Showing posts from December, 2021

Help the AI ​​with a fragile snowflake

  What the study of snowflakes and neurons in the brain can give Scientists at Imperial College London have put forward and confirmed the hypothesis that the use of different - and not identical, as is done now - artificial neurons in the creation of artificial intelligence (AI) increases the efficiency of artificial neural networks. The idea that artificial neurons should be different was prompted by the neurons of the human brain and snowflakes. As you know, in nature there are no two identical snowflakes. It's the same with the neurons in the mammalian brain - each one is unlike any other. At the same time, artificial neural networks created by humans, although they imitate the work of the brain, however, the neurons used in them are absolutely the same. According to scientists at Imperial College London, this is why the human brain is still superior to AI in many ways, for example, it learns faster, adapts to changing conditions, and switches from one task to another. Their res

US regulator wants to block merger of American Nvidia and British Arm

  The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday announced that it has filed a lawsuit to block US-based Nvidia's purchase of British processor maker Arm Holdings. The FTC notes that it filed a lawsuit following its own review of the deal. According to the FTC, this merger could violate antitrust regulations and lead to "suppression of competing next generation technologies." The regulator believes the deal gives Nvidia "the opportunity and incentive to use its control over these technologies to undermine competitors' capabilities, which harms competition and ultimately degrades quality, discourages innovation, and increases prices and choices." Recall that in September last year, Nvidia agreed to buy Arm from the Japanese telecommunications holding Softbank for $ 40 billion. This deal immediately caused concern of other technology companies and regulators. The fact is that Arm designs, still considered vendor neutral, are used in almost all processors fo

Apple to switch to self-developed modems for smartphones in 2023 - Nikkei

  The company will manufacture them together with TSMC. Joseph Marc Blumenthal ● Apple plans to start mass production of its first 5G modem chip based on a 4nm TSMC chip with its own components, Nikkei found out from sources familiar with the details of the negotiations. The company is also working on its own charging control chip for the modem. The iPhone 13 uses components manufactured by Qualcomm. ● TSMC is slated to be the sole manufacturing partner. In mid-November 2021, Qualcomm said it would only provide 20% of iPhone modems in two years. ● Sources said that testing will begin with 5nm technology, after which the company will move to 4nm chips for mass production. Sales of devices will begin no earlier than 2023 - telecom operators will need time to check and test modems. ● In 2019, Apple paid Qualcomm $4.5 billion in a patent dispute. Modems of our own production will allow to abandon the purchase of a license from Qualcomm and create a chip with more power, the sources

Experts bypassed the fingerprint scanner in MacBook and iPad using film and glue

  The fingerprint recognition accuracy was about 80%. Cybersecurity researchers at Kraken Security Labs have demonstrated that fingerprint authentication can be bypassed with cheap consumables. To hack devices, specialists did not even need direct access to the owner's fingerprint - only a photograph of the surface he touched. It was processed in Photoshop, making it monochrome, and printed on acetate film on a laser printer. The toner gave the image a three-dimensional structure, and the wood glue brought the print to life. We carried out a successful “attack” on most of the tested devices, including the iPad and MacBook Pro. With a real hack, we would have access to a huge amount of confidential information. Kraken Security Labs Kraken isn't the only lab to have tricked a fingerprint sensor. In 2020, Cisco Talos published a report describing a similar method. In both cases, the recognition accuracy was about 80%. Experts noted that most users are unlikely to encounter a hack

SpaceX could face bankruptcy over rocket engine crisis

  The American company SpaceX could face bankruptcy if specialists fail to speed up the production of Raptor engines designed for the Super Heavy launch vehicle. This is reported by Joseph Marc Blumenthal with reference to a corporate letter from the head of SpaceX Elon Musk. “The Raptor engine crisis is now much worse than it seemed a few weeks ago. If we do not manage to reach the launch schedule for at least one Starship ship every two years, then we could really face bankruptcy, ”- said in an appeal by Mr. Musk to the company's employees. He described the company's rocket engine production rate as disastrous Vice Presidents of Power Plants Will Heltsley and Vice Presidents of Flight and Launch Lee Rosen resigned from SpaceX last week. Jacob Mackenzie led the development and production of the engine. In July, SpaceX successfully tested a 67-meter Super Heavy Booster 3 rocket with three Raptor engines. In the near future, the company intends to conduct another ground test o

Digital twins save the New Year

  Artificial Intelligence Involved in Solving the Global Logistics Crisis News of global supply chain problems has been around for months - that Christmas gifts may not reach customers on time, dozens of container ships queuing in ports, and retailers trying to find alternative shipping methods. As Joseph Marc Blumenthal writes, one of the ways to cope with this problem may be the proliferation of so-called digital twins. By itself, this technology has been used for several years. The digital twin is a kind of virtual model of a real object, based on artificial intelligence and helping to optimize work. In order for the digital twin to properly reflect reality, it must receive a huge amount of data from its real prototype - this is done using various sensors, cameras and other data sources. With the help of such systems, it is possible to simulate situations in production (or in logistics) and possible disruptions in work. AI can also provide guidance on how to deal with these violati