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  • ブロックチェーンを技術のコアとする独自のイノベーションの重要な突破口とし、今後の発展の方向性を明確化するとともに、関連するコアとなる技術開発に注力することで、ブロックチェーンによる産業のイノベーションを加速的に推進すべき。
  • ブロックチェーン技術の応用はデジタル金融、IOT、スマート・プロダクション、サプライチェーンの管理、デジタル資産取引など多岐にわたる。
  • ブロックチェーンの標準化に関する研究を強化し、国際的な発言力とルールの制定への関与を強めるべき。

Kazimierz Rajnerowicz

We live in a time of major technological changes.
The fear of artificial intelligence is perfectly legitimate. The acceptance of said technology by different demographic groups is also very thought-provoking. AI fears are most pronounced among the well-educated and women. Technology may once again prove to be a factor that deepens social divisions.
For now, the presentation of the new robot created by Tesla and Elon Musk was only a publicity stunt. It was a man in a costume. Almost no one fears revenge-seeking, Terminator-style AI robots invading their homes.
For a substantial part of society, the AI revolution could mean changing jobs or their lifestyles. The expected disruptions to the job market, education, or transportation should be our major concerns. Before things get out of hand.


C社の社員が F社のビッグデータを簡単に手に入れた




いや C社の社員が不法にアクセスしたのだとか



一企業はビッグデータを使って 社会を変えることができる

Michael Sandel

Even the most conscientious companies cannot be expected to figure out the common good by themselves, without engaging in robust public discussion about the purposes of technology, about the ethical dilemmas that technology raises and about how we should address those ethical challenges.
The tech industry cannot answer those questions by itself. Only a sustained lively public debate about the ethical implications of technology can address those questions.
The most responsible technology companies will be those that welcome and encourage a broader public debate about how technology, rather than being disempowering, can be a force for the common good.





化学や物理が 多くの人の命を奪っても








ビッグデータと ブロックチェーンと AI が



AI で

ビッグデータ 人工衛星からのデータ ブロックチェーン AI などを

COVID-19 の流行は
ビッグデータと ブロックチェーンと AI の利用の各国の実力の差を



ビッグデータと ブロックチェーンと AI の利用についての





ビッグデータと ブロックチェーンと AI の

ビッグデータと ブロックチェーンと AI の






ところが、残念なことに、日本はこの分野で国際競争に立ち遅れているとの懸念が高まっている。なぜ日本にはブロックチェーン技術が不足しているのか? その最大の理由は日本にフィンテック(ITを活用した新しい金融サービス)への投資が少ないことにある。フィンテックの投資規模は中国のわずか1・5%程度にすぎないという調査結果もある。


日本ではよく「Why Blockchain」という言葉を耳にする。要するに「それブロックチェーン使う必要ある?」ということだ。Fedexのような物流におけるサプライチェーンにブロックチェーンを適用する場合、多くが運送される商品のトラッキングを目的としている。この商品追跡をブロックチェーンで行う意義は大いにある。最もインパクトが大きいと考えるのはヒューマンエラーの防止だ。スマートコントラクトで物流の管理を自動化することにより、意図したエラーだけでなく意図しないエラーすらも防ぐことができる。これは純粋なプログラムとデータベースの解放では実現できない。なぜなら、そこに人間の意思が介在するからだ。

Maxine Waters

I have come to the conclusion that it would be beneficial for all if Facebook concentrates on addressing its many existing deficiencies and failures before proceeding any further on the Libra project.


United Nations secretary-general António Guterres says the intergovernmental giant needs to embrace blockchain.
Coming at a time when the president of China has touted blockchain as a national priority, and the $6 billion United Nations Children’s Fund has started accepting bitcoin and ethereum donations for some of its projects, the statement from Guterres shows that cryptocurrency and the underlying blockchain technology is being seriously explored at the highest levels of the largest organizations in the world.
While China seems largely focused on using blockchain as a way to prevent money laundering and better track its citizens’ transactions, the United Nations work has been more focused on giving donors increased assurance their donations are being spent how they wish, while reducing waste in the organization’s giant supply chain.



