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Wayne Rash
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A writer in Washington
A writer in Washington

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The Facebook AI experiment in which the agents invented their own language was shut down because that wasn't what researchers were looking for, and besides it was interfering with the research. It was not a case of robots running amok or trying to take over. In fact, it was one predicted outcome, and it's something that's happened before. But it was an important step in AI research and how automated negotiation can work. In this case, it worked well enough that when humans were interacting with the AI agent, they couldn't tell it was an AI agent. http://www.eweek.com/it-management/facebook-ai-experiment-shutdown-holds-lessons-for-it-industry
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Is your organization's encryption good enough to withstand an attack from a quantum computer? The +National Security Agency is working on ways to make sure that your encryption is able to withstand such an attack. Even though quantum computers with sufficient power aren't currently available, the NSA believes they will be, and needs to prepare now. We talked to the man in charge of the NSA's encryption research, who explains and offers some ideas about this. https://insights.hpe.com/articles/quantum-of-encryption-1707.html
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Net neutrality is doomed, not because of the recent Appeals Court decision, but because both parties see an advantage in using it as a tool to bludgeon the other, but not as a way to provide a useful secure means of communications. Usefulness doesn't stand a chance when it goes against raw, naked, political power. http://www.eweek.com/networking/appeals-court-declines-to-rehear-title-ii-reclassification-challenge
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There's a general consensus in Washington that if anything in the President's office was tapped, it was his Android cell phone. His obsolete device has little security, to the point that researchers say planting spyware on it is trivial, and it can be done without a trace. We explain, and we can help you make sure it doesn't happen to you. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/unsecured-apple-android-smartphones-are-major-security-threats
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has offered to provide details of exploits used by the CIA to tech companies so they might improve their products. This course of action is fraught with peril. You could end up losing your secrets as well. http://www.eweek.com/security/wikileaks-offer-to-help-secure-tech-products-fraught-with-legal-risks.html
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The problem for +Uber when it started expanding was how to deal with the depth of corruption in the taxi business, and the equally deep level in the regulators. The taxi companies didn't like having to compete, and the regulators didn't want anything to interfere with their personal cash flow. It's no surprise that Uber figured out how to avoid those officials while also protecting its drivers. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/uber-greyball-looks-prudent-rather-than-evil-in-ride-sharing-industry.html
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Treating physical security and data security as different, unrelated functions is a huge mistake, and doing so could endanger your organization. https://insights.hpe.com/articles/physical-and-data-security-two-sides-of-the-same-coin-1703.html
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The Space Race is back on. Both +NASA and +SpaceX are gearing up for manned flights around the moon in the next two years. If allowed to continue, this could be a huge boost for STEM professions and for the economy. This is one of the most positive signs in years. http://www.eweek.com/cloud/spacex-targets-2018-for-manned-mission-around-the-moon-and-beyond.html
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Our analysis of the statements, positions and appointments of Donald Trump, the new US President, indicate that he's probably going to be a reliable friend to the tech industry. But we don't know everything yet, and a great deal depends on Congress, so stay tuned. http://www.eweek.com/it-management/trumps-early-statements-indicate-hell-be-a-tech-industry-ally.html
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