Protecting privacy now takes center-stage in most big data discussions, as it should. Various professional organizations are working on or have developed a list of ethical rules to guide data collection and use.
Fear has run rampant on the heels of the recent and growing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Media reports run the gamut from "Run for Your Lives!" to "Nah, Nothing to Worry About." Social media isn't often helpful either since people there tend to travel that same range of thoughts and emotions. So, which of all that information is actual knowledge? Hard data, of course, is where we should turn for that.
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Adobe has finally released a delayed security update that addresses critical flaws in its Reader, Acrobat software.
Apple has expanded the use of two-factor authentication to protect iCloud backups.
Along comes this idea of wearing masks to stump facial recognition software.
The problem with big data is its propensity to be used to label individuals and sometimes entire groups as good customers or bad ones and as good risks or bad risks. This leads, albeit usually inadvertently, to individuals and groups being unfairly discriminated against.
Besides confusion over what constitutes a robot, politics and emotions on drone use took center stage at the Future of Civilian Robotics talk at think tank Brookings, of what should have been a serious science and tech discussion on robotics as a whole.
Amazon unwittingly reintroduces a security flaw that was fixed last year, highlighting the challenge of maintaining secure code.