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Wen Mao

(China is positioning itself as a global leader in precision medicine, the use of a person’s genetic information to diagnose and treat diseases.)
When it comes to understanding precision medicine China has an historical advantage because Chinese herbal medicine was always tailored to the individual. Now China is trying to apply this principle to many cutting edge technologies.

Nele Maria Palipea

Banking the unbanked of the world is one of the Holy Grails for blockchain technology and could help millions of people around the globe reach financial inclusion.
However, it may come as a surprise to many that this is not just a third-world problem or that it doesn’t only affect individuals. A whole industry in the United States is currently operating completely unbanked and cryptocurrencies could save the day.

Marius Kramer

Some 5 real-world usage of the blockchain that are already being tested:

  • A completely decentralized internet, where ISPs aren’t need anymore. This is what Skycoin does with Skywire. They will soon provide their custom built 1Gbps antennas for $100, which have a range of 10 miles and provide high speed internet to 7,000 people and with their mesh network on top probably 20,000 people. You only need 2,000 antennas per European country to cover the whole continent and the data is stored on Skyminers.
  • Decentralized Storage. This is directly competing with Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • An near infinitely scalable and near infinitely decentralized payment processor. This will replace all banks, ALL banks. IOTA, Skycoin and Nano are that, it only needs to be seen which one can get to adoption the quickest.
  • Security Identification, so that you don’t show your passport when traveling anymore, because security identification is now all handled by the block chain (Civic, THEKEY).
  • Voting, so that it doesn’t happy through intransparent and insecure voting machines, but through the blockchain (DistrictXo)

Robert Hackett

7 ways to win the quantum race

  • Superconducting uses an electrical current, flowing through special semiconductor chips cooled to near absolute zero, to produce computational “qubits.” Google, IBM, and Intel are pursuing this approach, which has so far been the front-runner.
  • Ion trap relies on charged atoms that are manipulated by lasers in a vacuum, which helps to reduce noisy interference that can contribute to errors. Industrial giant Honeywell is betting on this technique. So is IonQ, a startup with backing from Alphabet.
  • Neutral Atom Similar to the ion-trap method, except it uses, you guessed it, neutral atoms. Physicist Mikhail Lukin’s lab at Harvard is a pioneer.
  • Annealing designed to find the lowest-energy (and therefore speediest) solutions to math problems. Canadian firm D-Wave has sold multimillion-dollar machines based on the idea to Google and NASA. They’re fast, but skeptics question whether they qualify as “quantum.”
  • Silicon spin uses single electrons trapped in transistors. Intel is hedging its bets between the more mature superconducting qubits and this younger, equally semiconductor-friendly method.
  • Topological uses exotic, highly stable quasi-particles called “anyons.” Microsoft deems this unproven moonshot as the best candidate in the long run, though the company has yet to produce a single one.
  • Photonics uses light particles sent through special silicon chips. The particles interact with one another very little (good), but can scatter and disappear (bad). Three-year-old stealth startup Psi Quantum is tinkering away on this idea.

Jeremy Kahn

Among the most anticipated uses of quantum computers is the ability to create new chemicals, like catalysts for producing nitrogen-based fertilizers or for use in cells in higher-powered batteries. Quantum computing could also be used to crack most commonly used forms of digital encryption. It may one day also be used to streamline logistics and delivery operations, as well as speeding up machine learning applications.

Edwin Pednault, John Gunnels, Dmitri Maslov, Jay Gambetta

The concept of “quantum supremacy” showcases the resources unique to quantum computers, such as direct access to entanglement and superposition. However, classical computers have resources of their own such as a hierarchy of memories and high-precision computations in hardware, various software assets, and a vast knowledge base of algorithms, and it is important to leverage all such capabilities when comparing quantum to classical.


