What you post online and how you use social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram can say a lot about you. In fact, a number of studies have revealed social media’s connection to a person’s mental health, well-being, intellectual capacity and more. And while social platforms have helped make the world more connected, they’ve created new challenges. For example, recent research found that people who frequently browse Instagram are more likely to shows signs of depression than others. Another study found that people who identify their religion on Facebook tend to use more positive language on the platform.
Hear about 20 things your social media feeds say about you.
Why Blockchain Set to Break Out in the Enterprise
Blockchain is here and now, and it will continue to gain traction as it provides transparency to the supply chain–especially in complex supply chain industries, such as the automotive and retail industries.
Even though it has been available for several years, blockchain technology is still a mystery to many business people. It is best known as the distributed database technology at the heart of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It is hardened against tampering, preventing even its operators from revising or otherwise meddling with its continuously growing list of records.
Here are some predictions from industry leaders on the impact of blockchain in 2018.
John Engates, CEO, Rackspace: Blockchain will move beyond cryptocurrency.
“It allows the sharing of that distributed ledger across clouds and even across companies, without giving a single party the power to tamper with it—and that has powerful implications, if information about the provenance of goods, identity, credentials and digital rights can be securely stored and shared.
Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify: Blockchain will emerge as a potential disruptor across many areas of technology.
“Blockchain technology has started making serious waves–and not just in the world of cryptocurrencies. Even U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin seems to be exploring blockchain-related cybersecurity options. While we expect blockchain to emerge as a potential
disruptor across many areas of technology in 2018, it will take several years before vulnerabilities can be addressed and the technology is considered mature enough to act as a basis for enterprise security.”
Peter Loop, Associate Vice President and Senior Principal Technology Architect, Infosys:
“The adoption of blockchain will continue at an even faster pace in 2018. This is a worldwide phenomenon and early production successes will come to light, most likely in the Middle East and Asia.”
“With the rise of ransomware attacks demanding cryptocurrencies, blockchain and IoT cybersecurity will emerge with defenses based on cryptocurrency technologies.”
“Blockchain will drive digital transformation of the enterprise specifically with automation, digitization of processes, tokenization of physical assets and activities and codification of complex contracts.”
Maciej Kranz, VP at Cisco Systems: IoT devices will converge with machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI), fog computing and blockchain technologies.
“This will help companies move from IoT initiatives that merely produce incremental gains, to those that create entirely new business models and revenue streams. This will allow companies to obtain greater value from their IoT investments and drive broader adoption.”
Artificial intelligence to fuel a new cybersecurity race
Technological advances in artificial intelligence are fuelling a new race between hackers and those toiling to protect cybersecurity networks.
Cybersecurity is always a race between offence and defence but new tools are giving companies that employ them a leg up on those trying to steal their data.
Whereas past responses to cybercrimes often looked for known hacking methods long after they occurred, AI techniques using machine learning scan huge volumes of data to detect patterns of abnormal behaviour that are imperceptible to humans.
Experts expect machines will become so sophisticated that they’ll develop answers to questions that humans won’t clearly understand.
David Decary-Hetu, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Montreal, says defenders have an edge right now in using artificial intelligence.
“But who knows what’s going to happen in a few years from now,” he said in an interview.
“The main issue is that if you’re defending a system you have to be good 100 per cent of the time, but when you’re attacking the system you only have to be successful once to get in.”
Reports suggest cybercrime costs the Canadian economy between $3 billion and $5 billion a year, including ransom paid to foreign criminals.
Facebook’s Instant Games platform makes it possible to play titles like Pac-Man in Messenger or on your News Feed, and today it’s getting some significant updates. Chief among them is a new live-streaming option that lets you broadcast any Instant game you’re playing through Facebook Live. These streams will also be recorded so you can post them to your profile afterward.
Facebook also says that it’s starting to test video chat for select games, so that you can see your friends while you play and even start up a new game from within a video call. The Messenger version of Words With Friends will be the first to utilize this feature early next year. A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for a massive data breach at Uber last year, although his identity couldn’t be established, Reuters reported Wednesday. The ride-hailing startup revealed last month that hackers stole data on 57 million drivers and riders in October 2016. The pilfered data included personal information such as names, email addresses and driver’s license numbers, but not Social Security numbers and credit card information, the company said.
Uber said it paid $100,000 to the data thieves at the time to delete the information. But the company did not reveal any details about the hacker or how it paid him the money.
Google is testing a new feature that will allow celebrities and other notable figures to answer users’ search queries directly in the form of “selfie” videos posted in the Google Search results. The company says this program is initially being piloted on mobile with a handful of people for now.
Of course, the celebs aren’t answering users’ queries in real-time. Instead, Google has had them pre-record their videos in response to what it already knows are some of fans’ most-asked questions typed into the Google search box.
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