So… when will our cars make a real-time calculation of our likelihood of a poor decision, leading to a collision, based on our current level of distractability or our agitation? Then they could communicate to all the neighboring cars something like “give this car a wider berth” and/or apply increasingly stringent restrictions on that driver, such as maximum speed. Or take over driving entirely.
Not that I’m looking forward to it — it just seems like a natural evolution of our automobiles’ neural net.
Taking a gander at this article on Science Node, something caught my eye.
A lot of the same concerns that apply in the private or corporate sector apply to us as well. Where it gets interesting for us is the standard security mantra of turn on the updates, run security software or antivirus software doesn’t work very well for us.
Automatically updated software can break the data-taking process, and anything that would take all of or part of the detector off-line can be a serious problem for us.
I acknowledge that integrity and availability are primary concerns in their environment, confidentiality less so. But in the real world, things change, and new vulnerabilities are found all the time. You can’t gain the benefits of software or firmware, without the responsibilities: providing an upgrade path.
I was considering a free S/MIME certificate from Comodo InstantSSL, but their Subscriber Agreement reads, in part:
3.4 The Subscriber shall not use the Email Certificate to transmit (either by sending by email or uploading using any format of communications protocol), receive (either by soliciting an e-mail or downloading using any format of communications protocol), view or in any other way use any information which may be illegal, offensive, abusive, contrary to public morality, indecent, defamatory, obscene or menacing…
Which means, we’ll give you this free certificate, but you may not use it to send or receive any encrypted or signed e-mail we don’t like.
How’s that for restrictive?
Here’s how you can get your window focus to follow the mouse. Run
gconf-editor, and edit “/ apps / Metacity / general / focus_mode.”
Wow. So… some mannequins spy on you.
In the lead-up to the holiday shopping season, BusinessWeek reported that “bionic mannequins are spying on shoppers to boost luxury sales” at five unnamed companies. The $5,130 EyeSee mannequins from Almax have cameras embedded in their eyes that use IBM Cognos software to record the number of shoppers checking out window displays and clothes, while also noting their age, gender and race. They don’t keep any images of the customers, just the aggregate data about who’s been considering blowing money on cashmere sweaters and $300 jeans. But it may not stop there.
“To give the EyeSee ears as well as eyes, Almax is testing technology that recognizes words to allow retailers to eavesdrop on what shoppers say about the mannequin’s attire,” reports BusinessWeek. This is the second time I’ve heard a business float the idea of recording customers’ conversation in order to better advertise to them. The desire for better marketing may just be the biggest threat out there to your privacy.