正極材には安全性に優れた「オリビン型リン酸鉄リチウム」を採用。大型リチウムイオン電池として、世界で初めて国際的認証機関TÜV Rheinland リンクアイコン(テュフ ラインランド)の製品安全検査に合格しました。

Preferred Networks(PFN)

Motivation-Driven (熱意を元に): PFNの組織文化を表す上で欠かすことができないのは、メンバーのモチベーション主導である、ということです。モチベーションがある(つまり”熱中している”)ということは、真剣に成果と向き合っている、ということを意味します。プロジェクトの成果に意義を見出し、強いモチベーションがあれば、私たちはそれぞれのチームのメンバーの成果にも貢献しようとします。これはチームワークで成果を出す、ということとも同義です。このカルチャーがあるからこそ、私たちは非常にフラットで、フレキシブル、かつ高いパフォーマンスを誇る組織であり続けられるのです。
Learn or Die (死ぬ気で学べ): PFNのメンバーは全員、学ぶことに非常に貪欲です。PFNが挑戦する分野は変化の大きな分野であり、その中で私たちが最先端であり続ける為には、学ぶことが唯一の方法です。私たちは一つのアイデアや、一つの技術、一つのドメインに固執しません。たとえば、PFNのソフトウェアエンジニアは、ハードウェアで新しいチャレンジをすることを望み、ハードウェアのリサーチャーはHCIデザインに自分の分野を切り替えることにわくわくします。その結果、PFNは多様なバックグラウンドを持つメンバーによって構成される、真の学習組織になるのです。
Proud, but Humble (誇りを持って、しかし謙虚に): PFNはテクノロジーをコアとする会社です。私たちは、自分たちの成果に挑戦し続けます。そうすることで、最高の人材を魅了し、仲間を増やし続けます。同時に私たちは、何が自分たちでは実現できないか、ということについても正しい理解を持っています。世の中に知らない事象や技術があることを認識し、それだからこそ、多様な専門分野を持つメンバーのアイデアを最大限にリスペクトできるのです。
Boldly Do What No One Has Done Before (誰もしたことがないことを大胆に為せ): より良い未来を描いて、技術で世界を変える ー 新しいソフトウェアやハードウェア、新しいサービスやビジネスの変革、これまでにない市場の創出に私たちは挑戦します。「PFNにしかできないこと」をやることが、社会における私たちの使命だと考えます。


Despite the dominance of companies in AI, universities and public research organizations play a leading role in inventions in selected AI fields such as distributed AI, some machine learning techniques and neuroscience/neurorobotics.
Chinese organizations make up 17 of the top 20 academic players in AI patenting as well as 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications. Chinese organizations are particularly strong in the emerging technique of deep learning. The leading public research organization applicant is the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with over 2,500 patent families and over 20,000 scientific papers published on AI. Moreover, CAS has the largest deep learning portfolio (235 patent families). Chinese organizations are consolidating their lead, with patent filings having grown on average by more than 20 percent per year from 2013 to 2016, matching or beating the growth rates of organizations from most other countries.

Сергей Чемезов

Этот комплекс – это шаг к абсолютно новому ведению боевых действий. Мы уверенно держимся в первых рядах среди стран-производителей такого рода вооружений. Высокоточный беспилотный снаряд летит до 30 минут со скоростью 130 км в час. Заряд на данном комплексе доставляется к цели вне зависимости от ее скрытности и рельефа местности – как малых, так и на больших высотах. Это очень точное и максимально эффективное оружие, с которым очень трудно бороться с помощью традиционных средств ПВО.



Devin Coldewey

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an early adopter.




