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John Breeden II

John Breeden II
John Breeden II is a journalist and reviewer with over 20 years of experience covering technology. He is the CEO of the Tech Writers Bureau, a group that creates technological thought leadership content for organizations.
Cybersecurity

Closeup on an attack: Why rural hospitals need extra cybersecurity help

In addition to weaker cybersecurity protections, another concern is the oversized impact that the loss, even temporarily, of a rural hospital has on the people who live in the area.

Artificial Intelligence

Feds beware: New studies demonstrate key AI shortcomings

Recent studies have started to show that there are serious downsides when it comes to such programs’ ability to produce secure code.

Artificial Intelligence

How can feds evaluate the effectiveness of different AIs for various government tasks?

If you work with them enough, AI models almost start to seem like people, with each one having a specific set of strengths, weaknesses and quirks.

Artificial Intelligence

Former DHS AI official comments on new extinction-level event study

The study from Gladstone AI warns that the day when such technologies are capable of ending all human life is closer than people think.

Digital Government

NASA releases first official scientifically focused tabletop roleplaying adventure

The module’s creator wanted to build a role-playing adventure that blended traditional gaming elements with the kinds of science and education that NASA projects are well-known for having.

Artificial Intelligence

How to prompt better responses from private, federal ChatGPTs

Problems with mini-GPTs often come down to poor prompt engineering when they were originally created.

Artificial Intelligence

Examining some places where AI has already been deployed within the military

There are a few areas where these efforts, even if they are far from the frontlines, are starting to prove their value.

Artificial Intelligence

Adding generative AI to wargame training can improve realism, but not without risk

The next big move may be to make military simulations smarter, specifically by adding advanced AI so that the simulated adversaries can offer better challenges.

Cybersecurity

NCA celebrates National Data Privacy Week while CISA eyes new cybersecurity guidelines

The week’s themes reflect a new era  where everything is interconnected and new threats like artificial intelligence are poised to make a big impact on cybersecurity.

Artificial Intelligence

New Google tool lets budding generative AI scientists practice their prompting

Generative AI has the potential to solve a lot of problems, but needs to be properly directed to do so.

Ideas

How feds can create their own mini Chat GPT AI assistants

COMMENTARY | Configuring a mini-GPT can be a highly effective way to harness the awesome power of this new technology while mitigating many of the risks associated with generative AI.

Artificial Intelligence

DARPA’s massive defensive AI challenge begins in December

The original announcement of the AIxCC challenge — and its millions in prize money — made waves at Black Hat 2023.

Ideas

New purpose-designed chips poised to boost generative AI development

Ethical use and computing power are two of the top concerns in getting AI into government service.

Emerging Tech

NASA celebrates winners of second MarsXR virtual reality astronaut training competition

Most of the winning scenarios enabled players to be scored like in a video game based on their crew’s effectiveness in completing each challenge.

Artificial Intelligence

AI concerns continue as governments look for the right mix of regulations and protections

The technology is starting to rack up an impressive portfolio of success stories, but there could be dangers and downsides as well.

Cybersecurity

CISA launches ‘Secure Our World’ Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This year looks to be bigger than ever, due in no small part to the massive uptick in cyberattacks across the board.

Artificial Intelligence

Companies turn to risk mitigation tools to monitor AI absent federal law, study finds

While Congress debates AI regulations, Gartner has found a majority of businesses are looking at using new IT tools to self-regulate the risks of AI usage.

Artificial Intelligence

How NASA, NOAA and AI might save the internet from devastating solar storms

Coronal mass ejections that can occur during the solar maximum are electrically charged, meaning they can easily destroy electrical and computer equipment.