KhabaLox writes: Wired and the LA Times are reporting that Google and Stanford have created an artificial "brain" that can recognize cats after watching several days worth of YouTube videos, without relying on human intervention or metadata.
From the Times article:
Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize... cats.
That may sound inconsequential at best and downright ridiculous at worst — but in fact, it is very important.
The research shows that if a computer is big enough, and programmed correctly, it can learn to make sense of random, unlabeled data, in just days without any help from humans.
And this research is especially important to Google because it has major implications for search.
KhabaLox writes: As reported here Sunday, Anonymous obtained a version of the Stuxnet worm from an infiltration into US security firm HBGary's network. They have now released the code on the internet. From the article:
"There is the real potential that others will build on what is being released," Michael Gregg, chief operating officer of cybersecurity firm Superior Solutions, told FoxNews.com. Gregg was quick to clarify that the group hasn't released the Stuxnet worm itself, but rather a decrypted version of it HBGary had been studying — which could act almost like a building block for cybercrooks."
The Stuxnet binaries can be found at The Pirate Bay.