(右記の例)1・2の「醤油ラーメン」は セルに「しょうゆらーめん」と入力して変換したもの、7・8の「醤油ラーメン」は他のアプリからコピペしたもの。コピペしたものは読み仮名のデータを持たないので、末尾に回されてしまう。



По словам Эллы Памфиловой, около двух часов ночи сайт ЦИК подвергся DDOS-атаке. Ранее о кибератаках на российские сайты, в том числе ведомств, сообщали в «Ростелекоме» и Минкомсвязи.


Un compteur communicant est un compteur disposant de technologies dites AMR (Automated Meter Reading) qui mesure de manière détaillée et précise, et éventuellement en temps réel, une consommation d’électricité, d’eau ou de gaz. La transmission des données s’effectue par ondes radio ou par courants porteurs en ligne (CPL) au gestionnaire du réseau de distribution chargé du comptage.
Les compteurs communicants servent à produire des factures sur la consommation réelle, à repérer des gaspillages, des pertes en ligne ou les postes qui coûtent le plus au client. Ils peuvent éventuellement l’informer de microcoupures ou de pertes des réseaux électriques.
Si le compteur est en outre « programmable à distance » et équipé d’un appareil de coupure à distance, il est dit « AMM » (Advanced Meter Management). Ces fonctions sont à la base de l’évolution des réseaux (d’électricité, d’eau ou de gaz) vers les « réseaux intelligents ».

Kristin Burnham

Imagine sitting in your car in a drive-through, just after ordering a cup of coffee. As you wait for the barista to make your drink, a stranger opens your passenger door, reaches for the gas pedal, and floors it. Your car is burning gas quickly and could be sustaining damage to its engine.
Now imagine that the car is your computer, and the stranger is code running in your Web browser.
Congratulations, you’re a victim of cryptojacking, a relatively new method of mining cryptocurrency that involves harvesting an external device’s processing and electrical power to perform transaction-validating cryptographic calculations. As cryptojackers leech power from and compromise site visitors’ hardware, they line their pockets with portions of the bitcoin, litecoin, monero, ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies they mine.


The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft. The Growler’s electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman.
The added electronics include AN/ALQ-218 wideband receivers on the wingtips and ALQ-99 high and low-band tactical jamming pods. The ALQ-218 combined with the ALQ-99 form a full spectrum electronic warfare suite that is able to provide detection and jamming against all known surface-to-air threats.



  • 1G:第1世代(アナログ無線、アナログ携帯電話)
  • 2G:第2世代(データ通信、デジタル携帯電話)
  • 3G:第3世代(脱地域限定、世界標準)
  • 4G:第4世代(高速化、スマートフォン)
  • 5G:第5世代(すべての端末・アプリケーション)

John Leyden, Chris Williams

A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.
Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday: these changes were seeded to beta testers running fast-ring Windows Insider builds in November and December.
Crucially, these updates to both Linux and Windows will incur a performance hit on Intel products. The effects are still being benchmarked, however we’re looking at a ballpark figure of five to 30 per cent slow down, depending on the task and the processor model. More recent Intel chips have features – such as PCID – to reduce the performance hit. Your mileage may vary.

Morgane Tual

L’être humain est-il menacé par la technologie ?
La machine risque-t-elle de le dominer ?
Fantasmes ou réalité ?
L’emploi menacé ?
Des données biaisées ?
Vers un « piratage » de l’esprit humain ?
Interdire les armes autonomes ?
Tous surveillés ?
Comment protéger les données personnelles ?
Expliquer l’inexplicable ?
Responsables mais pas coupables ?


Problems involving combinatorial and continuous optimization are ubiquitous in our modern life. Classic examples include lead compound optimization in the development of medicine, frequency band and/or transmission power optimization in wireless communications, sparse coding for compressed sensing, Boltzmann sampling in machine learning, portfolio optimization in Fin Tech, and many others. Most of those problems belong to the non-deterministic polynomial (NP), NP-complete, and NP-hard classes in complexity theory and require exponential resources as the problem size increases. The QNN exploits quantum parallel searching at below OPO threshold, collective symmetry breaking at OPO threshold, and exponential probability amplification of the solution state at above OPO threshold to address this limitation.

