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Elon Musk’s Neuralink explained: Get ready to merge your mind with a computer

Neuralink is two-year-old startup that’s yet to release a single product, but which is promising to build the technology to connect up human brains with computers. If it was run by anyone other than Elon Musk, no one would give it a second look. But, with the entrepreneur behind Tesla and Hyperloop at its helm, could Neuralink be really about to deliver a way to merge humans and machines? [1] [1] By Jo Best on ZDNet

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Why digital transformation demands a better class of software

Until February, Frédéric Véron had one of the most intriguing job titles of any IT chief: at German financial services giant, Deutsche Bank, he was known as ‘CIO, Global Head of Safety and Soundness.’ The thinking behind his title came from the bank’s commitment to building better, more robust software — a process that required marrying the development and production sides of its IT function. [1] [1] By Sooraj Shah on CIO

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Major HSM vulnerabilities impact banks, cloud providers, governments

Two security researchers have recently revealed vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside special computer components known as HSMs (Hardware Security Modules). HSMs are hardware-isolated devices that use advanced cryptography to store, manipulate, and work with sensitive information such as digital keys, passwords, PINs, and various other sensitive information. [1] [1] By Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet

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This unusual Windows malware is controlled via a P2P network

A new malware campaign aimed at Windows machines features a novel technique to control the resulting botnet, with the group behind it hiding their communications using a P2P network. Dubbed IPStorm – short for InterPlanetary Storm – by its cyber-criminal operators, the campaign was discovered in May. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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FDA to pilot A.I., consider blockchain, to track and trace food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a “new era of smarter food safety” under which it will test artificial intelligence and machine learning to better assess foodborne illness risks from imports and explore blockchain for tracking all foods before they hit grocery store shelves. [1] [1] By Lucas Mearian on ComputerWorld

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Michael Dell: Technology must reflect our humanity and our values

Michael Dell, CEO of the group of companies under the banner of Dell Technologies, has shared his vision for a future built by technologists, to be consumed by “re-imagined” organisations in areas such as healthcare or government. The chief used his Dell Technologies World day one keynote to appeal to the contemplative side of those in the technology space, sharing his company’s culture of “technology optimism” and asking others to approach the future in a similar way. [1] [1] By Asha…

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Cybersecurity: This free tool lets you test your hacker defences

Organisations will be able to test their ability to deter hackers and cyberattacks with a free new tool designed to prepare them against online threats including malware, phishing and other malicious activities. The online tool for testing cyber fitness has been been designed by experts at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – the cyber arm of the UK’s GCHQ intelligence service – and is designed to boost resilience to cyberattacks based on real-life hacking scenarios. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer…

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Director’s View

With the elections firmly over, South Africa’s economy can get back on track and we can potentially look forward to an increase in foreign direct investment flows into our country. By the time that you read this ezine, our cabinet would have been announced as well.

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