Today’s Tech Sightings:
Speaking at California’s Code Conference, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk warned that the lines between the real world and increasingly-sophisticated simulated environments could become so blurred that it will be hard to distinguish reality from simulation. The scenario is not as far-fetched as it seems, given rapid advances in virtual and augmented reality technologies. Also, Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates all had something to say about artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications for the future.
Writer Brian Fung takes on some of the commonly circulated artificial intelligence doom-and-gloom scenarios and attempts to address a few of them. He also acknowledges that the technology raises some unsettling questions, particularly in rapidly-progressing fields that will invariably shape the future.
If your personal information was hacked along with nearly 165 million records compromised in 338 security breaches that the Identity Theft Resource Center recorded in 2015, then you have more reason to worry than you know. According to writer Robert Lemos, criminals are focused on piecing together scraps of stolen personal data into a full profile or ‘fullz’ of the victim that will make identity theft that much easier.
- Artificial Intelligence Will Never Rival the Deep Complexity of the Human Mind
- Facebook Now Lets You Ask Friends in Crisis Areas if They’re Safe
- Ninety-three Percent of Phishing Emails Are Now Ransomware
- This Sneaky Mobile Malware Just Evolved Into Something Even Nastier
- Lenovo Begs Users to Uninstall Accelerator App in the Name of Security
- Report: Facebook Prepping Encrypted Version of Messenger
- Snapchat Passes Twitter in Daily Use
- Facebook Is Using ‘Near-human’ AI to Muscle In on Google’s Home Turf
- Bitcoin to Be Sold at Australian Newsstands Over the Counter