Machine Learning Can Create Fake 'Master Key' Fingerprints


Just like any lock can be picked, any biometric scanner can be fooled. Researchers have shown for years that the popular fingerprint sensors used to guard smartphones can be tricked sometimes, using a lifted print or a person's digitized fingerprint data. But new findings from computer scientists at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering could raise the stakes significantly. The group has developed machine learning methods for generating fake fingerprints--called DeepMasterPrints--that not only dupe smartphone sensors, but can successfully masquerade as prints from numerous different people. Think of it as a skeleton key for fingerprint-protected devices.

BlackBerry is buying AI-powered security company Cylance for $1.4bn


BlackBerry is buying security company Cylance for $1.4bn, its largest acquisition to date Cylance uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict and prevent security threats to fixed endpoints by creating a lightweight software agent that sits on the device and can operate both online and offline. The company says its software requires a minimum of memory and power to function. The company boasts 3,500 active enterprise customers, including more than one in five of the Fortune 500. While BlackBerry is still best known as smartphone pioneer, it no longer makes devices (these are made under licence by another company) and now focuses on security software for smartphones and the internet of things. "Cylance's leadership in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will immediately complement our entire portfolio, [Unified Endpoint Management] UEM and QNX in particular," said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry.

'A.I. is not gonna replace people,' says Salesforce executive


Artificial intelligence is "a big help, not a hindrance," according to a Salesforce executive. "AI is not gonna replace people," Peter Schwartz, senior vice president of strategic planning at Salesforce, told CNBC on Tuesday at the Singapore FinTech Festival. On the flip side, Schwartz added: "It's going to make people far more capable." Instead of thinking about the "most mundane things," Schwartz said AI would allow people to "focus" on issues such as creativity and interpersonal skills. Schwartz's comments on the impact of AI were in line with a report from the World Economic Forum in September, which said developments in automation technologies and artificial intelligence could result in 58 million net new jobs being created by 2022.

Your smartphone photos are totally fake -- and you love it

Washington Post

The little camera on this phone has a superpower: It can see things our eyes cannot. At night for the past few weeks, I've been tromping around dark places taking photos using a new mode on Google's $800 Pixel 3 called Night Sight. Friends in a candlelit bar look like they brought a lighting crew. Dark streets are flush with reds and greens. A midnight cityscape lights up as though it were late afternoon.

Huawei might try to take its voice assistant outside of China


Smartphone maker Huawei is planning on taking its popular voice assistant outside of China and competing with Amazon, Google and Apple internationally, according to a report from CNBC. The Chinese technology firm is apparently working on a version of its voice assistant Xiaoyi that will work outside of China, though it hasn't revealed what languages the AI will speak, nor when it will be available for other markets. Prior to developing Xiaoyi, Huawei was reliant on third-party voice assistants including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The company's first smart speaker, the AI Cube, relied on Alexa. Huawei has been building on its own voice assistant in recent months.

AI can create fake fingerprints that are so realistic they trick scanners

Daily Mail

From unlocking smartphones to authorising payments, fingerprints are widely used to identify people. However, a team of researchers have now managed to accurately copy real fingerprints and created fake ones called'DeepMasterPrints'. Researchers - who created the fake prints using a neural network - were able to mimic more than one in five fingerprints. These new technological developments suggest fingerprint identification could become increasingly less secure. From unlocking smartphones to authorising payments, fingerprints are widely used to identify people.

Samsung to invest $22 billion in 5G and AI


Samsung Electronics will invest $22 billion in 5G networking and AI going forward to secure a "minimum" of 20 percent market share in network equipment by 2020, the company's network boss has said. Youngky Kim, president and head of Samsung's network business, speaking at WSJ D.Live in California, told a panel that the next-generation network will unlock the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), describing 5G as "oxygen" for AI. "AI needs a lot of data to respond to you," Kim said. "This amount of data can be provided by 5G, not 4G." Samsung produces half a billion electronic devices yearly, and this will provide it with international experience of what humans want, he said.

Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing


Just a few years ago, Li Mengqi could not have imagined shopping on her own. Someone needed to always keep her company to say aloud what was in front of her, who's been blind since birth. When smartphones with text-to-speech machines for the visually impaired arrived, she immediately bought an iPhone. "Though it was expensive," Li, a 23-year-old who grew up in a rural village in eastern China's Zhejiang province, told me. Cheaper smartphone options in China often don't have good accessibility features.

EE: 5G is coming to these 16 cities


Mobile network EE plans to switch on 5G services in 16 cities across the UK cities in 2019. EE said the first six cities to get 5G coverage will be London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Coverage won't be total: 5G will be offered in the busiest parts of the six launch cites -- including Hyde Park in London, Manchester Arena, Belfast City Airport, the Welsh Assembly, Edinburgh Waverley train station and Birmingham's Bullring. EE said it will also be offering some 5G services in the busiest parts of ten other UK cities -- Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol. It could also pave the way for new services such as real-time virtual or augmented reality, autonomous driving, or a significant expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) usage.

It's the 'beginning of the end' for smartphones, new report finds

Daily Mail

It is the'beginning of the end' for traditional smartphones, according to an annual technology report. Analysts believe that something entirely different may supplant the smartphone such as smart rings, bracelets and glasses. Even as top makers like Apple and Samsung unveil new handsets with improved performance, overall sales have flattened with most major markets largely saturated, the report found. In just over a decade, smartphones have become the hottest-selling consumer device around the world. The next catalyst for smartphones could be the possibilities offered by the forthcoming 5G, or fifth generation wireless networks, new form factors or advances in virtual and augmented reality.