Get ready. 2019 predictions about Artificial Intelligence that will make your head spin

Instead of breaking systems with ransomware, adversaries will leverage new tools to conduct harmful assaults on targeted subjects and organizations.

A staff member stands near a computer as it participates in the CHAIN Cup at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. A computer running artificial intelligence software defeated two teams of human doctors in accurately recognizing maladies in magnetic resonance images on Saturday, in a contest that was billed as the world’s first competition in neuroimaging between AI and human experts. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)ASSOCIATED PRESS

While the hip, ubiquitous business buzzwords are cryptocurrency and blockchain, the truly formidable factor of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution is Artificial Intelligence. Whether praised as a panacea for greater business efficiency or the feared as the demise of humanity, Artificial Intelligence is upon us and will impact business and society at large in ways that we can only begin to imagine. Fasten your seatbelts. Here’s what a few influencers in the arena say is on tap for 2019.

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62% of cybersecurity experts believe AI will be weaponized in next year


Some 62% of security experts believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will be weaponized and used for cyberattacks within the next 12 months, a Cylance survey released Tuesday found. This makes the growth of AI a double-edge sword, according to Cylance’s blog post on the finding.

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Cyber Gym: Israeli hacking school that trains corporate cyber warriors

Trainees work in front of their computers at the “Cyber Gym” center.

Israel’s new state-of-the-art “Cyber Gym” is where IT and infrastructure company employees train to defend against cyber attacks. The facility is a series of small buildings in the shadow of the looming Orot Rabin power station on Israel’s northern coastline. It was inaugurated this month by the Israel Electric Corp (IEC), which has experienced its fair share of cyber attacks.



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Chinese army tied to cyber attacks against U.S.

Satellite shot of the building from the report.

New York Times correspondents David Sanger and David Barboza, and  technology reporter Nicole Perlroth are out with a huge report on Chinese cyber-attacks on US companies.  The New York Times has gotten their hands on an advanced copy of a report by Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm the newspaper had previously hired when it got hacked.



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Scientist Claims To Be the First Human ‘Infected’ with a Computer Virus


Scientist infected with a computer virus. 

A British scientist claims to be the first human to have been infected with a computer virus after he contaminated an electronic chip which was inserted into his hand.  Dr Mark Gasson, of the University of Reading, said the device was programmed with a virus which could transfer itself to other electronic systems it came in contact with.  Any other chips that interacted with the infected systems would also contract the virus, he said, raising the possibility that in the future, advanced medical devices such as pacemakers could become vulnerable to cyber attacks.


India To Develop Its Own OS?


QWERTY gone sanskrit.

The Indian IT ministry has floated the idea of developing a made-in-India operating system to reduce the national dependence on foreign software and increase resilience to viruses and IT-based attacks.

My reaction to this wavers back and forth depending on how I think about OSes: if they’re a resource, like oil, then “reducing dependency on foreign OSes” makes a certain kind of sense. But if OSes are machines or standards — like engines, or metric — then “reducing dependency” on them is ridiculous. A country that “reduces its dependency” on using the same classes of invention as are used abroad is literally vowing to reinvent the wheel.

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Cyber Criminals Hack into More Than 75,000 Computer Systems in One of Largest Attacks


Cyber criminals hack into more that 75,000 computer systems

More than 75,000 computer systems at nearly 2,500 companies in the United States and around the world have been hacked in what appears to be one of the largest and most sophisticated attacks by cyber criminals discovered to date, according to a northern Virginia security firm.