Hackers,  the real obstacle for self driving vehicles


Why anyone would want to hack a self-driving car, knowing that it could result in a death? One reason is that widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles is going to result in a lot of unemployed people, and some of them are going to be angry.

Last year, researchers at the University of South Carolina, China’s Zhejiang University, and the Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 demonstrated that they could jam various sensors on a Tesla S, making objects invisible to its navigation system.

Asked about its plans for addressing the threat of adversarial machine learning, Sarah Abboud, a spokesperson for Uber, responded: “Our team of security experts are constantly exploring new defenses for the future of autonomous vehicles, including data integrity and abuse detection. However, as autonomous technology evolves, so does the threat model, which means some of today’s security issues will likely differ from those addressed in a truly autonomous environment.”

Full article here: https://www-technologyreview-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.technologyreview.com/s/608618/hackers-are-the-real-obstacle-for-self-driving-vehicles/amp/

Navigating complexity report by PMI

An old study by the PMI about Project complexity


With complexity increasing, more money at risk and the real
potential for added value, the imperative to successfully navigate
complexity is critical.

The bottom line is that organizations must address the nature of
complexity for three very critical reasons:

  • Complexity is not going away and will only increase.
  • Large budgets are at stake.
  • Effectively navigating complexity delivers a competitive


This generation’s blue chip stocks are tech companies

This generation’s blue chip stocks are tech companies


The new blue chips produce and deploy data and bits through a network to serve their customers’ and their shareholders’ needs — much as GM and Ford produced cars and trucks to meet commuters’ and farmers’ needs last century.

Today, the du Ponts, Rockefellers, Mellons or Morgans don’t control the most chips any more. It’s the Jeff Bezos-Mark Zuckerberg-Sergey Brin bunch — and, of course, the late Steve Jobs would be included if he were still with us.

If you combined the nation’s two largest banks, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo, you still are $50 billion short of the market value of Google. Those two banks control trillions of dollars, making Google’s 40-something co-founders Brin and Larry Page even richer and more powerful.


The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

Shall the government try to regulate the titans?

Rebooting antitrust for the information age will not be easy. It will entail new risks: more data sharing, for instance, could threaten privacy. But if governments don’t want a data economy dominated by a few giants, they will need to act soon.




Racist soap dispenser?

An old video but a powerful message…

When a program is trained to be used on a specific set of data, then you come up with a lot of edge cases. For instance, this refusing to dispense soaps to hands that are not recognized as being a hand.