Artificial Intelligence and the disruption of employment

We are at the cusp of the next industrial revolution—or maybe it’s in full swing already. Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud computing, smartphones, and a slew of other technologies that were unknown or sci-fi before the turn of the century are redefining and disrupting different aspects of life as we know it today.

As with every industrial revolution, most of the changes overcoming our lives are pleasant. Efficiency, safety, comfort, lower energy consumption, lower costs. These are just some of the advantages brought by these technologies.

But the same trends drag in tow some less appreciated disruptions, namely the upheaval of the socio-economic landscape. Employment is undergoing fundamental changes. Continue reading

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After the CIA leaks, cybersecurity should be everyone’s business

Last week, WikiLeaks dropped a bombshell on intelligence agencies by publishing a trove of classified documents dubbed “Vault 7.” The revelations gave a damning account of government surveillance powers and hacking capabilities.

It was also a testament to how vulnerable the increasing number of Internet-connected devices we own can make us. And if you think you shouldn’t worry about what hacking capabilities the feds have, think again. Three-letter-agencies aren’t the only ones who are looking for security holes in hardware and software.

As with every hack that makes noise, the Vault 7 leak is associated with new facts, old misunderstandings and some very important lessons. Here’s what you need to know about the latest batch of information that WikiLeaks has spilled into cyberspace. Continue reading

How artificial intelligence is changing education

Education, the ability to pass on knowledge, is one of the most ancient practices that sets humans apart from all other species on earth. It is through education that, instead of rediscovering and mastering the laws that govern the world we live in, new generations are able to pick up where their predecessors left off and enhance the knowledge and skills we possess.

Now, the learning and teaching process is undergoing an unprecedented transformation thanks to ed-tech, a conglomerate of technologies that is redefining classrooms, schools, universities and the entire education process.

At the forefront of those technologies is Artificial Intelligence, the often mystic and misunderstood science that is taking the world by storm and is helping (or replacing) humans at performing complicated tasks in various industries. Here’s how AI is changing education for the better. Continue reading

The art of reboot

NES Classic

If there’s one lesson to take away from the successful reboot of the NES Classic gaming console and the Nokia 3310 mobile phone in recent months, it’s that a well-planned infusion of nostalgia is a recipe for success. The former, released in November 2016, has already sold a whopping 1.5 million units, and the latter, announced at the Mobile World Congress 2017 and planned to be made available in Q2, managed to steal the thunder from the flagships presented by the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola.

But why would people turn away their attention from high-end devices to the resurrection of a 17-year-old feature phone and a 32-year-old gaming console?

Here’s what the NES Classic and the Nokia 3310 relaunch teach us about successful reboots. Continue reading

Why are public WiFi networks insecure?

Public WiFi network

If you follow tech and cybersecurity news, this is something that you see a lot: Public WiFi networks, the free wireless networks found at hotels, airports and cafes, are unsafe and can cut you some major cyberslack.

As is the case with most threats, when something is publicized a lot, people tend to become less sensible and ignore it. It becomes common belief that the danger will mostly apply to other people and not me. (This is one of the weirdest aspects of human nature, finding one’s security in the insecurity of others.) Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence has problems to fix

Artificial intelligence machine learning

While much of what you read and hear about Artificial Intelligence will turn out to be hype (that’s the case with practically every new, disruptive technology), there’s no denying that AI and machine learning will have an important role to play in how different industries and aspects of life and society around us will take shape in the coming years.

The trends and facts are certainly in favor of the AI fever. 2016 saw an explosion of funding and acquisition of AI startups. During the same year, Artificial Intelligence mastered many skills that were supposedly the exclusive domain of human intelligence, including a complicated board game, fighting (and causing) cyberthreats, and playing computer games—among others. Continue reading

Dealing with social engineering at times of uncertainty

Protest

Human failure is the single biggest contributing factor to security incidents, hacks and data breaches. Social engineers, cybercriminals that invest in human errors rather than technical vulnerabilities, are always on the lookout for exclusive opportunities to incite strong feelings in their targets and prod them to make a fatal mistake.

The anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the immigration ban in the U.S. provides the perfect climate for social engineering attacks, a fact that is largely ignored while the political aspects of the ban are being highlighted and fanned with ample frequency by the media. Continue reading