Greg Nichols

AI is spreading to the enterprise at a phenomenal rate.
According to a global survey of 260 large organizations, a data and analytics company, 80 percent of enterprises are investing in AI and one in three “believe their company will need to invest more over the next 36 months to keep pace with competitors.”
Let’s get this out of the way: What is AI?
Like “Big Data,” it’s a buzz phrase and technology category that’s at once alluring and elusive. In general, enterprise AI includes things like machine and deep learning, voice recognition and response, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), automated communications and reporting, predictive analytics, and recommendation engines.
If you’re a purist, you’ll recognize that a more accurate description for most of these technologies would be software automation. But that’s less fun to throw around at parties.
Big Data is distinct from AI, but the Big Data revolution that started a few years back has enabled many of the technologies we’re calling AI.
If you’re positioned to drive adoption and deployment of any of these technologies, which many IT professionals are, you’re sitting on a huge opportunity, and potentially a leap into the C-suite.

Acme Portable Machines

The DuraPAC Pro is a powerful and robust portable computer suitable for tough environments and mobile applications. The aluminum and steel construction allows for it to be both lightweight and rugged. The steel design maintains the ruggedness and integrity of the model while at the same time, the aluminum allows it to be lightweight.


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Steve Lohr

Watson, can you grow into a multibillion-dollar business and become the engine of IBM’s resurgence?
IBM is betting its future that the answer is yes. Its campaign to commercialize Watson, the company’s version of artificial intelligence technology, stands out, even during the current A.I. frenzy in the tech industry.
IBM has invested billions of dollars in its Watson business unit, created at the start of 2014, which now employs an estimated 10,000 workers.
At the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Watson was tested on 1,000 cancer diagnoses made by human experts. In 99 percent of them, Watson recommended the same treatment as the oncologists.
In 30 percent of the cases, Watson also found a treatment option the human doctors missed. Some treatments were based on research papers that the doctors had not read — more than 160,000 cancer research papers are published a year. Other treatment options might have surfaced in a new clinical trial the oncologists had not yet seen announced on the web.
But Watson read it all. “Humans enabled by A.I. is the way to go with genomics,” said Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, head of the school’s cancer center.



Mohammad AQib

A user would never like to enter its data or information in the website if he/she feels that it would be insecure. Any unauthorized access may lead to identity theft which may subsequently lead to dire consequences. So the main problems associated with the website can be named as:
1. Loss of control: The user has to rely on the provider to ensure data security and privacy, resource availability, monitoring of services and resources.
2. Lack of Trust: Trusting a third party requires taking risks. Basically trust and risk are the opposite sides of the same coin. Some monitoring or auditing capabilities would be required to increase the level of trust.
Another key challenge is related to cost. As a general rule, the costs of managing user identities should be as low as possible to ensure a reasonable return on investment in the website.

Surrey NanoSystems

VentablackA whole range of products can now take advantage of Vantablack’s astonishing characteristics, thanks to the development of a new spray version of the world’s blackest coating material. The new substance, Vantablack S-VIS, is easily applied at large scale to virtually any surface, whilst still delivering the proven performance of Vantablack.
Vantablack‘s nano-structure absorbs virtually all incident light, enabling the performance of precision optical systems to be optimized. The material’s developer, UK-based Surrey NanoSystems, has mimicked the performance of its original Vantablack with a new version that can be sprayed onto objects, rather than deposited using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process.
Vantablack S-VIS greatly widens the potential applications space, making it possible to coat larger complex shapes and structures. It is applied at temperatures that are easily withstood by common plastics, further extending its use. Even though the material is applied using a simple spraying process, it traps a massive 99.8% of incident light. This property gives Vantablack S-VIS its ability to make objects appear to be two-dimensional black holes, as it becomes impossible to make-out surface topography.

