“Alexa, tell me, in your own words, what happened on the night in question.” Actually the request is more like,… Read More
Author: Jim Isaak
Big Brother/Big Data 2016
By Jim Isaak on December 1st, 2016 in Articles, Privacy & Security
The powers of big data, AI/analytics, and subtle data collection are now converging to a future only hinted at in Orwell’s 1984.
Who Do You Want Listening In at Your Home?
By Jim Isaak on November 9th, 2016 in Articles, Privacy & Security
With Siri and Alexa, you are being asked to “bug your house” with a device that listens to every noise in the house.
Ethics of Killing with Robots
By Jim Isaak on July 20th, 2016 in Articles, Ethics, Societal Impact
The ability to kill a target from a “position of safety” is essentially the basic design criteria for many weapon systems.
By Jim Isaak on March 17th, 2015 in Articles, Privacy & Security, Robotics, Societal Impact
Should children have toys that can combine speech recognition with a Wi-Fi connection to capture and respond to them, and that potentially are able to record their conversations as well as feed them “messages”? Welcome to the world of Hello Barbie.
Who is Watching My Car — Car Monitoring
By Jim Isaak on March 13th, 2015 in Articles, Privacy & Security
Who is Driving Your Car? Car Hacking
By Jim Isaak on February 21st, 2015 in Articles, Privacy & Security
A recent CBS Sixty Minutes program interviewed folks at U.S. DARPA, including a demonstration of how a recent hacking of… Read More
U.S. States Use Big Data to Catch Big Thieves
By Jim Isaak on December 3rd, 2014 in Articles, Case Studies, Societal Impact
Various states in the U.S. are using big data tools, such as the Lexus-Nexus database, to identify people who are… Read More
Cyberwar and Social Impact
By Jim Isaak on October 20th, 2014 in Articles, Societal Impact
Cyber attacks are increasing. What might be done about this, by technologists, by citizens, or by nation states?
“Reality” Covers it Well
By Jim Isaak on June 13th, 2014 in Human Impacts
The issue of how video games or movies affect behavior is a recurrent topic in academic and public discourse.