Sony Hack, Facebook Thinks You’re a Product, Artificial Intelligence

In 2007, Sony’s executive director of information security (Jason Spaltro) said in an interview that he wasn’t willing to put up a lot of money to defend the company’s sensitive information. He also talked about how he convinced a security auditor, a year before in

2006, that the company’s use of very weak passwords wasn’t such a big deal.

“It’s a valid business decision to accept the risk I will not invest $10 million to avoid a possible $1 million loss.” Tens of millions lost already from stolen movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy.

It will be the lawsuits that will be the big deal. Top-billed film stars, movie theaters, retail chains and streaming services all
stand to lose out on something if people download Annie and Fury, he said.

Are You a Product or a Client?

According to Apple, if You Use Facebook, You’re a Product and Have No Right to Privacy. Mark Zuckerberg defends free Facebook, fires back at Apple and Ello.

Artificial intelligence eventually could bring about mankind’s demise

renowned physicist Stephen Hawking said in an interview published earlier this week.

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and futurist Ray Kurzweil all share a vision of autonomous artificial intelligence that will begin evolving and adding capabilities at a rate that we mere humans can’t keep up with.

It is a nightmare scenario, and probably will have truth to it in the 2030 time frame.

How far should the NSA go to get our private information?

The NSA is spying on the internal emails of cellphone companies employees to determine security weaknesses. The NSA is also trying to get around newer and stronger cellphone encryption technologies.

Quite apart from the ethical considerations, security experts consider these NSA efforts as dangerous — because if the NSA finds a flaw in a technology without alerting its makers to fix it, it means anyone else could exploit the flaw too.

Google for Kids

Beginning next year, Google plans to create specific versions of its most popular products for those 12 and younger. Email, search, and YouTube could lead the charge.

Good, or bad for our kids?