Technology in 2039

Rob Marvin, writing in the current issue of PCMag, travels ahead 20 years to 2039 to imagine what technology—and our society—will be like then. For the article, he interviewed a select group of futurists, execs, academics, researchers, and writers who shared their predictions. They discuss the many ways that technology will affect our lives and change our culture.

Each of the experts contributes a unique perspective on the most important factors that will influence our tech-driven future, including artificial intelligence, automation, biotechnology, nanotechnology, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, smart cities, and more. They also speculate on how broader issues such as climate change and online privacy and security will affect us. It's an educated guess at predicting what our world and technology's role in it will look like—whether our lives will be dystopian, utopian, or somewhere in between.

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5G Will Make PCs And Smartphones Obsolete

While 5G will reach critical mass in developed countries by mid-to-late 2019, it will not be until 2020 or beyond when it is so common you can depend on it being everyplace you need it to be. This last step is a critical one: we will have to reconsider where apps run and begin to rethink what apps do. 5G will change what we consider a mobile platform to be because the OS will move as well.

It is interesting to note that when Steve Jobs first conceived of the iPhone, he thought all the apps would exist in the Cloud and not run locally. With 5G we get to see a moment where it looks like Apple was first with the concept, but others will get it right first. This is because Apple is expected to be a year late with 5G and the Cloud currently is dominated by Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

As Jobs envisioned, if you can push everything into the Cloud, you get a number of potential advantages: such as nearly unlimited processing power, offline upgrades and patches that are completely managed b…

Data Analytics Efforts Remain Work in Progress

Data analytics remain a work in progress. While the majority of organizations recognize the benefits of analytics initiatives, most have yet to maximize these advantages, according to a recent survey from Snowflake Computing, MicroStrategy, Wipro, and Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

Relatively few companies are effectively embedding data/analytics into all business decision making. What’s more, organizations are still struggling to deliver actionable intelligence to their employees. Over 700 business leaders took part in the research. The following slide show from eWeek, presents highlights, with charts provided courtesy of Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and the three sponsoring IT companies. A "must read" for everyone involved with analytics in their organization.

4.5 Billion Data Records Compromised

According to digital security company Gemalto's 2018 Breach Level Index Report, more than 4.5 billion data records were compromised in the first half of this year, a 133 percent increase over last year. That equals more than 25 million data records lost or stolen per day, one-million every hour, over 17,000 every minute, and 291 every second.

Not surprising is that the number one source of data breaches was "malicious outside actors," meaning external attackers. Those attacks encompassed more than 3.6 billion data records, or 80 percent of the total from the first half of 2018.

The second most frequent cause of compromised data was accidental, which dropped by 47 percent from over 1.6 billion records in the 2017 report to 879 million in 2018. Human mistakes still accounted for 318 out of the 945 total incidents reported this year. Next, 7 percent of data breaches were the result of malicious insiders stealing information from a company, and 2 percent of breaches were pe…

Samsung 8K TV Introduced at IFA

If you are planning to buy a new TV in 2018, 4K has replaced 1080p as the industry standard. 4K content is being streamed and readily available on disc. Prices of 4K TVs continue to fall. Last week however, Samsung introduced a new 8K TV line at the IFA trade show in Berlin. The Q900R QLED 8K will be offered in 65-inch, 75-inch, 82-inch, and 85-inch sizes complete with "Real 8K Resolution." What this means is you are getting a TV with four-times more pixels than 4K or 16-times more than HD. Samsung is using artificial intelligence and a dedicated chip to offer 8K-quality upscaling. Each Q900R TV includes a dedicated chip to handle content upscaling coupled with proprietary AI. Samsung claims that this combination allows it to enhance lower resolution content up to the point where it is 8K quality. Even though you may be watching a 4K Blu-Ray disc, it will appear as 8K on the screen.

The Q900R offers a brightness of 4,000 nits and supports the HDR10+ standard for enhanced hig…

Russian Troll Farm Just the Tip of a Misinformation Iceberg

Chloe Albanesius writing in PC Magazine explains the circumstances surrounding the "Russian Hacking” scandal quite well. We've all heard a lot about the Internet Research Agency and Russian hacking, but security and social media experts tell the Senate Intelligence Committee that the IRA is only the beginning. The activity of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is just the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to Russia's hacking and disinformation efforts, security and social media experts told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, August 1.

The GRU, Russia's intelligence agency, is "probably better at hiding their tracks than the IRA is, and I think that [suggests] this is probably just one tip of the iceberg of what we're looking at," said Laura Rosenberger, director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, who pointed to IRA efforts on Reddit and Tumblr, in addition to Facebook and Twitter.

Senators quizzed the witnesses—who also incl…

WPA3 Can Boost Your Organization's Wireless Security

The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying wireless devices that meet the new WPA3 standard to make wireless communications more secure and easier to manage. The transition should be fairly straightforward, although for many businesses it’ll mean having to buy new access hardware. At this point, only Cisco has said that current systems will be updated to support WPA3. “Cisco is committed to integrating WPA3 features into our Aironet Access Points and Wireless Controllers via a firmware upgrade so that our existing and new customers can take advantage of the capabilities offered by WPA3,” said Greg Dorai, vice president for Cisco WLAN. A number of other wireless vendors, including Aerohive, Arris, Aruba, Broadcom, Intel and Qualcomm, have stated they’re going to start building products that support the WPA3 standard. However, actual products with support for WPA3 won’t appear on the market until late 2018 or 2019.

Once WPA3 infrastructure products begin appearing, the first steps will be…