Aaron Sheldrick, Minami Funakoshi

Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-metre high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns.
Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it has proven impossible to get into its bowels to find and remove the extremely dangerous blobs of melted fuel rods.
The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) , has made some progress, such as removing hundreds of spent fuel roads in one damaged building. But the technology needed to establish the location of the melted fuel rods in the other three reactors at the plant has not been developed.
The fuel rods melted through their containment vessels in the reactors, and no one knows exactly where they are now. This part of the plant is so dangerous to humans, Tepco has been developing robots, which can swim under water and negotiate obstacles in damaged tunnels and piping to search for the melted fuel rods.
But as soon as they get close to the reactors, the radiation destroys their wiring and renders them useless.


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Defense Industry Daily

PatriotSystemThe USA’s MIM-104 Phased Array Tracking Radar Intercept On Target (PATRIOT) anti-air missile system offers an advanced backbone for medium-range air defense, and short-range ballistic missile defense, to America and its allies. This article covers domestic and foreign purchase requests and contracts for Patriot systems. It also compiles information about the engineering service contracts that upgrade these systems, ensure that they continue to work, and integrate them with wider command and defense systems.
The Patriot missile franchise’s future appears assured. At present, 12 nations have chosen it as a key component of their air and missile defense systems: the USA, Germany, Greece, Japan, Israel, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the UAE. Poland, Qatar, and Turkey have all indicated varying levels of interest, and some existing customers are looking to upgrade their systems.

Fraunhofer Institute

WasitagoalWhen it comes to deciding whether or not the whole of the ball passed over the line, the human eye can be inadequate. Our GoalRef™ goal-line technology supports referees by informing them immediately when a goal is scored.
In answering the question of ‘Goal or no goal?’, FIFA will in future be turning to the GoalRef™ goal-line technology developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. After successfully completing a demanding certification process, the GoalRefTM system was officially licensed by FIFA in November 2012, which means it is approved for use at official football matches. Since GoalRefTM produces a reliable decision immediately, it does not interrupt play or alter the character of the game.

Andy Greenberg

I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass.
As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. A nice touch, I thought.
The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. I’d come to St. Louis to be Miller and Valasek’s digital crash-test dummy, a willing subject on whom they could test the car-hacking research they’d been doing over the past year. The result of their work was a hacking technique—what the security industry calls a zero-day exploit—that can target Jeep Cherokees and give the attacker wireless control, via the Internet, to any of thousands of vehicles. Their code is an automaker’s nightmare: software that lets hackers send commands through the Jeep’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission, all from a laptop that may be across the country.

U.S. Department of Defense

The Active Denial System (ADS) is needed because it’s the first non-lethal, directed-energy, counter-personnel system with an extended range greater than currently fielded non-lethal weapons. Most counter-personnel non-lethal weapons use kinetic energy (rubber rounds, bean bags, etc.). A kinetic-based system has a higher risk of human injury, and its effectiveness varies in relation to the size, age and gender of the target. The Active Denial System, however, is consistently effective regardless of size, age and gender and has a range greater than small-arms range. The Active Denial System will provide military personnel with a non-lethal weapon that has the same effect on all human targets.

Margaret Atwood

Every technology we develop is an extension of one of our own senses or capabilities. It has always been that way. The spear and the arrow extended the arm, the telescope extended the eye, and now the Kissinger kissing device extends the mouth. Every technology we’ve ever made has also altered the way we live. So how different will our lives be if the future we choose is the one with all these robots in it?
More to the point, how will we power that future? Every modern robotic form that exists, and every one still to come, depends on a supply of cheap energy. If the energy disappears, so will the robots. And, to a large degree, so will we, since the lifestyle we have built and come to depend on floats on a sea of electricity.

