China shows off its revolutionary silent submarine engine
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Submarine engines are noisy, for a hole host of reasons, but China’s latest engine is the quietest in the world and it could revolutionise underwater warfare   In the 1990’s film The Hunt For Red October, by Tom Clancy, Sean Connery plays the role... Read more
Chicago Police Department goes hi tech to catch murderers in the act
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the number of shootings and murders in Chicago spiralling the Chicago Police Department have joined other cities in rolling out sensor and software networks that catch killers in the act   In a cramped office in a police station in Chicago’s 11th district,... Read more
China wants to build a 20,000 tonne warship that submerges
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As China continues to build out its military capabilities it’s beginning to put new twists on old ideas, and this latest one is straight from the movies   The Chinese navy is taking the concept of arsenal ships, ships that were first thought of... Read more
Chinese scientists have built the world’s first quantum satellite network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum networks promise almost total secrecy but significant hurdles remain to creating international and internet scale networks, now though China looks like it will be the first to create the first international, cross border, quantum network   Late last year, a green dot appeared... Read more
US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day the world’s best spy could very well be an AI, and that’s bad news for Starbuck’s whose biggest coffee shop is on the NSA campus…   The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increasingly connected society has already, according to the... Read more
Lockheed confirms it’s building the unmanned hypersonic SR-72 aircraft
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next generation of aircraft, and warfare, will be hypersonic and as China and Russia make big advances in the space the US is stepping up its game   The US has been playing around with hypersonic aircraft for decades now, the most public... Read more
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their... Read more
Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are well on the path to creating a society shaped and guided by digital, and genetic, profiling and that can be a good, and a bad, thing   Dangerous dystopian tech, or a must have pre-crime tech in an increasingly dangerous world? I’ll... Read more
Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are finding that their latest and greatest biometric security systems are easier to hack than the password systems they replaced   Criminals know you love taking selfies, and they love your... Read more
Dreamcatchers, researchers announce they can see into people’s dreams
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We already have the nascent technology that allows us to stream live movies from people’s minds but streaming dreams has been illusive because we didn’t know where they originated, until now   Throughout the Millennia our dreams, and our ability to dream, has fuelled... Read more
Darktrace’s new AI automatically stops cyber attacks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s are increasingly being deployed to expose and eliminate cyber security threats and now fully autonomous cyber security platforms, that take humans out of the loop, are becoming a reality   With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially and with many organisations now... Read more
Russia gets ready to test its new, ‘unbeatable’ hypersonic missile system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons have the ability to change the balance of global warfare and render many of today’s defensive weapons systems obsolete   The race to develop unstoppable weapons capable of defeating all of today’s military defence systems is getting much too close for comfort,... Read more
Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is one of the most complicated objects in the universe but now scientists are managing to decode it to stream our dreams, emotions and thoughts   Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanners are an intriguing technology. After all, how many other technologies... Read more
Researchers hack classified air gapped systems using drones and LED’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped systems are used to hold and protect top secret data, and they’re becoming increasingly vulnerable to hacks   Air gapped computer systems have always held a special fascination for hackers – firstly because of the challenge that surrounds being able to hack... Read more
A fifth of the Dark Web just got shut down
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Dark Web is home to criminals and political activists, and a hacker who went after the former just showed how vulnerable it is   Last weekend over 10,000 dark web sites were taken down in an attack that aimed to take down sites hosting... Read more
Never seen before fileless malware infects hundreds of global banks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of never seen before malware has been discovered and it’s getting more common, unlike previous forms of malware that rely on files to do their dirty work this one lives in computer memory – and that’s a problem   Just a... Read more
New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new technology breakthrough from Department 13 will help the US military take control of enemy drones and turn them against their operators   So, the friend of my enemy is my friend? In the past it was enough for governments to want to... Read more
Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A team of Canadian researchers have achieved a world first and hacked a quantum network, then they accomplished another world first and discovered how to identify hacks   As we saw during the recent 2016 US election, protecting traditional computer systems and electoral systems,... Read more
Bromium’s micro-virtualisation technology stops Malware in its tracks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially companies are turning to virtualisation to help them contain attacks, and it looks like it’s working   Speak to anyone – anyone at all, even your grandmother, and they’ll tell you that the number of cyber... Read more
World’s best AI robo-hacker takes on Botnets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Human security experts are having trouble keeping up patching the security exploits in their company’s IoT connected products, now they’re turning to artificial intelligence to do it for them   Last summer the Pentagon, in conjunction with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency... Read more
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