Sunday, February 12, 2017

For my Computer Security students (and divorce lawyers everywhere?)
Cheating Frenchman sues Uber for tipping off wife about affair
A businessman in southern France is suing ride-hailing company Uber over his wife's discovery of rides he took to see his lover, his lawyer said.
The man says he once requested an Uber driver from his wife's phone.
Despite logging off, the application continued to send notifications to her iPhone afterwards, revealing his travel history and arousing her suspicions.
   "My client was the victim of a bug in an application," his lawyer David-AndrĂ© Darmon told AFP news agency after the case was lodged at a court in Grasse.
"The bug has caused him problems in his private life," Mr Darmon added.
   The glitch affected iPhones before a software update in December, the newspaper said.  Android phones did not appear to be affected.

A question for my students.  What will the AI need to know to make a diagnosis and where will they get that data?
AI May Soon Beat The Best Doctors In The World
Soon, doctors might be able to treat you before you actually get sick.

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task.  Recipes are algorithms, as are math equations.  Computer code is algorithmic.  The internet runs on algorithms and all online searching is accomplished through them.  Email knows where to go thanks to algorithms.  Smartphone apps are nothing but algorithms.  Computer and video games are algorithmic storytelling.  Online dating and book-recommendation and travel websites would not function without algorithms.  GPS mapping systems get people from point A to point B via algorithms.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is naught but algorithms.  The material people see on social media is brought to them by algorithms.  In fact, everything people see and do on the web is a product of algorithms.  Every time someone sorts a column in a spreadsheet, algorithms are at play, and most financial transactions today are accomplished by algorithms.  Algorithms help gadgets respond to voice commands, recognize faces, sort photos and build and drive cars.  Hacking, cyberattacks and cryptographic code-breaking exploit algorithms.  Self-learning and self-programming algorithms are now emerging, so it is possible that in the future algorithms will write many if not most algorithms.

I’m always looking for ‘the next big thing!’
Is Snapchat the next tech titan?
"When Snapchat first became popular in 2013, many thought the messaging app would disappear almost as quickly as its vanishing messages," said The Economist.  Instead, it captured the imagination of tens of millions of millennials.  Now its parent company, Snap, is poised to go public in March at an expected valuation of roughly $20 billion, the biggest initial public offering for a U.S. tech company since Facebook.  But unlike that social media juggernaut, which strives to create a record of its users' lives, "Snapchat offers liberating impermanence."  Users love that they can share impromptu pictures and videos with groups of friends without worrying about them living online forever.  About 41 percent of Americans ages 18 to 34 use Snapchat every day; about 161 million around the globe open the app daily.
"Snapchat may be a messaging app, but in many ways, it's also a new kind of television," said Christopher Mims at The Wall Street Journal.  Snap reports that its users watch 10 billion videos a day.

A part of the discussion in every class I teach.  A January snapshot. 
We think the world is dominated by Facebook, but is it really the world’s favourite social network?  And what about the second most popular social networks?  Lets check the world map!

(Related).  Still big numbers, but perhaps all the Twits were already following President Trump?
Twitter only grew by two million users during Trump mania — Facebook grew by 72 million

Not that Trump doesn’t already say everything you could possibly imagine…  Make a video!
Trump with love

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