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Robots could help detect cancer in less than a second, trials suggest

By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor
29 October 2017 • 11:00pm

Artificial intelligence could detect cancer in less than a second, new research suggests.

Trials found that computer programmes were able to distinguish potentially dangerous tumours from harmless growths with high levels of accuracy.

The research involved bowel cancer - the fourth most common form of the disease in the UK, with more than 40,000 diagnoses annually.

In a trial, the AI system was able to distinguish tumours from endoscopy images with 94 per cent accuracy.

In a trial, the AI system was able to distinguish tumours from endoscopy images with 94 per cent accuracy.

Scientists used the programme to assess 306 colorectal polyps - growths in the bowel which may or may not be cancerous - in 250 men and women. It took less than a second for the system to analyse each magnified endoscopic image and decide whether or not the polyp was malignant.

The programme worked by matching each growth against more than 30,000 images that were used for machine learning.

British experts said the findings from Showa University in Yokohama, Japan, presented at United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week in Barcelona, were encouraging.

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This New Kind of AI Can Breach Anti-Bot Security by Thinking Like a Human

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One of the most widespread security systems used on the internet to prevent non-humans from accessing websites has been defeated by a powerful new kind of artificial intelligence (AI).

CAPTCHAs are those frustrating online tests that challenge you to identify fuzzy-looking letters and numbers – which automated bots supposedly can't recognise. Only now they can, thanks to a new type of neural network that more closely approximates human perception.

"Biology has put a scaffolding in our brain that is suitable for working with this world," co-founder of AI startup Vicarious, Dileep George, told Digital Trends.

"It makes the brain learn quickly. So we copy those insights from nature and put it in our model."

George and his team developed a computer model they call a Recursive Cortical Network (RCN), which is able to efficiently deduce the grainy symbols depicted in CAPTCHA tests (aka Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart).

CAPTCHAs were first introduced in the 1990s to prevent automated software robots from doing things like creating fake user accounts and scraping personal information.

The way traditional CAPTCHAs work is simple. By obfuscating letters and numbers in coloured or fuzzy patterns, it's difficult for automated systems to identify the characters and then enter the right password, whereas the human eye can (usually) easily recognise the displayed text.

One of the reasons it's been difficult for AI systems to get past CAPTCHA barriers is because of the way deep learning neural networks work. These kinds of systems learn by example, developing the ability to recognise letters and numbers by processing thousands of pictures of them.

It's an effective tool for training AI, but according to George, it's susceptible to the kind of distortions and variations introduced by CAPTCHAs, unless you have vast amounts of processing power at your disposal.

"It replicates only some aspects of how human brains work," he told NPR.

"We found that there are assumptions the brain makes about the visual world that the [deep learning] neural networks are not making."

It was those kinds of assumptions the researchers tried to instil in their Recursive Cortical Network.

Rather than being trained up on thousands of images or pre-labelled As, Bs, Cs, and so on in order to distinguish the letters of the alphabet, the RCN uses algorithms that enable it to generalise – detecting patterns in contours and surfaces, and able to separate instances of objects even when they overlap.

"During the training phase, it builds internal models of the letters that it is exposed to," George told NPR.

"So if you expose it to As and Bs and different characters, it will build its own internal model of what those characters are supposed to look like. So it would say, these are the contours of the letter, this is the interior of the letter, this is the background."

In their tests, that approach enabled the RCN to be 300 times more data-efficient at cracking CAPTCHAs than deep-learning models, achieving up to 90 percent accuracy in character recognition.

The first iteration of the RCN managed to beat CAPTCHAs back in 2013.

Since then, the researchers have been refining the technology, and held off on explaining how the system works – which is now outlined in a new paper published last week – partly because CAPTCHAs were still in common usage.

As the internet has evolved, standard text-based CAPTCHAs have become less popular, with companies like Google introducing other kinds of more visuals-based tests to block automated bots.

That said, now that Vicarious's methods have been described, experts say it's only a matter of time before the traditional CAPTCHA meets its maker.

