Facebook’s ‘Town Hall’ is probably the best thing the social network has ever done

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Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump’s successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. More recently, Zuckerberg started to acknowledge Facebook’s role in politics, and on Monday the social network introduced its… Read more »

Mobile phone motion sensors can be used to crack your PIN

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A new study has revealed just how easy it is for hackers to use the sensors in mobile devices to crack four-digit PINs and to access a wide variety of other information about users. Cyber-security experts from Newcastle University in the U.K. found that once a mobile user visits a website, code embedded on the page could then use… Read more »

Will 3D printed houses be the next big thing?

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According to the company Apis Cor, the body of this 409 square foot house was built in 24 hours by a 3D printer in Russia. And they are not the only company experimenting with 3D printed homes. Source: CNN Date: April 13th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/03/24/3d-printed-houses. Discussion 1) 3D printing is changing everything.  How might you introduce… Read more »

Banking On The Blockchain

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Ever since Bitcoin was introduced in late 2008, the blockchain code that underpins the cryptocurrency has been the source of hope and fear—and much hype. In theory, agile startups could create software built on blockchain protocols with the hope of providing a safer, faster, cheaper and more transparent alternative to traditional financial intermediaries, such as… Read more »

Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?

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The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine.  From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only on closer inspection that doubts set in. Yes – she’s a robot.  Nadine is an “intelligent” robot capable of autonomous behaviour. For a machine, her… Read more »

Robots to affect up to 30% of jobs, says PwC

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Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study.  However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear.  It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.  Jobs… Read more »

Smart machines v hackers: How cyber warfare is escalating

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There is a gaping hole in the digital defences that companies use to keep out cyber thieves. The hole is the global shortage of skilled staff that keeps security hardware running, analyses threats and kicks out intruders.  Currently, the global security industry is lacking about one million trained workers, suggests research by ISC2 – the industry… Read more »

Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?

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No matter how much you warn visitors to Cuba that they’ll be offline during their stay, they often won’t believe it until they actually arrive in Havana.  Is this about to change? Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39119873 Discussion 1) The title of this article is “Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?”  Isn’t a… Read more »