Daily Tech Digest - January 18, 2017

Robots are evolving so quickly that the big concern may be how much we don't know about AI

Maybe it will be the the time when change happens so quickly, and is so profound, that the technophiles will be wondering why we didn’t listen to Elon Musk back then. Or Bill Gates. Or Steve Wozniak and the 1000 other science and technology leaders who are so worried about the rise of AI they wrote a letter to the United Nations about it. The UN is listening, because the argument against AI goes far deeper than robots putting us all out of work. Just before Christmas, at the International Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva, the 123 participating nations voted to look at the possibility of banning autonomous robots that can select targets without human control. Yes, there are countries that want robots to not only fight the wars, but also have the power to choose who dies and when.


Analysis and Mitigation of NoSQL Injections

Like almost every new technology, NoSQL databases lacked security when they first emerged3–5. They suffered from a lack of encryption, proper authentication, role management, and fine-grained authorization6. Furthermore, they allowed dangerous network exposure and denial-of-service attacks. Today, the situation is better, and popular databases have introduced built-in protection mechanisms. NoSQL databases use different query languages, which makes traditional SQL injection techniques irrelevant. But does this mean that NoSQL systems are immune to injections? Our study shows that although the security of the query language and drivers has largely improved, there are still techniques for injecting malicious queries. Some works already provide reports of NoSQL injection techniques. 


Wearable technology in investment banking: watch your money on your watch

As of now, a trading watch-based app is working as an extension of mobile app and to take any further action a trader is required to use their mobile or iPad. In future, wearable devices should allow traders or advisors to take action based on the notification received and initiate next steps using call, SMS, email and other features designed for trading (such as buy/sell touch buttons). Key focus should not be on offering everything on a watch but instead a set of limited action-based features that are simple and urgent. Two versions of a smartwatch trading app can be created: one for advisors to manage client accounts, and the other for individual traders and investors who manage their own accounts.


16 Stunning Statistics that Forecast the Future of the Internet of Things

Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things, even the “things,” which can now request and deliver customer support, tell if you’re being as productive as you could be at work, let your doctor know if you’re following orders (or not), reduce inefficiencies in energy consumption, improve business processes, predict issues and proactively improve or resolve them based on data received. The Internet of Things (IoT) is just getting started. These forecasts below show why organizations need to get started too (if they haven’t already) on leveraging and responding to the Internet of Things:


Beware This New Gmail Scam That Is Tricking Even Tech-Savvy Users

Hackers who have breached someone's email account look through the emails in it for correspondence containing attachments. They then send emails from the compromised account -- impersonating the account's owner -- with each email leveraging similarities to prior correspondence, so as to make the new messages seem legitimate and familiar. For example, the phishing emails may use a subject line that was used in the past. The hackers embed an image of an attachment used in the past into each phishing email, but configure the image to open not the attachment but, rather, a phishing page that looks like a Google login. Because the user is opening a Gmail attachment, the presentation of a phony Gmail login page does not seem alarming -- especially when the person opening the attachment feels that he or she has been viewing a "safe and familiar" correspondence.


IT Teams Can Influence Culture Across Campus

Do campus users view IT as the department that enables them to work smarter, better and faster, or do they view IT processes as a hurdle to overcome? Certain solutions — collaboration systems, virtual desktop infrastructure, mobile devices, the cloud — support the anywhere, anytime approach that many staff and students have come to expect. Yet as much as IT strives to make this approach possible, it also seeks to manage risk and keep users — and institutional resources — safe from cyberthreats. Balancing these two concerns is a perennial and central IT function, but how IT leaders communicate related initiatives to users can go a long way in shaping culture. When IT can’t accommodate users’ requests, or can’t accommodate them quickly, do staff explain the rationale or the reasons behind a delay? Does IT have a positive track record of collaborating with outside departments to identify ways that IT services can enhance productivity while maintaining security?


Key Data and Analytics Trends Everyone Should Watch in 2017

It’s estimated that between 35 and 50 percent of jobs that exist today are at risk of being lost to automation. Repetitive, blue collar-type jobs might be the first casualties to robotic automation, but with sophisticated AI even professionals — including paralegals, diagnosticians, and customer service representatives — could be at risk. As with most advances in technology, there are pros and cons to this rise in automation. On the one hand, companies will be able to automate repetitive jobs, reduce associated costs, and increase productivity. On the other hand, the elimination of low-skilled or low-education jobs will hurt some of the most vulnerable populations already struggling to find jobs that provide a living wage. The jobs that will remain will require high levels of education and creativity, and there will be fewer of them to go around.


Here's how millennials are impacting the future of communication

Several trends that have emerged over the past 18 months or so point to the decline of email as the primary mode of communication in the workplace. These range from an overall shift in user behavior to the widespread adoption of chat apps, which boast a growing list of functions and capabilities. The emergence of less formal, more engaging modes of workplace communication is most obvious in the adoption apps like Slack and the growing trend in using social networking apps such as Facebook Workplace. Chat apps are proving successful in the workplace for several reasons: Chat apps are convenient. Chat apps support quick and easy-to-access communication, and enable businesses and users to communicate with those who may not have an email address. For instance, many doctors in Brazil use WhatsApp to converse with patients, schedule appointments, and share test results.


What Does "Being Digital" Actually Mean?

Being Digital is the re-imagining of business processes to be by default a fully online, fully automated process from end user interaction to back office processing, with no need for human intervention. This really should be the first question any organisation should ask. The path to being digital is not free…investment is needed and therefore the benefits of being digital needs to be understood by those putting in the investment. Return on Investment is an extremely difficult thing to calculate and it can only be measured on a company by company basis. I could give you a bullet point list of the reasons why – however, you’re about to get your fill of lists plus you can boil it down to one thing: If you don’t become digital, your business will die. And if you don’t take being digital seriously, your competitors will and they will do it better…and your business will die. Ever heard of Blockbusters?


Passwords: A Long Goodbye

Don’t hold your breath. Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, is as passionate an advocate of eliminating passwords as anyone. He says that day is coming, given the creation of a, “new generation of authentication technology” largely based on biometrics, and a “massive collaboration among hundreds of companies” to define standards for that technology. ... There are a number of reasons for that, even though the security problems with passwords are well known and well documented. As Phil Dunkelberger, CEO of Nok Nok Labs, put it, “the username and password paradigm is fundamentally broken. It was never designed for, and is inherently incapable of addressing, the use cases of modern society. “



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