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Month: May 2020

26 May 2020

Reality Check: The Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

Gartner believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) security will be a top strategic technology trend in 2020, and that enterprises must gain awareness of AI’s impact on the security space. However, many enterprise IT leaders still lack a comprehensive understanding of the technology and what the technology can realistically achieve today. It is important for leaders to question exasperated Marketing claims and over-hyped promises associated with AI so that there is no confusion as to the technology’s defining capabilities.

IT leaders should take a step back and consider if their company and team is at a high enough level of security maturity to adopt advanced technology such as AI successfully. The organization’s business goals and current focuses should align with the capabilities that AI can provide.

A study conducted by Widmeyer revealed that IT executives in the U.S. believe that AI will significantly change security over the next several years, enabling IT teams to evolve their capabilities as quickly as their adversaries.

Of course, AI can enhance cybersecurity and increase effectiveness, but it cannot solve every threat and cannot replace live security analysts yet. Today, security teams use modern Machine Learning (ML) in conjunction with automation, to minimize false positives and increase productivity.

As adoption of AI in security continues to increase, it is critical that enterprise IT leaders face the current realities and misconceptions of AI, such as:

Artificial Intelligence as a Silver Bullet
AI is not a solution; it is an enhancement. Many IT decision leaders mistakenly consider AI a silver bullet that can solve all their current IT security challenges without fully understanding how to use the technology and what its limitations are. We have seen AI reduce the complexity of the security analyst’s job by enabling automation, triggering the delivery of cyber incident context, and prioritizing fixes. Yet, security vendors continue to tout further, exasperated AI-enabled capabilities of their solution without being able to point to AI’s specific outcomes.

If Artificial Intelligence is identified as the key, standalone method for protecting an organization from cyberthreats, the overpromise of AI coupled with the inability to clearly identify its accomplishments, can have a very negative impact on the strength of an organization’s security program and on the reputation of the security leader. In this situation, Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) will, unfortunately, realize that AI has limitations and the technology alone is unable to deliver aspired results.

This is especially concerning given that 48% of enterprises say their budgets for AI in cybersecurity will increase by 29 percent this year, according to Capgemini.

Automation Versus Artificial Intelligence
We have seen progress surrounding AI in the security industry, such as the enhanced use of ML technology to recognize behaviors and find security anomalies. In most cases, security technology can now correlate the irregular behavior with threat intelligence and contextual data from other systems. It can also use automated investigative actions to provide an analyst with a strong picture of something being bad or not with minimal human intervention.

A security leader should consider the types of ML models in use, the biases of those models, the capabilities possible through automation, and if their solution is intelligent enough to build integrations or collect necessary data from non-AI assets.

AI can handle a bulk of the work of a Security Analyst but not all of it. As a society, we still do not have enough trust in AI to take it to the next level — which would be fully trusting AI to take corrective actions towards those anomalies it identified. Those actions still require human intervention and judgment.

Biased Decisions and Human Error
It is important to consider that AI can make bad or wrong decisions. Given that humans themselves create and train the models that achieve AI, it can make biased decisions based on the information it receives.

Models can produce a desired outcome for an attacker, and security teams should prepare for malicious insiders to try to exploit AI biases. Such destructive intent to influence AI’s bias can prove to be extremely damaging, especially in the legal sector.

By feeding AI false information, bad actors can trick AI to implicate someone of a crime more directly. As an example, just last year, a judge ordered Amazon to turn over Echo recordings in a double murder case. In instances such as these, a hacker has the potential to wrongfully influence ML models and manipulate AI to put an innocent person in prison. In making AI more human, the likelihood of mistakes will increase.

What’s more, IT decision-makers must take into consideration that attackers are utilizing AI and ML as an offensive capability. AI has become an important tool for attackers, and according to Forrester’s Using AI for Evil report, mainstream AI-powered hacking is just a matter of time.

AI can be leveraged for good and for evil, and it is important to understand the technology’s shortcomings and adversarial potential.

The Future of AI in Cybersecurity
Though it is critical to acknowledge AI’s realistic capabilities and its current limitations, it is also important to consider how far AI can take us. Applying AI throughout the threat lifecycle will eventually automate and enhance entire categories of Security Operations Center (SOC) activity. AI has the potential to provide clear visibility into user-based threats and enable increasingly effective detection of real threats.

