Midnight In The Desert — Internet

Trust in digital technology will be the internet's next frontier, for 2018 and beyond

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Trust in digital technology will be the internet's next frontier, for 2018 and beyond

After decades of unbridled enthusiasm – bordering on addiction – about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology. Online information isn’t reliable, whether it appears in the form of news, search results or user reviews. Social media, in particular, is vulnerable to manipulation by hackers or foreign powers. Personal data isn’t necessarily private. And people are increasingly worried about automation and artificial intelligence taking humans’ jobs. Yet, around the world, people are both increasingly dependent on, and distrustful of, digital technology. They don’t behave as if they mistrust technology. Instead, people are using technological tools more...

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Internet Forever

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Internet Forever

We all know that in the very near future, artificial intelligence (AI) will change the face of nearly every industry. Already, it is a part of our everyday lives we often take for granted or even ignore. With new and faster computer chips all the time, like the new A11 Bionic chip in the newest iPhones, AI will soon be unavoidable. How will it change the internet? There are several key ways it is already impacting how we do things online, and those will soon expand to a multitude of applications. Big Data and Big Business You may think that...

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10 Cats Who Made History

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10 Cats Who Made History

Cats rule the internet. If you search online for funny pictures, they're largely of cats. Not babies or old men or, heaven forbid, dogs — but cats. Some of the most visited websites are dedicated to all aspects of the furry felines, too, and there are loads of individual celebrity kitties, such as Grumpy Cat. Perhaps this isn't too surprising. Cats are some of the most popular pets in the world, after all. And it was a cat who became one of the first media-driven animal celebrities. Morris the Cat strolled onto TV and into Americans' lives in 1969 as...

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The Internet and Censorship

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The Internet and Censorship

In 2012, the BBC said: “About 70 countries throughout the world such as China and Iran have been known to use filters to cut their people off from the global web. Foreign news media, websites of political opponents, and pages flagging up human rights abuses are routinely blocked. Social media sites which allow groups to organize themselves online are also targeted and sometimes simply disconnected, as happened during the revolutions in Libya and Egypt.” In what we might term a theoretical New World Order-driven society, it is all but certain that numerous websites, blogs and social media outlets that are...

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The Internet of Things Is Growing Faster Than the Ability to Defend It

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The Internet of Things Is Growing Faster Than the Ability to Defend It

With this year’s approaching holiday gift season the rapidly growing “Internet of Things” or IoT—which was exploited to help shut down parts of the Web this past Friday—is about to get a lot bigger, and fast. Christmas and Hanukkah wish lists are sure to be filled with smartwatches, fitness trackers, home-monitoring cameras and other wi-fi–connected gadgets that connect to the internet to upload photos, videos and workout details to the cloud. Unfortunately these devices are also vulnerable to viruses and other malicious software (malware) that can be used to turn them into virtual weapons without their owners’ consent or knowledge....

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