Honestly, I don’t really know what WikiLeaks’ deal is. One thing’s for sure, they aren’t an ally or a friend to the common good. Your intrepid gadget geek gave his insight on the CIA leak, AirBus’ new concept car, and drone policy on First News 570 with Mark Starling.
NOT CONTENT TO LEAK EMBARASSING DETAILS ON INDIVIDUALS, WIKILEAKS, LEAKS CIA HACKER TOOLS
This week, WikiLeaks has leaked a treasure trove of details illustrating details of how the CIA subverts
technology equipment. The details include the tools and malware the intelligence agency uses to defeat
operating systems spanning MacOSX, Windows, Android, iOS, and even some televisions. The information
includes other gadgets including IoT devices and cars. In addition to the tools, new details shed light on
the means and philosophy of the CIA including how the hack within the bounds of their charter and their
principals of reuse, listing the tools they stole and derived from Russia and other countries.
AMAZON DECIDES TO HAND OVER ALEXA VOICE DATA IN ARKANSAS MURDER CASE
Amazon is handing prosecutors cloud-stored data from its Alexa Voice Service that the Arkansas authorities say might be used as evidence in a murder prosecution. The Seattle-based company originally had balked at a warrant demanding the recorded voice and transcription data from an Amazon Echo near a murder scene. The company claimed that the data, and the responses from the voice assistant itself, were protected by the First Amendment. What’s more, Amazon said that the Arkansas authorities had not demonstrated a “compelling need” for the data.
AIRBUS ANNOUNCES DRONE-PLANE-AND-TRAIN ALL-IN-ONE AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
We first broke news about AirBus launching their own flying car concept last year. At his week’s Geneva Auto Show, we finally see pictures of the AirBus concept and it’s a futuristic combo device that’s part car, train, and drone. AirBus’ concept car, called the Pop.Up., is a pod shaped vehicle that has four wheels, carries four passengers, and can be optionally picked up by a drone. Their calling the vehicle a Passenger Capsule, and it’s powered by AI and can be summoned to pick you up from home, take off vertically, and drop you off at your final destination. I think the concept is awesome, but I’d rather be driving.
IN TYPICAL GOVERNMENT OBSOLESCENCE, DRONE POLICY IS INFLUENCED BY NUCLEAR WAR POLICY
The US government and I, well, specifically one agency, aren’t on best of terms right now. In a clear case of the government really not knowing what it’s talking about, recent Unmanned Aerial Vehicle policies are being influenced by the concussive force of potential nuclear war. The issue centers around the minimum weight a drone must fly in order to be registered. The minimum weight is 250g, or the weight an object would cause severe skull injury on impact if the object was projected due to nuclear fallout. The weight itself was derived from a 1968 computer simulation on the dangers of nuclear war. This seems obviously dated, now that we live in a world that hasn’t been safer. True, the Nuclear Clock did tick closer to midnight after Trump entered office, but I think we’ll find more painful ways of ending life on Earth.