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Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Kill Patents

The patents system never got along quite well with software inventions. Software is too fluid for the patenting system, a system that was built a long time ago for inventions with inherent physical aspects. Software is perceived by the physical point view as a big pile of bits organized in some manner. In recent years the patenting system was bent to cope with software by adding into patent applications artificial additions containing linkage into physical computing components such as storage or CPU so

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Some Of These Rules Can Be Bent, Others Can Be Broken

Cryptography is a serious topic. A technology based on mathematical foundation posing an ever-growing challenge for attackers. On November 11th 2016 Motherboard wrote a piece about FBI’s ability to break into suspects’ locked phones. Contrary to FBI’s continuous complaints about going dark with strong encryption the actual number of phones they were able to break into was quite high. The high success ratio of penetrating locked phone in some way doesn’t make sense – it is not clear what was

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Searching Under The Flashlight of Recent WannaCry Attack

Some random thoughts about WannaCry attack Propagation The propagation of the WannaCry attack was massive and mostly due to the fact it infected computers via SMB1, an old Windows file sharing network protocol. Some security experts complained that Ransomware has been massive for two years already and this event is only a one big hype wave though I think there is a difference here and it is the magnitude of propagation. There is a big difference when attack distribution relies solely on people

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A Cyber Visit to London

CDA I had a super interesting visit to London for two cyber-related events. The first was a meeting of the CDA which is a new collaboration effort among the top European banks headed by Barclays Global CISO and the CDA themselves. The Israel Founders Group assembled top experts from the world of cyber security and gathered them as an advisory board to the CDA. CDA Group of Seven British Government The second part of the trip was no less interesting,

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

If I had to single out a single development that elevated the sophistication of cybercrime by an order of magnitude, it would be sharing. Code sharing, vulnerabilities sharing, knowledge sharing, stolen passwords and anything else you can think of. Attackers that once worked in silos, in essence competing with each other, have discovered and fully embraced the power of cooperation and collaboration. I was honored to present a high-level overview on the topic of cyber collaboration a couple of weeks

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Rent my Brain and Just Leave me Alone

Until AI will be intelligent enough to replace humans in complex tasks there will be an interim stage and that is the era of human brain rental. People have diverse intelligence capabilities and many times these are not optimally exploited due to living circumstances. Other people and corporations which know how to make money many times lack the brain power required to scale their business. Hiring more people into a company is complicated and the efficiency level of new hires decelerates with scale. With a good reason – all the personality

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Right and Wrong in AI

Background The DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) 2016 competition has captured the imagination of many with its AI challenge. In a nutshell it is a competition where seven highly capable computers compete with each other and each computer is owned by a team. Each team creates a piece of software which is able to autonomously identify flaws in their own computer and fix them and identify flaws in the other six computers and hack them. A game inspired by the

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Are Chat Bots a Passing Episode or Here to Stay?

Chat bots are everywhere. It feels like the early days of mobile apps where you either knew someone who is building an app or many others planning to do so. Chat bots have their magic. It’s a frictionless interface allowing you to naturally chat with someone. The main difference is that on the other side there is a machine and not a person. Still, one as old as I got to think whether it is the end game in terms of human-machine interaction or are they just another evolutionary step in the

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