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IBM’s Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World

IBM’s Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
During the beta, Watson will embed with a few dozen companies and provide their security analysts with reports and recommendations. Specifically, Watson can identify whether a security event is associated with known malware and provide relevant background, as well as identify suspicious user behavior. (Think of password entry; are repeated failed attempts an absentminded user, or an attempted break-in?)
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Drones to the rescue

Drones to the rescue | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Drones could soon be used to help find people missing in remote parts of the country.

Via The Robot Launch Pad, Kalani Kirk Hausman
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Robots to the Rescue

Robots to the Rescue | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Roadside bombs in Afghanistan, mines in the Persian Gulf’s shipping lanes, blazing infernos in downtown neighborhoods – danger seemingly lurks around every corner.
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more information: "While UAS grab most of the headlines, unmanned ground vehicles and maritime systems are also making inroads. Systems such as Lockheed Martin’s Squad Mission Support System lighten soldiers’ loads, improve combat readiness and perform critical re-supply and casualty evacuation missions.

At sea, mines can wreak havoc on shipping lanes. Now, unmanned underwater systems will soon replace the ships that sail into these hazardous waters to clear mines. Featuring an unmanned, autonomous Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle, Lockheed Martin’s Remote Minehunting System will provide the primary mine reconnaissance capability for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package."

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'I Will Ruin Him' - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

'I Will Ruin Him' - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A cyberstalked novelist traces the evolution of his aggressor’s flirty-turned-fierce digital attacks.
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This is a scary introduction to the cyberstalking problem in existence, but also, the creativity of using the present lax identity security for memberships to forums and other e-groups indicates possibilities of more damage. The security  and integrity of one's digital presence and identity may become a new kind of service. Insurance may become available for these protections as well. Protocols will get drawn up. Huge possibilities in professional development trainings. Many discussions will arise around whether one is ever vigilant enough or paranoid.

 

School personnel and clinicians of various professions have much to worry about. We communicate/collaborate/problem solve in private as well as in groups. The Knowledge Era has a whole set of brand new crimes.

 

The detached keypads (to replace newspaper cutouts we usually see for fictional hostage ransom notes) is creative and ominous. 

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Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology | MIT Technology Review

Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. Yet they can use social media to filter out job applicants based on their beliefs, looks, and habits. Laws forbid lenders from discriminating on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality. Yet they can refuse to give a loan to people whose Facebook friends have bad payment histories, if their work histories on LinkedIn don’t match their bios on Facebook, or if a computer algorithm judges them to be socially undesirable.

 
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Interesting historical facts putting our present challenges into perspective. 

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Yahoo malware turned PCs into Bitcoin miners

Yahoo malware turned PCs into Bitcoin miners | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Malicious ads served to Yahoo users were designed to transform computers into a Bitcoin mining operation, according to a security firm. [Read more]
    
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How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data - Wired Science

How Quantum Computers and Machine Learning Will Revolutionize Big Data - Wired Science | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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There are two major ideas here. They herald a new period in the knowledge era...if these two or three hurdles are overcome: 1) breakthroughs in techniques to analyze the semantics of natural language

2) data integration--"Google’s Alon Halevy believes that the real breakthroughs in big data analysis are likely to come from integration — specifically, integrating across very different data sets. “No matter how much you speed up the computers or the way you put computers together, the real issues are at the data level,” he said. For example, a raw data set could include thousands of different tables scattered around the Web, each one listing crime rates in New York, but each may use different terminology and column headers, known as “schema.” A header of “New York” can describe the state, the five boroughs of New York City, or just Manhattan. You must understand the relationship between the schemas before the data in all those tables can be integrated."

3) the invention of the quanturm computer (jury is still out on current D-Wave Computer)

 

What will the new age be called? I think it whill have something to do with multidisciplinary combinations and integration and collaboration. The ability to draw similar/analogous data from every kind of database is beyond cryptography, but the "semantic web" doesn't seem to capture the world changing power of this ability. 

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