Monday, February 10, 2014



London's first computer, the fastest in the world at 1MHz. May, 1950


TECH NOW: A drone for every home?


Russian authorities say Bitcoin illegal


See how dangerous a toothpaste tube bomb can be - Video


Passenger claiming to have bomb tried to divert plane to Sochi


Tech expert discusses cyberattacks’ far-reaching consequences


A new tech solution to the BYOD security dilemma


How Offensive Cyber Security is Changing the Industry


Bill Would Provide Comprehensive Study of Electric Grid Resiliency


Top US Homeland Security Priorities For Congress In 2014 – Analysis


Exposed: Barclays account details for sale as 'gold mine' of up to 27,000 files is leaked in worst breach of bank data EVER


NSA Leaks May Slow Cybersecurity Detente. Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge not optimistic on a future cybersecurity treaty.


BPC to Release Electric Grid Cybersecurity Recommendations


FEMA Enlists Designers to Rethink Disaster Relief


London Ambulance picks its best and brightest to be 'super paramedics'


The United States Makes It Clear That It Sides With Japan Over China


One day you won’t need a badge to enter your building, just a SIM card


Snowden’ leaks derailed important cybersecurity initiatives


Attack on California power station heightens concerns about grid security


Homeland Security Agenda


Microsoft's Kinect Is Being Used To Help Guard The Korean DMZ


Are Evacuation Practices Flawed?


North Korea Built A Fleet Of Mobile Missile Launchers Out Of Chinese Trucks


Washington Responds to Cybersecurity Threats with Recommendations and Legislation


DHS chief says Syria is a US homeland security threat


DHS prepares for hypothetical immigration reform


Target attack shows danger of remotely accessible HVAC systems


Big Data skills pay top dollar


NSA is collecting less than 30 percent of U.S. call data, officials say


The Future Of Data Mining Your Health


From Windows to the Xbox: Bill Gates' 'pioneering' impact


Why Americans love prepaid cards


The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business: Global edition


January Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 113,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.6%


Exposing a Corporate Trend in Higher Education in Germany


Human Noise Disturbs Different Fish in Different Ways


Scientific American at the World Economic Forum in Davos


Categorising bacteria in purple and pink


Black Widows Have More Control Over Their Attacks Than You Think


The Impact of TED Talks


Human Footprints Discovered on England’s Coast Are Oldest Outside Africa


5 Everyday Products Developed from NASA Technology – The Countdown, Episode 41


“The Perfect Theory”: The story of general relativity, and what makes something a science


40 years ago: our sister planet revealed


Are Parallel Universes Unscientific Nonsense? Insider Tips for Criticizing the Multiverse


New Book Cuts Through Fog of Hype Cloaking Cyberwar


Special Report: Dream Jobs 2014


Lockheed Martin Shows Off High-Power Fiber Laser Weapon


Milestone Tests Help Refurbish Dwindling U.S. Nuclear Arsenal


Who Is SCHAFT, the Robot Company Bought by Google and Winner of the DRC?


Internet Giants Disclose FISA Surveillance Requests For Customer Data


India Aims High With 4-Gigawatt Solar Plant


Sony’s Jun Rekimoto Dreams Up Gadgets for the Far Future


Amputee Successfully Feels Prosthetic Grip Strength Via Arm Electrodes


Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Tech Will Be Mandatory, say Feds


Marsupial Robot Team Monitors Rivers From Water and Air


Road Salt Sensor for Better Highway Safety, Less Environmental Damage


Hybrid Generator Would Cut Military Base Fuel Costs in Half


F-35 Software: DoD's Chief Tester Remains Unimpressed


QUOTATION(S):  “...The FUTURE is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed...”  AND  “...The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you...” AND “...I’m deglitched that the future is unsure. That’s the way it should be...”


CITATION(S): “...From Conventional Wisdom to Shocking Probability. Maybe someday, sooner or later, truly intelligent machines will be built. Until that time, speculation will abound. Much of that speculation is based on what might be called ‘Conventional Wisdom,’ the underlying assumptions and conventions we collectively share. We can list some of these assumptions as follows: The next century will be an extension of this one, with increasingly smarter machines being run by people and for people … Because the human mind is linked to a soul, cybernetic machines will never be fully self-aware like we are … If intelligent robots can be built, it will be a long time before they can be made to do what humans do, as well as humans do it. Perhaps centuries will be required … Even after intelligent robots are made, multitudes of humans will continue to exist on earth, and maybe even in space … Human minds and personal identities will never be able to merge with an electromechanical system … Even if it were possible, we humans would refuse to download our minds onto hardware, no matter how tempting and intelligent the new surroundings might be. We believe that cyberbeings will be emotionless, soulless, and humorless mechanical zombies ─ rather like ‘Star Trek’s’ Lt. Commander Data, a somewhat sad android pining for a humanity he will never achieve … No matter how smart they are, digital minds will never have the insight, intuition, and smooth savvy of the human mind. They will forever remain mentally inferior, and our faithful, self- maintaining servants … The robots will soon prove our mental and physical superiors. Self-generated enhancements will refine them beyond our control. They will enslave us all except, of course, for a renegade band of rebellious, young, good-looking, daring humans armed with battered, recycled surplus weapons, fearlessly following their craggy but wise leader into a fight for truth, justice, and the hominid way … THIS BOOK ARGUES THAT THE NEXT CENTURY WILL PROVE TO BE NOTHING LIKE THIS ONE, NOR ANY FORECAST SO FAR. COMPUTING POWER, NEUROSCIENCE, AND NANOTECHNOLOGIES ARE ADVANCING SO RAPIDLY THAT THEY WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENTS SINCE THE ORIGIN OF LIFE ITSELF … WE MAINTAIN THAT THE HUMAN MIND AND CONSCIOUS THOUGHT ARE EXCLUSIVELY NATURAL AND PHYSICAL IN ORIGIN AND NATURE. ULTIMATELY, THEIR NATURES AND FUNDAMENTAL PROCESSES ARE KNOWABLE AND CAN BE REPLICATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF PERSONAL IMMORTALITY...”


BOOK(S): Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. ISBN-13: 978-0544002692

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