Hubble Telescope

I know that we are waiting on the James Webb Space Telescope, but disturbingly, the Hubble Space Telescope is sitting in safe mode after a gyro failure this past weekend (hat tip to NASA watch). This is the telescope that has been the workhorse of NASA’s astronomy program.

In a sense this is the future. If we continue to send very complicated gadgets to technological edge environments, particularly in the near future with AI on-board, they are going to have to be much more resilient. Space and deep ocean are examples of such environments. There are implications for big science and DOD.

Drone attacks

The Atlantic has an excellent piece about the use of drones by non-state actors for bad purposes, here. My own view is that edge computing and AI will render these technologies vastly more destructive in the future. Not in terms of mass destruction, but in terms of targeted destruction. The key is how to defend against AI-enabled swarms. Could the new 5G networks somehow be deployed in an emergency to do just that?

Spoofing AI

This an interesting new scientific meme. It made it into Science on the basis of a presentation at the International Conference on Machine Learning here. The idea is that hackers can easily defeat AI’s (think “social engineering” used on a machine).

Meanwhile there is the contrasting meme of us getting spoofed by AI, in the FT, here. In this case AI’s are able to make videos of people doing things that they did not do.

All of this gets to the cybersecurity aspects of AI that potentially put society at risk.