Category Archives: software engineering

Cybersecurity and Safety of AI and Robots

– The article in The New Yorker of May 14, 2018 by Tad Friend with the title “Superior Intelligence: Do the perils of A.I. exceed its promise?” describes two schools of thought with respect to concerns that researchers have about both ANI (artificial narrow intelligence) and AGI (artificial…

Securing the Critical Infrastructure—Two Lost Decades

– On May 22, 2018, it will have been 20 years to the day since President Bill Clinton issued PDD 63 (Presidential Decision Directive No. 63: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure). The PDD laid out a plan to protect critical sectors of the economy, such as telecommunications, energy,…

Cybersecurity Fails … Government Not Keeping Up

– I was reading Andrew Ross Sorkin’s article “Flying Taxis, New Exciting Stealth Mode” on the front page of Business Day in the March 13, 2018 New York Times (more about that later) when I noticed (in the adjacent column … an advantage of reading the paper version) an article by Ben…

The Spectre of Chip Meltdown

– The latest big-time cybersecurity scare is the discovery of vulnerabilities, named Spectre and Meltdown by researchers, in many computer processors from Intel and others, which open affected processors up to exploitation by hackers who can, as I understand the situation, use those vulnerabilities…

Where Auto-Auto Security and Safety Risks Lie

– In her front-page article “Your New Car’s Best Tech Feature May Be the ‘System Off’ Button” (Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2017), Christina Rogers raises several important points: one, that some of the safety features built into modern cars are so annoying to drivers that they turn them…