How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos grew up being exposed to journalism, as his father was a journalist. The younger Dikopoulos decided he wanted to study computer science, and completed a Ph.D. in the field at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Midway through his doctorate, he started to think about combining journalism and computation into a new field: computational journalism. Today, Diakopoulos …

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

Last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and car manufacturer BMW programmed a robot to momentarily stop if a person passed by, but the robot was overly cautious and would freeze in place. Members of the same MIT team have developed a new algorithm that accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors to accurately …

UTSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have developed what they’re calling the first quantifiable cyber agility framework for scoring hackers and cybersecurity defenders over time, using funding from the U.S. Army Research Office. The researchers employed a honeypot—a computer system designed to entice attackers—to draw and measure malicious traffic, based on time and efficacy; as hackers and defenders …

Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego. Once airborne, the drone is monitored and guided by an aerospace management system, then passes its food order to a driver at a drop-off site, who hand-delivers the meal to the customer. Uber also hopes to land drones on top of parked vehicles …

Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years

In the most recent Tiobe programming language index, Java remains most popular, followed by C. Python ranks third with a rating of 8.5%, up 2.77 percentage points compared to the same time last year. Tiobe analysts believe this trend will continue, and Python probably will become the most popular programming language in the world within three or four years. Python’s …

Underwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data

Several projects now underway are using submersible drones to explore the ocean floor, thanks to increasingly sophisticated scanning technology. The Ocean Infinity seabed-exploration company has deployed underwater drones to find sunken ships, while two nonprofits hope to map the whole ocean floor by 2030; the Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime produced the underwater drones for both projects. Kongsberg’s Bjorn Jalving said …

AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection

A new artificial intelligence (AI) system can detect unidentified or underidentified structural damage in major infrastructure such as nuclear reactors, skyscrapers, bridges, and dams. Developed by researchers at Purdue University, the new system analyzes video frame by frame to detect any cracks; the AI algorithm tracks the cracks from one frame to the next. The operator can review the specific …

Microsoft Wants More Security Researchers to Hack Into Its Cloud

Microsoft is encouraging security researchers to try hacking its flagship Azure cloud computing service, so the company can find and correct vulnerabilities. Microsoft’s Kymberlee Price said too few “white hat” hackers are focusing on this problem, so the company plans to issue a Safe Harbor statement promising no legal action against researchers who report a bug. The software giant also …

Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed. Engineers at the ZeroFOX security startup suspected last year that a photo in a bogus social-media profile was modified to fool content filters, as a form of adversarial attack. One senior technology executive said hacker groups are conducting “probing attacks” on social-media filters, with …