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The Global Frequency

2 February 2020 | Curated by Matt Devost

This definitely feels like one of those weeks where decades happen.  Lots in the news cycle outside of cyber and AI.  This week on the Global Frequency...

Before it can be used in defense and intel, AI must be hardened to attack.  Sounds like some of what I was saying last year. (Read More)

Even the lowest Corona virus R0 estimates had it on an exponential trend and we'll easily see the number of cases doubling every week.  If you are wondering why it is tanking the stock market, it is stories like this. (Read More)

The NFL Twitter accounts takeover by hackers included both Super Bowl contenders. (Read More)

New York Times journalist targeted with advanced malware from NSO group (likely by Saudis). (Read More)

Asking AI to explain itself may make things worse. Not sure I agree, but interesting. (Read More)

Fascinating.  The Russians appear to be tailing a secret U.S. satellite in space. (Read More)

The Pentagon has finalized a set of cyber standards for Defense contractors. (Read More)

The secretive Google team focused on quantum computing applications. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
I purchased William Gibson's "The Peripheral" in 2014, but never got around to reading it.  Upon committing to read his latest book, which was a sequel of sorts to this, I decided I better dig in.  This is classic modern-era Gibson and did not disappoint like the follow-ups to Pattern Recognition did.  Pulls together lots of interesting technologies, characters, and a complex, yet well-reasoned, plot.  Now on to Agency. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"We are limited, not by our technology, but by the way we think." - Carver Mead

Recommendation of the Week:
Using this little USB Bitcoin stick makes me feel like I am living in a Gibsonian future.  You plug it in, set up a unique hardware key seed by dropping a few random files in, and then send Bitcoin to the device's public address.  The recipient can plug it in and verify the wallet value on the blockchain, and then when they are ready to access the funds, you pop a small pin that releases the wallets private key.  Cool concept and works flawlessly. (Link)

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