Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets get hacked within 40 minutes of being connected to the net

Cory Doctorow BoingBoing The Atlantic’s Andrew McGill set up a virtual server on Amazon’s cloud that presented to the internet as a crappy, insecure Internet of Things toaster; 41 minutes later, a hacked IoT device connected to it and tried to hack it. Within a day, the “toaster” had been hacked more than 300 times. I’ll admit this volume of attacks might not be typical. … Continue reading Unsecured Internet of Things gadgets get hacked within 40 minutes of being connected to the net

Uber envisions a world of flying cars

Marisa Kendall SiliconBeat Sick of spending hours stuck in traffic on your morning commute? Uber has a solution. Take to the skies. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company on Thursday published a 97-page document laying out its vision for a world in which the commute lane is over our heads — literally. The so-called “flying cars” Uber envisions actually are vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, … Continue reading Uber envisions a world of flying cars

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defensestrategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions. Matthew Rosenberg & John Markoff The New York Times CAMP EDWARDS, Mass. — The small drone, with its six whirring rotors,swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets. No humans … Continue reading The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

Maybe all those “smart” gadgets and appliances from China aren’t such a smart idea

Daisy Luther You know all of those cool, sci-fi gadgets that people are beginning to get that are connected to the internet in their homes?  The voice controlled thermostats, the wireless printers and cameras, the home security systems, the food scale that sends the calories to your phone app, those “smart” appliances that text you to pick up milk, and the DVRS that can be … Continue reading Maybe all those “smart” gadgets and appliances from China aren’t such a smart idea

Feds issue cybersecurity guidelines for automakers

Melanie Zanona The Hill The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled new guidelines on Monday to help automakers respond to the threat of cyberattacks, as the administration braces for a world of connected and automated vehicles. NHSTA already asked automakers to consider cybersecurity in a 15-point safety assessment that was tucked into recently released federal guidelines for self-driving cars. But the best practices issued Monday go … Continue reading Feds issue cybersecurity guidelines for automakers

Artificial Intelligence Wars: Your Army will no Longer Need You 

Luis R. Miranda The Real Agenda News A Robocop army taking over major military missions around the world is still far from being a reality, but that does not mean that the world’s military powers are not working hard to make that scenario into reality as soon as they can. If you think that remotely controlled or semi-autonomous vehicles are too much to take, wait … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Wars: Your Army will no Longer Need You