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In movies like “Transformers” and “Terminator 2,” good robots fight bad robots with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. The drama can seem melodramatic and downright inhuman. If only it weren’t so true.

Experts say adversarial algorithms — the brawling brains of artificial intelligence – are already duking it out in the fight clubs of cybersecurity. Some of them even use weird spells to make their foes hallucinate.

Here’s how it works: Cybersecurity companies and other researchers train their AI algorithms by feeding them many examples of good and malicious files they capture with anti-viruses and other cybersecurity tools. …


Jeff Elder

Former WSJ reporter and syndicated columnist working in the blogosphere. Once sold books to Johnny Cash. My Medium post about that was praised by Paris Review.

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