AI will now watch for fraudsters on the world’s largest stock exchange

The Nasdaq Stock Market is an attractive target for fraudsters. As the world’s largest stock exchange by volume, it must be constantly monitored for attempts to illicitly beat the system....

Welcome to robot university (only robots need apply)

One of the unsung heroes of the AI revolution is a little-known database called ImageNet. Created by researchers at Princeton University, ImageNet contains some 14 million images, each of them...

Two former Twitter employees have been charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

The news: The US Justice Department has charged two men who used to work at Twitter with accessing personal information on critics of the Saudi Arabian regime, which they collected...

The US Army is creating robots that can follow orders

Military robots have always been pretty dumb. The PackBot the US Army uses for inspections and bomb disposal, for example, has practically no onboard intelligence and is piloted by remote...

The Census is a target for disinformation—here’s how it could be protected

The 2020 US Census is only five months away. This nationwide population count, which takes place every 10 years, determines everything from Social Security payouts to how the government spends...

Inside the Microsoft team tracking the world’s most dangerous hackers

When the Pentagon recently awarded Microsoft a $10 billion contract to transform and host the US military’s cloud computing systems, the mountain of money came with an implicit challenge: Can...

A detective has been granted access to an entire private DNA database

The news: A Florida detective was granted a warrant to access and search the genetic information of nearly one million people held by consumer DNA site GEDmatch, even if users...

Critics blast a proposal to curb climate change by halting population growth

More than 11,000 scientists from a broad range of disciplines signed a new editorial declaring a “climate emergency,” but other researchers immediately criticized one of the proposed remedies: halting population...

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame, a report...

The news: Governments worldwide are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and spy on citizens, think tank Freedom House has warned in its latest report. It’s the ninth year...

Google’s new chip protects the cloud where it’s most vulnerable

Google's data center in St. Ghislain, Belgium.Photo: GoogleThe cloud runs the world. Given that it’s such a huge source of profit and the fundamental infrastructure of the future, you might...

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