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 these devices even consider such scenarios?

Read: My Pacemaker Is Tracking Me From Inside My Body – The Atlantic

And your GPS enabled fitness tracker is maybe sharing your location information too far and endanger your life. Does sharing of our data start to bite us back?

Read: Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

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I had quoted previously how easy it can be to get access to your car’s vital functions from outside your internet-connected vehicle. Even brakes and steering can be taken over from someone remotely hacking into your vehicle.

It is time that industry as well as service providers take security and privacy issues absolutely seriously. Otherwise our brave new world of IoT (Internet of Things) where anything is connected to everything will become a security and privacy nightmare. Are solutions on the horizon?

Maybe–Last year’s Swiss ICT Award went to a company, which produces an “Operating System for the IoT,” Nomos System. I think their approach will not only free you from the fetters of proprietary systems that only interoperate within the same brand (one app for the Phillips LED lights, one separate app for the Samsung robot vacuum cleaner, another one for the Sonos speakers, . . .) but also provide a layer of security.

It is time that we think about security and privacy protection simultaneously with the first use cases of any such application–or we will lose the promises and possibilities of IoT to the dark side.

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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 less hype and more putting things to work. This week we are evaluating the top entries to the Swiss ICT Award 2017. And there will be again some very interesting new companies and solutions among them. But back to the Drones:

The technology-put-to-work reported below has been successfully going on for quite a while. Read the full report below.

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

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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 and can now compose completely original music

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

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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) | tisiphone.net

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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:

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The creators of Tarzan the robot explain how it works and its potential applications

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

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


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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 Drone Goes From Rigid to Flexible When It Crashes – IEEE Spectrum

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