There are many challenges IT decision-makers face when over-estimating what Artificial Intelligence alone can realistically achieve and how it impacts their security strategies right now. Security leaders must acknowledge these challenges and truths if organizations wish to reap the benefits of AI today and for years to come.

Source: https://www.aithority.com/guest-authors/reality-check-the-benefits-of-artificial-intelligence/

14 May 2020

Neuralink Will Do Human Brain Implant in “Less Than a Year”

For the second time in two years, entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk sat down with podcaster Joe Rogan to chat about the future of AI and its role in the symbiosis of man and machine.

In their conversation, Musk revealed that the secretive brain stimulation link startup Neuralink, which he co-founded, is close to starting testing in actual humans.

“We’re not testing people yet, but I think it won’t be too long,” Musk told Rogan. “We may be able to implant a neural link in less than a year in a person I think.”

The news comes after Musk teased in February that the brain-computer interface startup was working on an “awesome” new version.

In their conversation, Musk revealed that the secretive brain stimulation link startup Neuralink, which he co-founded, is close to starting testing in actual humans.

“We’re not testing people yet, but I think it won’t be too long,” Musk told Rogan. “We may be able to implant a neural link in less than a year in a person I think.”

The news comes after Musk teased in February that the brain-computer interface startup was working on an “awesome” new version.

Musk likened the process of his neural stimulation device zapping the brain to “kicking a TV.”

While that sounds violent, the goal is to restore brain functionality. For instance, those with Alzheimer’s could have their memories restored.

“It’s like a bunch of circuits and those circuits are broken,” Musk explained.

But the technology is still in its early stages.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” Musk said. Referring back to his timeline of testing within a year, he noted that “we have a chance of putting a link in someone and having them be healthy and restoring some functionality that they’ve lost.”

Eventually, as Rogan mused about becoming one with machines in the distant future, Musk countered that we have to keep up.

“Even in a benign [AI] scenario we are being left behind,” Musk said. “So how do you go along for the ride? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

“We are already a cyborg to some degree,” Musk told Rogan. “You got your phone, you got your laptop… If you’re missing your phone, it feels like missing limb syndrome.”

Source: https://futurism.com/elon-musk-neuralink-human-brain-implant

04 May 2020



When the next generation of observatories are deployed, Cornell University astronomers hope to use them to scan distant exoplanets orbiting dead stars for signs of life.

When a rocky, Earth-like exoplanet passes in front of the white dwarf star it orbits, astronomers plan to search them for fingerprints of life, past or present. And to get a head start, the Cornell scientists published research in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on Thursday that offers a reference to help astronomers make sense of what they find.

Second Life

This particular brand of exoplanet would have survived the death of its host star: white dwarves are the remnant cores of stars that exhausted all of their fuel and collapsed. It stands to reason that anything living on those worlds wouldn’t survive such a devastating event, but new life could have theoretically emerged afterward.

“If we would find signs of life on planets orbiting under the light of long-dead stars,” Cornell astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger said in a press release, “the next intriguing question would be whether life survived the star’s death or started all over again — a second genesis, if you will.”

Cosmic Fingerprint

That’s where the new research comes in. It essentially serves as a catalog of what astronomers might come across as they study those exoplanets.

“If we observe a transit of that kind of planet, scientists can find out what is in its atmosphere, refer back to this paper, match it to spectral fingerprints and look for signs of life,” Cornell astronomy grad student Thea Kozakis said in the release. “Publishing this kind of guide allows observers to know what to look for.”

Source: https://futurism.com/the-byte/scientists-hunt-life-long-dead-worlds

04 May 2020
Dr Manahel Thabet in NewsWire

مناهل ثابت | Dr. Manahel Thabet Ph.D Scientist, Economist Biography BRAIN OF THE YEAR – 2015 in Yemen | about.me

Dr. Manahel Thabet is anEconomist in Essence and a Scientist driven by deep passion. Coming from the ancient lands of Yemen, the proud land of great civilizations and immense treasures of knowledge, Dr. Thabet is the youngest and only Arab with a degree of PhD in Financial Engineering with magna cum laude “honor. Dr. Thabet’s thesis has been also involved in the Financial Engineering society research. The thesis has made contributions to finance research studies including the theory of interest rate behavior and empirical testing of arbitrage pricing theory in the financial markets.

