Stephen Hawking's AI fears stir scientific debate

Dec 7, 2014

Stephen Hawking's AI fears stir scientific debate

There was the psychotic HAL 9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The humanoids that attacked their flesh-and-blood masters in “I, Robot.” And, of course, “The Terminator,” where a robot is sent into the past to kill a woman whose son will end the ...

Dec 5, 2014

Sony malware may be linked to other damaging attacks

Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered what they say is technical evidence linking the massive breach at Sony Corp.’s Hollywood studio with attacks in South Korea and the Middle East. Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab said Thursday it uncovered evidence that all three campaigns might ...

Dec 3, 2014

Berlin police mull crime-predicting software

Police in Berlin are considering deploying software that predicts crimes — and have even dubbed the project “Precobs” in a nod to a term used in “Minority Report,” the U.S. science-fiction film based on a similar premise. Developed by a German firm, the software ...

Dec 3, 2014

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, he said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. ...

Dec 2, 2014

FBI investigates hacking of Sony Pictures' computers

The FBI has warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to match ...

Nov 28, 2014

Breaking up Google is hard to do, EU says

Break up Google? It is unlikely to happen, no matter what 384 European Union lawmakers say, according to ministers and officials. Members of the EU parliament in Strasbourg, France, voted 384-174 for the European Commission — which is investigating Google for possible antitrust violations ...

Nov 27, 2014

Twitter takes note of other apps on smartphones

Twitter on Wednesday said it would begin tracking which other applications people have installed on their mobile devices in a bid to better target ads and content. “We are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we ...

Nov 25, 2014

Cyberspying tool could have U.S., British origins

A sophisticated cyber-espionage tool that has been stealing information from governments and businesses since 2008 has one report linking it to U.S. and British intelligence, researchers said Monday. The security firm Symantec identified the malware, known as Regin, and said it was used “in ...