Cheating AI Caught Hiding Data Using Steganography

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AI today is like a super fast kid going through school whose teachers need to be smarter than if not as quick. In an astonishing turn of events, a (satelite)image-to-(map)image conversion algorithm was found hiding a cheat-sheet of sorts while generating maps to appear as it if had ‘learned’ do the opposite effectively[PDF].

The CycleGAN is a network that excels at learning how to map image transformations such as converting any old photo into one that looks like a Van Gogh or Picasso. Another example would be to be able to take the image of a horse and add stripes to make it look like a zebra. The CycleGAN once trained can do the reverse as well, such as an example of taking a map and convert it into a satellite image. There are a number of ways this can be very useful but it was in this task that an experiment at Google went wrong.

A mapping system started to perform too well and it was found that the system was not only able to regenerate images from maps but also add details like exhaust vents and skylights that would be impossible to predict from just a map. Upon inspection, it was found that the algorithm had learned to satisfy its learning parameters by hiding the image data into the generated map. This was invisible to the naked eye since the data was in the form of small color changes that would only be detected by a machine. How cool is that?!

This is similar to something called an ‘Adversarial Attack‘ where tiny amounts of hidden data in an image or other data-set will cause an AI to produce erroneous output. Small numbers of pixels could cause an AI to interpret a Panda as a Gibbon or the ocean

SpaceX launches latest satelite mission

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This morning SpaceX launched its latest satellite mission. The company’s Falcon-9 rocket successfully lifted-off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center with 60 starlink satellites on board.

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Watching This Falcon 9 Launch Is Like Riding a Rocket as You Would a Horse

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Imagine Baron Munchausen riding a cannonball. Replace the cannonball with something that is longer, like say a rocket. Then scroll further down this page and watch the video you find there. This is exactly how one of the world’s biggest liars would have felt doing that.

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company in charge with dreaming about humanity’s future away from this planet, has gotten us used to incredible feats. First, there was the reusable rocket booster, which took off and then landed either on pads or on funky named drone ships in the middle of the Ocean.

Then, we had a red car sent to space, for future generations or alien civilizations to find and wonder “what the hell is it?” And, more recently, we started seeing space launches from entirely new angles.

The video below shows the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket during the late August SAOCOM 1B mission. Like many others before it, it went without a hitch, and was captured by a large number of cameras from a variety of angles.

The most interesting angle of all is the one from up high in the boosters tip. Apparently, SpaceX had a camera up there, looking down to the base of the rocket, capturing the entire mission from a new perspective.

We’ve seen something similar to this before (you know, those famous clips showing stage separation in low Earth orbit), but this time we not only get to see the launch of the rocket, but also its landing, and it’s pretty amazing.

The mission was SpaceX’s first launch to a polar orbit from the East Coast, from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. It carried to orbit the Satélite Argentino de Observación COn Microondas (SAOCOM), part of an array of satellites used to either predict or

Nawaz Sharif, other PML-N leaders booked on treason charges

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LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have been booked on treason charges, ARY News reported on Monday.

The case was registered at the PS Shahdara on the complaint of a local citizen Badar Rasheed.

Maryam Nawaz, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Pervez Rasheed, Khawaja and Rana Sanaullah were also named in the case.

Read more: Fayyazul Hassan Chohan demands Nawaz Sharif’s trial under treason charges

Elder Sharif and other PML-N leaders are deliberately defaming the state institutions and carrying out hate speeches, the FIR read.

Badar Rasheed in his plea further stated that Nawaz Sharif is convicted by Pakistani courts and doing speeches against the country’s institutions from London.

He has urged the authorities to take action against Nawaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders under the Pakistan Prevention of Electronic Crime Act.

Read more: Nawaz Sharif deceived government, masses: IHC

On Sunday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Captain (retired) Safdar Awan had also been booked on treason charges over his anti-state speeches.

The case was registered at the Satelite Town Police Station Gujranwala over the complaint of SHO.  Safdar Awan in his press conference on Saturday had criticized state institutions.

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Treason case registered against PML-N’s Safdar Awan

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GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Captain (retired) Safdar Awan has been booked under a treason case over his anti-state speeches, ARY News reported on Sunday.

The case has been registered at the Satelite Town Police Station Gujranwala over the complaint of SHO.  Safdar Awan in his press conference on Saturday had criticized state institutions.

Sources privy to the development said that police teams have been formed for the arrest of the PML-N stalwart.

It may be noted that Captain retired Safdar is already facing a case of clashes outside the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office during the appearance of Maryam Nawaz.

He is on bail till October 6.

Read more: Lahore NAB office clash: 58 PML-N workers get bail

On August 12, Lahore police had registered a case against 300 Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including its Vice President Maryam Nawaz on the complaint of the National Accountability Bureau after violent clashes outside the NAB office.

The case carried sections dealing with the attack on NAB office in Lahore, interference in official duty and other related sections pertaining to violent acts.

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