Microsoft Expands Its AI for Earth Program With New $50 Million Investment

Microsoft is expanding its AI for Earth program today at the One Climate Summit in Paris. The company’s AI for Earth program initially launched earlier this year with a $2 million investment, providing 35 grants across 10 countries. The company today pledged a new $50 million investment over the next five years in order to tackle the increasing environmental issues worldwide.

via Microsoft Expands Its AI for Earth Program With New $50 Million Investment – Thurrott.com

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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires a much more laborious process. One that, even with the aid of sophisticated statistics, scientists still struggle over. It’s exactly the kind of problem that makes sense to outsource to artificial intelligence.

via Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence | WIRED

A Tiny New Chip Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT

The Internet of Things security crisis persists, as billions of inadequately secured webcams, refrigerators, and more flood homes around the world. But IoT security researchers at Microsoft Research have their eye on an even larger problem: the billions of gadgets that already run on simple microcontrollers—small, low-power computers on a single chip—that will gradually gain connectivity over the years, exponentially expanding the internet of things population. And that connected electric toothbrush needs protection, too.

via Microsoft’s Project Sopris Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT | WIRED

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

The 20th century gave birth to the Nuclear Age as the power of the atom was harnessed and unleashed. Today, we are on the cusp of an equally momentous and irrevocable breakthrough: the advent of computers that draw their computational capability from quantum mechanics.

via Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk | WIRED