Sim-card enabled shoes

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-42456995/sim-card-shoes-send-alert-if-wearer-falls Discussion 1) Technology that alerts someone when someone falls.  What other applications of this technology can you think of? 2) The integration of sensors with telecoms is a booming field, often called Internet of Things.  What issues can you think of for these sim-card enabled shoes?

The smart dress with the sixth sense

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Source: BBC Technology Date: March 8th, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43231983/the-smart-dress-with-a-sixth-sense Discussion 1) If you’re thinking of becoming a fashion designer, does it make sense to add MIS as a major? 2) What sorts of tech-enabled clothing would you want?

Startup Codex Brings Blockchain to Art With Backing From Pantera

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Verifying authenticity or provenance is one of the art industry’s biggest challenges. Blockchain can help. Blockchain is a potentially revolutionary technology for all sorts of industries, from finance to food safety, social media and retail. A startup plans to use it in the notoriously opaque world of fine art to verify authenticity.  Codex has developed a decentralized database… Read more »

Geek Squad staff ‘paid by FBI’ to flag illegal imagery

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Best Buy’s computer repair workers have been aiding the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest. They indicate that several of the US company’s Geek Squad staff were paid for reporting child abuse imagery. The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship “circumvents computer owners’ Fourth Amendment rights” to privacy. Source: BBC… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to fix Facebook. His employees keep getting in the way.

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A Facebook executive disclosed that the company wasn’t yet sure how to put in place Zuckerberg’s latest major directive: shifting the company’s metrics so that “meaningful interactions” are valued over likes and clicks, a response to the misinformation and reports about the harms of social media that drew attention last year. Source: Washington Post Date: March 1st,… Read more »

Inside the Alexa Prize

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Amazon has challenged 15 teams of some of the world’s best computer science graduate students to build “a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes.” If any team succeeds, its members will snare academic glory and the promise of brilliant future careers. (Consider that some of the… Read more »

How lasers and robo-feeders are transforming fish farming

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Fish farming is big business – the industry now produces about 100 million tonnes a year – and with salmon prices soaring, producers are turning to lasers, automation and artificial intelligence to boost production and cut costs. How do you know if farmed salmon have had enough to eat? Well, according to Lingalaks fish farms… Read more »

IoT is Coming Even if the Security Isn’t Ready: Here’s What to Do

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In a May study of 553 IT decision makers, 78% said they thought it was at least somewhat likely that their businesses would suffer data loss or theft enabled by IoT devices. Some 72% said the speed at which IoT is advancing makes it harder to keep up with evolving security requirements. Source: Wired Magazine Date: February 23rd, 2018… Read more »

Under the hood: How Chrome’s ad filtering works

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While most advertising on the web is respectful of user experience, over the years we’ve increasingly heard from our users that some advertising can be particularly intrusive. As we announced last June, Chrome will tackle this issue by removing ads from sites that do not follow the Better Ads Standards. Source: Chromium Blog Date: February 23rd, 2018 Link: https://blog.chromium.org/2018/02/how-chromes-ad-filtering-works.html Discussion… Read more »