Though understood and promoted as an instrument of liberation, convenience has a dark side. With its promise of smooth, effortless efficiency, it threatens to erase the sort of struggles and challenges that help give meaning to life. Created to free us, it can become a constraint on what we are willing to do, and thus in a subtle way it can enslave us.
Almost everything and everyone connected to a WiFi network can be hacked.
Stalkers are monitoring their victims’ movements and conversations using bugging and tracking devices as well as spyware and covert phone apps easily bought online.
Security analysts and cartel sources agree that a key factor in the transformation of underworld rivalries into a full-throttle war has been the cartels’ recruitment of elite soldiers.
As banks have upped their security systems, fraudsters have realised mobile phone security is much easier to get around, and can be the key to accessing a bank account. The cases should serve as a warning to anyone who uses their mobile phone to verify themselves to their bank – by one-time passcodes or similar.
We should be wary of many of the solutions to fake news proposed by politicians. Such solutions do little to challenge the culture of fragmented truths. They seek, rather, to restore more acceptable gatekeepers – for Facebook or governments to define what is and isn’t true.
Ransomware remains a serious threat to organizations, with two-thirds (65%) of those hit claiming to have lost a “significant” amount or even all of their data. Even the 29% that managed to decrypt their data said they lost a “significant” number of files.
Attention is other people thinking about you, and if there were ever humans who didn’t need it, they are now extinct.
The one-size-fits-all model of relationship recognition – exemplified by marriage – is no longer appropriate.
Livestock raised for food in the US are dosed with five times as much antibiotic medicine as farm animals in the UK. The difference in rates of dosage rises to at least nine times as much in the case of cattle raised for beef, and may be as high as 16 times the rate of dosage per cow in the UK. There is currently a ban on imports of American beef throughout Europe, owing mainly to the free use of growth hormones in the US.
With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.
Hundreds of stray dogs have learned to survive in the woods around the exclusion zone – mainly descendants of those left behind after the nuclear disaster, when residents were banned from taking their beloved pets to safety.
Technology—when used in certain ways—is having widespread negative effects on our mental health and well-being. But if we can learn to shift the focus off ourselves and onto doing good for others, maybe technology can help us thrive, after all.
Amazon has patented designs for a wristband that can precisely track where warehouse employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction. The concept, which aims to streamline the fulfilment of orders, adds another layer of surveillance to an already challenging working environment.
Starting in the 1940s, Luhn devised machines and schemes for parsing information, most notably the now widely used hashing algorithm, which he suggested as a way to sort both numbers and text. Because organizing and searching for data are such widespread problems in computing, hashing algorithms have become crucial to cryptography, graphics, telecommunications, and biology.
The disclosure of dozens of Devumi’s customers in entertainment, politics and business has sparked a renewed debate — often carried out on Twitter itself — about the prevalence of fraud and fakery on social media, where tens of millions of fake users still roam.
If we do nothing about Google and Facebook, we will get more of the same: more hyper-targeting, more algorithmic bias, less competition and the further erosion of collateral industries, like media. Enough is enough.
Findings confirm and extend existing knowledge, showing how personality traits tend to change through life in predictable ways.
Economic insecurity is ‘new normal’, with only 30% saying they live comfortably.
Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities.