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Category Archives: General

Taxing Computers and Robots … Revisited

– There have been quite a few recent articles that suggest taxing robots and using the collected funds to ease the negative impact of job losses and to train workers in modern technologies (particularly cybersecurity, in my opinion). One such article is Kevin J. Delaney’s “The robot that takes…

Security and Safety Co-Engineering Revisited

– There are those who denigrate such websites as ResearchGate and Academia.edu because they are for-profit, which is a discussion that I will not get into here. If this particular argument is of interest to you, you should read the Discover magazine piece “Who Isn’t Profiting Off the Backs of…

Cybersecurity’s “Forward to the Past”

– On June 21, 2017, Congress received a letter from 103 eminent cybersecurity experts and researchers (the list was compiled by NEDC (The National Election Defense Coalition) and partners) about reducing election hacking risks. You can link to the letter via Zack Wittaker’s article “Security…

AI Systems’ Security and Safety … A No-Brainer?

– The June 2017 issue of IEEE Spectrum is devoted to comparing AI (artificial intelligence) systems to the human brain. It is a special report containing eight articles under the umbrella of “Can We Copy the Brain?” We must ask whether this a reasonable endeavor? Will it give us a better…

Conflict vs. Consensus Cybersecurity Risk Models

– I gave a presentation at the end of April 2017 on “A Consensus Model for Optimizing Privacy, Secrecy, Security and Safety” at the IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference. The topic occurred to me when reading a quote by Brookings Institute Fellow, Susan Hennessey, as follows: “We could…