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Infosec Decoded Season 3 #35: Who's Afraid of Killer Robots?

With @kaitlynguru@infosec.exchange and @sambowne@infosec.exchange

May 2, 2023

Sam Bowne

‘The Godfather of A.I.’ Leaves Google and Warns of Danger Ahead
Geoffrey Hinton was an artificial intelligence pioneer. Last year, as Google and OpenAI built systems using much larger amounts of data, his view changed. He still believed the systems were inferior to the human brain in some ways but he thought they were eclipsing human intelligence in others. “Maybe what is going on in these systems,” he said, “is actually a lot better than what is going on in the brain.” His immediate concern is that the internet will be flooded with false photos, videos and text, and the average person will “not be able to know what is true anymore.” He is also worried that A.I. technologies will in time upend the job market. And he fears a day when truly autonomous weapons — those killer robots — become reality.

Palantir Demos AI to Fight Wars But Says It Will Be Totally Ethical Don’t Worry About It
Palantir, the company of billionaire Peter Thiel, is launching Palantir Artificial Intelligence Platform (AIP), software meant to run large language models like GPT-4 and alternatives on private networks. In a demonstration video, the operator uses a ChatGPT-style chatbot to order drone reconnaissance, generate several plans of attack, and organize the jamming of enemy communications. The operator uses AIP to generate three possible courses of action to target enemy equipment. The options include attacking the tank with an F-16, long range artillery, or Javelin missiles.

A decoder that uses brain scans to know what you mean — mostly
Scientists have found a way to decode a stream of words in the brain using MRI scans and artificial intelligence. The system reconstructs the gist of what a person hears or imagines, rather than trying to replicate each word. This technology can't read minds, though. It only works when a participant is actively cooperating with scientists.

The Untold Story of the Boldest Supply-Chain Hack Ever
Behind the scenes of the SolarWinds investigation. In 2019, Volexity performed IR on a Solarwinds server. The attackers kept returning through June 2020, despite it having no vulnerability they could identify. It wasn't identified until Nov, 2020, when Mandiant found that they had been hacked, owned for up to eight months. SolarWinds said they were publishing everything it could about the incident, but both it and Mandiant withheld some answers on the advice of legal counsel or per government request--Mandiant more so than SolarWinds.

Kaitlyn Handelman

Biden Administration to Investigate Worker Surveillance Software

Microsoft is busy rewriting core Windows code in memory-safe Rust

Florida Principal Resigns After Sending $100K to Scammer Posing as Elon Musk