Today’s Tech Sightings:
If you feel you’re not ready for the future just yet, wait till you hear this: Tesla Motors, SpaceX CEO and visionary Elon Musk now wants to connect brains directly to computers. If reinventing transportation and fixing the world’s energy problems aren’t enough, Musk now has a new medical research company called ‘Neuralink’ that uses technology dubbed “neural face.” Details are scarce, but stay tuned.
In recent days, Turkish hackers reportedly gained access to some Apple iCloud accounts and have threatened to delete them if ransom demands are not met. Apple has denied it has been hacked and said the data in question came from “previously compromised third-party services.” What is known is that about 250 million accounts are at risk. After acquiring some of the accounts that were purportedly hacked, writer Zack Whitaker says “it’s clear that while some of the data is false and inaccurate, the list of confirmed valid accounts is growing, and isn’t confined to a small, cherry-picked list of accounts.”
Artificial intelligence (AI) is slowly pervading all aspects of life. And according to a new report from consultancy group Accenture, more than three quarters of nearly 600 bankers surveyed believe AI could facilitate user interfaces. Up to 60 percent of those surveyed said the top reason for using AI would be “to gain data analysis and insights.” That entails the tracking and gathering of customer data – a major concern for privacy advocates. But according to the report, the number of human interactions in banks or on the phone is already declining.
- Almost 50 Data Records Get Stolen Every Second
- Twitter Boss Jack Dorsey: There Is a ‘Middle Ground’ in Encryption Row
- MIT Researchers Set Out to Create Self-assembling Chips
- Apple Fixes Bug That Exposed Safari Users to Money-hungry Hackers
- Samsung Plans to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7s
- Facebook Launches Stories, Completing All-out Assault on Snapchat
- Apple Just Made a Risky Change to iPhones — and You Probably Didn’t Notice
- Twitter Adds Video Advertising to Periscope, Focusing on Predictable Content
- Microsoft Paces Delivery of Windows 10 Upgrades