Microsoft researchers say they are making advancements in computer vision, deep learning, and understanding images. The company, along with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a new system that analyzes images and interprets it as a human would.
“The ability to answer questions is critical to developing artificial intelligence tools, and this breakthrough could lead to real-time recommendations and actions that anticipate human needs,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The system uses multi-step reasoning to respond to questions about images, and analyzes them using deep neural networks.
Biowearables take your vitals
Chaotic Moon, a digital experience company, has announced Tech Tats, a wearable technology that is designed to take a user’s vitals.
“This is really going beyond what the fitness tracker is, and we, right now, are looking in the medical field specifically because there are a lot of monitoring devices that take up a lot of room and space,” said Eric Schneider, creative technologist at Chaotic Moon, in a video. “So, rather than going to the doctor once a year to get your physical, this tech tattoo could be something that you just put on your body once a year and it monitors everything that they would do in a physical and sends that to your doctor. And if there is an issue, they could call you.”
The tech tattoos are designed to look at body temperature, vital signs, heart rate and anything else that could determine if a user is ill.
Another area the company sees these tattoos being used for is in the banking industry, giving the tattoos the ability to hold a user’s personal information.
Dell addresses security concerns on a certificate
This week, Dell responded to concerns about a certificate (eDellRoot), installed by the Dell Foundation Services application on PCs that unintentionally introduced a security vulnerability. The tool was meant to make it faster and easier for customers to service their system, according to a Dell blog post by Laura Thomas, a member of Dell’s communications team.
Security expert Brian Krebs said that a hacker could exploit this flaw on open, public networks to impersonate any website to a Dell user, reading and modifying all of a vulnerable Dell system’s Web traffic.
According to the Dell blog, eDellRoot is not malware or adware, but was made to provide the system service tag for Dell online support, allowing the company to quickly identify the computer model.
Dell has provided eDellRoot certificate removal instructions here.