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Reality check: The state of AI, bots, and smart assistants

Artificial intelligencemdash;in the guises of personal assistants, bots, self-driving cars, and machine learningmdash;is hot again, dominating Silicon Valley conversations, tech media reports, and vendor trade shows.AI is one of those technologies whose promise is resurrected periodically, but only slowly advances into the real world.
I remember the dog-and-pony AI shows at IBM, MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, Thinking Machines, and the like in the mid-1980s, as well as the technohippie proponents like Jaron Lanier who often graced the covers of the erarsquo;s gee-whiz magazine like Omni.[ Learn how to write apps that take full advantage of machine learning: Data in, intelligence out: Machine learning pipelines demystified • Googlersquo;s machine-learning cloud pipeline explained • R and Python drive SQL Server 2017 into machine learning. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorldrsquo;s App Dev Report newsletter. ]AI is an area where much of the science is well established, but the implementation is still quite immature.
Itrsquo;s not that the emperor has no clothesmdash;rather, the emperor is only now wearing underwear.

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There’s a Strontium Dog fan film, and it’s very good

If Judge Dredd has an equal in pages of 2000AD, it's Strontium Dog’s Johnny Alpha.

43% off Eagle Flight for PlayStation VR – Deal Alert

Soar past iconic landmarks, dive through narrow streets, and engage in heart-pounding aerial dog fights to protect your territory from opponents.

Eagle Flight sends you to the skies to experience the freedom of flying and explore Paris from a never-bef...

DocuSign forged – crooks crack email system and send nasties

Company couldn't school all the phish in the sea Electronic signatures outfit DocuSign has warned world+dog that one of its email systems was cracked by phisherpholk.…

You only need 60 bytes to hose Linux’s rpcbind

Sigh ... people just leave it on without blocking the port world+dog knows it uses.
So patch it or close it, people A 60 byte payload sent to a UDP socket to the rpcbind service can crash its host by filling up the target's memory.…

Epic, near-EVE-worthy troll sabotages Elite: Dangerous community event

“Smiling Dog Crew” shows how you should never let a wolf guard your chickens.

Speed of poop: Big or small, mammals drop a deuce in...

Hydrodynamic model of defecation takes size, rectal pressure, and mucus into account.

New, deadlier trend in the raging opioid epidemic: Elephant tranquilizer

It’s 10,000X stronger than morphine, 100X stronger than fentanyl, and on the rise.

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack...

Vulnerable unpatched systems expose exploitable SMB networking to world+dog The NSA's Equation Group hacking tools, leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, have now been used to infect thousands of Windows machines worldwide, we're told.…

Buggy open source components still dog dev teams

Software bugs are inevitable, but some issues are more about not vetting third-party libraries than actual coding mistakes. Many of the security vulnerabilities found in commercial software are the result of using at-risk versions of open source lib...

India to world+dog: Go ahead, please hack our elections … if...

Не волнуйтесь. Мы уже это сделали, товарищи Following demands for an investigation into the security of India's electronic voting machines, the country's election watchdog has invited all comers to hack the e-ballot boxes.…

Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of...

Standards help, too, as we fight to ensure the cost of sharing doesn't outweigh the benefits A long-ago cartoon in The New Yorker put it plainly: "On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog." If that cartoon had been written today, the caption might have read, "On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a fraud."…