Author Archives: Hellmuth Broda

About Hellmuth Broda

Independent Information and Communications Technology Strategist with an interest in the construction sites between business, society and technology. http://www.hellmuthbroda.com

Your Pacemaker Is Tracking You From Inside Your Body – The Atlantic


Cloud-connected medical devices save lives, but also raise questions about privacy, security, and oversight. Who has access to your pacemaker? Can any hacker fiddle with the settings or turn it (and thus you) off for good? Did the producers of … Continue reading

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Drones Used to Deliver Clinical Laboratory Specimens in Switzerland | Dark Daily


Keywords: clinical laboratory, medical laboratory scientist, pathology, pathologist, dark daily, dark report, dark intelligence group, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, Drone Switzerland is very often on the forefront of new technologies. And different from other countries you will find that it is … Continue reading

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Four-Armed Marimba Robot Uses Deep Learning to Compose Its Own Music – IEEE Spectrum


Being a fan of the marimba, an avid music lover and interested in robots I have to share this article with you that appeared in IEEE Spectrum.  Georgia Tech’s Shimon has analyzed thousands of songs and millions of music clips … Continue reading

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Why NotPetya Kept Me Awake (& You Should Worry Too) | tisiphone.net


NotPetya may not have been the most sophisticated malware ever written. However, it was exceptionally effective due to the authors’ savvy exploitation of common security misconceptions and th… Source: Why NotPetya Kept Me Awake (& You Should Worry Too) | … Continue reading

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First Map-Based Car Navigation System Debuted 14 Years Before GPS – IEEE – The Institute


36 years ago, released in 1981, Honda’s Electro Gyrocator is now an IEEE Milestone Source: First Map-Based Car Navigation System Debuted 14 Years Before GPS – IEEE – The Institute

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Why Georgia Tech Built a Tarzan Robot That Swings Around on Wires – IEEE Spectrum


You know that I take a fancy in robots. Mostly we talk about those who are flying. But here is one that is high-strung: The creators of Tarzan the robot explain how it works and its potential applications Source: Why … Continue reading

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This Hard-to-Destroy Drone Goes From Rigid to Flexible When It Crashes – IEEE Spectrum


For a biologist it is always interesting to hear about technical designs that have been created according to solutions found in nature. Especially when the innovation comes from Switzerland. Inspiration for this design came from insect wings: Source: This Hard-to-Destroy … Continue reading

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Exhale and Drink Up! [Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol]


Source: Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol And you thought that small molecule organic chemistry was already researched far and widely. What a surprise to find a catalyst with the capability to turn CO2 into C2H5OH. Read the full … Continue reading

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Frightening!–Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway


  A Wired journalist volunteered as a test dummy as hackers took complete control of his car remotely from a laptop: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It | WIRED. When will we learn that security … Continue reading

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Great Book: Tim Cole, Ossi Urchs—Digital Enlightenment Now!


I met Tim Cole around 12 years ago when we discussed the need for digital identity for transactions on the Internet. We met at many conferences since and we became good friends. He asked me recently to review the book … Continue reading

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New Exoskeleton Lets Paraplegic Walk


The article quoted below starts: [On July 14th, 2015,] a paralyzed man strapped on a pair of robotic legs and stepped out a hotel door, joining the flow of rushing pedestrians on a sidewalk in midtown Manhattan. The user, Robert Woo, was demonstrating … Continue reading

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Smart Cane with Facial Recognition and GPS


It is about time that contemporary modern technology is being used for the vision impaired beyond the mere usage of computers. Students at the Birmingham City University packed a lot of brains into a cane turning it into a “smart … Continue reading

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Swiss ICT Awards 2014: The Winners


On November 5th, 2014 the Swiss ICT Award ceremony was held in the KKL Lucerne. Many companies had applied for the prestigious award and the Jury earlier this year had selected the finalists for the last round. See the finalists for the Swiss … Continue reading

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CH Open Source Awards 2014: Here are the Winners


For several years I have had the honor to have been serving in the jury for the Swiss Open Source Awards. This year the decision was a tough one. Entries were interesting and mature. But the jury had to come … Continue reading

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Re-use your old smartphone (3 ideas)


If you are like me then you also have a drawer with the several generations of phones that you went through in the last 15–20 years. Of course you should not let them acquire mold but keep their batteries charged … Continue reading

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A Broken Bone? 3-D Print Your Cast!


Recently there had been some bad vibes around 3-D printers due to all the reports that you can now download files to print your own (working) guns. But this new development is rather fascinating: As the Daily Mail in its … Continue reading

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A Mobile Phone Construction Set: The Lego Approach


SmartPlanet today reported on a Lego-type approach taken by Dave Hakkens to build phones from modules that fit together to form a phone and that can be replaced for instance to increase storage or to change the display. Read the full … Continue reading

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Doing Well By Doing Good: Re-CAPTCHA at the Cross-Section of Technology, Economics, and Psychology


A colleague of mine at Infosys, Kapil Ashok Jaiswal, posted an article on our company internal blog site. I am thankful that he gave me the permission to re-post his contribution on my blog. He had titled his blog “Killing … Continue reading

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Personalized Medicine and Big Data


While many doomsayers describe the Pharmaceutical industry as one where the golden days are over and where more and more enterprises are bound to be falling off the “Patent Cliff” or get lost in space, many rather visionary companies have … Continue reading

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Dark Matter in the Enterprise Universe: The “Dark Data” Opportunity


The “Big Data Tsunami” was the theme of my last post. Today I want to share with you another angle on how to look at Big Data. This angle reflects more the way physicists look at dark matter in the … Continue reading

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