As George Bernard Shaw once stated that, “There are passions far more exciting than the physical ones…’intellectual passion, mathematical passion, passion for discovery and exploration: the all mightiest of all passions”. Dr. Manahel confirms this status, she possess a deep passion for science and quantum physics, which she has explored and studied thoroughly, resulting in mind blowing theories, which adds value to modern science. She is one of the rare Arab women to have entered the field of Quantum Mathematics, and currently her research has been adopted by several universities for development purposes. Her thesis in the field of quantum mathematics is to develop new mathematical equations to calculate distances of universe and micro elements. She is the only Arab woman and one of the few in the world to enter into the discipline of science complex numbers theories. The thesis has been accepted by the boards of several Universities as an exception due to the genuineness of the subject. In case of success, it will be a revolution expansion of the science of mathematics together with quantum physics. This gives Dr. Manahel Thabether second Doctorate degree.

In the year 2010 and until this date, Dr. Thabet is assigned as the President of “Iquestion”, the High IQ society 98% Percentile Rarity Intelligence Rate and the Vice President of “WIN” (World Intelligence Network), undertaking more than 45,000 members from all over the world.

Dr. Thabet is also an active member of several organizations such as Mensa International, Young Arab Leaders and the International Association of Financial Engineers. She is also a Columnist and an Economic Researcher in many leading financial publications.

Source: https://about.me/dthabet

03 May 2020
Dr Manahel Thabet in NewsWire

مناهل ثابت | Manahel Thabet, One of the Smartest People Alive! by Newswire


Dr. Manahel Thabet is a very successful name who has created a niche for herself in the Arab countries, as well as in the world. She has given a new face to the small- and medium-scale enterprises in the GCC countries. With a clear vision and great perseverance, she has introduced herself to a new height. She has been ranked among the 30 smartest people alive.

Dr. Thabet flaunts many feathers in her hat. She is the Founder and the President of SmartTips Consultants, President of Would IQ Foundation, President of the Brain Trust Foundation (MENA/ Middle East and North Africa), Vice President of WIN (World Intelligence Network), Vice Chancellor of The Gifted Academy, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Brain Chemistry. 

She is the curator of the Economic Think-Tank group of well-qualified economics advisors. It would not be wrong to say that Dr. Thabet is the flag-bearer for the women in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Arab.

In the year 2012, she was elected as the Chairperson of the Scientific Committee, Recommendation Committee, and the Senior Adviser from amongst numerous participants from around 42 countries, at the International Asia Pacific Giftedness Conference. The Conference took place in Dubai and it was hosted by Hamdan Bin Rashid Awards for Distinguished Academic Performance.

Dr. Manahel Thabet has been ranked among 30 smartest people alive by Super Scholar. In the year 2013, she was named the Genius of the Year by the World Genius Directory delineating ASIA. After introducing the world to her great expertise and immense knowledge in the field of science, in the year 2014, Dr. Thabet was named the AVICENNA Award Laureate. She was next-in-line after Professor Tony Buzan. Continuing her success stories, she also registered her name in the new Guinness World Records in the year 2015, in one of the most arduous teaching methodologies. She also received Brain of the Year award in 2015-2016.

She has also had a successful stint as a GoodWill Ambassador for Eco International of Prince Albert II De Monaco Foundation. She is the president of IQuestion and a member of the Young Arab Leaders. She has judged the Drones for Good Awards UAE (2015-2016). She is the member of the International Association of Quantitative Finance, member of advisory board for In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, Arabian Intelligence Network supervisor, and editor of Synapsia’s IQ section.

Dr. Thabet is the Royal Grand Cross Officer of Companionate of White Swan. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK. In the year 2016, she was given away the honor of Freedom of the City of London.

She is a member of many aristocratic high IQ societies like HELLIQ High IQ Society, QIQ High IQ Society, CIVIQ High IQ Society, GRIQ High IQ Society, 4GHigh IQ Society, HighIQWorld, Mensa International, etc.

Dr. Mahanel Thabet has influenced the lives of many. With her work, she has managed to create an impact not just in her native nation but across the globe.

She has been awarded the Middle East Achievement Award in Science. She was listed among the most powerful 500 Arabs in the world and the 100 most powerful women in the Middle East. She was also listed among the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women across the world.

With so many laurels, she is indeed one of the smartest and the most intelligent economist, scientist, and consultant.