HyperWarfare Blog

To keep a record of relevant news for myself in these four categories,
Cyber/ExoWarfare HyperWarfare Quantum Computing
I am re-posting those here. Scroll down to access the HyperWarfare posts.

Too many people ask me about technical and business insights to give them all a decent, in-depth answer: this way I can refer them here for a lot of that, giving them at least a start on the topic (and as a freebie). I do not offer these posts as e-Mail subscriptions. Of course, all sources are clearly marked and mentioned.


(2018) Dilbert.com on 9/11


CCTV: die bestüberwachten Städte Europas -- 05 Sep 2019 - von Mathias Brandt on 05.09.2019 Berlin wird laut einer Erhebung von Comparitech durch fast 40.000 Kameras überwacht - das sind etwa 11,2 Kameras pro 1.000 Einwohner. Damit liegt die Bundeshauptstadt auf Platz 2 im Ranking der bestüberwachten Städte Europas; weltweit liegt Deutschlands größte Stadt auf Platz 19. Im Vergleich mit London… ... Read More
2019 – What Happens In One (1) Internet Minute -- 21 Aug 2019 -   found on LinkedIn       ... Read More
Wem gehört der DAX? -- 14 Aug 2019 - Wem gehört der Dax? Eine Teilantwort liefert die Deutsche Bank: Der frühere UBS-Vorstand Jürg Zeltner soll in ihren Aufsichtsrat einziehen. Der Name klingt deutsch, der Mann ist Schweizer – vertreten wird er die Interessen von Katar. Zeltner ist ein Vertrauter der katarischen Herrscherfamilie Al Thani. Katars ehemaliger Emir Hamad bin Khalifa und sein Cousin Hamad bin Jassim halten jeweils drei bis fünf Prozent. Sie… ... Read More
Global Top 10 best cities to live and work in: 3 of those are in Germany -- 08 Aug 2019 - von Frauke Suhr Gleich drei Städte in Deutschland zählen zu den Top zehn der lebenswertesten Städten der Welt. - In einem aktuellen Ranking hat das Unternehmen Kisi Metropolen weltweit nach der besten Work-Life-Balance bewertet. Zu den Faktoren zählten sowohl harte Daten wie die Arbeitslosenquote, die Anzahl der wöchentlichen Arbeitsstunden, die… ... Read More
Hong Kong Protesters Use Lasers to Block Facial Recognition Tech -- 08 Aug 2019 - August 2nd 19 - Kristin Houser - Filed Under: Artificial Intelligence Laser Focused Since early June, an estimated 1 million people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest a bill that would allow extraditions to China. To avoid identification, many of the Hong Kong protesters cover their… ... Read More
The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons 65,000 feet above six US states -- 06 Aug 2019 - By Lila MacLellan August 3, 2019 Americans are still coming to terms with all the ways they’re being watched by phones and smart home devices with a front seat to their daily lives. But there’s an incoming threat to privacy that looms high above: Camera-outfitted mass-surveillance balloons that can capture… ... Read More
The BORG – Made In Tokyo & Berlin: Human Organs Grown On Animals -- 01 Aug 2019 - Rattenembryo nach 15,5 Tagen: Die Forschung soll eines Tages Patienten helfen, die auf ein Spenderorgan warten. DONNERSTAG, 1. AUGUST 2019 | BERLINER MORGENPOST click on each article for higher resolution English articles: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02275-3 https://futurism.com/the-byte/japanese-scientist-human-organs-animal-embryos       ... Read More
The inside story of MCAS: How Boeing’s 737 MAX system gained power and lost safeguards -- 27 Jul 2019 - An angle-of-attack sensor can be seen at far right, near the nose of a 737 MAX at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) Uncritical adherence to processes and procedures allows diffusion of responsibility, where many contribute to the problem, but no one is responsible. “It was… ... Read More
An AI “Vaccine” Can Block Adversarial Attacks -- 21 Jun 2019 - Virtual Vaccine For as smart as artificial intelligence systems seem to get, they’re still easily confused by hackers who launch so-called adversarial attacks — cyberattacks that trick algorithms into misinterpreting their training data, sometimes to disastrous ends. In order to bolster AI’s defenses from these dangerous hacks, scientists at the Australian research… ... Read More
275 KI-Startups in Deutschland im Überblick -- 17 Jun 2019 - 275 Startups mit künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) als Kernelement des Geschäftsmodells haben die Analysten von Appanion Labs in Deutschland gezählt. Der mit Abstand bedeutendste KI-Standort ist Berlin mit 102 Startups gefolgt von München (50) und Hamburg (17). Etwas mehr als ein Drittel der Neugründungen haben keinen Branchenfokus, sondern bieten Lösungen für… ... Read More
