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The Necessity of Cyber War as a better alternative to traditional warfare
By the time our generation is done with this living on this planet, we should have found a way to flip warfare into just another computer game.
- Cyber War does not kill people but does diminish both production as well offensive capabilities of enemy.
- It destroys lesser resources of the enemy irreversibly, thus leading to increased capacity to claim damages or taxes from the loser of the conflict
- It does not motivate general population for war hysteria thus minimizing inflationary pressures
- Cyber War does not divert too many goods and services (like commodities, metals, fuels) from your economy unlike traditional warfare
- Capacity to wage cyber war needs human resources and can reduce asymmetry between nations in terms of resources available naturally or historically (like money , access to fuel and logistics, geography , educated population,colonial history )
- It is more effective in both offensive and defensive capabilities and at a much much cheaper cost to defense budgets
- Most developed countries have already invested heavily in it, and it can render traditional weaponry ineffective and expensive. If you ignore investing in cyber war capabilities your defense forces would be compromised and national infrastructure can be held to ransom
Self-defence….is the only honourable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation.- Gandhi.
If you bleed red,white and blue and know some geo-spatial analysis ,social network analysis and some supervised and unsupervised learning (and unlearning)- here is a chance for you to put your skills for an awesome project
For this challenge, Darpa will lodge a selected six to eight teams at George Mason University and provide them with an initial $10,000 for equipment and access to unclassified data sets including “ground-level video of human activity in both urban and rural environments; high-resolution wide-area LiDAR of urban and mountainous terrain, wide-area airborne full motion video; and unstructured amateur photos and videos, such as would be taken from an adversary’s cell phone.” However, participants are encouraged to use any open sourced, legal data sets they want. (In the hackathon spirit, we would encourage the consumption of massive quantities of pizza and Red Bull, too.)
DARPA Innovation House Project
Proposals must be one to three pages. Team resumes of any length must be attached and do not count against the page limit. Proposals must have 1-inch margins, use a font size of at least 11, and be delivered in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.
Proposals must be emailed to InnovationHouse@c4i.gmu.edu by 4:00PM ET on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
Proposals must have a Title and contain at least the following sections with the following contents.
- Team Members
Each team member must be listed with name, email and phone.
The Lead Developer should be indicated.
The statement “All team members are proposed as Key Personnel.” must be included.
- Capability Description
The description should clearly explain what capability the software is designed to provide the user, how it is proposed to work, and what data it will process.
In addition, a clear argument should be made as to why it is a novel approach that is not incremental to existing methods in the field.
- Proposed Phase 1 Demonstration
This section should clearly explain what will be demonstrated at the end of Session I. The description should be expressive, and as concrete as possible about the nature of the designs and software the team intends to produce in Session I.
- Proposed Phase 2 Demonstration
This section should clearly explain how the final software capability will be demonstrated as quantitatively as possible (for example, positing the amount of data that will be processed during the demonstration), how much time that will take, and the nature of the results the processing aims to achieve.
In addition, the following sections are optional.
- Technical Approach
The technical approach section amplifies the Capability Description, explaining proposed algorithms, coding practices, architectural designs and/or other technical details.
- Team Qualifications
Team qualifications should be included if the team?s experience base does not make it obvious that it has the potential to do this level of software development. In that case, this section should make a credible argument as to why the team should be considered to have a reasonable chance of completing its goals, especially under the tight timelines described.
Other sections may be included at the proposers? discretion, provided the proposal does not exceed three pages.
Google Translate has been a pioneer in using machine learning for translating various languages (and so is the awesome Google Transliterate)
I wonder if they can expand it to programming languages and not just human languages.
converting translating programming language code
1) Paths referred for stored objects
2) Object Names should remain the same and not translated
3) Multiple Functions have multiple uses , sometimes function translate is not straightforward
I think all these issues are doable, solveable and more importantly profitable.
I look forward to the day a iOS developer can convert his code to Android app code by simple upload and download.
I was just reading up on my weekly to-read list and came across this interesting method. It is called Play Color Cipher-
Each Character ( Capital, Small letters, Numbers (0-9), Symbols on the keyboard ) in the plain text is substituted with a color block from the available 18 Decillions of colors in the world  and at the receiving end the cipher text block (in color) is decrypted in to plain text block. It overcomes the problems like “Meet in the middle attack, Birthday attack and Brute force attacks ”.