"We're not seeing attacks on CAPTCHA at the moment, but within three or four months, whatever the researchers have developed will become mainstream, so CAPTCHA's days are numbered," security researcher Simon Edwards from tech security firm Trend Micro told the BBC.

Not that beating or killing CAPTCHA was ever the researchers' end game.

The point of their RCN, ultimately, is to develop AI systems that more closely resemble what we understand about neuroscience, which could one day give machines the ability to do things like imagine, and make use of what we call 'common sense'.

"Robots need to understand the world around them and be able to reason with objects and manipulate objects," George told NPR.

"So those are cases where requiring less training examples and being able to deal with the world in a very flexible way and being able to reason on the fly is very important, and those are the areas that we're applying it to."

The findings are reported in Science http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2017/10/26/science.aag2612.full

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Mysterious Vanishings in Japan

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October 31, 2017

People have long had a habit of just up and vanishing, sometimes with bizarre clues left behind or tantalizing insights, but rarely with any real answers. These cases are many, come to us from all over the world, and are all equally mysterious no matter where they may come from. The island nation of Japan too has its share of strange disappearances that often defy all efforts to solve them, and here are some of the more bizarre and unsettling.

On March 7, 1989, 4-year-old Shinya Matsuoka returned home from a walk with her parents, siblings, and cousin, and at the time all was well and everyone was in good spirits. Matuoka’s parents went in to bring her younger sister inside, and when they returned for Shinya the girl was nowhere to be seen. It was particularly odd since the girl had been there alone for only an estimated 40 seconds at most, and so it was thought she could not have possibly wandered far. The family fanned out calling her name, but there was no response and no sign at all of where the girl had gone. Police soon arrived and did not have much more luck, scouring the area and finding no evidence at all of where she had gone. It was as if she had just blinked out of existence.

In the coming days, a bizarre possible lead came in when Matsuoka’s parents received a call from an unidentified person cryptically saying that the kindergarten needed a monetary payment, but there was no such thing scheduled and the call was unable to actually be conclusively linked to either the kindergarten or the vanishing. The kindergarten itself claimed that no such call was made by them. Matsuoka has never been seen again, totally stepping off the face of the earth in those 40 seconds, and stirring up wide ranging debate as to what happened to her. Perhaps one of the more prominent theories is that she was kidnapped by North Korean spies, but it is still unexplained how they could have taken her so quickly practically right under her parents’ noses and without her calling out for help or leaving behind any trace whatsoever. The strange case remains unsolved.

If Matsuoka was taken by the North Koreans it would not be particularly unusual in and of itself, and indeed during the 70s and 80s there was a spate of many abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea, with some other mysterious vanishings also being blamed on this phenomenon. For instance on June 12, 1978 a 22-year-old single mother named Yaeok Taguchi went to drop her children off at a daycare center as usual before heading to her job. She would never make it to work and when she did not arrive to pick her kids up after school she was declared missing. Despite a massive search for the young woman she was not found at the time, and her case became a well-publicized unsolved mystery.

For years there were no new leads and no incoming information on the Taguchi vanishing, and Taguchi’s children were taken in by relatives. At the time it was suspected that Taguchi may have been abducted by North Korean spies, but there was no solid evidence that this was the case. Then in 1987 a North Korean spy by the name of Kim Hyun Hui was arrested and accused of being a mastermind of the bombing of the South Korean airliner Korean Air Flight 858, which killed 115 people. Interestingly, Hui told authorities that she had been trained by a Japanese woman named Yaeko Taguchi on how to blend in with Japanese society. North Korea would later claim that Taguchi had died in a car accident in 1986, but they did not provide any evidence to back this up, and some other defectors said that the missing woman was alive as recently as 2000. It remains unclear just what happened to Taguchi or what her ultimate fate was.