USMC: Marines want their phones and tablets to handle classified data -- 23 May 2019 - The Marine Common Handheld program will provide secure mobile computing at the tactical edge. (Lance Cpl. Harrison C. Rakhshani/Marine Corps)   The Marine Corps has selected several companies to bid on task orders that will allow warfighters to transmit secure on-the-move command-and-control and situational awareness data, including sending classified information… ... Read More
The Gravity of Space-X’s 12,000 Satellites in 3 Layers -- 22 May 2019 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho36aufooAU   24 MAY 2019 Backgrounder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTDwXooAvgk   Blast-Off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-tC7njLArs   Deployed:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KujiMxKomZ0   Spotted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUygPqjXEc   Landing of the rocket (3rd use) afterwards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2wbTRw3zUo       ... Read More
Power Point presentations should be forbidden at meetings – tell a story instead -- 17 May 2019 - ethos, logos, and pathos the three key elements to persuade Jeff Bezos is prohibited from using Power Point presentations at meetings, as he considers them a waste of time. However, the alternative method by which he has replaced them is most useful and effective. Do you want to know what… ... Read More
What is China’s SKYNET (yes: it is what you think it is) -- 10 May 2019 - What is “Skynet”: China’s massive video surveillance network Skynet is the Chinese government’s video surveillance system, which it claims is for tracking criminals. Under the project, more than 20 million cameras have been set up in public spaces across the country. It’s said to be able to catch a fugitive… ... Read More
Reality Mining: China’s “three-dimensional portrait and integrated data doors” vacuum up MAC addresses, IMEI numbers, and more -- 10 May 2019 - These data doors include facial recognition sensors, ID scanners and sensors for collecting electronic device information. At the Aq Mosque in Urumqi, 2018.   Surveillance China’s ‘data doors’ scoop up information straight from your phone The security screeners scan more than your face, picking up MAC addresses and IMEI numbers… ... Read More
Public Beta: Google’s Scalable 100+ PetaFLOP Supercomputers For Machine Learning: Cloud Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) Pods -- 10 May 2019 - (a full Cloud TPU v3 Pod -- right-click to "view image" in full size)   To accelerate the largest-scale machine learning (ML) applications deployed today and enable rapid development of the ML applications of tomorrow, Google created custom silicon chips called Tensor Processing Units (TPUs). When assembled into multi-rack ML… ... Read More
Large-Scale “BOLD5000” MRI Dataset Bridges Human Vision And Machine Learning -- 09 May 2019 - Improving computer vision was an important part of the BOLD5000 project from its onset. Senior author Elissa Aminoff, then a post-doctoral fellow in CMU’s Psychology Department and now an assistant professor of psychology at Fordham, initiated this research direction with co-author Abhinav Gupta, an associate professor in the Robotics Institute.… ... Read More
Alibaba-backed, Chinese Gov-supporting facial recognition AI startup Megvii raises $750 million -- 09 May 2019 - One of China’s most ambitious artificial intelligence startups, Megvii, more commonly known for its facial recognition brand Face++, announced Wednesday that it has raised $750 million in a Series E funding round. Founded by three graduates from the prestigious Tsinghua University in China, the eight-year-old company specializes in applying its… ... Read More
New report explains how China thinks about information warfare -- 07 May 2019 - The Chinese military has established a Network Systems Department, responsible for information warfare.   The Department of Defense’s annual report on China’s military and security developments provides new details about how China’s military organizes its information warfare enterprise, an area that has been of particular interest to U.S. military leaders.… ... Read More
Security lapse exposed a Chinese smart city surveillance system -- 06 May 2019 - "The Ministry of Love (Newspeak: Miniluv) - interior ministry. It enforces loyalty to Big Brother through fear, buttressed through a massive apparatus of security and repression, as well as systematic brainwashing." Wikipedia description re: Orwell 1984 Thousands of facial recognition scans were matched against Chinese police records Smart cities are… ... Read More