It also reduces the size of the plain text when it is encrypted in to cipher text by 4 times, with out any loss of content. Cipher text occupies very less buffer space; hence transmitting through channel is very fast. With this the transportation cost through channel comes down.
Visual Cryptography is indeed an interesting topic-
Visual cryptography, an emerging cryptography technology, uses the characteristics of human vision to decrypt encrypted
images. It needs neither cryptography knowledge nor complex computation. For security concerns, it also ensures that hackers
cannot perceive any clues about a secret image from individual cover images. Since Naor and Shamir proposed the basic
model of visual cryptography, researchers have published many related studies.
Visual cryptography (VC) schemes hide the secret image into two or more images which are called
shares. The secret image can be recovered simply by stacking the shares together without any complex
computation involved. The shares are very safe because separately they reveal nothing about the secret image.
Visual Cryptography provides one of the secure ways to transfer images on the Internet. The advantage
of visual cryptography is that it exploits human eyes to decrypt secret images .
Color Visual Cryptography Scheme Using Meaningful Shares
Visual cryptography for color images
- Visual Crypto – One-time Image Create two secure images from one by Robert Hansen
- Visual Crypto Java Applet at the University of Regensburg
- Visual Cryptography Kit Software to create image layers
- On-line Visual Crypto Applet by Leemon Baird
- Extended Visual Cryptography (pdf) by Mizuho Nakajima and Yasushi Yamaguchi
- Visual Cryptography Paper by Moni Noar and Adi Shamir
- Visual Crypto Talk (pdf) by Frederik Vercauteren ESAT Leuven
- t the University of Salerno web page on visual cryptogrpahy.
- Visual Crypto Page by Doug Stinson
Constructions and Bounds for Visual Cryptography
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1099 (1996), 416-428 (23rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming).
- Visual Cryptography for General Access Structures
Information and Computation 129 (1996), 86-106 (this paper is an expanded and revised version of the conference paper).
- On the Contrast in Visual Cryptography Schemes
Journal of Cryptology 12 (1999), 261-289.
- Extended Schemes for Visual Cryptography
Theoretical Computer Science 250 (2001), 143-161.
- Threshold Visual Cryptography Schemes With Specified Whiteness Levels of Reconstructed Pixels
Designs, Codes and Cryptography 25 (2002), 15-61.
- Contrast Optimal Threshold Visual Cryptography Schemes
SIAM J. on Discrete Math. 16 (2003), 224-261.
- “Visual Cryptography: Seeing is Believing” availablehere,
- example- face http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/~dstinson/VCS-happyface.html
- flag http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/~dstinson/VCS-flag.html
- pi http://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/~dstinson/VCS-pi.html
- Moni Naor and Adi Shamir, Visual Cryptography , Eurocrypt 94. Postscript , gzipped Postscript
- Moni Naor and Adi Shamir, Visual Cryptography II , Cambridge Workshop on Protocols, 1996. Postscript, gzipped Postscript
- Moni Naor and Benny Pinkas, Visual Authentication , Crypto 97. Postscript, gzipped Postscript
Ajay- I think a combination of sharing and color ciphers would prove more helpful to secure Internet Communication than existing algorithms. It also levels the playing field from computationally rich players to creative coders.
Western countries are running out of people to fight their wars. This is even more acute given the traditional and current demographic trends in both armed forces and general populations.
A shift to cyber conflict can help the West maintain parity over Eastern methods of assymetrical warfare (by human attrition /cyber conflict).
Declining resources will lead to converging conflicts of interest and dynamics in balance of power in the 21 st century.
The launch of Sputnik by USSR led to the moon shot rush by the US.1960s
The proposed announcement of StarWars by USA led to unsustainable defence expenditure by USSR.1980s
The threat of cyber conflict and espionage by China (and Russian cyber actions in war with Georgia) has led to increasing budgets for cyber conflict research and defense in USA. -2010s
If we do not learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it.
Declining Populations in the West and Rising Populations in the East in the 21 st century. The difference in military age personnel would be even more severe, due to more rapid aging in the west.
Economic output will be proportional to number of people employed as economies reach similar stages of maturity (Factor-Manufacturing-Services-Innovation)
I interviewed Angoss in depth here at http://www.decisionstats.com/interview-eberhard-miethke-and-dr-mamdouh-refaat-angoss-software/
Well they just announced a predictive analytics in the cloud.
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Hmm. Analytics in the cloud . Reduce hardware costs. Reduce software costs . Increase profitability margins.
My favorite professor in North Carolina who calls cloud as a time sharing, are you listening Professor?