the digital eco-system.

The Man with a Plan to Upgrade the Democrats

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Politics has become a technological arms race. In 2016, the Republicans fought back, using big-data analytics and microtargeting of online ads to help propel Donald Trump into the White House. Raffi Krikorian wants to get the Democrats out ahead again. As the chief technology officer of the Democratic National Committee, the MIT graduate is reshaping his party's tech strategy. Krikorian, an expert in software engineering, previously led Uber's Advanced Technologies Center and got its first fleet of driverless cars on the road.

LG launches OLED lighting brand for cars


LG Display has kicked off operations of its OLED lighting production line that will sell under the brand name Luflex, the company announced. The firm will supply the flexible OLED lighting first for cars, and will then provide them for commercial spaces and lighting makers. Luflex is short for lux, or light source, and flexibility. LG's goal is to become the top brand in OLED lighting, the company said. OLED's use of organic material made it closest to natural light, and it consumes less power and produces less heat.

Hilton rolling out mobile-controlled hotel rooms in 2018


Hilton announced on Thursday guest rooms that can be controlled by a mobile device, dubbed Connected Room, and laid out a vision for eventual additions like voice commands. Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don't even know it? When IoT devices are everywhere, the security headaches just get worse. Through the Hilton Honors app, guests in a Connected Room will be able to control the temperature, lighting, TV, and window coverings. It's a travel experience for guests "where the room knows them, and they know their room," according to Hilton.

IoT, AI and Blockchain: Catalysts for Digital Transformation


The digital revolution has brought with it a new way of thinking about manufacturing and operations. Emerging challenges associated with logistics and energy costs are influencing global production and associated distribution decisions. Significant advances in technology, including big data analytics, AI, Internet of Things, robotics and additive manufacturing, are shifting the capabilities and value proposition of global manufacturing. In response, manufacturing and operations require a digital renovation: the value chain must be redesigned and retooled and the workforce retrained. Total delivered cost must be analyzed to determine the best places to locate sources of supply, manufacturing and assembly operations around the world.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 will bring speed, security and smarts to high-end phones


On Wednesday, Qualcomm revealed its first concrete details of the Snapdragon 845, the next-generation mobile chip that stands a good chance of being in your next smartphone. The 845 will ship in early 2018, and appear in phones sometime after that. Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 845 a chip to improve both artificial intelligence and immersion, blending the future of smart devices with the past. At its heart lies the Kryo 385, the semi-custom, upgraded CPU. It's still an eight-core device, with four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and four energy-efficient cores running at 1.8GHz.

The Best Data Science Books Of All-Time -


"What are the best books to Learn Data Science?" We looked at 153 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question! The top 43 titles, all appearing on 3 or more "Best Data Science" book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100 books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page. "In the second edition of this practical book, four Cloudera data scientists present a set of self-contained patterns for performing large-scale data analysis with Spark.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 doubles down on cameras and AI


The next-generation mobile processor that you'll most likely find in many of next year's major flagships is here. At its second annual tech summit today, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845, which is its latest "premium" mobile CPU. The chipset will retain the same 10nm footprint as its predecessor, but feature revamped architecture that brings about new features like 4K HDR video capture on smartphones and improved AI processing. That's in addition to the typical performance and power-consumption upgrades from last year's chip. Qualcomm said it's focusing on AI, immersion, security and connectivity with the new chip.