“Amazing” AI Generates Entire Bodies of People Who Don’t Exist -- 01 May 2019 - (I am amused ... 11 years after the fact it hits the mainstream :yahoo: ) The algorithm whips up photorealistic models and outfits from scratch. Embodied AI A new deep learning algorithm can generate high-resolution, photorealistic images of people — faces, hair, outfits, and all — from scratch. The AI-generated… ... Read More
Walmart unveils a camera-powered AI store of the future, now open to the public -- 29 Apr 2019 - [please don't get the idea I endorse this concept just by making a record of the news on here -- TJACK]   Walmart this morning unveiled a new “store of the future” and test grounds for emerging technologies, including AI-enabled cameras and interactive displays. The store, a working concept called… ... Read More
The Alienware Area-51m is a full-fledged desktop disguised as a laptop -- 05 Apr 2019 - The ‘world’s most powerful gaming laptop’ wants to bring user-replaceable processors, graphics cards, storage, and RAM to portable computers By Chaim Gartenberg - @cgartenberg Jan 8, 2019 Alienware needed to fix the gaming laptop. Today’s laptops aren’t broken, per se — they’re thinner, lighter, and more powerful than ever before.… ... Read More
Invisible 3D objects can be felt thanks to haptic holograms -- 01 Apr 2019 - Haptic technologies are big business these days, and joining the burgeoning scene is a team of researchers from Bristol University, who've found a way to create invisible "three-dimensional haptic shapes in mid-air using focused ultrasound".   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaoO5cY1aHk   "What we aim to do is give you the feeling of touch… ... Read More
Rules of Machine Learning: Best Practices for ML Engineering -- 01 Apr 2019 - Martin Zinkevich This document is intended to help those with a basic knowledge of machine learning get the benefit of Google's best practices in machine learning. It presents a style for machine learning, similar to the Google C++ Style Guide and other popular guides to practical programming. If you have… ... Read More
MIT Develops Algorithm to Accelerate Neural Network Evaluation by 200x -- 01 Apr 2019 - By Joel Hruska on March 22, 2019 Neural networks have been a hot topic of late, but evaluating the most efficient way to build one for processing a given stack of data is still an arduous affair. Designing systems that can use algorithms to build themselves in the most optimal… ... Read More
The 3 types of AI: Narrow (ANI), General (AGI), and Super (ASI) -- 01 Apr 2019 - by Mitchell Tweedie, Oct 23rd, 2017 Artificial intelligence (abbreviated: AI or A.I.) is mainstream. It’s how Google ranks pages, Amazon knows what we like, bots like Siri chat, and computers play Chess and Go. The AI landscape is crowded, so, how do we make sense of everything. How do we… ... Read More
The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem – Mehr Licht auf die Startups im Maschinenraum -- 18 Mar 2019 - March 14, 201914 MAR 2019 -- by Massimo Portincaso, Arnaud de la Tour, and Philippe Soussan Deep technologies — novel technologies that offer significant advances over those currently in use — are attracting an unprecedented amount of interest and activity. The aggregate global private investment in seven deep tech categories… ... Read More
Solar Power Stations In Space – Sending Energy To Earth -- 21 Feb 2019 - Plans for first Chinese solar power station in space revealed By Kirsty Needham - February 15, 2019 - The Sydney Morning Herald Beijing: China is taking its renewable energy push to new heights, with scientists revealing plans to build the first solar power station in space. A solar power station… ... Read More
Das sind die häufigsten Deal Breaker mit VCs -- 11 Feb 2019 - by Jan Schnedler - 08 FEB 2019 Im schlimmsten Fall kann einer dieser Punkte ausreichen, damit ein Investor sich gegen die Finanzierung eines Startups entscheidet. Werden mehrere dieser Punkte erfüllt, wird es für Startups bei professionellen Investoren sehr schwer, eine Finanzierung zu erhalten. In meiner langjährigen Startup-Beratung haben sich einige… ... Read More
Podcasts schlagen Tageszeitungen -- 05 Feb 2019 -   Im neuen „Spiegel“ findet sich ein Interview mit „New York Times“-Verleger Arthur Gregg Sulzberger und darin fallen bemerkenswerte Sätze: "Wir haben viele Jahre geglaubt, Podcasts funktionierten nicht. Wir hatten es versucht und es hat nicht funktioniert. Unser Podcast damals bestand aus einem Reporter, der die Titelseite vorlas. Im Januar… ... Read More
