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Category Archives: Human Elements

Is Risk Avoidance the Key?

– My answer to this question is a resounding “yes.” But I don’t think that is the general view of cybersecurity professionals. After all, if business, government and other organizations pursued such a course, what would remain for cybersecurity folks to do? If you avoid the risk, then you…

Team Communications—Same Tune, Different Song

– There’s an interesting article in the September 2016 issue of the Communications of the ACM by Kate Matsudaira with the title “Bad Software Architecture Is a People Problem: When people don’t work well together they make bad decisions.” The article essentially describes many issues with…

Facebook Fallibility—Algorithms vs. Judgment vs. Ourselves

– A front page article in the May 21, 2016 issue of The New York Times, by Mike Isaac has the title “At Facebook, Human Backup for Algorithms Proved Fallible.” The article describes how a team of Facebook leaders discussed how to “use human judgment to make algorithms better at finding news on…

Lip Reading Computers … Here Comes HAL

– When I read about lip-reading computers in an article by Prachi Patel with the intriguing title “Machines Just Got Better at Lip Reading” available at http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/machines-just-got-better-at-lip-reading , I was immediately reminded of HAL 9000, the…

Taxing Robots to Train Humans

– In the winter of 1994, I wrote a column with the title “Byte the Bullet: Tax Technology’s Returns” for a limited-distribution magazine called “Short Circuit” produced by Bill Livingston. The premise of the article was that a small tax should be applied to each personal computer sold. The…