Malware Highlight: ZuoRAT

A new, remarkably complex malware program has been hitting routers throughout North America and Europe recently, according to a recent article from Wired: "researchers from Lumen Technologies' Black Lotus Labs say they've identified at least 80 targets infected by the stealthy malware, including routers made by Cisco, Netgear, Asus, and DrayTek.

Black Tech Week

WCPO reported a few days ago that the one and only Serena Williams will be the keynote speaker for Black Tech Week, which is slated to take place at various locations throughout Cincinnati between July 18th and July 22nd.  Williams' engagement was announced via BTW's social media channels on July 1st.

Digital Coupons

You probably know this already, but prices have gone up, up, up in the past few months, and food is no exception. One way to save money during these inflationary times is to use coupons for necessities like groceries and fuel. Unfortunately, even something as simple as clipping a coupon may not be so straightforward.

The Chip Shortage Revisited

In January, we published a post about the ongoing computer chip shortage. We described some of the causes for the supply chain slow-down as well as the--very slow--process of making semiconductors and computer chips. We also discussed some of the responses to the chip shortage, namely the CHIPS for America Act, a Congressional bill that funneled money to domestic chip fabrication, and the opening of a large Intel fabrication facility near Columbus.

Google’s AI Part II: What’s at Stake?

On June 17th we published a post about controversy surrounding recent developments relating to one of Google's AI projects, LaMDA. To summarize, an engineer who had been working on the AI became convinced that LaMDA had achieved a kind of person-hood. After Google placed him on administrative leave, he made his point of view public.

Smart Cities

On June 17th, 2022, WCPO reported on the ongoing installation of interactive kiosks throughout Cincinnati. The kiosks are the result of a partnership between the city government, a technology company called IKE Smart City and 3CDC, a local real-estate developer.

Is Google’s AI Sentient?

On June 11th, The Washington Post published a story about an AI engineer at Google named Blake Lemoine. Lemoine worked on a language AI system at Google called LaMDA. Convinced that the AI had become self-aware, Blake reported his suspicions to his supervisors.

Power Outages and Smart Grids

Did you notice the power's out? As of the publication of this post, roughly 31 thousand people in Butler and Hamilton counties are without power, according to WCPO. That's a small fraction of the total 166 thousand people who have gone without power over the past 24 hours.

What is Quantum Computing?

On Wednesday, Liv McMahon of the BBC reported on the acquisition of a quantum computer by the British Ministry of Defense. The computer is the first of its kind to be owned by the UK government. Produced by Orca Computing, the computer will be applied to solving problems relating to national defense and security.

Green and Clean in Cincinnati

On Friday of last week, WLWT reported on an project through the University of Cincinnati's 1819 Innovation Hub, called Clean Earth Rovers. Clean Earth Rovers is a tech start-up that's developing a line of autonomous marine vehicles, designed to clean up coastal waterways and rivers.