ExoWarfare done miserably: “Internet Research Agency” (IRA) Russia – Human Trolls -- 18 Dec 2018 - Internet Research Agency Die Bilanz der "Trollfabrik" von Mathias Brandt - 18.12.2018 Die Internet Research Agency (IRA) ist ein Unternehmen aus Sankt Petersburg, dass als "Trollfabrik" der russischen Regierung gilt. Eine aktuellen Studie des an der Oxford-Universität angesiedelten Computational Propaganda Research Projects (COMPROP) zufolge haben die Propaganda-Experten der IRA während… ... Read More
R&D Spending Per Country -- 17 Dec 2018 - (right-click and select "view image" to see the full size)       ... Read More
DARPA Cortical Modem Connects Brain Directly To Computer: Direct Neural Interface (DNI) Chip -- 26 Nov 2018 - DARPA's cortical modem implant could restore sight loss and provide eyes with a heads-up display   DARPA Cortical Modem connects brain directly to computer for 'electronic telepathy and telekinesis' A brain-computer interface has been developed by the US Defence Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that is capable of laying a heads-up… ... Read More
DARPA Announces 2019 AI Colloquium on March 6-7, 2019 in Alexandria, VA -- 18 Nov 2018 - Scientific defense community to convene and learn about agency’s robust R&D efforts in artificial intelligence outreach@darpa.mil 11/16/2018 Throughout DARPA’s history, artificial intelligence (AI) has been an important area of groundbreaking research and development (R&D). In the 1960s, DARPA researchers completed some of the foundational work in the field, leading to… ... Read More
Künstliche Intelligenz bedroht Google’s und Facebook’s Geschäftsmodelle -- 12 Nov 2018 - "Quantum AI Supremacy" & "Distributed, Portable AI" Experten glauben, dass Google und facebook eine Entwicklung der Technologie unterschätzen. Und die könnte die Stellung der Konzerne trotz massiver Investitionen stark bedrohen.   Google, Facebook und Co. könnten zu den Dinosauriern des Zeitalters der künstlichen Intelligenz werden. „Das Rennen um die Vormachtstellung… ... Read More
Berlin Science Week & Helmholtz Horizons Symposium 1. to 10. NOV 2018 -- 29 Oct 2018 - Ab dem 1. November findet für 10 Tage die Berlin Science Week vom 1.11. bis 10.11. statt: "BERLIN SCIENCE WEEK 1-10 NOV 2018 is an international gathering, bringing together people from the world’s most innovative scientific institutions in Berlin. It is dedicated to the dialogue between science and society to… ... Read More
ExoWarfare: DARPA’s New $2 billion “AI NEXT” Initiative – Parallel to $1.7 billion JAIC -- 10 Sep 2018 - Leaders at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Sept. 7 a $2 billion initiative, known as AI Next, that aims to substantially improve artificial intelligence research. “With AI Next, we are making multiple research investments aimed at transforming computers from specialized tools to partners in problem-solving,” Steven Walker, the… ... Read More
What will top the US Space Force to-do list? -- 30 Aug 2018 - In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Air Force’s Global Positioning System was a continuous target. “Every year [as] we went through the budget cycle the United States Air Force ... tried to kill the GPS program,” Gen. John Hyten, now head of U.S. Strategic Command, said during a… ... Read More
3 Trends In The Future Of Cyber Conflict -- 30 Aug 2018 - Cyber has become a means for nations and organizations to achieve objectives below the thresholds of conflict. In this new digital warfare domain, traditional conceptions are being flipped on their heads.     Here are three potential trends that could factor into this increasingly dynamic environment, according to Col. Steve… ... Read More
Global Information Security Spending To Exceed $124 Billion In 2019 -- 25 Aug 2018 - Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach more than $114 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4 percent from last year, according to the latest forecast from Gartner. In 2019, the market is forecast to grow 8.7 percent to $124 billion. “Security leaders are striving to help… ... Read More
Ever heard of ‘deep fake’ technology? The phony audio and video tech could be used to blackmail troops -- 23 Jul 2018 - On June 7, during a training exercise in the Baltics, four U.S. Army Stryker vehicles driving along a road between Kaunas and Prienai, Lithuania, collided when the lead vehicle braked too hard for a obstacle on the roadway. Not long after the incident, a blog post made to look like… ... Read More



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