KW 33: Apple becomes industry leader in machine intelligence, Overview of the data jungle, Millions of IoT devices are too easy to hack


Apple becomes industry leader in machine intelligence: Machine learning and artificial intelligence now permeate nearly every feature on the iPhone. Machine intelligence-driven functionality increasingly dominates the keynotes where Apple executives take the stage to introduce new features for iPhones, iPads, or the Apple Watch. John Giannandrea, Apple’s Senior Vice President for Machine Learning and AI Strategy, has described Apple’s AI philosophy, explained how machine learning drives certain features, and argued for Apple’s on-device AI/ML strategy.

Facebook deletes content: Several hundred accounts and groups have been deleted from the social network because they violated company policy. Facebook mainly monitors groups close to QAnon. For example, the company deleted the content of a group of around 200,000 QAnon followers who had exceeded the limits of bullying, harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

Overview of the data jungle: Almost nine billion devices that are networked via IoT generate an incessant flood of data. A big challenge here is to get an overview. InterSystems explains that you have to ensure interoperability, master the speed, plan for scalability and consider the future viability of IoT and ease of use in order to meet the requirements of good IoT data management.

Millions of IoT devices are too easy to hack: For two years, security expert Paul Marrapese has dealt with peer-to-peer protocols (P2P), which establish the direct connection between the respective device and a client. He concluded that IoT devices used easily abused P2P protocols, making it easier for criminals to access camera feeds and build IoT botnets.

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IoT still poses challenges for many companies: A survey by monitoring specialist Paessler shows how many companies are currently still struggling with IoT. 54 percent of German IT administrators surveyed stated that IoT was their greatest challenge. The rise in networking of devices increases the security and administration requirements for the IT departments of companies. “An IoT network is only as strong and secure as its weakest endpoint. Every connected device is a potential gateway into the network,” says Gabriel Fugli, Team Manager at EMEA Paessler. Other issues that IT administrators struggle with include data storage and big data, which are also becoming increasingly important in the course of IoT development.

Many people are not familiar with AI: The German state of Bavaria wants to drive progress in the field of artificial intelligence with 100 additional AI professorships. Artificial intelligence is one of the key future technologies, explained Science Minister Bernd Sibler. The topic of AI is still foreign to many Germans, according to a study by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation. Three quarters of 1000 respondents said they knew little about AI. At the same time, many fear that Germany could fall behind on the issue. “I think we have a lot to catch up with,” said Diane Ahrens, head of the Grafenau Technology Campus at the Deggendorf University of Technology. In addition to technological issues, ethical issues also need to be urgently clarified.

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Microsoft and Square’s tech playground: Microsoft and Square Innovation Hub are working together on the development of artificial intelligence and disruptive technology in the specially set up Hamburg tech center. The aim is to promote the interaction between research and teaching as well as the close connection to Hamburg’s economy in the areas of artificial intelligence and digitization, explains Alexander Britz, head of the “Digital Business Transformation & Artificial Intelligence” division at Microsoft Germany.


“In the production environment, Covid-19 has already left significant skid marks. You will not find any employees with whom you can implement IoT projects in businesses where factories are closed or short-time work is used. But: We are only seeing a pause in implementation, not a fundamental stop.”
Ralph Schneider-Maul, Head of Center of Excellence for Digital Manufacturing at Capgemini, on the current market development.


Vulnerability in the Thermomix clone: A team of researchers at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences has discovered security vulnerabilities in the Thermomix clone “Ambiano” or “Quigg”, which is sold at Hofer and Aldi. The W-LAN connection is easy to take over and the risk of the device being remote-controlled is very high, explains the research team. There is even the possibility that the device could be destroyed remotely. A connection can be established via the unprotected WLAN and the device can overheat.

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