Elon Musk’s OpenAI has a new tool that could keep hackers from wrecking a self-driving car

Even today, a hacker with a command of artificial intelligence may be able to force a self-driving car to miss a stop sign, or a facial recognition system to believe it’s seeing a completely different person in a security setting. Researchers have shown that virtual personal assistants like Siri or Google Now can be tricked into visiting potentially malicious websites by audio that sounds like white noise to humans. To thwart such hackers, Elon Musk’s OpenAI and Pennsylvania State University released a new tool this week called “cleverhans,” that lets artificial intelligence researchers test how vulnerable their AI is to adversarial examples, or purposefully malicious data meant to confuse the algorithms. Once the vulnerability has been found, a defense to the attack can automatically be applied. The tool is meant…


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