My distaste for math started to change when I learned that all my favorite games, all of them, are math in motion. It's all math, math is the foundation to successful game design and programming. The path of a bullet in a simple shooting game is math, the way that car you stole in GTA V curves over the curb is math.
You may not always be aware of it, but your computer is fighting a war for you everyday with the help of a few friends, they're called: Firewall and Antivirus. I've heard of these bad boys about a million times, but what's the difference?
The year is 2050. They found a solution to climate change, a cure for cancer and you don't need keys or a phone because it's all implanted inside of you but now we're cyborgs fighting for resources in a dystopian future.
What's the difference between pixels and voxels? The pix and the vox. Duh.
And no, not the movie animation.
I got a bad cold this week and found myself endlessly consulting WebMD for tips and tricks on how to manage it. WebMD has a bad reputations though, for diagnosing every headache as a brain tumor and every cough as lung cancer. The internets are large though and I had to shake off my bias against believing things I find online and remind myself that there's surely some gems out there that have valid medical information. The following are the treasures I dug up while on bed rest.
Here is where Machine Learning comes to the rescue. Machine Learning is the field that studies how to make computers learn. In other words, a Machine Learning algorithm is a computer program that teaches computers how to program themselves so that we don’t have to explicitly describe how to perform the task we want to achieve. The information that a Machine Learning algorithm needs in order to write its own program to solve a particular task is a set of known examples.
For example, for the task of teaching a computer to identify animals, we will show to the computer a bunch of labeled pictures (e.g. this picture is a tiger, this pictures is a cat, etc.), the same way we do it when we teach children. The Machine Learning algorithm will use these samples to identify which are the features that differentiate one animal from another, and with this information it will write its own program to perform the task of identifying animals. Now you can see how enabling computers to learn and enabling computers to write their own code are the same thing.
Therefore, Machine Learning is the way to make computers learn how to perform complex tasks whose processes cannot be easily described by humans, or even tasks that we don’t know how to accomplish (e.g. “I want to calculate how many customers would buy this product” or “I want to make this photo look like a Picasso painting”
I am here to propose a philosophical definition of AI: It is humanity’s quest to understand itself.
Artificial intelligence can be said to be the field of study which tries to give intelligence (maybe consciousness) to machines. It deals with that task of giving machines the abilities of reasoning, planning, learning, natural language processing, perception etc. And also this field can be considered as a combination of fields, computer science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and neuroscience.
From worms and viruses to DDoS and APTs, in the past quarter of a century the sophistication, impact and scale of cyber-attacks have evolved significantly. However, as cybercrime has become more sophisticated, so has the security against it. These milestone incidents from the past 25 years typify the way in which the threat landscape has evolved and how security has developed in response.
According to Wikipedia...
Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.
Chances are, the closest you've come to being hacked is a compromised Facebook or Twitter page with porn strewn all over it and salacious messages being sent out to your extremely religious aunt. You might even have seen claims by shady politicians that their social media accounts were hacked when they accidentally post selfies of themselves entwined in a mistresses' arms on Twitter. I've said before that hacking is a very respectable job in the tech world that just isn't as interesting as Hollywood would like you it think it is.
Sometimes though, breaches of crucial technology is even more outrageous than the directors of Swordfish and The Italian Job could imagine. Plots and subplots straight out of the mind of the most seasoned conspiracy theorists only they're real life events. Here are some of my favorite as we begin this long arduous journey into the inner workings of the cyber security underworld.