Mary Landesman

Trojans have the same right on the system as does the logged in user. In other words, if the user can, the Trojan can. This includes deleting or modifying files, installing other software, uninstalling software, or sending sensitive password and login information to a remote attacker.
Regardless of how the infection gets on the system, once installed, the system is under the control of the attacker. Often, the attacker will share the list of zombied systems with others, giving unfettered access to their collection of zombie machines by other ill-intended criminals. Attackers can also often simply scan for compromised machines, which often send a greeting of readiness to listening ears. Collectively, the zombied systems are referred to as a botnet.
These botnets are then used for a variety of criminal purposes – all of which pose serious risk to the infected user as well as the entire Internet community.

Stephen Chen

9submarine_8China has moved a step closer to creating a supersonic submarine that could travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in less than two hours.
New technology developed by a team of scientists at Harbin Institute of Technology’s Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab has made it easier for a submarine, or torpedo, to travel at extremely high speeds underwater.
In theory, a supercavitating vessel could reach the speed of sound underwater, or about 5,800km/h, which would reduce the journey time for a transatlantic underwater cruise to less than an hour, and for a transpacific journey to about 100 minutes.
However, supercavitation technology has faced two major problems. First, the submerged vessel has needed to be launched at high speeds, approaching 100km/h, to generate and maintain the air bubble.
Second, it is extremely difficult – if not impossible – to steer the vessel using conventional mechanisms, such as a rudder, which are inside the bubble without any direct contact with water.
As a result, its application has been limited to unmanned vessels, such as torpedoes, but nearly all of these torpedoes were fired in a straight line because they had limited ability to turn.
The team of Chinese scientists had found an innovative means of addressing both problems.

Ellen Ullman

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TIME IT IS. There are no windows in this office and no clock, only the blinking red LED display of a microwave, which flashes 12:00, 12:00, 12:00, 12:00. Joel and I have been programming for days. We have a bug, a stubborn demon of a bug. So the red pulse no-time feels right, like a read-out of our brains, which have somehow synchronized themselves at the same blink rate.

But what if they select all the text and / hit Delete. / Damn! The NULL case! / And if not were out of the text field and they hit space / yeah, like for / no parameter / Hell! / So what if we space-pad? / I dont know . Wait a minute! / Yeah, we could space-pad / and do space as numeric. / Yes! Well call SendKey(space) to? / the numeric object. / My God! That fixes it! / Yeah! That’ll work if / space is numeric! / if space is numeric!

We lock eyes. We barely breathe. For a slim moment, we are together in a universe where two human beings can simultaneously understand the statement if space is numeric!

Jodi Kantor

Like increasing numbers of low-income mothers and fathers, Ms. Navarro is at the center of a new collision that pits sophisticated workplace technology against some fundamental requirements of parenting, with particularly harsh consequences for poor single mothers. Along with virtually every major retail and restaurant chain, Starbucks relies on software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data to determine which of its 130,000 baristas are needed in its thousands of locations and exactly when. Big-box retailers or mall clothing chains are now capable of bringing in more hands in anticipation of a delivery truck pulling in or the weather changing, and sending workers home when real-time analyses show sales are slowing. Managers are often compensated based on the efficiency of their staffing.
Scheduling is now a powerful tool to bolster profits, allowing businesses to cut labor costs with a few keystrokes.
Yet those advances are injecting turbulence into parents’ routines and personal relationships, undermining efforts to expand preschool access, driving some mothers out of the work force and redistributing some of the uncertainty of doing business from corporations to families, say parents, child care providers and policy experts.


Sales of Fuel Cell sedan will begin in Japan before April 2015 where hydrogen stations are in place.
Preparations are underway for sales to begin in the US and Europe during the summer of 2015.

fcv_step1It is a vehicle equipped with a “Fuel Cell” that generates electricity through the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to power the motor driving the vehicle. Hydrogen, which replaces gasoline as fuel, is an environment-friendly energy source that can be produced from various raw materials.





Mark Weiser

The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.


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