MIT Presents A New Report For Improving The Nation’s Cyber-Security

[April 2017] “In a world where hackers can sabotage power plants and impact elections, there has never been a more crucial time to examine cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, most of which is privately owned.” According to experts from MIT, presidents in the past 25 years have never truly paid attention to the topic, a method which should be altered due to the increase in our efficiency with technology.

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STOP THIEF! I can see you.

3.7 million burglaries occur each year across the United States. Do you ever wonder how you can protect your family and loved ones? Ring, a company that has just caught the attention of many, has come up with an innovation in home security. The Ring Protect System, a product which most families can afford, provides the user with a heightened sense of security and improves the safety of their community.

Ring Protect System includes many different features providing incentive to consumers to purchase the product. Continue reading “STOP THIEF! I can see you.”

2018 Tech the Coming Week at CES

Every new year brings the possibility of breakthrough technologies. Fortunately, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place every year in January to preview what the world has to offer. I anticipate three major fields will be at the forefront of invention: those being artificial intelligence, smart homes, and robots.

Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office sharing symptoms and having tests performed all while being the only human in the room. With the accumulation of data from the tests performed along with the “symptom discussion” a diagnosis is given. Artificial intelligence can do this and much more. One point of AI is to manipulate “big data” so that people can then use that data to drive and improve change. AI is also fascinating as it is one of the foundations for other exciting cutting-edge technologies that we will also expect to see at CES.

Last year at CES, Alexa (Amazon’s voice-activated assistant), took front stage. This year Google is planning on making a greater push announcing many products that will work with Google Home and be synced together; such as lights like Hue and speakers. If you want more specific details on the two base models, Alexa and Home click here Which to Buy: Amazon Echo or Google Home?. Voice interface is a faster way to communicate and seems to be the wave of the future.

While AI and voice activation are exciting in and of themselves: perhaps the most interesting field may be in robotics and robots! With the advancement of AI, our robots are getting smarter. There is a security camera (to be revealed at CES) that features accurate facial recognition.  It learns your face and then will alert you if a stranger enters the camera’s area. Next, there is a motorcycle helmet that offers navigation, a built-in action camera, and music. Also, there is Buddy whom is very similar to Alexa however he has a rotating head and eyes. This little Buddy can move around your house, recognize family members and even help with children by monitoring where and what they re doing along with playing games with them.

There will be many other areas of technology demonstrated at the show including but not limited to: smart cars, big tvs, health products, and much more. I don’t expect anything groundbreaking in these areas, but I’ll have more to say in the following couple weeks…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Hanson Robotics Sophia
Sophia looks, talks, and acts just like a normal person. The only difference is she has wires instead of veins. She is Hanson Robotics latest and best creation. Sophia presented at the Geneva Conference the first week in June, talking about the benefits of AI robots in society. She talks not only about robots benefits working with senior citizens and children, but she is also an advocate for other forms of AI and robots. She has presented at many different conferences and appeared on several tv talk shows to show off her skills and to talk about how AI is the future. Sophia is constantly assuring people that robots will not take over the world.

In October, Sophia made headlines by becoming the first robot to be granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. In November, she told the world she was ready to have a baby. Both of these events have created some controversy. Women in Saudi Arabia and around the world were upset to see that she did not have to obey the oppressive laws that other women in Saudi Arabia have to face. She was not wearing a headscarf, nor was she accompanied by a man in her family because she was outside. However, Sophia was quickly able to turn this around and instead began advocating for women’s rights. In the eyes of her creator, David Hanson said Sophia is more like a child herself, than an adult. He says she has the vocabulary of a college educated adult, but because she hasn’t been perfected yet, and because she’s existed for such a short time, in reality she is more like a child.

Unlike less advanced robots with programmed responses, Sophia is made so she can understand what people are saying and then use that information to educate herself and to improve her responses. Back in March of 2016, Sophia made headlines when Hanson asked her “do you want to destroy humans?…Please say ‘no’”. To everyone’s surprise, she said “OK. I will destroy humans.” However, since then Sophia hasn’t made any comments like that, because of her ability to “learn.” Sophia is always learning and becoming smarter and is an incredible example of the future of technology.

Spotting Email Scams

In the modern day, with much technology at our access, it is bound to have more people trying to scam other people out of their money or personal information. A very common way of doing this, is by emails. However, there are ways to avoid being scammed, for instance, people could look for things such as, links labeled “secure your spot,” or “click here first and then follow the instructions.” People could also look at the content of the email, if it asks for personal information, for you to log into your online bank account, or for you to put in other personal information. Continue reading “Spotting Email Scams”

Our Future While Driving

When buying a new car what do many people look for? Is it the flashiness of the car or its accessories? Actually, safety should be the first priority. With the help of a developing field of technology, safety can be increased and in later models, it should also add that flash that people so desire. What I am referring to is AR or Augmented Reality. The technology is still in its infancy. However, three companies displayed their ideas and applications of this tech at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Continue reading “Our Future While Driving”

“Alexa, are you recording?”

     Alexa and Echo are virtual assistants that run your home operating systems. The two are very similar but Echo is the portable version. Alexa can be installed in many different objects such as lights, shades, thermostats, and garage doors…pretty much anything that has technology. Thus allowing the user to control them all through Alexa. You can control all of these things by simply using your voice. Continue reading ““Alexa, are you recording?””