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The Global Frequency

3 November 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

In the opening sequence of one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, we are presented with the words "Los Angeles - November 2019".  Happy Blade Runner month.  This week on the Global Frequency...

Fascinating story of a paralyzed guy who taught a neural network to write for him using brain patterns. (Read More)

A cybersecurity firms sharp rise and stunning collapse. (Read More)

Russian hackers targeting sporting organizations ahead of Tokyo Olympics. (Read More)

WhatsApp has identified NSO Group as the perpetrator of an attack against their users that spans over 100 verifiable cases targeting human rights activitists thus far.  This is an important issue. (Read More)

And apparently targeting government officials in U.S. allied countries. (Read More)

And...if you work at NSO Group, you can't have a Facebook account. (Read More)

An introduction to adversarial machine learning. (Read More)

Special report on China and AI policy. (Read More)

DISA is looking to buy AI-enabled cyber defense tools. (Read More)

The DoD AI Principles draft on ethics in AI is worth a read. (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
As you've likely noticed, I've been reading a lot about Artificial Intelligence over the past several years.  I feel like AI is such an important advancement that I don't want to get caught flat footed.  That said, I always say that AI is currently like a big basketball head fake where we look to AI, but pass the ball to machine learning.  "Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control" by Stuart Russell is one of the best books on AI you can currently read.  Russell takes a very stoic look at AI, recognizing the art of the possible without the sensationalism and grandstanding you find in other books.  He also makes a very clear argument for dialing in our approaches to AI ethics and foundational guidance for AI algorithms now, a process he notes will have to be deliberate and thoughtful to avoid unintended consequences. (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
"Running a poorly designed algorithm on a faster computer doesn’t make the algorithm better; it just means you get the wrong answer more quickly." - Stuart Russell

Recommendation of the Week:
This is a new section I'm introducing to provide some sort of non-book recommendation.  This week, I recommend you check out the BBC podcast "The Missing Crypto Queen" which tracks the rise of one of cryptocurrencies biggest scams. (Check it out)

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