Xenobots Are Defining Our Future

NYC Media Lab
8 min readMar 12, 2022

Xenobots Are Defining Our Future Cybersecurity ramps up, as the war continues to escalate. View this email in your browser

The war escalates, driving the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to issue an unprecedented warning that “all organizations — regardless of size — adopt a heightened cybersecurity posture. Which has us exploring why NATO and the White House are now recognizing post-quantum threats as they prepare for Y2Q. And, China has built a one-of-a-kind cyber-espionage behemoth — worth a read.

As we keep reaching for the stars, we often forget how every dollar spent in space comes back fivefold on earth. Last week it was revealed that Apple uses powerful NASA software to show Mac Studio performance. If you missed the event, we have you covered with everything announced in 7 minutes.

If you have found yourself saying, “we can put a man on the moon, but I can’t find what I need in my Google Drive”, things got much easier this week with new search tools. In geekier news, it was revealed that mysterious quantum links could help lead to exponential scale-up, and in the uncanny valley of xenobots, tiny living robots can now replicate and evolve.

What caught your attention last week? Reach out with your thoughts, feedback, or ideas on how we can work together. Steve@NYCMediaLab.org


Steven Rosenbaum
Executive Director
The NYC Media Lab

Must-Read

How China Built a One-Of-A-Kind Cyber-Espionage Behemoth to Last

The rise of the “bug bounty” model has created a global ecosystem of researchers who find software security vulnerabilities for cash. For example, last year, an unnamed US firm paid Chinese researchers $4 million in 2021. But, China has a policy where researchers must submit vulnerabilities to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. So, what are the impacts of exporting software vulnerabilities to Chinese authorities at no cost to Beijing?

Technology is beginning to impact everything from commercial competition to technological advancement and even warfare. This article explores how China’s decade-long quest to become a cyber superpower is starting to pay off. However, what this will mean for the rest of the world is still up for debate in these increasingly uncertain times.

MIT Tech Review/ 3 min read

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NATO and the White House Recognize Post-Quantum Threats and Prepare for Y2Q

Most of us are guilty of taking for granted how encryption secures enterprise communications, services, and applications. But security analysts have a growing concern that the threat of PKC decryption could become a reality sooner than many think as we continue to make giant leaps forward in quantum computing technology.

Post-Quantum’s CEO Andersen Cheng believes that as quantum technology develops, we will reach a Y2Q scenario, where all these security measures are obsolete in the face of the computational power of weaponized quantum computers. Food for thought.

VentureBeat/ 3 min read

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Tech + Media

How to Use Google Drive’s New Search Tools

As your online cloud storage increases, do you struggle to find what you are looking for in Google Drive? Thankfully, Google has recently released new search tools to make your life easier. For example, search chips are intended to make it easier for you to narrow down a screen of search results in Google Drive when you’ve used broad search terms.

You can also look for words matching the file name or the contents of your files, for instance, and search through files in the trash folder or that you’ve previously starred. Let us know what you think of the new features.

Wired/ 3 min read

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Apple Is Using Powerful NASA Software to Show Mac Studio Performance

Apple unveiled its newest Mac family member, the Mac Studio last week, which leverages its latest System on a Chip called the M1 Ultra. Apple used NASA’s TetrUSS software to see just how powerful it is. It’s pitched as a professional-focused computer priced between the Mac mini and Mac Pro, starting at $1,999.

Inside, you can use one of Apple’s two high-end chips, the M1 Max with 10 CPU cores, 24 GPU cores, and a 16 core neural engine, or the M1 Ultra, which is two Max chips combined. Will it be enough to tempt you from your traditional iMac?

Space Explored/ 1 min read

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Spooky Action Could Help Boost Quantum Machine Learning

Conventional and quantum machine-learning approaches are hampered by the “no free lunch” theorem, which suggests that any approach is ultimately hindered by the amount of data (or entanglement) available. But could mysterious quantum links help lead to exponential scale-up?

A new study explores how a strange quantum phenomenon called entanglement, which Einstein dubbed “spooky action at a distance,” might help remove a major potential roadblock to implementing quantum machine learning.

IEEE Spectrum/ 3 min read

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What We’re Watching

Apple’s Mac Studio Event: Everything Announced in 7 Minutes!

If you missed the long keynotes and long-winded announcements from Apple last week, this 7 minutes video will bring you up to speed. First, of course, Apple wanted everyone to be wowed by the new Mac Studio machine and Studio Display alongside a 5G version of the iPhone SE. But most people were more concerned if these new announcements would mean the end of the 27-Inch iMac, which was removed from the online Apple store without notice.

MacRumors YouTube/ 7 min watch

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What We’re Listening To

IWD 2022: How to Ensure Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Post-production

In this episode of the Broadcast Tech Talks Podcast, Jet Omoshebi and Natascha Cadle talk about gender representation in the different areas of the post-production industry to mark International Women’s Day 2022. The hosts discuss what can and is being done to encourage more women to pursue careers in grading, picture, and audio editing, VFX, engineering roles, etc.

Omoshebi and Cadle talk about whether being a woman in a relatively male-dominated industry has ever held them back at all during their career to date, and they offer their advice to young women who might want to pursue a career in post-production.

Apple Podcasts/ 21 min

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A Deeper Look

The Uncanny Valley of Xenobots

Xenobots famously hit the headlines a few years ago for being the world’s first living robots. These computer-modeled critters can perform useful tasks and even repair themselves. More recently, these manufactured organisms showed yet another hallmark of life when they became the first created organisms that can self-replicate.

Although it might sound quite sinister, this new direction for robotics and biology is incredibly intriguing. Take a deep dive into a new world where nature is used in the service of technology instead of technology attempting to replicate nature. Welcome to the future.

Nautilus/ 7 min read

Read More Today’s newsletter written in partnership with Neil C. Hughes, the Tech Blogger and host of Tech Talks Daily

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