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After Equifax Data Breach, Consumers Are Largely On Their Own

When it comes to dealing with the aftermath of Equifax's massive data breach, it'll be up to consumers to be on guard against data thieves, experts say.<p>Last week, the credit-rating company disclosed that it was hacked earlier this year, leaving 143 million U.S. consumers' personal information …

Identity Theft

Finally, Some Answers From Equifax to Your Data Breach Questions

In the last few days, several hundred of you have sent me questions or tweeted about the Equifax breach and its credit freeze process. I don’t blame you, given that you’ve melted their websites and phone banks since the company announced last week that up to 143 million people may have had their …

Data Breach

CRISPR breakthrough: In a first, gene-editing tech used to dramatically change colour of flower

A Japanese garden plant's colour was changed from violet to white by altering a single gene.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have used the CRISPR …

Genetics

AR and VR poised to climb out of the "trough of dillusionment" on Gartner Hype Cycle

The Gartner Hype Cycle places emerging technologies on a rising-falling-rising curve.<p>I would have put augmented reality ahead of virtual reality, and …

Augmented Reality

What Happens When Cyborg Tech Goes Beyond Medicine?

The age of the cyborg may be closer than we think. Rapidly improving medical robotics, wearables, and implants means many humans are already part …

Robotics

CRISPR, 5 Ways

CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, is the basis for a revolutionary genome-editing technology that allows researchers to make very precise modifications to DNA.<p>The implications are enormous — not only for the treatment of disease, but also for …

Genetics

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

Technology is evolving faster than the legal and moral frameworks needed to manage it.<p>In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible. Not who actually coded the …

Internet of Things

Real-Life Cyborgs: A Company Is Implanting Its Employees With Microchips

Worker Implants<p>A company based in Stockholm, Sweden, is turning its employees into “cyborgs” using a microchip implant about the size of a grain of …

The Future

In 1981, Margaret Atwood Made A Stirring Case For Investing In Culture

Centuries from now, our cultural achievements will be the most important way later generations will remember us.<p>If only we’d all just listened to Margaret Atwood.<p>The acclaimed author of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> has been acting as something of a political sage recently. Thanks in part to an upcoming, …

Literature

Cool animated overview of how media manufactures consent

<i>Manufacturing Consent</i> feels like a must-read all over again lately, and this excellent primer by animator Pierangelo Pirak lays out the five filters …

Real-life Robocops will soon replace human police

Robot police were once sci-fi fantasy, but soon the real thing will be patrolling the streets of Dubai.<p>While the original RoboCop from the 1987 film, a superhuman cyborg law enforcer, could hunt down murderous criminals, the real-life version will be tackling more straightforward misdemeanours<i>.</i><p>The …

Robots

Why Marketers Increasingly Have to Adjust at Warp Speed to Cultural and Technological Change

There was a ton of talk at this year’s South by Southwest about digital transformation and customer experience, the buzz terms of 2017 so far in the …

Cuddling, robots and holograms are replacing sex in Japan

Cuddling cafes where you can pay to gaze into a stranger’s eyes – or have them clean your ears with a cotton bud.<p>Dates with girls who will dress up …

The VR web is here

Over the past several years, the technologies underlying the modern internet have begun to mature. The web has gone through a second renaissance, …

The Future of Shopping Is More Discrimination

For you, a very special price indeed.<p>Two years ago, at a retail-marketing conference called “The Internet of Things: Shopping,” a consultant took the stage and predicted that by 2028, half of Americans will have implants that communicate with retailers as they walk down stores’ aisles and inspect …

eCommerce

25 Years After Elizabeth Taylor Wore the AIDS Ribbon to the 1992 Oscars, Her Grandchildren Carry on Her Fight

It’s been 25 years since Elizabeth Taylor appeared at the 1992 Oscars, wearing a small accessory that made a very large impact.<p>That night, as she …

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

Students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.<p>The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans’ preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn’t, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little tilting-at-windmills, …

Education

Why Nothing Works Anymore

Technology has its own purposes.<p>“No… it’s a magic potty,” my daughter used to lament, age 3 or so, before refusing to use a public restroom stall with an automatic-flush toilet. As a small person, she was accustomed to the infrared sensor detecting erratic motion at the top of her head and …

Intelligence

The Myth of Apple's Great Design

The company’s new “spaceship” headquarters shows how its beauty has always been skin deep.<p><i>Apple has great design</i> is the biggest myth in technology today. The latest victim of this ideology comes in the form a remarkable report on the late Steve Jobs’s final project, still in production: a new, $5 …

Touch ID

Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning from the Cynic

Another in the series introduced here.<p><b>Ambrose Bierce</b><p>A couple definitions from his book:<p><b>Stan Kelly-Bootle</b><p>Mr. Kelly-Bootle sometimes provided extended explanations of the words he defined:<p><b>Definitions for 21st Century Computing</b><p>A couple more from the student:<p><b>Cognitive Computing</b><p>A totally, absolutely …

Machine Learning

IBM Just Posted 5 Predictions About What Life Will Be Like in 2022

Bring on the superhero vision.<p>Technology giant IBM is known for of making bold predictions about the future, and it's just announced its latest "5 in …

Artificial Intelligence

How our school is using Virtual Reality to prepare pupils for a future dominated by technology 

Virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, haptic feedback; the line between these and many other technological realities is becoming blurred and they are beginning to be grouped under one umbrella term: artificial reality. But what is artificial reality and how can it be used effectively …

Virtual Reality

Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change

WHEN education fails to keep pace with technology, the result is inequality. Without the skills to stay useful as innovations arrive, workers …

Education

A glimpse into the dystopian future of technology-centered parenting

Our children are turning into cyborgs. Well, sort of.<p>As a futurist, I predict that it won’t be long before nearly all children will wear a small device that blinks and chirps on their wrist. Behind its screen sits not only their health data, but also the cumulative data from several hundred million …

Parenting

10 TED talks that used visual graphics to win the audience

Learn how the right set of slides turned these talks into an immersive and engaging experience.<p>What is it that makes TED speakers so damn persuasive? Perhaps it's because they follow these public speaking tips or follow and learn from these public speaking stars. One thing they have in common is, …

Infographics

Experiential Wayfinding Provides a Glimpse into the Future At Hand for the IoT

Since 2013 very few things have matched the headline performance of the Internet of Things (IOT). In 2014 IOT went from being a visionary "trigger concept" of the future ( Gartner's Hype Cycle) to being categorized by some in 2016 as a key fixture of the "Trough of Disillusionment".<p>Image credit<p>That …

Internet of Things

We’re Not Living in a Black Mirror Episode. We’re Living In IFC’s New Show The Mirror.

As President Trump’s inauguration approaches and Americans struggle to understand our new reality, we’ve been all been flailing for metaphors to help …

IEEE puts out a first draft guide for how tech can achieve ethical AI design

One of the barriers standing in the way of ethically designed AI systems that benefit humanity as a whole, and avoid the pitfalls of embedded algorithmic biases, is the tech industry’s lack of ownership and responsibility for ethics, according to technical professional association, the IEEE.<p>The …

Intelligence

Ancient Cultural Exchanges May Have Driven Modern Human Behaviors

Before we ever wrote on paper or even stone tablets, humanity was unwittingly writing its history in the DNA of each successive generation. Now, …

Evolution