Sounds like an amazing bio medical advance using robotics to assist the elderly in getting around. I’d guess it could help tons of disabled vets as well. I hope we start seeing lots more tech like this. http://m.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/robot-suit-helps-elderly-move-global-safety-approval-article-1.1274809
Netflix knew what it was doing when it commissioned its new show, House of Cards. The data it gathers on viewers and habits foretold that the show would be a hit.
“Netflix and Amazon know when you stop and start a program, whether you wanted the whole thing, all of that,” said Rick Smolan, whose most recent book was “The Human Face of Big Data.” “Programmers have been wandering out and shooting a shotgun into the night sky and hoping they hit something, and I end up paying $150 for channels full of nothing I want to watch. These guys know what they are aiming at.”
This story is a great example of whats wrong with business by legislation. The right amount of lobbying not only generates profits, but it can essentially create an industry out of thin air. Regardless of the the need or real value of that industry.
The digital health records industry is an example of businesses using lobbying efforts to fuck citizens and drive up healthcare costs without adding any value to the system.
big digital records companies … have reaped enormous rewards because of the legislation they pushed for. “Nothing that these companies did in my eyes was spectacular,” said John Gomez, the former head of technology at Allscripts. “They grew as a result of government incentives.”
Its important to note that the real problem here is not digital health records, its the harm that lobbying does to our system of government.
Study finds 1/3 of fish are mislabeled in restaurants, grocery stores, and sushi joints.
NYTimes: Survey Finds That Fish Are Often Not What Label Says http://nyti.ms/Ycl044
Companies and employers can gather what ever information about us that they wish, but they aren’t compelled to keep that info secure. They are certainly not held accountable when it gets stolen.
Institutions, companies and government agencies often devote more resources to collecting information about employees and consumers than to protecting it, security specialists say.
negligence by employees and contractors has been a more common cause of corporate data breaches in the United States than malicious attacks, according to a study of 2011 done by the Ponemon Institute, a research center on data security, and financed by Symantec, a data security company.
Susan Landau, a Guggenheim fellow in cyber security, privacy and public policy, says companies and agencies are unlikely to improve data security without the threat of penalty.
“What are the personal consequences for employees who allow data breaches to happen?” Ms. Landau asks. “Until people lose their jobs, nothing is going to change.”
We can’t trust companies to provide adequate data security on their own. There is too much at risk. We need our government to step up and draw up some guidelines and mandates that will force companies to protect data. The government isn’t the obvious choice to trust with your privacy and your data, but its foolish to believe there is any other entity that could or would possibly put the rights of citizens before profit.
had security flaws that could allow location tracking of users against their will and the theft of personal information stored on their phones, federal officials said Friday.
Don’t think for a second HTC is the only one. iPhones let apps steal your pictures and contact data.
“The company didn’t design its products with security in mind,” Lesley Fair, a senior lawyer in the commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, wrote in a blog post. “HTC didn’t test the software on its mobile devices for potential security vulnerabilities, didn’t follow commonly accepted secure coding practices and didn’t even respond when warned about the flaws in its devices.”