The headline was straight out of click-bait heaven. “Hungry penguins keep self-driving cars safe from hackers.” It had everything: cute animals, cyber-threats, and scary autonomous vehicles. Throw in a few UFOs and a long-dead mobster and you’d have the perfect Facebook meme.
The reality proved somewhat less sensationalistic, though more useful to actual programmers. A university research team had been exploring ways to make safety-critical software safer and more reliable, and they had found a useful example in... penguins.