There was also the strange disappearance of 52-year-old Yutaka Kume, in 1977. Kume, who worked as a security guard at a city hall in Mitaka, was last seen on a beach in Ishikawa Prefecture on September 19, 1977, and it was strongly believed he had been snatched by the North Koreans, possibly taken away on a boat, or that he had even willingly defected. However, this has never been confirmed, he has not been seen since, and there has been no new information on what happened to Kume. He seems to have just vanished into thin air.

One very weird disappearance in Japan likely has nothing to do with North Korean abductions and rather has some spooky paranormal elements to it. In 1996, two high school girls went to explore an abandoned and supposedly haunted hotel and hot spring called Tsubono Spa. The pair were seen along their drive to the area, and they regularly updated their friends and family on where they were, but then they just were gone. When all correspondence stopped and they did not return a search was launched but trace of the missing youths or even their car, a black Subaru Vivio, could be found. Police were convinced at the time that the pair had somehow lost control of their vehicle and driven off the road to fall into a ravine or river, but intensive searches of such places along their route also turned up nothing. The case has been discussed a lot in Japanese outlets and featured on the True Crime Japan Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-japan-podcast/id1110219702?mt=2&i=368911549), and there have been numerous people in Japan who have gone to snoop around the haunted hotel themselves to try and find out what happened to them, but the so-called “Psychic Spot Disappearance” does not seem to be very well known in English publications, although there is an English language Reddit thread on the vanishing here: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/4kik0c/unusual_disappearance_case_from_japan/

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Zama man arrested after police discover nine dismembered bodies in his apartment

Kyodo, Staff Report
Oct 31, 2017

Police arrested a 27-year-old man in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, after finding parts of nine bodies in his apartment, investigative sources said Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police Department made the discovery while investigating Takahiro Shiraishi in connection with the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman from Hachioji. The woman is believed to have met the man after writing on a suicide website that she wanted to kill herself.

“It’s true that I tried to hide the bodies of the people I killed to destroy evidence,” Shiraishi was quoted as saying by the police.

A saw, believed to have been used to dismember the bodies, was also found in the apartment. Shiraishi allegedly told the police that he cut up the bodies in the bath, disposing of some body parts in the garbage.

The apartment is located near the U.S. Army’s Camp Zama.

The police arrested Shiraishi, whose occupation is unknown, on an initial charge of discarding a body. Police suspect one of the bodies may belong to the 23-year-old woman.

The body parts, kept in cooler boxes in the man’s apartment, included at least two severed heads, the police said. Investigators plan to carry out DNA tests in an effort to identify the deceased, they said.

An investigation was launched after the woman’s older brother reported her missing to the Takao Police Station, in western Tokyo, on Oct. 24, saying he had not been able to contact her since Oct. 21. The brother later learned of the suicide site after logging in using her name and password, leading to the discovery that she had been in touch with the suspect.

The apartment is in a residential area along the Odakyu Odawara Line, about 600 meters from Sobudai-mae Station. There is a day care located nearby. The suspect reportedly started living in the wooden, two-story apartment in late August.

Security camera footage showed the victim and the suspect walking together at Hachioji Station and Sobudai-mae Station.

A man who lives on the same floor as the suspect said he noticed an “odd smell” when he walked past the apartment in August.

“I thought it smelled like sewage,” the neighbor said. “It was something I never smelled before.”

He added, however, that he hadn’t heard any strange noises or voices coming from the apartment.

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Aidan Gillen to star in new UFO series
31 October 2017

Blue Book is based on the top secret 1950s and '60s examination of possible extraterrestrial phenomena...

Aidan Gillen’s work schedule becomes even more impossibly hectic with the Dubliner bagging a starring role as astrophysicist and UFO sceptic Dr. J. Allen Hynek in Blue Book, the History Channel’s 10-part delve into X Files territory.

The storylines are based on the US Air Force’s 1950s and ‘60s Project Blue Book examinations of possible extraterrestrial phenomena.

As previously reported by Hot Press, Aidan is also appearing in the eagerly awaited Dave Allen biopic, the new series of Peaky Blinders and the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

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