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DARPA Wants Bots To Protect Us From Cyber Adversaries

August 25, 2017 The military’s research unit is looking for ways to automate protection against cyber adversaries, preventing incidents like the WannaCry ransomware attack that took down parts of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service networks. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is gathering proposals for software that can automatically neutralize botnets, armies...

Now Is the Time to Think About How Artificial Intelligence Will Change War

August 24, 2017 The same technology that helped a computer beat a human in the ancient Chinese strategic game Go could dramatically change the way wars are fought, a report suggests. Artificially intelligent systems today can competently identify images and rapidly carry out repetitive virtual tasks. The technology is far from consciousness or...

Agencies Should Watch Out for Unethical AI, Report Warns

August 23, 2017 A myriad of government operations could be automated using artificial intelligence, but agencies need to be sure the technology is implemented in an ethical way, a new report warns. The report, from Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, says agencies—sometimes strapped for cash and low on personnel—are an...

Feds Take Next Step In Spreading Blockchain Tech

August 23, 2017 Federal agencies are closer to using blockchain—the decentralized, encrypted ledger system that lets people track transactions on the internet—for internal purposes. The government's buying hub, the General Services Administration, is planning an emerging technology workshop for early September. During that gathering, participants including business executives and federal managers will be...

How VA Turns Survey Data into Better Veteran Health Care

August 22, 2017 A new system can flag veterans at risk of suicide based on the surveys they answer about Veterans Affairs Department services they receive. A veteran filling out a feedback form about VA care might describe symptoms of suicidal thoughts or behaviors that put them at risk of homelessness. The system...

Government Using Drones To Track Down Dangerous Pigs

August 21, 2017 The federal government wants a high-tech strategy for tracking down what it describes as a “dangerous, destructive, invasive species” wreaking havoc on the nation's crops, pets and outdoor historical sites: wild pigs. Often feral swine, also known as wild boars or razorbacks, have escaped or been released from farms and...

Can Virtual Reality Be Used to Simulate and Treat Depression?

August 18, 2017 Virtual reality headsets could help researchers better understand depression, according to the Health and Human Services Department. The National Institutes of Health is looking for small businesses selling virtual reality technology that can simulate certain factors contributing to depression, as well as potential countermeasures. NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse...

Pentagon Expanding Behavioral Biometrics With Keystroke Tracker

August 17, 2017 A second group within the Pentagon is experimenting with technology that can track the way employees type, determining within seconds whether a user accessing a network is who they say they are. The Defense Department office responsible for seeking out cutting-edge commercial technology recently awarded Canadian company Plurilock a contract...

OMB To Congress: DATA Act Could Advance Trump's Agenda

August 16, 2017 Obama-era legislation requiring federal agencies to make their spending data public, including dollar amounts given to contractors and grant recipients, could help President Donald Trump streamline government, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 directed agencies to upload financial data to...

Almost Half of Traffic To Government Sites Comes From Smartphones and Tablets

August 16, 2017 Federal agencies looking to improve their websites for citizens should consider that about 43 percent of traffic now comes from smartphones and tablets. If that percentage continues to increase, government developers might want to take a "mobile first" approach to web design, according to a blog post from the General...